IPlay time and having a variety of several fun, safe toys helps your pet
enjoy his or her life. Playing with your pet is good fun, allows you to
bond with her or him and often provides exercise as well.
In thinking about preparing this article, I recalled reading about some
pet toys that apparently contained material that was toxic to pets.
Tennis balls for example, that, if ingested, caused dogs to become sick.
So make sure that whatever your pet puts in its mouth cannot cause any
Choose toys that are an appropriate size and weight for your pet. If you have a smaller dog, give her a smaller toy.
If the toy has a squeaker inside, it is not uncommon for dogs to swallow
this if they chew the toy apart. Monitor your pet's play and again,
make sure they are not eating anything that could cause an intestinal
blockage or diarrhea.
Some pets prefer certain types of toys - find ones that your pet enjoys.
Cats often love to bat balls that have bells inside or a lightweight
ping pong ball. They also like to chase - there are small laser lights
that stimulate your cat to chase and pounce. I always enjoyed the
feather-on-a-stick toys with my indoor cats - they got good aerobic
exercise and honed their predator skills at the same time. Birds and
smaller pets enjoy bells, mirrors and wheels to run on.
The ball is a classic dog toy but some dogs (my own included) just
aren't into retrieving. Instead, your dog might prefer a chewy toy (and
often many of these will help keep his teeth clean) or a soft plush toy
that squeaks. Tug toys can be fun too, but sometimes dogs can get overly
excited about getting and keeping them. If this happens, it might be
wise to simply exchange it for another toy or stop the contest
There are also many new interactive toys available today that allow pets
to entertain themselves happily for hours. These are especially good if
you aren't home all day and can provide a positive alternative to
chewing or clawing the furniture.
It's important to have relaxing down time with your pet that includes
play. Find out what toys your pets enjoys and make sure their toy basket
has them. You might also consider thoroughly cleaning any toys your pet
is not interested in and donating them to your local shelter.