What are a cat’s favorite toys? Despite the prolific pet merchandise advertisements one sees in publications and on television, particularly during the holiday season, a pussycat’s preferred playthings may already be found around the house. Consider this cat owner countdown of 10 top picks for inventive feline entertainment.
10 favorite cat toys
10. Yarn or string – This one ought to be fairly obvious. Cats of every age are intrigued by ribbons, cords, yarns, or other string-like materials, particularly is someone is wiggling or tugging the other end. Tie a giant (choke-proof) jingle bell or a few huge buttons on the end to add sound effects.
9. Tennis ball – Anything that spins and rolls will captivate a kitty for hours. Give it a roll or gentle toss, every now and then, to keep the cat interested. After all, if it moves, it must be alive – at least, to a curious cat.
8. Toilet paper roll – Ask any cat owner. Toilet paper rolls, especially full ones, are not really intended for human use at all. They are placed just slightly out of reach, so the cat can jump and stretch and unroll them, all over the bathroom. And, if the cat is still nimble enough to sneak up onto the kitchen counters or workshop table, the same rules apply to paper towels and gift wrapping paper rolls.
7. Brown paper grocery bags – Cats are the ultimate shopping bag recyclers, finding a fun way to repurpose these cast-offs. Just try unpacking weekly groceries with a cat in the room. Those crinkly paper bags are veritable feline bait.
6. Cardboard box – If there’s an empty box around it will not remain empty for long. Cats love to climb into boxes of all sizes and shapes. Even baskets and bowls lure them. What kitty doesn’t like to curl up in a cozy little spot?
5. Water – Sure, cats are supposed to be afraid of water. Everyone knows, they loathe being wet. This is not wholly true – at least, not of all cats. Turn the tap on for a trickle, and watch the cat begin to bat at the water. Remember, if it moves, it’s fair game to a feline.
4. TV remote control – Pussycats have sweet little padded paws, which are perfect for pressing the buttons on the television’s remote control. This is most likely to happen during the final moments of a suspenseful drama or a close-scoring sporting event. In the absence of a TV remote, a cell phone makes a likely target for the cat’s attention as well.
3. Computer keyboard – The most affectionate cats love to climb into their humans’ laps for a snooze, especially when those folks are sitting still at their computer desks. Eventually, however, even a kitty can become bored and feel the need to stretch. Watching fingers tapping on a keyboard is fascinating to a feline. Why should he not wish to try this himself?
Fear not, though. To date, there have been no recorded instances of cats hitting the control, alt and delete keys at the same time.
2. The family dog – Certainly, the most intriguing cat toys have moving parts. The family dog is a prime example. And, if that dog should be napping, rather than animated, the strategic use of cat claws (often around the face) can usually rouse him to action. Almost immediately, a stirring game of Kitty Smackdown can ensue, rivaling any action the WWF might offer.
1. You – Paws-down, the very best toy at cat can have is an attentive human. When it strikes her fancy, a cat may expect her human to be willing to drop everything to play with her, scratch behind her ears, and give her a stretch of undivided attention.
Cats are playful and entertaining, particularly when they find intriguing items to bat about, chase, hunt, or taunt about the house. Plenty of playthings designed for this purpose may fit the bill, but the feline’s favorites often tend to be ordinary things found in her path.