Our feline friends can be notoriously picky and crazy creatures. From their fleeting interests to their temperamental behavior, a lot of factors make it difficult to truly understand what your cat wants or needs. Ultimately, cats need quality food, a warm and dry place to live, and plenty of exercise.
That last part is sometimes the most difficult criteria to fulfill – especially for indoor cats. Toys are paramount for the long-term health of your feline friend, both in terms of physical fitness and overall mood. Every cat is different, which is why figuring out which toys are best for your cat takes a bit of evaluation. Below, we’ll walk you through what to consider when selecting toys for your cat.
What kind of behavior does your cat exhibit? Some felines are naturally more laid back, while others may have tons of pent-up energy. Understanding the natural behavior of your cat can be the ultimate guide to cat enrichment and is the first part of picking out the best toys for them. They might prefer something that is stationary that still offers one or more forms of sensory stimulation, or they might like a kinetic toy that will go bouncing all over the house.
There are countless cat toys on the market, but not all are made to stand the test of time. All too often, we watch as our cats rip off, chew or scratch the fluffy bits, extensions and other weak points on any toy. You want to ensure that the product you’re buying will actually be something that the cat can continue to enjoy.
While durability is important for cat toys in general, you may be perfectly fine with opting for a larger assortment of toys at a cheaper price. After assessing the behavior of your cat, you’ll begin to understand whether or not your cat would prefer a plethora of small, easily-disposed toys or a few, larger and more durable ones. This quantity/quality balance is different with each cat; most felines do have preferences for select toys, making it possible to choose just a few great ones for them in lieu of a larger batch.
Size and Stimuli
Different cats will prefer different toys, but size may be one thing you haven’t yet considered. Kittens will likely need smaller toys than full-grown cats, but even adult cats will have differing preferences on the size of the toy in question. Felines who are easily spooked may not find larger toys to be very pleasant or affable, while larger cats may want toys that more closely resemble prey they’d find in the wild.
Sound and sight are also other important considerations. Again, felines who are naturally flighty may be turned off by a whirring, spinning, dynamic toy. The personality of the cat – namely its reaction to sounds and lights – should definitely be factored in to any purchase.
Ultimately, a bit of experimentation and trial/error is required to find the perfect toy for your cat or kitten. By considering the size and effects of each toy along with durability, the number of toys needed and your cat’s overall persona, you’ll be able to find the best toys that fulfill their personal needs.
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