Innovative Cat Toys: A Selection Guide
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Innovative Cat Toys

Most cats love to play, no matter what their age. Play stimulates their intellectual growth, and develops physical coordination and balance. It helps them socialize with other cats and humans. Play helps kittens learn basic survival skills, and throughout their nine lives provides valuable exercise needed to keep fit. Play helps relieve boredom, obesity - the single largest problem for indoor cats - loneliness, and stress-related problems.

As cats mature, their personal drive for play may diminish, but not the actual need. Fortunately, even the most sedentary of cats will enjoy play if properly challenged. But what is the right challenge for your cat? If your cat initiates play, play-alone toys can be effective. If, however, your cat needs a jumpstart, play-together toys are likely needed. In addition to satisfying your pet's need for mental and physical activity, you are sure to find them to be plenty of fun. Play alone toys offer on-demand stimulation. If your cat won't play enough on her own, you need to personally challenge her, literally lending your hand to energize the play experience.

Based upon feedback from our customers, following are highlights of the top play-alone and play-together toys we offer:

Play-Alone Toys

SmartCat Mobile Magic SmartCat Mobile Magic - Amazing automatic cat wand brings the time-tested cat teaser toy into the new millennium! SmartCat Mobile Magic keeps cats physically and mentally active even if you're too tired to play. Secure this innovative cat toy onto any door via hook and loop straps for simple setup.
Egg-Cersizer Cat Toy Egg-Cersizer Cat Toy - Load a few treats or dry kibble into Egg-Cersizer, and watch your cat think, probe, and play her way to a delicious reward. This treat-dispensing toy is also a great alternative to free feeding, especially for overweight cats or cats that eat too quickly.
Flashing Firefly Mat Flashing Firefly Mat - Curb kitty's nighttime attention-seeking behavior with engaging play. Flashing Firefly Mat offers silent nighttime activity for cats of all ages. Enjoy undisturbed sleep while kitty is occupied with exciting nighttime entertainment.
Catit Senses Activity Toys Catit Senses Activity Toys - Create a feline activity center that engages all kitty's prey-hunting senses. The Play Circuit track boasts a peek-a-boo enclosure that lets cats see, chase and swat a specially-designed ball.
Ba-Da-Beam Toy Ba-Da-Beam Toy - This automatic laser chaser keeps your cat on the prowl. The laser dot, which circles, pauses, and then circles again, cannot be caught - which keeps your cat moving. The Ba-Da-Beam features a rotating laser that can be directed into one of two adjustable positions - straight ahead for wall use, or downward toward the floor.
Pick-a-Prize Toy Box Pick-a-Prize Toy Box - Toys peek out, but can your cat free the prize? Stimulating and challenging, this interactive puzzle box keeps your cat mentally active. Place toys or treats inside for your cat to reach, bat, and scoop, and ferret out. Sturdy all-wood construction lasts years. The box includes two assorted toys to get the fun started.

Play-Together Toys

Twinkle Cat Toys Twinkle Cat Toys - Provoke your cat's inner gymnast with the textures, sounds, and flashing lights of Twinkle Toys. Watch kitty flip, leap, and attack these erratic, squeaky mouse toys.
Da Bird Da Bird - A single bob of Da Bird is completely irresistible to cats. Set on a swivel, its feathers look, sound, and feel like real bird wings. The most fun you’ll have with your feline friend!
Laser Mouse Laser Mouse - Have you observed your cat playing with sun spots caused by the fluttering of drapes or the reflections off of glass. With the laser mouse, you can share this experience with your pet. Move the laser dot or mouse-shaped image across the room, up walls, or jump from one surface to another. Make it disappear and suddenly reappear.

You may need to try several types of toys in order to discover your cat's favorites. And even when you find one or two she absolutely loves, you'll need to rotate in others to keep play fresh and fun.

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