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    Cat Toys: What to Buy | Kitten Ads

    Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 20 May 2011
    If you are looking to build a strong bond with your cat, one great way to improve your relationship is to treat your pet with some cat toys. These will help the cat to stay entertained and focus his energies. And you needn’t spend a small fortune on cat toys - many can come homemade from an inspired mind, as the guide below demonstrates.

    Cat Toy Ideas and Things to Consider

    • Cats are naturally playful, and one item that is guaranteed to provide hours of fun is a cat ball. Little or no expense is needed to provide your cat with a ball to play with – you can use anything from an old tennis ball to a ball of wool (this can be particularly fun when you watch the cat’s reaction as it begins to unravel). Cat balls can be a great distraction if you want to tire out an active cat.

    • The natural prey of a cat is of course the mouse, so why not pique his interest by creating an imitation version? You don’t have to be Damien Hirst to create an adequate mouse substitute, as a similar shaped furry object should do the trick, but if you are feeling particularly lazy, many pet stores will have these types of cat toys in stock.

    • It may not appear particularly exciting for human tastes, but the humble sock can be a great source of entertainment for cats. Use an old sock to put the cat’s reflexes to the test. Dangle, dart and dodge the sock in the air to see whether your cat can claw his way to victory by claiming the sock from your grasp. Be careful not to put the cat in a position where it can hurt itself during a sock game.

    • Cats love to discover hidden places. Lie some old sheets and clothes on the floor and allow your cat to explore the pile. It will love crawling underneath and testing out its claws against fresh fabric. Of course you can always buy specialist cat ‘activity centres’ in which your pet can test out new skills, but it’s just as easy to save the money and indulge your creative side by building your own cat assault course.

    • Naturally, a cat may begin to lose interest in casual play as it matures. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attempt to engage its childish side every now and again. Every cat requires regular mental stimulation as well as exercise. Try and put some time aside a couple of times a week to keep an older cat happy and entertained.

    • Finally, if you have two cats or more, introduce toys that will get all of your feline friends involved. It doesn’t take much to create some fun games for all your cats. Using a variety of different cat toys and cat balls will help all your cats stay motivated.

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