Toys should be an important part of your cat’s life. Not only do toys provide entertainment and enjoyment, but they also keep your cat healthy. One of the most common health concerns for cats is weight. Indoor cats are particularly susceptible to putting on the pounds from lack of activity. Cats frequently sleep up to 16 hours a day, which makes physical and mental stimulation when they are awake a high priority. Interactive toys can entice your cat into exercising, keeping his muscles strong and flexible. This can be something as simple as an empty box, a laser pointer, teaser or feather toys for your cat to chase.
Cats also need interaction and stimulation to relieve boredom, anxiety and stress. Stress can exacerbate any pre-existing health problems in your cat and can also lead to aggressive behavior, withdrawal and depression. Toys and playtime will relieve your cat’s boredom through interactive entertainment.
Scratching is an instinctual behavior for all cats, so it is important to keep your cat’s claws in shape. A cat’s claws are important in self-defense and for climbing. Toys such as scratching pads and posts will keep your cat’s claws in excellent condition.
Chew toys should be an important part of your cat’s dental health routine. These toys, which are often filled with catnip and fibrous catnip stalks, gently scrape soft tartar from your cat’s teeth and gums. These chew toys also satisfy your cat’s innate desire to chew and bat.