This is the fun part! Kittens and most cats love toys. It
is endlessly entertaining to watch a kitten at play! Kittens
have big imaginations and are amused by the smallest (sometimes
invisible!) thing. They pounce, stalk, and leap! They kick,
tumble and gallop full speed, only to stop, swishing their
tails as they size up an imaginary foe. But just like children,
kittens and cats can get bored having all their toys, all
the time. Give her several toys for a week or so and then
rotate them with others. When you return toys she hasn't seen
for awhile, they will be new to her.
However a few words of caution for it is our job is to keep
our kitten safe while she plays.
toys without small parts that can be chewed off and swallowed.
let your kitten or cat alone with a toy that has a dangling
string that could be swallowed.
sure that any toys you make or purchase have no small pieces
that can poke eyes or come off (or be chewed off) and be
sure that cats do not swallow string; yarn or tinsel with
which they love to play. Many cats and kittens have met
tragic ends this way.
such as glass or ceramic collectibles or bottles are prime
targets to be batted with a paw and knocked to the floor.
Put them out of reach.
A kitten will play with almost anything, a slowly swishing
tail, a sunbeam on a wall...even the moving shapes on your
TV set! Buying toys for your "baby" is always a temptation,
but there are some very simple toys you can make yourself
that will keep her entertained for hours. Here are some of
cellophane or paper. Golf or tennis ball size is best.
balls. Plain is fine, or poke a small hole in one end. Put
a couple of beads inside. With the hole facing upward, put
a drop of glue on the hole to cover it. Wait until the glue
dries before turning upside down.
Put cotton in the toe of old, clean socks and make a small
ball out of it. Tie a secure knot in the sock so that the
cotton is tight.
milk or orange juice caps.
bells. Make sure they are too large to swallow, or twist
a pipe cleaner or two through the hole.
foil. You can make aluminum foil balls that your cat will
love to play with, but make sure to compress the foil into
a very hard ball that she can't chew. Also, make it of a
size she can't swallow.