Toys & Kitty Condos
There are many factors that contribute to the safety or danger of a toy. Many of those factors, however, are completely dependent upon your cat’s size, activity level and personal preference. Another factor to be considered is the environment in which your cat spends her time. Although we can’t guarantee your cat’s enthusiasm or her safety with any specific toy, we can offer the following guidelines.
The things that are usually the most attractive to cats are often the very things that are the most dangerous. Cat-proof your home by checking for: string, ribbon, yarn, rubber bands, plastic milk jug rings, paper clips, pins, needles, and anything else that could be ingested. All of these items are dangerous, no matter how cute your cat may look when she’s playing with them.
Avoid any toys that aren’t “cat-proof” by removing ribbons, feathers, strings, eyes, or other small parts that could be chewed and/or ingested.
Soft toys should be machine washable. Check labels for child safety, as a stuffed toy that’s labeled as safe for children under three years old, doesn’t contain dangerous fillings. Problem fillings include things like nutshells and polystyrene beads. Also, rigid toys are not as attractive to cats.
Cats don’t really need much in the way of special furniture, but they do have some needs that can best be met by items designed especially for cats.
The two things cats love to do more than anything are be in high places and look out of windows! A cat perch is the one item that can provide your cat with the comfort and pleasure she deserves.
Some cat perches are “window perches” and are designed to attach to a window inside your home. They are usually quite easy to install. This popular item for cats has the benefit of giving your cat some elevation and entertainment at the same time!
Cat trees and kitty condos come in all different shapes and sizes, and can serve many purposes. They are usually carpeted and provided your cat with at least a couple of shelves, and a post for scratching. Some have little cat houses with holes for your cat to hang out in.
A kitty condo or a cat tree is a great item that can serve as your cat’s bed and scratching post all in one.
And it also provides the high elevation kitties seem to love. The higher the better!