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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-17-2018, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Cat toys and treats

Any recommendations for cat toys and treats?

I know there is a machine so when the cat puts in an object (usually a toy), a treat comes out. I think this is a great way to encourage cats to play but I can't seem to find it on amazon or anything. Any ideas?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-17-2018, 05:10 PM
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My cats like:
Yeowww! Catnip Toy, Yellow Banana

I would love the toy you mention.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2018, 06:46 AM
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Oh, that's a great machine. I love to buy that machine also.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2018, 03:17 PM
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My older Devon, Zuba, isn't quite as playful at 14 yrs., but still enjoys playing with a wand with feathers on the end of it. I have to be careful tho that he doesn't start chewing the feathers, as he would pull all them out and eat them. Zuba used to be a really good retriever, but not so much now.

My younger Devon, Fitty Pisky, at 2+yrs. and is a good retriever of just about anything. He particularly likes those plastic spirals to bat around and also retrieve, as well as stuffed mousies.

For treats, both cats really like the freeze dried "Pure Bites" in any of the flavors.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2018, 10:18 PM
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I'm not sure what the machine is that you're referring to, but I have used treat balls, like this:

I also just came across this: Welcome! - Food Puzzles for Cats

It's got some great recommendations and also some ideas of things you can make at home.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2018, 05:20 AM
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My adult cats don't "play" much anymore. But when they were younger, they loved cardboard boxes -- I cut holes in them, so they could play "peek-a-boo" or "gotcha" (alone or together). Sometimes, I stacked the boxes and taped them together, so the could climb through the holes (inside) without the boxes toppling over or the holes misaligning.

They played with almost anything that moved -- wads of paper, bottle caps. I found that store-bought toys were a waste of money, except for a couple balls. One had a bell in it. I took that away from them after finding the only times they played with it was 2 in the morning. The other ball was a sponge ball. One cat, in particular, would carry it around for hours and cry, like she had to dispose of a bomb. The ball got lost and I haven't been able to find more.

My cats, no matter what age, love cat trees. I bought some, but also made my own out of supplies from Home Depot.

Treats? I recommend "all natural". My cats love raw fish, raw chicken, cheese... I don't give them store-bought anymore. I've decided treats, like the ones I just mentioned are much healthier for them.

My cats love fresh catnip. I planted seeds in pots and they nibble on them whenever they desire. (Of course, they've chewed the plants down to half-inch sticks!... But, I planted more! If you want to buy packaged (dry) catnip, my cats liked "Smarty Cat" and "Frontier" brands (and there are other good brands). However, I bought "Frontier" in bulk and they changed the grind. It's now like fine saw dust,,, or smaller than sand particles. My cats didn't like it, at all. That's when I started growing my own. "Smarty Cat" has been faithful.

I guess that's all I can think of for 5 o'clock in the morning [ET].
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2018, 10:03 PM
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I buy the soft treats, whisker lickins is mine and Luckys choice. Point is I can tear them in half so he doesn't eat so many and throw a half down our wood floor. Again and again. Lucky gallops after each one.. Its his favorite game and he definitely gets exercise! When he wants to play "Chase the treat" he comes over and stares me down and if that doesn't work fast enough he leaps on the table beside me and bats the treat bag.
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