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Types of Cat Toys

Interactive toys are those you use to play with your cat. Favored types are fishing, flying and chasing. Toys can be as complicated as a Cat Dancer or as simple as a wad of paper.
Stuffed toys are used for wrestling and for carrying. Make sure that all stuffed toys given to your cat are rated as safe for a child under three. Toys with tails and legs are especially attractive as kitty wrestling opponents.
Balls offer many opportunities for play. Many enjoy balls with bells inside. Many cats can be trained to retrieve balls, just as your dog would.
Hollow toys stuffed with your cat’s food and treats provide excellent mental stimulation during its day.
Catnip stuffed toys can generate great excitement, but are non-addictive. While many go wild over them, some cats may be unaffected, as are some kittens under the age of five months.
Many things you already have in your house make wonderful toys for your cats. A paper grocery bag can provide hours of entertainment and a world of fabulous smells. Other fun household items include shower curtain rings, cardboard tubes from toilet tissue and paper towels, ping pong balls, cardboard boxes (especially if they are a little too small for your cat to fit in and the cat has to squeeze in). A tissue box with a ping-pong ball in it will thrill most cats.
Avoid strings, ribbons and yarn. A cat may chew off and swallow a piece of yarn or string which can easily become lodged in your cat’s intestine – a potentially fatal situation.
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