Toys and treats are terrific ways to bond with your cats and enrich their lives. Cats appreciate treats in different flavors and textures, just like people enjoy a variety of foods. Playing with toys allows cats to experience mental and physical stimulation, giving them an outlet for their energy and providing entertaining internet footage for cat lovers everywhere. As with most good things in life, there can be a dangerous side. The pet experts at Long Animal Hospital are here to advise you on the best types of toys and treats to keep your kitty safe.
Toys & Treats: What’s Safe and What Isn’t?
The biggest safety concerns are less about specific toys and more about the bits and baubles that could fall off and cause an injury. The main dangers to worry about with cat toys include suffocation, choking, intestinal blockage, and strangulation. Everyday objects as well as purchased cat toys can contain unsafe items such as:
- Elastic string, ribbon, or dental floss
- Loose feathers
- Rubber bands
- Small parts like plastic eyes or sparkle balls
- Plastic bags
Safe toys to have instead
Beyond scratching posts, many cat-loving homes have a collection of kitty toys to spark their interest in a variety of ways. Here are some safe and enriching toys to add to your collection:
- Chase and pounce-style toys bring out natural prey drive
- Climbing toys develop muscles and trim cat nails
- Spring toys made from durable, chew-resistant materials provide entertainment even when you’re not around
- DIY toys like a ball of paper, a plastic curtain ring, or empty cardboard tubes are inexpensive ways to add variety
What About Treats?
When it comes to cat treats, the saying “you get what you pay for” holds true. Review ingredients on packaged treats and look for ones made from 100% meat or fish sources. It’s best to avoid uncooked meat and most human food, especially grapes, chocolate, and onions. Treats should be limited to 10% of cats’ daily food intake, which means about 20 calories a day for a 10-pound cat.
For questions about frolicking with and feeding your cats, call us at 704-523-2996. In addition to extended office hours for preventative visits, our services at Long Animal Hospital include 24-hour emergency care.