Cats are predatory animals that constantly need movement and the opportunity to realize their hunting potential. Bored, the cat may begin to show aggression towards humans or household items. In order for the animals not to get bored, a large number of special toys have been created.
The history of cat toys goes back millennia. The simplest toy to entertain a cat that you can make with your own hands is a rustling piece of paper on a long thread or ribbon. However, with the development of technology and production, a fairly large number of original toys have appeared that can help cheer up a pet and keep the environment intact: furniture, wallpaper, curtains and curtains.
The most famous "useful" toys are scratching posts. Very often they look like complexes of platforms on several floors with a surface made of felt or other material convenient for sharpening claws. Thanks to the presence of scratching posts in the house, a cat or a cat will not spoil furniture and woven surfaces, and will also be able to quench their passion for conquering heights without climbing on cabinets and mezzanines. Very often, a scratching post with a large resting surface becomes a pet's favorite sleeping place.
A cat's hunting instincts can satisfy small soft toys in the form of mice, squirrels and other small rodents. As a rule, such entertainment has a bell or an internal mechanism that emits a squeak, and the cat "follows" the sound. The filling of such toys is often catnip, the smell of which reduces the aggressiveness of animals, makes them more affectionate and playful. Catnip toys and pads are often taken by owners when transporting cats, especially over long distances.
Educational toys for cats usually consist of puzzles, after solving which the animal receives a reward - a treat. Such entertainments help the cat to spend time without the owner, develop the large hemispheres of the animal's brain, and help improve the logical thinking of the pet.
Modern interactive toys for cats are created taking into account the latest technologies. The most popular of these are animal games with a laser beam or other color effects. Such toys entertain not only the cat, but also its owners, however, from the point of view of zoopsychologists, they can harm the animal. The fact is that playing with things, that is, real-life objects (for example, soft toys), a pet satisfies its instincts, as it sees the real result of its "hunt". Hunting for a laser beam does not allow a cat to get satisfaction from the end result of entertainment, since animals simply do not understand the nature of abstract games.