Do you know why play is important to your cat? How is your supply of cat play toys? Cats love to be mentally and physically stimulated. With the right toy, they will play happily by themselves, but they also love to play with their owners.
Playing teaches kittens many important survival skills. They learn the basic techniques of hunting, such as stalking, chasing, and capturing prey. Basic instincts are expressed through playing a hunting game. This play is especially important to cats who remain inside.
Below is information that I found on Vetstreet.com that was a helpful clarification of the value of pet play.
Play Can Keep Them Healthy
Because it provides the cat with exercise, play can keep him healthy. It helps the cat to maintain a healthy weight. Playing with your cat will work to prevent some problems that might arise out of boredom. There’s no telling what he might think of getting into if he is bored.
Playing with your cat can prove a good way to strengthen the bond between you. Make sure the toys you provide your cat are safe. A toy is too little if the cat can get it entirely in his mouth, as he might swallow it. Don’t select a toy with small parts that the cat could mistake for a treat.
What Kind of Toys Should You Provide for Your Cat?
You can make a fine toy with a piece of twine or wire. Fishing line works well, too. Attach a feather or a piece of crinkled cellophane to the end and drag it around for your cat to chase or pounce on. Don’t be mean, now — let the cat catch the object now and then, so you can praise his skills, too. My cat, Carlos, would chase a ball, especially one that made a noise, all over the living room. Toys with catnip inside can make your cat especially happy and playful.
Feeder toys work well for keeping your cat from getting bored. If the cat can get a reward of food by playing with the feeder toy, it will keep him interested.
Other Great Home-made Toys
Give your cat a small box that he can get into. If barely big enough for the cat to fit in, all the better. There is some fascination with small containers that can cause the cat to do some really goofy things.
An open paper bag makes another good toy. Loose Cat, my Kodiak cat, used to have a paper bag technique that we found quite novel. When we found the cat sitting or lying on a chair, we’d place a large, open paper bag, standing upright, next to the chair seat. The cat would stare and stare into the bag until he seemed to be mesmerized by it. Then he’d slowly slide into the open bag, which would fall over once it contained the cat. There he’d stay to take a nap. Silly cat!
See below a small selection of toys that you can find on Amazon. Click on the image or on the blue item name to be taken to the page where you can purchase the item. As an Amazon affiliate, I may make a small commission for qualifying items.
Price: $10.48; Prime available
Three balls spin and roll. Spinning balls keep cats busy and stimulate their hunting instincts. Non-slip base holds the toy in place.
Colors may vary
Price: $9.44; Prime available
This toy has a channel on the outer edge for the balls (supplied). In the center is a scratch pad. Fun and exercise for your cat.
Battery operated (three AA batteries, not included)
Price: $24.99; Prime available
This rotate pattern laser will move randomly across the floor and walls. Cats can chase it for 15 minutes; then its automatic timer will shut it off to allow the cat to rest.
100% satisfaction guaranteed
by Ducky World Products Inc.
Price: $4.95; Prime available
This all-handmade toy is filled with 100% organic catnip. It was made in the USA.
Price: $4.99; Prime available
My son gave me one of these for Mother’s Day one year, and it was my cat’s favorite toy. Its colored strip of polar fleece is quite mobile and will entertain your cat well. He can chase it or you can flip it in the air. It makes wonderful moving patterns. When you aren’t nearby, hook it over the back of a chair. He can still play with it, even when you are not around.
Price: $6.99; Prime available
Soft and crinkly in bright magnetic colors
Excellent for kitty exercise
Price: $16.97; Prime available
Collapsible 3-way play toy
Durable structure; tear-resistant polyester and a spring-steel frame. Each tube is about ten inches tall and seventeen inches deep. Folds down small for storage.
Price: $13.99; Prime available
3 sets of batteries included
Press a button and the ball continuously rolls around the house. It does a 360 degree self-rotation and has a red light.
by World Wise Pooch Planet
Price: $1.97; free shipping for Prime members
Cat toy catnip mice, 3 in a package
Pure catnip with no chemicals or pesticides. Fiber fill is made from 100% recycled plastic.
by Highland Farms Select
Remember — your cat deserves some fine toys. If your supply is low, look over this list. You might see something that your cat would dearly love to play with.