If variety is the spice of life...then providing Britches with a variety of interactive cat toys is a perfect ingredient to keeping her life well seasoned!
By increasing the number of cat toys in her collection, it is easier to rotate the toys we use in our interactive play sessions. Using different cat wand toys keeps our cat games fresh, exciting and unpredictable.
Just like in nature, Britches never knows what prey she will encounter!
Knowing that regularly playing with your cat is key to preventing the development of house cat behavior problems, I decided to select a wand cat toy that offered a different type of "prey" from one of her original favorite toys: the Cat Dancer.
Instead of batting at a fluttering "fly", Britches could stalk a side-winding "snake"!
The reason I was confident that Britches would respond positively to cat teaser toys of this type was based on how enthusiastic she was with a little homemade "experimental" teaser toy.
In my sewing supplies I had a very long piece of flat elastic, such as would be used in an elastic waistband. I tied one end of the elastic to a Flutter Ball Feather, and the other end to a wooden spoon to use as a handle! As I dragged the teaser toy past Britches, she definitely had fun chasing and stalking.
My experiment yielded an illuminating and useful fact: The big
appeal for Britches with this "toy" was not so much the feather, but the
movement of the elastic tape.
Though the slithering movement really stimulated her feline hunter instincts, once "captured" there wasn't anything for her to claw or sink her teeth into!
Best option...buy a real toy! By observing Britches during our interactive cat play, I was able to understand her "cat talk"...her response told me to look for a fabric cat teaser toy long enough that it could be dragged like a snake!
No second guessing required...She helped me decide what I needed to buy.
For any feline with an indoor-only lifestyle, a little "cat exercise" play therapy with a cat teaser toy can go a long way in helping to drain pent up energy. Not only are these interactive play sessions great opportunities for bonding with your cat, but they are key to keeping her from turning into a stressed cat.
I was drawn to buy this new cat toy for a few reasons:
Our cat teaser toys review of Kong's Swizzle Bird Cat Toy has Britches saying "It's a Hit!"
Through Britches cat body language, she told me that this plush feather cat toy successfully stimulated her cat hunting instincts. As I drew the toy's fluffy swizzle tail along the floor, I observed Britches respond with each of her cat body parts:
Cat's Eyes: Her body held still, only her eyes followed the movement of the cat toy across the floor.
Cat's Ears: When the Swizzle Bird disappeared from view, slithering around the side of the sofa, Britches ears rotated, keeping tabs on the location of her prey.
Cat's Body: As Britches stealthy began to move toward the corner of the sofa, she crouched down, tail swishing, her whiskers slightly forward. Quick as a flash she sprung up, dashing around the sofa...
Cat's Paw: Before I could move the cat wand toy Britches slapped the feather flat, pinning it to the floor with her claws.
An unmistakable air of victory prevailed as she deftly scooped her feathery prey and bunny kicked into the air!
Now that's Cat Talk that anyone can understand!
The Kong Swizzle Bird Cat Toy Should Appeal To:
Generally, cats of most any age, temperament and toy preference.
More specifically...older kittens and cats with a strong prey drive.