Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New Jersey, USA
Best toys for cat?
New to the forum, though not to cats. Always one in the house growing up, both back in Russia, and here, as soon as my parents were able to get a house since we immigrated.
That was over a decade ago -- Recently I've moved out to my own place, and, of course, to make it a home -- got Mooky, a tiny grey & white shorthair from the NYC shelter. They said they found him on the doorstep that same morning -- a couple of weeks old they guessed. Skin and bones.
It's been incredible watching him grow up. He is around 7 months old now, and UNBELIEVABLY PLAYFUL. Seems to have some Siamese to him, in personality as well as looks. So this is where I get to the meat of this post -- sorry for the preamble!
What has been everyone's experience as far as toys for your cats? Mooky loves to play, but quickly gets bored of his toys. Won't smack the squeaky rat anymore. The feathered furry on a stretchy string that had been all the rage for two weeks hardly gets a swat, and that only after breaking a sweat waving it around like mad (and of course only while pretending that I have nothing to do with it, and it's just going on its own). And the jingly balls, around forty of which are holding up the fridge and the couch, don't even get a glance.
I suppose it's like kids -- you wouldn't give a teenager an Elmo doll or Play-doh.
So what do you give a clever cat who's grown out of his childhood toy chest?
What kinds of toys have you found most successful, in terms of being absorbing for the cat, and in longevity of keeping interest?