interactive cat toys

Review: Neko Flies Ultimate Rod and Birbug

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This post is sponsored by Neko Flies*

Allegra and Ruby love their Neko Flies toys. The toys are developed and created by Ellen Tsuyuki, a multiple cat owner who was dissatisfied with toys available in the cat toy marketplace. Her company, Nekochan Enterprises, Inc., specializes in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of unique, high quality pet products. All of the Neko Flies attachments mimic critters cats might encounter in the wild – and let me tell you, the likeness to the real thing is almost a bit much for someone like me who is not at all fond of critters that crawl and fly!Continue Reading

Cat Toy Safety

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I’m pretty paranoid when it comes to making sure the toys I let Allegra and Ruby play with are safe. We have plenty of “blind and deaf mice” at our house because I remove glued on eyes and ears from toy mice before I even give them to the girls. Toys with rubber bands or elastic are a no-no, and it goes without saying that any interactive, fishing type poles with string are never left out and only used when I play with the girls. Cat toy safety is paramount at our house.

A few days ago, I realized that paranoia can actually be a good thing – apparently, you can never be too vigilant when it comes to keeping your cats safe.Continue Reading

Review and Giveaway: The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate

Allegra’s World: The Importance of Exercise

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Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! I’ve been a busy girl! Between helping Mom with the Pettie nominations and keeping my sister in line, I can barely find time for more important things like birdwatching, sunbathing and napping. And as if I didn’t have enough on my paws, I’ve recently added another title to my long list of job descriptions: I’m Mom’s Purrsonal Trainer!

Every day at lunchtime, before Mom goes for her daily walk, she does weird things with these green things that look like giant bones. Continue Reading

Review: Handmade Cat Wand Toys from Design 4 Paws

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I’m always on the lookout for good interactive cat toys. They’re such a great way to keep your cats stimulated both mentally and physically, and they allow both you and your cats to get in on the fun. Since cats tend to get bored with the same old toys, it’s a good idea to have a variety on hand.

I was thrilled when Natalie Koukouli, the founder of Design 4 Paws, offered to send me a couple of her unique creations so Allegra and Ruby could test them. We received the Sofa Rod and the Ribbon and Circles toys, pictured below.Continue Reading

Review: Bird Catcher PRO and Super Guinea Fowl Feather Refill

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Interactive toys are a great way to keep your cats stimulated both mentally and physically, and a great way for both you and your cats to get in on the fun. One of Allegra and Ruby’s favorites is the DaBird – of all their wand toys, this is the one they most frequently want to play with.

We were delighted when Pets Can Play sent us two of their new Bird Catcher PRO toys, along with two 5-packs of their Super Guinea Fowl Feather Refills. I was pretty sure Allegra and Ruby were going to love these toys, but I was also curious how they would compare to the original DaBird.

The Bird Catcher PRO has slightly thicker and stronger pole than the original. It has a nice padded section at the end, Continue Reading

The Importance of Playtime for Cats

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Cats have a reputation for being low maintenance, which is probably one of the many reasons why they have surpassed dogs as the most popular pet in America. Unfortunately, because of this reputation, many people think cats don’t need as much attention as dogs do. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Play is vitally important to a cat’s mental and physical health, and it’s especially important for indoor cats. Even though cats may sleep up to 16 hours a day, when they’re awake, they need stimulation, and the best way to accomplish this is with play. In the wild, when lions, tigers and other wild cats aren’t sleeping, they’re either hunting, or teaching their young to hunt. And play is nothing more than channelling your domestic tiger’s hunting instinct into play.

Benefits of Play

  • Exercise. Obesity is the number one health problem in cats. According to a recent survey, 55% of America’s cats are overweight or obese. In addition to feeding a species-appropriate raw or canned diet, exercise is the best way to keep your feline charges fit and trim.
  • Relief of boredom. Continue Reading