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Cat Toys

Cat Toys
Why cats love toys.

All cats have boundless energy and they love nothing more than playing with cat toys of virtually any variety. Many pet stores, supermarkets and other stores have masses and masses of cat toys in stock, but you do need to be careful when you're considering toys for your cat. Wild cats are hunters by nature so chasing toys is second nature to them. The old adage 'curiosity killed the cat' is a very accurate summing up of how cats behave. If you've left a bag or a box lying around near your cats you'll know that they love nothing more to jump in the box and see what they can find.

This natural curiosity and love for chasing things is vital to a cat's development. It strengthens muscles and increases your cat's alertness, it keeps them healthy and young and improves their general health.

Important points to consider.

When you're considering a toy for a cat, remember that simple is often best. A small ball with little bells will provide weeks of entertainment for your cats. Many cat toys use catnip; catnip has an incredible effect on any cat, acting as an addictive hallucinogen.

Making your own cat toys.

It's quite reasonable to make toys for your cat, as anything that moves is an instant attraction to cats and kittens alike (try taking your socks off and wiggling your toes in front of them!). Screwing up a ball of paper or enticing them with a piece of string, even a table tennis ball especially if used on a wooden floor. You should always remember to be careful though. Make sure the paper has no dye on it, and even though cats like toys much smaller than they are, make sure they can't swallow and choke on the toys.

The perils of not providing toys.

If you don't provide toys like this for your cat you may find they create their own toys from anything they can find lying around. In fact, quite often you will find they do this anyway. Anything that they see move, or makes a quiet noise is an attractive prospect for a toy.

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