Have you ever walked into the toy section for pets and wondered which toy to buy? I have on several occasions meandered over to the pet toy section when I am out shopping only to get totally confused by the vast array of choices. There are so many toys of all different sizes, shapes, and colors to choose from for your cat. As I stand there looking, which sometimes could be almost an hour, for a toy for my cats I am just not sure which one I should get. I do tend to buy the toys that have more than one in a package as they often get lost behind or under appliances or furniture.
I do not buy a lot of the toys from the store, as I have discovered that my cats do not always like the toys I bring home from the store and will find their own amusement in something that you would least expect and that you already have around the house. My cats are often attacking shoes that are lying around on the floor and dragging them from one room to the other by the shoe strings. Most cats just love to play with string and my cats all love to play with string. I can get all of them to sit around in a circle while I bounce the string around from one to the other. It is so much fun to watch them trying to get the little piece of string. It is also about the only time that I can get all of mine to be in close proximity to each other without any hissing or growling. It is amazing how they interact when they are concentrating on something so intently. I also do not let them play with the string when I am not around, it can be dangerous for them if they were to swallow it.
I have also found that a cardboard box or paper bag are great tools of amusement for a cat. I will often find one of my cats curled up in a box sleeping. Cooper also just loves to play in the box, jumping in and out and scratching inside of it as if he is digging for gold. He also loves to play in a paper bag; it will keep him occupied for hours. It is so much fun to watch him jump in the sack and peek his head out. Another homemade toy that Cooper loves to play with is the empty toilet paper roll. At first I didn’t know how the empty rolls were getting all over the house, until we caught him taking it out of the basket and batting and chasing it all over the floor. It was so funny to see him play with that empty roll. Then he started to play with the toilet paper that was still full, I am not sure if he wanted to get to the empty roll or if he just wanted to have toilet paper all over, it was something else that amused him, although; that did not amuse me as I had to pick up all that he had unrolled onto the floor.
The few toys that I have purchased for my cats that they have loved to play with are the little plastic balls with bells inside. They love to bat them around the floor, but they do tend to get under furniture and I have to drag them out from time to time. Cuddles really enjoyed playing with a little cloth ball that was soft enough that she could grab it in her mouth and run around with it, now that was a cute sight to see. There are two toys that Cooper gets the most enjoyment out of that I bought from the store. One is a little stuffed animal that he will pick up in his mouth and toss it in the air and chase after it. It is the most comical thing to see him do. He also loves playing with a plastic tube with a ball that rolls inside. He will lay by it for hours pushing the ball around inside, but I have to keep that toy up at night as he tends to get a little noisy when he gets really excited and pushes it across the floor.
I have also purchased the toys with feathers on the end, but they do not last very long. The feathers get all mangled and wet from being chewed on a lot. I have even bought some toys that you can hang from a doorknob for your cat to play with, but they do not pay too much attention to it. I find that they have more fun when I take the same toy and just play with them instead of hanging it on the doorknob for them to play themselves.
The next time you are standing in the toy section and wondering what to get your cat, pick out something that you can both play with or something that you will enjoy watching them being silly. Some of the best toys are already in your house waiting for your cat to discover them, and for the adventure to begin.