the most appealing qualities that cats have is their boundless curiosity
and joy of playing. Granted, what we humans perceive as playing
is, in reality, actually the cat using and perfecting their awesome
inherent, instinctual hunting skills. But, it looks like so much
fun when the cats do this that I still like to think of it as play!
I can disticntly remember my sister's very geriatric feline - at
least 15 years old, almost totally deaf, and unfortunately suffering
from terminal, incurable cancer. But this cat would come alive and
act like a frisky young kitten again if you were to drag a piece
of string on the ground within her eyesight. She would stalk the
string and suddenly pounce, then roll over onto her back and proceed
to disembowel her thin adversary with her fearsome back claws! This
cat enjoyed playtime (albeit in a limited time frame) until the
day she passed away. Cats know the importance of playing, sleeping,
and expressing their feelings - some things that we humans could
stand to learn from our feline friends!
any good cat's mother, over the years I have spent loads of money
buying lots of different types of cat toys to keep my furry children
happy. I have discovered, however, that the best cat toys - the
things that my cats would play with the longest - where the toys
that cost very little money or were actually free! And, so I present
to you the following list of the best cat toys that money can't
You can tie a few knots in the material if you want to, then simply
drag it or dangle it in the air around you cat. Just make sure that
you keep you hands far enough away from the flying claws! I have
yet to meet a cat that can resist the dangling string!!!
Bags and Cardboard Boxes Not
all cats like to crawl into bags or boxes, but most do. One of the
favorite pastimes of my now deceased cat Cleo was to crawl into
a paper grocery bag that I'd left laying on its side on the floor.
She would hid there for a very long time if needed, just waiting
for someone (my husband or I or especially my other cat Claire)to
come strolling unsuspectingly by... then WHAM!!! Cleo would jump
out of the bag, grab your ankle, then run as fast as she could into
another room...TAG, you're it!!! I would often be searching for
a long time for Cleo, only to find that she had fallen asleep inside
of a paper grocery bag, bored from waiting so long for her next
"prey" to come sauntering by! When using boxes please
be sure that any metal fasteners of tape pieces are removed before
letting your cat play in there. And be sure that you only use paper
grocery bags, please!
Balls Of Aluminum Foil
These are great - fun to throw and let you cat chase. Many cats
will actually fetch like dogs... but only when THEY feel like doing
so! Any crumpled paper can be substituted for the aluminum foil,
but the foil has the advantage of being light weight and it maintains
its shape much longer than any paper product.
Hand Puppets Or Even Old Socks and Gloves
Anything that you can use to cover your hands and engage in some
hand-to-paw "wrestling" with your cat without losing a
pound of flesh in the process. My husband would also use oven mitts
for this purpose.
always remember to be gentle when playing with your cat so that
no one gets hurt!
can see that cats really don't care how much money you spend on
cat toys... as long as they have something to play with!!!