Category Archives: Toys

Two toys your dog (and maybe your cat) can’t live without

There is definitely no shortage of dog toys on the market.  In fact, the hardest part of getting a new dog in the family may be CHOOSING which toys your dog will think are the BEST.

While there are many great toys, you can’t go wrong with two that are getting rave reviews from dog lovers.  They also offer variations for cats.  They are:

kongKONG toys

KONG toys are made of high quality natural rubber and come in different shapes and sizes.  These toys are durable and will last longer than many other toys.

Some KONG toys have spaces that you can fill with peanut butter or other treats.  This is excellent for giving dogs who are crated during the day an activity and something to do. kong-cat

Kong also makes a variety of toys for your cat.

ropeRope toys

Rope toys not only provide a source of entertainment and playful activity for your pet, but they can be also be beneficial to your pet’s teeth since the chewing motion helps to remove plaque and tarter.  Puppies can sink their teeth into rope toys which act as a teething ring.

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Toys cats can chew contribute to good dental care

Many cats show signs of dental disease by age three.  Besides being extremely painful, dental disease in cats can lead to more serious illnesses such as kidney, liver and heart disease.

Regular brushing helps a great deal – if your cat will allow it — and annual or twice annual oral exams by your veterinarian are essential.  But the types of toys your cats play with can also be a factor in their dental health.

Toys that your cat can sink his or her teeth into can help reduce tarter and plaque buildup. You might not think of cats as “sinking their teeth” into toys, but cats enjoy chewing just as much as dogs.  It’s just a matter of finding the right toys.

310_Tons_of_TailsToys made by Pet Stages are great at getting cats to sink their teeth in.  One toy made specifically for chewing is called Tons of Tails which contains three types of fabric and textures to promote oral exploration.   The many “tails” coming out of this toy encourage chewing; added bonus is the catnip in the toy.

Cosmic Catnip banana toyAnother great cat chew toy is the highly durable Cosmic Catnip banana toy. This banana-shaped chew toy is filled with Cosmic Catnip and is a great size for kitty to wrap paws around and dig his or her teeth into.   Just about every morning when the store opens, we find one of these bananas off the rack and on the floor.  Our store cats love them.  Good thing they don’t have a banana peel!

AS ALWAYS, CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN ABOUT YOUR PET’S OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

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Teasers provide interactive fun for cats

317000_300“Teasers” are a group of cat toys that provide a great deal of activity and fun.  Typically they include some sort of dangling “bait” such as feathers, streamers, small stuffed animals and other flowing, moving items hanging from the end of a rod or stick.  Human involvement required.

The teasers are dangled in front of the cat and then moved from side to side, up and down or around and around to create a sense of the “chase” or pursuit.  These types of toys can keep cats busy for as long as their human is willing to keep the action going.

We have found that the most popular teaser is probably Da BirdThis toy is a stick with a durable string and feather head.  The head can be replaced with different accessories either for variety or as the original head gets chewed up or worn.

When buying any type of teaser toys, make sure that you can get replacement heads so that you can keep using the stick.

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