Cats are relatively easy to keep as a pet: they sleep a lot (about 16 hours a day!), keep themselves entertained and if trained well, they can use the litter box by themselves. But don’t forget that cats are natural hunters and need to be challenged on this instinctual level. Cats that get to explore the neighbourhood usually have enough incentives to satisfy their instincts. But what if you have a house cat? Is she getting enough of a challenge at home? In a smaller area, there won’t be enough room to hunt, play or explore. As soon as your cat gets bored, it will start to sleep and eat more. This can eventually result in overweight with all its medical complaints or in tension, frustration and behavioural problems. To counter boredom and to keep your active, it’s important to get a variety of cat toys to keep your cat entertained.
Not all cats like to play. A cat’s natural urges to play can depend on her personality, age or how often he gets to go outside. Even the way you interact and play with your cat can affect your cat’s playfulness! That’s why you need objects that can motivate your cat, like rustling sounds, fast movements or puzzle toys – these all help evoke your cat’s natural hunting instincts. The game also needs to keep a challenging aspect, so regularly purchase a new toy or rotate between toys every day. This will keep your cat curious and motivated to keep playing.
At Vetsend you can find a large collection of high-quality toys. Keep reading to find out what cat toys you can use to surprise your cat!
Take your cat on a big adventure with a fun cat tunnel! No matter how big or small your pet is, a play tunnel is the perfect place to play or romping around. Some of the tunnels are super comfy as well, so they can function as a sleeping space too. If you’re afraid that a tunnel is going to take up too much space, don’t worry: most tunnels can be folded up and stored as a flat object!
Most cats love catnip. It is actually a mild (and complete safe!) hallucinogen that gives cats a natural high. Don’t get surprised if your cat starts rubbing her head against a toy with catnip, or if she starts to pur or rolling around on the floor. It’s a great way to keep your cat’s attention on the toy, especially if she isn’t naturally playful. Catnip usually wears off after about 15 minutes, after which you can decide to apply a new dosage. In the Catnip Toys section you can find toys that are infused with catnip, toys that can be stuffed with catnip and even catnip sprays. If you don’t know where to start, check out the cat toys by KONG or Beeztees for some inspiration!
Hunting Toys & Balls
Evoke your four-legged friend’s hunting instincts! In the hunting toys & balls category you can find all kinds of toys that encourage your cat to chase, hunt or trace the ‘prey’. Think of toy balls and fluffy mice toys – they will surely keep your cat engaged for hours. Did you already take a look at the KONG Cat Wild Tails? These plush toy balls have a long tail that will attract your cat’s attention and provides lots of playtime.
Do you want to challenge your cat’s intelligence? Or does your cat always love to explore the room? Use some interactive toys to really challenge your cat! These toys really stimulate all senses and guarantee hours of fun. Vetsend has different puzzles for your cat. Depending on your cat’s skill, you can choose easy or more difficult toys. The Holt Games puzzles are perfect for beginners. Your cat will be encouraged to keep playing as the main goal is to find the hidden treat.
Get your cat chasing around the room with a laser toy! Project a little dot on the floor or wal land move it around the room, and your cat will be busy chasing it. Laser toys aren’t just fun, but they are also useful to get your cat active. To make sure your cat isn’t left disappointment after failing to catch their ‘prey’, you can swap to a toy they can actually ‘kill’ after a few moments.
A different way to get your cat feeling playful are using fillable toys. Like their name suggests, you can stuff these toys with treats. Your cat will be encouraged to find the treat and keep playing until she has found it. This is a great way to get young or non-motivated cats to start playing. At Vetsend, we absolutely adore the Kitting KONG!
Teaser & Wand Toys
Teaser and wand toys are another great way to stimulate your cat’s hunting instincts. By alternating slow and fast movements, your cat will be challenged to chase the toy. Some teaser toys have feathers, bells or catnip to make them even more interesting and encourage your cat to keep playing.