Cats love to play â it is an inherent part of their make-up; it is hunting practice, can represent an opportunity for social contact and is especially important for house cats. However, a bunch of brightly coloured expensive toys from a pet shop stuck in a basket in the corner of the room wonât necessarily comprise the ârightâ toys. You should choose things that best mirror a catâs natural prey â for example real fur toys of a similar size to the average shrew. Toys that move eg anything dangling from a fishing rod that you can agitate in front of him â are hard to resist. Try lacing everything with a liberal sprinkle of catnip. Many cats find this incredibly exciting and it may prompt a game.
Keeping your catâs toys hidden away in a sealed container with a pinch of loose catnip in it and bringing them out randomly will mean they keep their novelty and will encourage your cat to play with them for years. Always make sure that any toys that make use of string or elastic are not left out for excitable individuals to drag around the house as they might get tied up in knots if left unsupervised!