I don’t know about you, but my cats are my family, and as such they deserve nice gifts for the joy they give me all year round. Now, I could go all out and spend too much money for things that they have no interest in, or I can use my imagination and a $20 bill.
First, I will start off my saying that, like children, if you put all of the new toys out to play with on Christmas morning, chances are they will become get bored with them by Christmas night. My advice is to hold back, only giving them a few toys at one time, until they get bored with them. Then, pick them up and replace them with some of the new toys that you have in reserve. That way, it’s Christmas all over again.
Some of the toys you can pick up in the local pet shop. However, they usually jack the prices sky high to cover their overhead. That being the case, the only time that I go into the pet shop is to look, not buy.
Your next option is the Internet. Now, there are a lot of places out there that charge just as much as the pet shop does, but if you scour the pet outlets on the Net, chances are you will find deals. Two stores that I shop at are Amazon, and Chewy .
Here are just a few toys that are on the cheaper side and your cat is sure to love them just as much, if not more, than the expensive play things.
You can find anything at all at Amazon.
These are great. My cats will sneak up on them, pounce and run around, holding the mouse by its tail.
These are great for cats that love their catnip. They are refillable so your cat will have hours of fun.
Every cat loves their feather wand. I can’t wait to try this!
Chewy is also a great place for cats. Here are just a few of their toys.
These are going to be in Mimi’s stocking for sure!
This little mouse squeaks at your cat.
I haven’t tried this one yet, but the reviews are out and 95% of the cats that tried it absolutely flipped over it.
As you can see, cat toys don’t have to break you this Christmas. These are just a few of the best loved toys. There are so much more out there to try.
Then there are toys that you can make with a little imagition and a lot of love. I suggest that you watch your cat play. Do they like to stalk, pounce and jump high in the air, like my Mimi? Or are they lazy cats who only grab the toy from where they lay and chew on it, like my BoBo?
For cats like Mimi, a ping pong ball works great to help get their energy out. Bounce it and see them go for it. The higher you bounce the ball the higher they will jump. Another good one is a lazor pointer. Now you can get them from any pet store, but why not use your flashlight on your cell phone (assuming you have a cell). A substitute for a ball is a cork. I keep several on hand just in case she gets too rambunctus and it goes under the stove or refrigerator. I had both of the appliances replaced last year and was slightly embarrassed when the installer found all of the corks that had gotten away from the cat.
BoBo is a bit different. He’s older and has always been a lazy hunter. For these types of felines, you need to be resourceful. You may be able to entice them with a feather attached to a stick, straw or anything that is tubular in shape. Bo even goes after the lazor, but only if you point it right in front of him. Just as long as he doesn’t have to get up, he’ll play.
Help your cat have a merry Catmas!
Until next time, let’s play!