Podcast #20 Shownotes - Samet & Bre discuss what the best options are out there for our kitties to play with ? What toys are safe to use and which ones can be dangerous? Find out about toys and more in this episode!
Racing through a tunnel in the brain of a cat mimics charging through an understory in the woods on the heels of a tasty mouse
Automatic Randomized Laser Tower (Available on Amazon)
Cats learn patterns and grow weary of them rather quickly. The random nature of a toy like this or one on the end of a human hand can keep cats engaged longer.
Catnip stuffed toys
Catnip is a genetically acquired preference and is present or absent in about 50% of cats. The cats who don’t care about it will not find it appetizing. Watch for overstimulation!
Food Puzzle Toys (Earn the treat)
Food puzzles are a great way to engage cats that are food-motivated. It can also help make eating more like seeking prey, the natural form of cat food.
Any toy on wand (to prevent cats playing with your finders/hands)
Many people make the mistake of letting kittens play with fingers and toes. Teaching them to play with a toy on a wand gives you a chance to play with them but teaches your kitty there is a distance between your hands and feet and the toy.
No matter if you live in Chico, CA or anywhere else in the USA, there are perils outdoors for your beloved kitties. In our urban setting, it’s obvious; cars, neighborhood cats, and feral cats. Out in the countryside, it’s coyotes, other wild animals including mountain lions, and often people with weapons. The problem with living indoors is often there’s nothing to do when you are a natural born hunter. Boredom is boredom no matter what species you are. Having nothing to do is a form of stress that we cat owners must be sure to prevent.