Best cat toys on the market

HOW TO BUY THE BEST CAT TOYS

BY Catnips- Londons best cat sitting and cat grooming company

Running a cat sitting and grooming company I see many clients who do not understand the correct play toys to buy their cats, and that’s if the cat has any toys at all!! Some clients tell me their cats do not play and yet, when I bring the correct toys around, and take the time to stimulate a play session the cat, 99% of the time, WILL play. If you allow your cat to sleep all day every day it will. Simple as that.

An in-door cat will sleep that amount of time because of boredom and lack of stimulation from their owners.

I hear other excuses such as “my cat is old and has lost interest”. The last time I heard this I got down on my hands and knees with a craft pipe cleaner and started to play with a 15 year old cat and guess what.. he started to bat the pipe cleaner and I could hear him purring. I took a video to show my client that her cat will play if he is played with! She was quite amazed. I wasn’t 😉

We can’t argue with the fact that a cats natural instinct is to kill prey and enjoy the hunting process. If you have an outdoor cat the hunting side of him/her will be activated and enjoyed to the full. But what of in-door cats who may be bored or have pent up energy with no outlet.

I have found that the best toy on the market is the Da Bird feather toy which mimics hunting to the max. Any toys with real feathers attached to string or wire give the correct motion of bird wings fluttering which of course will get your cats heart fluttering, in excitement!!

 

Cats love to play with Da Bird toy

Cats love to play with Da Bird toy

There is also The cat Catcher Mouse which is great because the mouse resembles the size your cats real prey would be and the wire creates the movement of a real mouse.

The Cat Catcher mouse is the perfect size

The Cat Catcher mouse is the perfect size

How about craft pipe cleaners. They are cheap and wiggle about like worms. I haven’t met one cat who doesn’t like these.

Cats love these because they are flexible and wriggly like worms

Cats love these because they are flexible and wriggly like worms

Don’t just thrust toys into your cats face as this is annoying. Make it interesting by hiding your toy under loose newspapers and moving it around or under a rug or carpet.

This may sound silly saying that some people don’t know how to play with their cat but the whole point of play therapy and mimicking hunting is to make the game interesting and close to what prey would do which is hide, keep still, move a little – scurry under the sofa or a newspaper (scattered around on the floor) or a cardboard box…get the picture? 😉

Leaving toys scattered around on the floor and letting your cat get on with it is BORING and will send your cat to sleep!

Another great toy is a laser light. You don’t need to spend much. Most can be picked up really cheaply. Never shine into the cats eyes, but I am sure you know that already.. right?

Play in short bursts so as not to frustrate the cat too much!

Play in short bursts so as not to frustrate the cat too much!

Care about your cat and understand how your cat sees the world and the home it lives in.

Be kind to your in-door cat with lots of stimulation with the CORRECT toys!!

cats LOVE to play

BY Catnips- Londons best cat sitting and cat grooming company

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About Anita Kelsey - Cat Behaviour Consultant

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza. Anita's debut book, Claws, Confessions Of A Cat Groomer is published by John Blake Publishers and is out on 7th September 2017 (available for pre-orders on Amazon UK)
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