Whether you’re looking for something to keep her busy while alone or games to play together, here are some helpful points when choosing a cat toy.
From the latest tablet apps to the humble cardboard box, there are a huge number of toys available for your cat or kitten. Interactive playing - you playing with your cat - lets your cat perfect her hunting skills while strengthening the bond between you, creating a solid groundwork for later behaviour training sessions. Play is also great exercise for your cat, helping her keep a healthy weight, as well as helping release any pent up aggression. Most importantly, toys enrich her environment, keeping your cat active and content. So have a stock of toys ready, rotating them regularly or adding some catnip to keep her interest and packing them away once playtime is over.
In general, cats and kittens love anything that mimics real prey and there are lots of toys on the market that do just this. Wand toys - a long stick with feathers or objects suspended from a string - are usually a winner, along with balls, bells and wind-up mice. More high-tech toys are also available including dedicated tablet applications and lasers, which cats can’t resist to chase.There are also plenty of toys you can make from simple items around the home. Try a cardboard box, with the end opened up to create a tunnel and holes cut into the sides for extra fun. For a great homemade toy, take an old sock, stuff with crinkly paper and a bit of catnip, and tie the end for a wallet-friendly ‘mouse’. And you’re done!
20 minutes per day. That's the minimum amount of playing time you should aim for to see real benefits with her health and behaviour.
Catnip Adding some catnip to your cat’s toy may add interest, although kittens are often not attracted to the herb until they’re older.