While domesticated, house cats are still animals, and they need to move and stimulate their natural instincts—like, for example, hunting. Cats are also fundamentally different from dogs: you can’t take them for a walk. That’s why we need to encourage our cats to be active, if we want them to maintain a healthy weight. The best way to do this—and to make our furry friends happy—is to opt for entertaining games that get them moving. In this special piece on cat toys, we’ll go over the best gift options for your feline this Christmas.
One toy that all cat owners need is a scratching post or structure. It helps cats satisfy their territorial instincts, and will save your house’s walls by letting your pet scratch and rub up against its various parts. Multi-level structures also let cats climb and jump for hours, preventing sedentary lifestyles and consequent weight gain. Not to mention the fact that most of these structures have a part that resembles a cave or box, which gives cats a refuge where they can sit and observe to satisfy their inherent curiosity. Without a doubt, a scratching post is an essential part of the perfect home for your cat.
When it comes to cats and toys, it’s hard to forget the famous mouse, which lets them play at hunting. It’s important that this toy has some kind of mechanism that allows it to move. The feline fascination with rodents is timeless, and buying your furry friend one of its own means endless hours of fun. In addition to having a good time, your cat will exercise and use its hunting instincts.
Similar to the mouse, there’s the rubber ball: an everyday item that always catches cats’ attention. Its nice texture and shape make it an ideal cat toy. But to give your cat the best possible Christmas present, it’s important to go above and beyond a simple ball, with toys that include other types of challenges. Closed structures with strategically placed holes to put balls in and take them out are especially fun, and stimulate felines’ incredible intelligence.
Balls, mice, scratching posts... there’s plenty to choose from. Do you know what you’re going to give your cat yet?