Interactive playthings can help keep felines challenged and entertained
When it comes to entertainment and enrichment, cats actually have very simple needs: Can they chase it, scratch it, sit on it or hide in it…? Challenging toys that are designed specifically for felines can help you keep your cat(s) entertained and provide much-needed enrichment. Here is a sampling of smart toys that will keep your felines, mentally and physically stimulated.
Mix & Scratch™ line from Petstages includes corrugated play stations in different shapes that offer cats a variety activities. The play stations can be clipped together to create a fun interactive play board. The catnip-infused corrugated cardboard is designed to work with small balls and other toys, such as tiny mice that can be fitted into various cut-out sections and grooves. Rearranging the squares of individual sections will keep your cats intrigued and the game new.
Cat Treat Maze from pet puzzle pioneer Nina Ottossen is designed to keep felines intrigued. Simply fill it with treats and then shake it to attract your cat’s attention. She’ll quickly discover that there is something interesting and tasty inside that has to be pawed out. And as the maze is batted at, it wobbles and spins, requiring your cat to concentrate intensely as she “hunts” for treats.
MixMax Cat Puzzles, also from Nina Ottossen, are individual puzzle-shaped games that can be fit together to become one big activity board. Each game comes in four difficulty levels and features myriad grooves and holes to hide treats in. You can give your cat one puzzle at a time or mix and match them into different configurations and difficulty levels to keep your cat perpetually entertained.
Catit Senses 2.0 toys (below) are designed to stimulate cats with sound, touch and sight. Senses offers three different track-ball circuits to choose from, Play, Wave and Super, and each features large openings that enable cats to reach inside and get involved. The circuits can be used alone or combined to create myriad playtime shapes. The circuits can also incorporate a variety of add-on components to create a complete cat amusement center. Choose from the Grass Planter, Digger (for treats and small toys), Food Tree, Oval Scratcher, Scratcher (this one is vertical) and Wellness Center. You can also add motion activated balls that light up as they roll on the circuit track.
Doc and Phoebe Indoor Hunting Feeder is officially a feeding system; however, it can double as a smart toy based on the amount of activity it requires. The system consists of five mice that can be filled a cat’s daily food allowance and then hidden in different parts of the home. The mice’s purpose is to get your cat hunting for her meals. The mice are designed to roll and move, just like live ones do. The system, created by veterinarian Liz Bales, is endorsed by America’s Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and certified as a Fear Free Happy Home enrichment product. These are the kind of mice you want in your house.
UJI Tunnels from Nekochan Enterprises are unconventional “puzzles” comprised of three different shaped tunnels that can be zipped together into 20 different combinations. Each tunnel features a side porthole for extra hide-n-seek fun. For added enticement, you can place toys and treats inside or dangle a wand toy in front the openings or portholes. These indoor tunnel puzzles also provides a safe and snuggly place to sleep.