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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-18-2010, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Toy recommendations?

I'm a college student, and I have a 3-year-old male cat that stays home with my mom when I'm out of town during the semester. He's a wonderful, affectionate kitty, but I'm concerned he's getting bored when I'm not around. My mom loves him as much as I do, but she works and doesn't really have all that much energy to play with him.

Does anyone have any recommendations for toys that will keep him entertained?
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Re: Toy recommendations?

I just ordered this:



It's a Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy.

I have the wooden box with all of the round holes and balls or toys inside. Nina only uses it if there are treats inside. I think she'll like this one! I hope so.




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Re: Toy recommendations?

Excellent post from Jeanie. Snowy has something similar, he goes NUTS for it. Other toys that he especially likes are:
- cat cubes
- string
- little fur mice
- paw breakers
- da bird
- kong wubba
- laser pointers
- paper bags
- cardboard boxes
- boogie mat

That's it to name a few. Oh yes, and there is another study some vets did, that suggests cats actually are more playful when hungry. This seems to be very true. Before Snowy's breakfast or dinner, I play with him and he plays more in that period. Then he gets fed and that serves sort of as a reward as well. It works like a charm .
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-18-2010, 07:43 PM
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Re: Toy recommendations?

I agree with the above but sometimes nonbought toys are the best! You'd be surprised what they will love to play with. Bags, anything they can bat around on a hard surface, strings, lasers. Lots of things to keep them active and sharp.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-18-2010, 07:57 PM
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Re: Toy recommendations?

I second the Turbo Scratcher! Here's a post I made on it a week or two ago:

"I bought the Turbo Scratcher for my boys last night... Holy crow, best 20 bucks I've ever spent! The two of them played with it for THREE hours straight, and were even getting into little fights over who got to play with it! I was absolutely stunned. We then put it away, because they were getting cardboard all over the floor - it is messy, but totally worth the clean up imo. Tavish of course, managed to find where it was hidden a few hours later and started playing with it again. Great toy, and a great scratcher - they loved it. I'm thinking of buying another one, so they each have their own! We'll see if the novelty wears off, though I don't think it will; Tavish had had one at his foster home, and he definitely remembered what it was!"

They still play with it EVERYDAY.

Also cardboard boxes... you can't go wrong with a good old cardboard box.
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Re: Toy recommendations?

Turbo track is even better than the Scratcher, b/c when the ball goes over the hump, it speeds up, keeping the game going. You can also rearrange it in different shapes, combine 2 or more together, etc. All this serves to keep a cat's interest in it up.



http://www.berganexperience.com/turbotrack.html

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=3549104

Videos of cats playing w/ it (random Youtube kitties-not mine):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsyBq...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikGDb...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIgdVucDeVU&feature=fvw
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