THE BEST FELINE INTERACTIVE TOYS

Great Battery Operated Toys For The Curious Playful Cat.

By Catnips – www.catnips.co.uk

Every cat is different and that means every cat likes different style toys to play with. Every human is different too. Some have a lot of time to invest in playing with their cat whilst others are busy with work, or children etc, and need to spend time doing other things. If you have a cat with endless energy and who is demanding for constant attention then you would be wise to invest in a good battery operated interactive toy. Breeds like Siamese or Bengals, who can be quite destructive in their attention seeking, are the perfect candidates for these types of toys giving the cat carer a welcome break from a cat constantly crying or following them around.

What gave me the idea to highlight several excellent toys on the market was a post from a friend on Facebook. It was a company, who has invented an interactive cat toy, hoping to get backing from investors: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1046165765/egg-the-intelligent-cat-companion. It’s an egg with a furry tail that moves on its own like a cats natural prey. Small movements that get the cat interested and curious. It’s a great idea and I wish it success.

I thought, having seen The Egg idea, that I would highlight many other great products out there. Happy playing!

THE BATTERY OPERATED BUG

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They work best on hard floors

These bugs can be found on online and are for kids really but my cats love them! The batteries are really cheap too. They do not work well on carpets but on hard flooring and they keep going until they bash into something! They sometimes turn around in another direction if they don’t get caught under a chair leg or sofa!

UNDERCOVER MOUSE

Cats love Undercover Mouse

Cats love Undercover Mouse

The idea of this battery operated toy is a ‘mouse tail’ sticking out from under a circular piece of material. There are different modes of speed to choose from and your cat will become very excited in trying to catch the ‘mouse’ from under the sheet. Although the motor can be heard most cats I know love this game. You can put this on and go do something else without your cat howling the place down and calling the RSPCA complaining of animal neglect.

ROBO FISH AND THE ROBO FISH AQUARIUM

These will keep your cat entertained for hours

These will keep your cat entertained for hours

These fish are a great idea. Once again they are battery operated and start moving when in water. You can either place them in a large bowl full of water and watch your cat(s) try to fish them out or you can buy an aquarium to place them in. The Robo Fish Aquarium, which are nice and small so great for urban flats, can be bought on-line with the fish or you can buy a second-hand fish tank. They stop moving once out of water.

CAT DREAMS DVD

My cat, Zaza watching her DVD

My cat, Zaza watching her DVD

This DVD was designed for cats in mind. Hours of footage of a cats normal prey such as birds, mice, squirrels, butterflies. If you have a cat that likes watching TV, or is an indoor cat only, then this is the present he/she would adore. My cats absolutely love their DVD time. The link to the company is: http://www.catdreams.co.uk/

The above are just a few suggestions and ones I have had personal experience with.

For any further cat related questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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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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