Dos and don’ts when choosing a pet toy

A happy pet means a happy owner, and what better way to keep your pet entertained than with some fun toys? The fact is that not all toys are created equal. Some are great for our pets, while others can be harmful. Here’s a rundown of some good and bad pet toys.

Good pet toys

  1. Puzzle toys Dogs and cats love a good puzzle. These toys challenge their minds and keep them occupied for hours. Puzzle toys come in all shapes and sizes, from treat-dispensing balls to interactive puzzles that require your pet to solve a problem to access a reward. Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your pet mentally stimulated and prevent boredom.
  2. Balls are a classic pet toy for a reason. They’re simple, fun and perfect for games of fetch. Make sure to choose a ball that’s appropriate for your pet’s size.
  3. Interactive toys are a great way to bond with your pet. Whether it’s a tug-of-war rope or a soccer ball sock for your cat, these toys require your participation and engagement. They’re also a great way to get your pet moving.
  4. Chew toys can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy and satisfy their natural urge to chew. Look for durable, non-toxic toys made specifically for your pet’s size and breed.
  5. Kong chew toys are durable, hollow rubber toys that can be stuffed with treats or peanut butter, providing mental stimulation and encouraging healthy chewing.
  6. Catnip toys can provide stimulation and entertainment for cats, but be sure to choose toys made with high-quality catnip and without any small parts that could be swallowed.


Bad pet toys

  1. Laser pointers While it might seem like fun to watch your cat chase after a laser pointer, it’s not a good idea. Cats can become frustrated and anxious when they can’t actually catch the red dot. Plus, constant exposure to the bright light can damage their eyes.
  2. Flimsy toys Cheap, flimsy toys might seem like a bargain, but they can be dangerous for your pet. If a toy is cheaply manufactured, it can easily be chewed to bits and pieces swallowed, which can cause a choking hazard. If your pet ingests parts of a toy, it could cause intestinal blockages that may even result in surgery.

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