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Your playful kitty may turn everything from a ball of newspaper to the grocery sack into a toy, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t appreciate the real thing. You can keep your pet active and safeguard her health by picking appropriate toys.


Your kitten has the urge to attack objects. This “object play” stimulates her predatory behavior. If you supply your kitten with lots of toys, she’ll learn this behavior early.


What are the advantages? Your kitten will stay healthy mentally and physically, she’ll learn social skills and coordination, and she’ll get the exercise she needs to help prevent health problems like obesity. Plenty of play also keeps her entertained, which can head off behavior problems that stem from boredom.

Balls and Mice


Balls, toy mice and other small toys work best for games of chase, fetch and other hunting games for cats. Chasing these toys gives your cat a great cardiovascular workout.


Some small toys and toy mice also wind up so they can run around the living room on their own. Before you bring them home, check them over for small or loose parts your kitten could swallow or inhale.


Your cat also appreciates small, furry toys that resemble creatures. They look like prey and stimulate her predatory instincts. But remember, after your cat has “hunted” these toys, she may decide it’s time to chomp down on her tasty treat. Watch your kitten carefully, and make sure she doesn’t try to devour these types of toys. If she succeeds in devouring one behind your back, it may not cause a problem, but watch her for signs of gastrointestinal distress, and call your veterinarian if you have any concerns.


Catnip Toys


Many toys contain catnip. This scent entices and excites some cats because it carries a chemical called nepetalactone, which causes neurological stimulation in cats.


If your cat responds to catnip, it may be the end of your play session. Some cats become exuberant, but other cats react by rubbing, rolling over and stretching or licking themselves for 10 to 15 minutes after their exposure. Afterward, they may be inclined to take a nap or mosey over to the food dish for a snack.

Scratching Posts


It is normal, healthy cat behavior to scratch. Why do they do it? Scratching helps remove the outer layers of their claws, or the sheaths like a kitty manicure. It also helps mark their territory.


If your cat still has her front claws, a scratching post can save your carpet and furniture some wear and tear. There are many kinds of scratching posts, including twine and carpeted models. They come in an array of shapes and sizes, and some incorporate balls and toys to catch your pet’s interest. Others provide a comfortable resting spot for an afternoon nap. You may need to test a few before you find one that captures your pet’s interest.


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