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WHY YOU NEED CAT TOYS AND FINDING THE BEST KIND FOR YOUR CAT

Cat toys are essential for any cat.  You might have this uncontrollable love for your cat and you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about how to make them happy. Or you are just a very busy pet keeper thinking of ways to keep your pet busy and happy at the same time, then this post is for you;

 

jumping cats playing with cat toys

 

WHY YOU NEED CAT TOYS

Errrr, not you really, unless you want to become a cat yourself you don’t really need cat toys but your cats do. And if you claim to love your cat as much as you do, then getting them toys is the best way to go;

I’m sure most of us already treat our cats like family, then whats to stop you from giving them that extra family perks:

I have outlined below why it is important to get your cat a toy.


The first and obvious reason is cats love to play.

Cats are not as solitary as you think and even after being domesticated, they still want to be able to chase something, hunt, jump, climb, etc. Not getting your cat a toy is the equivalent of trying to chain a child.

For Bonding

Another most important reason why you might want to get a toy for your cat is so you’ll be able to bond with them. If you’ve ever owned a cat, you would know it can be sometimes hard to bond with them, some cats can be really mean and one way to combat this is to bond with them by providing them with toys.

To Build Your Cats Stamina and Agility

Cats are natural hunters, while a prey might not be available to them domestically, a toy can do the job of helping them hone their hunting skills. This, in turn, increases their muscle tone and agility. This is an aspect of cat care you really should take note of.

 

WARNING ON USING CAT TOYS FOR YOUR PETS.

While it is important that you get toys for your cats, it is also advisable to know what and what not to get. Cats are fragile(OK, in some sense)  and very moody animals so it’s important to know what you doing. I’ve listed some things you should take note of before getting your cat a toy.

Whatever toy you are getting, make sure it is large enough so that it cannot be easily swallowed: A panic attack and a visit to the veterinarian is not something you really want.

Remember to put the toys away when playtime is over: You might think its okay to always have a toy around your cat, but it’s actually counterproductive as they can easily get bored with that particular toy.

Also, consider yarns and ribbons: A cat can easily get entangled in a yarn hereby causing injuries. Also, watch out for plastic bags, these are particularly dangerous as they could suffocate your cat.

 

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Please save me. I just swallowed a monster.

 

THE FIVE KIND OF CAT TOYS

Just as there are different breeds of cats, there are also different kind of cat toys. I would touch very briefly on each of them, discuss the pros and cons before giving you the specific toy examples I believe would be best for your cat in each category.



 

CATNIP TOYS

Catnips are actually a kind of plant species otherwise known as Nepeta cataria. For one reason or another, cats are generally crazy for this plant.  When a cat inhales or sniffs a catnip, its experiences what I like to call cat heaven. They basically meow, purr, salivate and roll on the ground around the plant basically telling you I am happy here and don’t want to leave.

So catnip toys are basically toys made from materials stuffed with catnip(the plant)

PROS  

  1. They are relatively safe for your cat.
  2.  Also comes at affordable prices.
  3. They come in all shapes and sizes.

 

CONS

  1. As amusing as catnip toys can be, cats are easily bored with these kinds of toys.
  2. Not all cats respond to the effect of a catnip toy.
  3. Materials with which these catnip toys are made from can cause injury to your cats if not properly checked.

 

5 BEST AND SAVE CATNIP TOYS YOU CAN BUY FOR YOUR CAT

Below is a list of catnip toys that I believe would be a good fit for your cat based on other cat owners success with them.

Name of ProductProduct ImageShort Product Description
REFILLABLE 15" Catnip Kitty Kick Stickscatnip toyThis Blue Kitty kick is made with cotton fabrics designed to be soft on your cats. Its is also refillable. Click to see price and customer reviews
Refillable Mouse Shaped Catnip ToyMouse shape catnip ToySatisfy your cat instinctive desire to prey by getting him this mouse shaped toy. It also comes with a crinkle sound to further amuse your cat. You can go heherere to see what other cat lovers are saying about this toy.
Banana Shaped Catnip Toybanana shaped catnip toyThis catnip toy also comes in Apple, Lemon And Rainbow Shapes. Filled with 100% organic catnip. It is a safe bet for your pet. Click here to get more details.
Kong Feathers Mouse Catnip Toymouse shapped catnip toyThis catnip toy comes with a small special compartment for catnips. Very soft and a favourite of cats according to the thousands of reviews by other cat lovers.
Kong Teddy Bear CatnipThis catnip teddy is especially great for kittens. They are not only safe, they are also soft and cuddly. You cat would definitely love it. Click to Buy


 

ELECTRONIC CAT TOYS

This kind of cat toys is basically made from feathers, paper or cotton materials then combined with a form of an electronic feature. They are designed to increase activities in your cats. There is no doubt that cats love this.

PROS

  • A great way to bond with your cat as these kinds of toys need a human participant
  • The increased activity they bring to your cat is good for her muscles

 

CONS

  • Electronic cat toys should always be used under close supervision
  • Toys with moving parts can cause injuries to your cats

 

5 GREAT ELECTRONIC CAT TOYS YOU CAN BUY TODAY

Check out this cat toys, I’m pretty sure they would be a perfect fit for your cats.

Name of ToyImageShort Description And Link To Buy
Electronic Motion Cat ToyThis battery powered electronic toy is a perfect exercise machine. It comes with an adjustable speed knob that can go as long as 2hours of continous play. Its also a love of so many cat lovers. Click to Buy
Pawaboo Electronic Mouse Cat ToyBurrow Mouse Electronic cat toyWith this cat toy, a burrowing mouse plays hide and seek with your cat. Watch the excitement in your cat as he chases after the mouse. You can randomize the Mouse's starting, stopping and Reversal Movements. See other cat lovers reviews
Pet Laser Pointerlaser cat toyThis beautiful diamond shaped laser pointer cat toy keeps your cat busy with minimal supervision. It is also safe as there is no fear of your cat swallowing anything or getting entangled with wires. See what other cat lovers are saying about this toy.
Moody Pet Fling Ama String Cat Toystring cat toyIf there is one cat toy you should get for your cat, then this is it. This toy won pet product of the year. All you have to do is hang on it on any kind of door knob, switch it on, since its battery powered and watch your cat go haywire(in a good way of course) See what other cat lovers are saying.
Bolt Laser Cat Toyinteractive laser cat toyWith a laser that is perfectly safe for your cat, this cat toy automatically goes off after 15mins to avoid over stimulating your pet which could lead to boredom. It is another great toy to buy with so many customer reviews.


 

FEATHER TOYS

Apart from their relative cheapness, feather toys are extremely favorite of cats. They are particularly stimulating because of the feathers attached to them which is something cats cannot resist.

PROS

  • They are relatively cheap
  • Easy to use and very simple
  • Increases the bond with your cat

CONS

  • The strings could easily become entangled around your cat if not properly supervised

 

3 AMAZING FEATHER CAT TOYS YOU CAN GET YOUR CAT

Your cats would definitely love them.

Name of ToyProduct ImageShort Description
Interactive Cat WandCat wandThis cat wand has a very soft durable handle with a detachable bell. Great for active cats or to get your cat to be active. Hit the buy link to see more details
Smarty Cat Flutter Ballsflutter balls for catsSoft balls for cats attached with feathers. They are very safe and can be used by your cat with minimal supervision or handling. See what others are saying
Hum Singer Electronic/feather ToyBird Shaped Cat ToyThis brid shaped cat toy is the dream of any cat. Its like combining the super powers of all the kinds of cat toys into one. Don't take my word for it, just take a drive to see what other cat lovers are saying.


 

TUNNEL CAT TOYS

Tunnel cat toys are what it is, small tunnels you cats can run into and hide in.

PROS

  • Relatively safe for your pets
  • Little supervision needed.

CONS

  • Might not be suitable for really large cats
  • Watch out for swallow-able smaller parts of the toys.

 

3 AMAZING TUNNEL TOYS FOR YOUR CATS

Name of ProductProduct ImageShort Product description
Pawz Road Cat ToyThis tunnel cat toy is not just a great pay toy, it can also serve as a relaxation center for your cats, if you have more than one cat, then its just so great for them. Click to buy
Prosper Pet Cat Tunneltunnel cat toyThis easily collapsible 3 tunnel toy is made from special materials designed to give that sweet feeling to your cat while still acknowledging your cats safety. From the buyer reviews, you can easily see its cats owners favorites.
Pet Magasine Cat Tunnelcat tunnel toyThis cat tunnelis particularly designed for small and meduim sized cats. Its also comes with a crinkle sound created by the fabric which just increases your cats interest in the toy. You can buy it here now.


 

TEETHING TOYS

These kinds of toys have only one purpose in mind, to keep your pets busy. Teething toys can be immensely good for your cat’s teeth and gums.

 

PROS

  • Good for pets who love chewing
  • healthy on your cat’s teeth and gum
  • relatively cheap

CONS

  • Watch out for smaller parts of the toys since your pet can swallow them.
  • Also, check for allergic reactions from your cats.

 

3 GREAT TEETHING TOYS FOR YOUR CATS

Name Of ToyImage of ToyShort Description
Malier Grinding Chew Toycays chewing sticksThis matatabi sticks are not just a cat's favourites, tey are also good for your cat's oral health. When they chew on this stick , exfoliation takes place. Fun and healthy, what other combination do you want. Buy Now
Sungrow Natural Seagrass Ballsea grass ballThis sea grass ball is perfectly safe for your cat and they also help work on your cat's gums. Made from natural sea grass and twine. Its a perfect tool to keep your pets busy. Buy Now
Sungrow Rope Ball Chew Toysrope ball cat toyThis non toxic toy is also a great fit for healthy gum. Made from 100% cotton, it is geared at increasing your cats activity. See more reviews here


 

On a final note, the only way to know the kind of pet your cat would love is by trying out the different kind of toys. Your cat might find a pet boring and another very stimulating. However whatever pet you choose to get your cat, ensure you watch out for their entire well being.