If you’ve recently adopted or are thinking about adopting a rescue cat, you may be wondering what you can provide to make their transition to their furever home a success! Food, bedding, and treats are all important considerations, but so are toys! Kittens and cats of all ages are curious, so a great way to make them feel at home and engage with your family is through playtime.
Do our cats believe the feather we’re dragging along the floor or dangling from a stick is a real bird? Maybe! Or they may just love how feathers flutter and catch their attention. Whatever the reason, toys with feathers are a consistent favorite. Consider these variations:
Especially if your rescue had recently been living in the wild, feather toys will bring out the hunter in them and provide them with fun, entertainment, and exercise!
Your rescue kitty may initially be a little shy and only interested in hiding until they feel more comfortable in the new home they’re so luck to have found. While you wait patiently for them to acclimate to their new environment, you may entice them to come out and play with an irresistible red dot! Laser pointers are a great way to get your cat to exercise, but there are a few things you need to be careful of.
- Play in a safe space and remember your cat will follow the dot, so don’t send them anyplace dangerous (off a ledge, onto table with fragile items on it, etc.). Look around before you begin and remove any potential hazards.
- Limit each game to 15 minutes. You don’t want to overstimulate your cat!
- Never shine the laser pointer directly in your cat’s face. (Don’t shine it directly into any animal or human’s face!)
- Give them some type of toy to “catch” to avoid the frustration of not being able to catch the laser beam light.
This can be a great way to bond with your new feline, but make sure that all the kids and adults in the house know the rules that will help your kitty feel safe!
DIY Cat Toys
What’s the opposite of a battery-operated laser pointer? A crumpled-up piece of paper, of course! And your new kitty might be as interested in an impromptu soccer game with small, crumpled-up piece of paper skittering across the floor as she is in playing with a high-tech toy!
For other DIY ideas, check out this article! You may already have more cat toys in your house than you realize.
Shelter Donation Recommendations
If you haven’t adopted your cat yet, be prepared to want to leave a donation with your local shelter when you do go to pick out your new feline friend. If you’re planning to leave a gift or two behind, here are a few tips!
- Always donate new toys, unless the shelter specifies otherwise!
- Check the shelter website! Oftentimes they will have a wish list posted and you can confidently select something you know that specific adoption group needs.
- Never give your donation directly to the animals. Always have the shelter employees decide when and where the toys should go.
- When in doubt (or if you don’t have time to shop in advance), you can always donate cash!
Remember that your kitty may need a little time to get used to their new space, so be patient! And if at first they don’t love the toy you are sharing with them, give it time! The next time you invite your cat to play, they may be more interested.
What did we miss? Please share the toys your cat loves in the comments!