Games and Toys

There are several types of toys your feline friend might like. Many activate your cat's hunting instincts by tricking them into thinking they're chasing a real mouse. Pet stores and supermarkets are full of new and interesting toys, but you don't need to spend lots of money to keep puss happy; just look around the house for things your cat can play with. Often these will end up being its favourite toys.

Ball

Some cats can chase a ball around for hours — there are many different types available from ping pong balls, bouncy balls, pom poms, fabric balls and tinsel balls. Even screwed up pieces of paper or bottle tops can be a great free toy, and when they get lost under the couch you can easily get another.

Wand

Ah the magic of a wand. A wand toy can be as simple as a stick with a piece of string attached. Flick your wand toy around to stir your cat into a flurry of fur and activity. But do be careful around breakables — you'll be amazed how high your furry friend can jump!

Dispensing Toys

If you have a more relaxed, pampered puss that needs a bit of encouragement to get some exercise, you might want to try a treat dispensing ball. All you have to do is fill it with his favourite dry food or treats and let him work for his dinner. Make sure you take the dispensed food out of his rations for the day, or you could risk having a cat that looks like a furry balloon. You can also try wrapping a small amount of your cat's very favourite treat in some paper and letting him rip his way into it.

Climbing and hiding

Cats love climbing — a good scratching post or cat tree can be kitty heaven. Alternatively if you don't want a permanent cat paradise in the corner of your lounge, try a couple of empty boxes for your cat to investigate, jump in and out of and hide in. You can even cut some different sized holes in the side for your cat to squeeze in and out of.

Catnip

Some cats simply adore catnip and others don't seem particularly fussed at all. Whether your cat is susceptible to the charms of catnip is genetic and a love of the 'nip doesn't develop until your cat is around 6 months old. There are plenty of catnip toys available at the pet store or you can even grow your own in the back yard — if you can keep your puss away from it long enough to let it grow!

Toy rotational policy

Just like children, our feline friends can get bored quickly. So, one of the most important things to do is to rotate the toys — cats will generally be more interested in new things. Get your cat a special toy box and change the toys over every couple of days, or once your cat's no longer interested in them. You'll find a couple of weeks later when you bring them out again that your cat is just as excited to see them as when they first saw them.