Choosing the right toy for your cat can be very confusing as there are many options to choose from. Even though some toy manufacturers claim that their toys are irresistible to cats, it can be hard to decide. Sometimes, you may be tempted to buy a certain toy for your cat because it has a beautiful picture of a playful cat on its label, or the sound and looks of the toy makes you smile as you imagine how your cat will enjoy playing with it.
However, it is good to take your time when looking for a toy for your cat. Based on how many forgotten toys for cats are stuffed in drawers or abandoned in corners, it is good to rethink the kind of toys you will buy and the way they will be used. Even though the idea of buying a toy for your cat looks like it should be very basic, you need to consider individual preferences and safety reminders in mind to be successful. That said, here are the best tips for buying the right toy for your cat:
1. Consider Toy Safety and Durability
If you are looking for toys for solo playtime, inspect the toy to ensure that it has no glued-on parts that your cat can swallow or any sharp pieces or strings. When I buy fuzzy fake mice for my feline, I usually remove the nose pieces or glue-on nose pieces or eyes and inspect the toy to ensure that the tails are securely fastened.
I have noticed that my cat does not care about the fact that the mice she chases don’t have their noses or eyes. If you would like to buy interactive toys, inspect the toys, and ensure that they are securely made with a heavy string that makes them last for a long period of time.
Do a good inspection of how the end of the string is attached and ensure that it does not have sharp pieces sticking out as such pieces could hurt your cat if it bites down. And regardless of how an interactive wand toy is manufactured it should be put away in-between play sessions. This helps prevent the risk of having your cat get tangled on the string or chew on the string.
The price of cat toys has increased a bit. As such, to avoid spending a lot of money on cat toys that are poorly designed or unsafe, read reviews on the internet like those on Amazon.com. I have found helpful reviews warning people of poor quality cat toys that have recently been highly-marketed. I hope that the manufacturers will pay attention to the warnings of reviewers and try to improve the quality of the toys they make.
2. Consider The Type of Toy
Some toys are meant for interactive sessions while others are meant for solo playtime. Avoid choosing one type of cat while leaving the other type. Even though cats are naturally playful and curious, you should not rely on solo playtime only to provide all the enrichment. Some cat toys meant for solo playtime are to be stalked, batted around, carried, pounced on, and even nibbled on.
There are also reward-based toys on the market that rewards cats for a job well done. Food-dispensing toys have become increasingly popular and are easy to find. These toys provide both activity and a mini-meal for cats. Some food-dispensing toys require a little training but it should not take long before your cat realizes that it will get a tasty reward if it solves the “puzzle”. Apart from food-dispensing toys, there are puzzle toys that reward cats with a little toy for their work.
3. How the Cat Toy Moves
Since cats are hunters, it is good to ensure that the movements of their toys look like that of prey. While your cat gets quality nutrition and his existence does not depend on capturing a meal, his play technique is based on hunting. Cats would like to stalk, chase, pounce, and catch their prey. Does the toy look like pray in its movement, shape, size, or appearance? Can a cat bat at it, pick it up in his mouth, or pounce on it?