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The basics of playing with your cat. Please put all toys away when not in use!

MetPet.com Staff Writer

Cats respond best to objects that do this.
   
 
1. Have jerky, uneven movements.  That's just the opposite of a metronome or clock.  Think of it in terms of birds flitting across the lawn or mice running along the floor starting and stopping as they go.

2. Look easy to catch. Cats are opportunists and can be very lazy at times.  Few, however, can resist an object that is just within paw reach.

3. Are moving away.  Objects that look like they are "getting away" can be very appealing. 

4. Are "hiding" inside holes or underneath other objects.   This must remind cats of mice, rats or other potential catches.   Unfortunately, hands or feet moving under bed covers can sometimes invoke this hunting behavior also (ouch).

Cat toys come in various types that include the following.

Line-based toys: Cats love things on strings as well as the strings themselves.  Line-based toys usually (but not necessarily) have a rod of some kind, a string or cord of some kind and frequently an object on the end.  The general idea is to dangle or pull the object and get your cat to bat or chase it.  The rod makes it easier to play with for you and prevents injuries from claws and teeth. 

Variations on this theme include the absence of rods, toys dangled from ceilings or walls, fabric or ribbon in place of cord, etc.  Line-based toys are usually interactive and are made to give the appearance of mice, insects or other small prey. 

Wire-based toys:  These toys have a long, thin, strong and semi-rigid wire with or without a rod.  An object such as rolled up paper, ribbons, feathers etc. is attached to the end. The toy is swooped and soared around a room to give the appearance of flight.

Teaser toys: These toys resemble sticks with feathers or other materials stuck on the end.  They are interactive and are used to tickle your cat's ears and nose.   

Bat&Swat toys: These toys come in a huge variety of styles.  They include round and rolling objects of any kind including pingpong balls, paper wads and pompoms.  They also include all manner of fluffy, puffy, crinkly and scratchy objects.  They are limited only by the imagination of cat toy designers and the shelf space of your local retailer.

These are marginally-interactive toys.  You can throw them but they're generally for your cat to play by itself.  The best bat and swat toys are easily pushed around to give the appearance of small prey.

Catnip toys: These toys have only one thing in common with each other, they smell of catnip.  They range wildly in price, durability, quality, appeal and effectiveness.   Click here to read more about catnip.

Miscellaneous toys: We put this category in for the odd toy that doesn't quite figure into the other categories.  The motorized plastic ball that spins and rolls randomly around the floor (and scares our cats) would fit in this category. 

Pointers & Tips to getting the most from your toys:
1. Always put interactive toys away when not in use.  A secure cupboard, closet, drawer works well as long as your cat cannot break into them when you're not looking!
2. Rotate toys every few days
3. Replace any toy when any part breaks off, when it becomes soiled or when it becomes excessively frayed. 
4. Every cat should have at least one toy in each major category to provide the full range of motion, exercise and stimulation. 

5. Use a grocery bag also known as a cat toy enhancer option.
6. Enhance the environment by using a blanket.


 


 
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