|Cats are naturally playful as itís their instinct to stalk and pounce. Cat toys provide an ideal way to sharpen these innate skills and wonít just keep them entertained, but also fit and healthy, as well as be used as a fun way for you and your feline friend to bond.
Without anything to keep them busy, cats quickly become bored and as a result, naughty. So in order to keep them happy, not to mention your home in one piece, itís important to find new ways to amuse them. Here are some tips for choosing toys for your cat;
ē A lot of the time, the best way to choose a toy is according to your catís age and size Ė most cat toys have an advised age on them which is a good guideline to use.
ē If you have a kitten, itís best to avoid very small toys as there is always the risk of them choking should they mistake it for food and try to eat it. Bells are another definitive no-no, however if you do give them a toy with a bell on make sure youíre there to keep an eye on them and donít leave them home alone with the toy for a long time.
ē In a similar vein, try not to get toys that are too large that they canít play with or drag around.
ē Interactive toys are always a safe bet and will keep your kitty amused for hours. They are especially effective for cats who have a tendency to play rough or aggressively, as well as those that need some social encouragement. If your cat does have any of these personality traits, itís best to treat them at a young age through play. The key is to be patient and youíll quickly see a change in their personality.
ē You can never do wrong with a ball, whether it makes a sound, bounces or simply just rolls around, your cat will be happy to chase and catch it.
ē Classic feather toys or little mice that can be tossed about for your cat to bound around may be old school, but they still do the trick. It also brings out their natural hunting instincts, so donít be surprised if they walk off with the toy in their mouth once theyíve caught it.
Whatever cat toys you choose, be sure to have plenty of them lying around to keep your kitty entertained and out of mischief.
Also remember that itís just as important to give your cat space and time to relax. So make sure that they have a bed and somewhere quiet to retreat to when itís time for a cat nap. The Cat Gallery - http://www.thecatgallery.co.uk Ė are a great source for toys, cat gifts and beds to keep your beloved pussycat happy.