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Which toy fights boredom and lures your frustrated cat out of its reserve

2023-11-29T15:30:00.663Z

Highlights: Intelligence toys for cats come in countless types and variations. Not all toys are suitable for keeping cats busy and fighting boredom at home. The game should motivate the cat to play in the long run without overwhelming it. It is important that the level of difficulty suits your cat. Which toy fights boredom and lures your frustrated cat out of its reserve. Which clever toy ideas you can use to promote your cat's coordination and intelligence. Which toys are best for your house cat? Tell us in the comments.



Status: 29.11.2023, 08:30 a.m.

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Your indoor cat is bored and just making nonsense? Perhaps she lacks new stimuli. Which clever toy ideas you can use to promote your cat's coordination and intelligence.

In the wild, cats are exposed to countless environmental stimuli every day that stimulate their attention and intelligence. There is guaranteed to be no boredom. However, the situation is completely different for pure indoor cats, which cannot leave their four walls on their own. The monotony of everyday life can cause cats to scratch furniture, become unclean, or show other behavioral problems. Well thought-out intelligence toys offer such pure house cats an opportunity to occupy themselves, which can compensate for the low-stimulus environment and its unpleasant consequences for humans and animals.

Kittens are still satisfied with simple cat toys – later it has to be a challenge. © Molishka88/PantherMedia

What to look for when buying intelligence toys for cats

A good toy for velvet paws appeals to several senses at the same time. For example, in the case of a snack ball, the smell of the treat piques the cat's interest, while the clacking sound stimulates its hearing at the same time. In addition, the ball trains the coordination of eye and paw.

In addition, an intelligence toy should be durable and solidly made. Sharp edges are an absolute no-go. Cats like to explore their toys with their mouths and teeth. That's why it's important that no components can come off and that the toy is made of non-toxic materials. If your cat can't get to the treat for a long time, he may be a little rougher with the toy - that's why it should also be able to withstand strong paw blows. So, out of love for your pet, dig a little deeper into your pocket and focus on quality.

It's all about the right level of difficulty

When it comes to intelligence games, it's important to choose the right level of difficulty. The game should motivate the cat to play in the long run without overwhelming it. For impatient house cats, one or two actions with snout or paw should be enough to solve the task. For example, simple activity boards and maze games are recommended. A little more complicated are toys that release their prey only after combined actions. Here, for example, your velvet paw first has to clear an obstacle out of the way and then push something to the side to get to the treat. Of course, your furry friend learns more in complex intelligence games than in the simple variants. Above all, however, it is important that the level of difficulty suits your cat. If the game is too easy, it won't be challenged enough. However, if the animal still does not get the reward after many attempts, it may lose interest in the toy.

What types of intelligence toys are there?

Intelligence toys for cats come in countless types and variations. But not all toys are suitable for keeping cats busy and fighting boredom at home. The following variants have proven to be particularly useful:

Cat Toy: Snack Ball

A snack ball is nothing more than a hollow ball that you fill with treats or dry food. Your cat can then play with the ball, with the snacks tumbling out of differently shaped openings. Sometimes she has to move the ball in a very specific way to get the reward.

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Fiddly board and climbing frames as intelligence toys

Fiddly boards are usually flat boards with different holes, drawers, and other hiding places for treats. They are also called strategy games for cats or activity boards. Often, your velvet paw has to master several challenges to get to the prey – for example, first turn a knob and then open a lid. However, there are also very simple fiddling boards where the rewards only have to be fished out of small crevices.

Play towers are fiddly boards in the shape of a tower. Here, too, the animal has to solve various tasks to get to the prey. Sometimes scratching posts are combined with climbing frames, which can be a space-saving alternative in small apartments.

Play mat for cats

Play rugs are mats and rugs shaped into caves and hiding places in which the cat can let off steam. Again, there are variants in which you can hide treats. Almost like a fiddling board, the cat then has to solve various tasks to get to the prey. Some play mats have a surface like scratching posts so that the animal can sharpen its claws on them.

Ball runs as cat toys

Ball tracks or play rails awaken the hunting instinct of your house cat. These tubes with various openings roll small balls that your cat can chase and catch. Since she can only reach the ball through the openings in the tunnel ceiling, good coordination of eye and paw is required here.

This article has been produced with the help of machines and has been carefully reviewed by editor Yannik Lurz before publication.

Source: merkur

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