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Author Topic: Interactive Cat Toys for those long winter nights  (Read 8430 times)
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kaffe
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« on: August 11, 2007, 01:44:12 PM »

I need to prepare for the winter when my boys stay indoors 90% of the day.  They've outgrown or are bored with the laser light; the ball in the round-a-bout thingy; mock mice; feather teasers.  They don't care for TV.  What can I get them for play during the winter months?  Any suggestions?
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catmom5
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2007, 04:59:42 PM »

Great question ~ I will follow this one closely since my five look at me with a yawn and "HO HUM" when I pull out the usual toys.  Mine are all indoor so that limits their interaction with the wildlife to "up close and personal" through the windows or storm doors.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2007, 06:44:21 PM »

For mine, one still likes the LED (not laser, not comfortable with that) light, and the young one is totally crazy about it. Both girls (one one year old and one seven year old) love Cheese Mountain, but the boy is afraid of the noise. Girls also love those spinning feathers, I think it is called "Da bird" or something like that, the boy (7) prefers mice attachments on toys. I have lots of those things with a stick and string, each one has his/her own favourite and doesn't care much for the others except for one year old, she still behaves like a little kitten.

Nobody is interested in Panic Mouse anymore. For balls they prefer sponge balls and pink pong balls, nothing else.

Nobody is interested in Panic Mouse anymore, and they all still love Quick Draw McPaw, a long tube with wire inside and feather at the end.:


Three way play tunnel is also a hit for playing with each other.

I would appreciate suggestions for more Smiley
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kaffe
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2007, 11:20:54 PM »

I heard about Da Bird... maybe the cats will like that.  Also a kitty tunnel, you think?  Perhaps a really tall cat tree...Of course I don't expect such a thing to last to next spring... but if it willl keep them occupied instead of harrassing me to take them out in the cold for "walkies" in their kitty sweaters and leash... be a great help.  Its such a PRODUCTION to take them out for walkies: put them in sweaters, strap on their halters and leashes; put my coat on, gloves and beany hat and its cold and they tire me out in no time.
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kaffe
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2007, 01:56:30 PM »

Alek0:

Where did you buy that feather in a tube toy in the picture?
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alek0
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2007, 03:40:22 PM »

Feather in a tube is from www.cattoys.com.

Btw, concerning tunnels, my cats are crazy about al sorts of tunnels, but in most straight tunnels they just sleep. Three way tunnel is the best for playing. I found one at www.felinerina.com, but there are iother cheaper and bigger tunnels. Right now I am very tempted with that dolphin scratcher (also from www.felinerina.com), but I think they have enough stuff right now.I don;t think I have space where to put big items until something wears out :lol
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kaffe
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2007, 11:03:11 PM »

THANKS Alek0!

Quick Draw PacPaw is the toy for Cato I think... he will adore that!  And I've looked at the 3-way tunnel and will get that for my two kitties too.  The puzzle-box will also interest the older cat I think.

Thanks for all the links!

I am presently attempting to build them a customized cat tree... man, I am sweating!  Well, I have a few more months before I need to get it indoors for them.  Right now, they have an outdoor enclosure and they ca romp and play in the backyard when I am thre to supervise.  We never leave them outside by themseves unless hey're inside the cat-proof enclosure. 
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alek0
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2007, 12:34:49 AM »

Forgot to add:
On Felinerina website, do not buy  cute cat beds if you want to avoid stuff from China. Beds, mats etc. are often made in China for that website. Other stuff is OK.

Some other good websites for cat toys:
http://www.aah-pets.com/

Lots of choice, especially good thing are sponge balls which my cats love. They hate those plastic balls with bells (fortunately for me). They used to have a nice first aid kit, but apparently not anymore. Pet first aid kit can be found here (www.sitstay.com) it is a website mainly for dogs, but it has some cat stuff as well. Btw, sitstay also has urine test dipstrips, but they are ridiculously expensive, for pH, glucose, ketones, protein, nitrates, it is perfectly fine to use human ones.

Good selection of food and treats, has some toys as well:
http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/

This one has large selection of catnip and other toys (and really powerful catnip), and some treats:
http://www.vir-chew-all.com/

This one has lots of various toys and other pet supplies:
http://www.globalpets.com/WSWrapper.jsp?mypage=StoreAboutUs.htm

If any of the cats is sensitive to catnip, Yeoww catnip toys will very likely be a hit. See details here, I normally get those locally.
http://www.duckyworld.com/products.htm

I'm sure your crew will have fun with your custom made cat tree. You know your cats best, and also I bet yours will not be as rickety and unstable as the store bought ones!

I'll stop monopolizing the thread now, so maybe someone will post a toy recommendation for a toy I haven't seen before Wink I'm suffering from a typical case of working mother's guilt, and my kitties are awfully spoiled when it comes to toys and treats. wish I could spend more time with them instead Sad
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2007, 05:57:39 AM »

All four of my cats love the DaBird.  Even my almost 10 yo overweight guy runs from it Grin  The rest love to try to catch it.  Anything catnip is a big hit as well.  Another favorite is the pole with a big long piece of fleece attached to it.

The cat trees are a great investment.  We have two of the real tall ones.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2007, 07:37:35 AM »

i throw catnip parties   Grin they run around and amuse themselves and then pass out for a few hours  Cheesy
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kaffe
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2007, 11:09:24 AM »

Straybabay:

That's hilarious.  I'd do the same except my two boys do not seem to be affected by catnip at all! hrmpp. Embarrassed
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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2007, 10:50:25 AM »

I bought this: http://www.armarkat.com/b7701.htm for my 4 cats and they love it. It's easy to put together but a little shaky so I would suggest putting it in a corner for extra stability.
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kaffe
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2007, 03:09:26 PM »

I bought this: http://www.armarkat.com/b7701.htm for my 4 cats and they love it. It's easy to put together but a little shaky so I would suggest putting it in a corner for extra stability.

That condo looks real cool!  I also recently bought a cat tree (just last Saturday).  It's about 5 ft tall and has several perches.  But my cats are totally ignoring the dang thing!  Yah!  Can't understand it 'coz they love their perches in the outdoor enclosure and also like to climb up trees. hrmmmpp! 
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« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2007, 07:56:27 PM »

I love Da Bird and the Bug Jar. If your cats are ignoring the new condo, try rubbing catnip on it. Or stand next to it and lean a book against one of the perches, try to read. Your cat will be on it in no time.
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kaffe
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« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2007, 08:21:51 PM »

I did rub the tree with catnip.  No go.  I've moved it onto the deck to "sun" it.  Carried the cats one at a time and set them in the perches.  They immediately jumped down.   Huh  I now moved it into the garage.  The cats climb up the shelves, the boxes, everythig else but this dang cat tree!!!!  Oh, wait... maybe I know what the trouble might be... the tree "carpeting" has paw pront patterns all over it.  Embarrassed Maybe they think these are paw prints of another animal?  And they think the tree belongs ot this unknown animal?   Huh    Wahhhh!!!  I might just go ahead and sell the thing in Craigslist. 
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