What Toys Will Cats Actually Play With?

Cats have reputations for being self-sufficient and often sedate pets, capable of making their own entertainment day in and out. However, cats need physical and mental stimulation to be healthy and happy.

But what kind of toys do cats actually like? Here’s a list of some toys that will engage your cat’s body and mind throughout the long days.

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Cats Enjoy Treat Dispensing Toys

Toys that dispense treats serve a cats body and mind. Small challenges will have your cat performing physical maneuvers to get small amounts of food or treats. Because they dispense smaller portions of food, food-dispensing toys may also serve as a dietary aid.

Many Kitties Love Catnip Filled Toys

Most cats will go wild for any toy or ball filled with catnip. A catnip filled plaything can keep your pet occupied for a long period of time. Be careful, though. Some cats get a little over excited, or even aggressive when interrupted playing with the stuff!

Just About Any Cat Will Chase a Laser Pointer

There’s nothing like a laser to get a cat excited. Try flashing one around the floor near your cat, turning it on and off, trying to get them to follow it and leap for it! A bright laser pointer should bring plenty of easy fun. There are even some modern models that are machine activated so your cat can play if you’re otherwise occupied.

Most Cats Like Toys on Sticks or Wands

Toys that hang from sticks are fun and safe for playing with your cat. Wagging a toy around on the end of a wand will keep your cat engaged as if hunting for moving pray, while keeping your hands out of the way of sharp teeth and claws. There are many variations of these toys, and many even allow you to swap out what you have on the end of the stick. Some cats are more likely to pounce on something that resembles a rodent, while others will jump to catch feathers that resemble a bird in flight. Try swapping out different toys to see what your kitty likes best.

Teaching your dog to behave on Walks

Does your dog pull and overpower you, or stiffen up near the end of the walk? When dogs are difficult to walk, it’s not only irritating, but also potentially dangerous. It’s important to have safe and disciplined walks, which may take some leash training to achieve.

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How To Play With A Cat

Cats are wonderful, loving companions for many people, but that doesn’t always mean they are easy to play with. In fact, many cat owners don’t know how to play with their feline friends at all!

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As it turns out, there are many ways to engage and build a bond with your pet cat.

Here are five fresh and fun ideas!

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Do You Have Time to Care for a New Dog?

Caring for a new dog is no small potatoes. While love and adoration go a long way in being a good pet parent, success in nurturing your new dog ultimately boils down to whether or not you devote time to them. As dog ownership is often a 10-15 year endeavor, its important to ask if you have enough time to address your dog’s needs before you take them in.

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Here is a roadmap of the ways in which dogs require time from their owners for healthy and happy lives

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How Often Do You Need to Walk Your Dog

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How often do dogs need to be walked?

All dogs need to move around! It’s just one of the hard facts of responsible dog ownership. While all dogs need some time outside to stretch their legs and do their business, different dogs have different exercise demands.

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What is Your Dog Trying to Tell You?

No person speaks dog, despite the wishes of many frustrated dog owners. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to decipher what your pet means by its actions! From tongues to tails, dogs manage to be very communicative despite their lack of language skills.

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How Long Can Your Dog be Left Alone?

While we’d love to spend every waking minute with our furry friends, life often gets in the way of unadulterated pet time. Whether for work, parties, or trips out of town, the call will inevitably come for your to leave your dog unsupervised. But how long should you do that before intervening?

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