Play is an important part of a cat's healthy growth, but some cat toys can be dangerous. Here are 6 toys that you should avoid playing with when the kitten is alone.
1. Pull the ball toy
Our little hunters must love toys that can exercise hunting skills, so we might let them play with cats. A ball-pulling toy is a toy with a ball in a box, and the cat can reach through the hole in the box to play with the ball inside.
Cats may like to reach in to find the ball inside, but these toys may be dangerous because the cat may get stuck in the hole. Adult cats may only extend their paws in, but kittens may extend their entire arms in. When they extend their arms and swing quickly, they may get stuck or scratched. A toy with a larger hole will entice the kitten to extend its head or even the entire body, but it will certainly not be as simple as going in.
The good news is that the cat is only interested in the ball inside rather than the box containing the ball outside, so you can give the cat a shallow box with the ball and the cat can play safely and happily.
2. Wool balls
Knitting balls can be said to be a necessary toy in the past. However, the stereotype of cats playing with knitting balls may make people think that this is a safe activity. However, the fact is that cats often swallow the thread, and this is the cat to see One of the common causes of veterinarians. Foreign bodies like wool can cause even more serious consequences of intestinal blockage.
3. Feather toys
Feathers on cat toys are not uncommon, but this is not safe for kittens. Kittens use their mouths to learn and are likely to bite their feathers in half, swallow them, and get stuck in their throats or stomachs. Slender, fluffy feathers are more dangerous because you may not even notice it being eaten by the cat until the cat has symptoms.
4. Too high cat climbing frame
Cats like to be tall and suitable for grabbing with paws, so a cat climbing frame is a good gift for cats. It is indeed important to provide cats with a friendly vertical space at home, but it should not be used for cats that are too small to play with a cat climbing frame that exceeds the height it can handle. A brave kitten may be able to climb very high, but coming down is another matter. In order to avoid too much pain when jumping down, at least when the cat is 4 months old, give it a high cat climbing frame.
At the same time, encourage cats to grab cat scratching pads or mats, and give kittens a smaller cat climbing frame.
5. Rope toys
Cats are very fond of chasing rope toys (think of cat funny sticks), but cat owners should be cautious about things with long ropes. Rope toys can quickly wrap around the cat's neck or legs, causing the cat to panic until the rope is tied. Due to the small size of the kitten, the kitten will be caught in the rope several times, which may cause suffocation or impassable limbs. Therefore, you can only play this kind of toy for cats under the care of the owner, and never let cats play with rope toys when left unattended.
To avoid this completely, try something that your cat won't get entangled with, such as a laser pointer. Cats can chase the laser spot and play all day without any danger.
6. Household items
Many cats feel that sometimes the best toys are not toys themselves. However, you must be careful about things that can hurt them. Cats may like to play with hair ropes, but cats can easily swallow hair ropes and get stuck in their throats. Children's toys look harmless, but pay attention to all the small parts that may be bitten off. Paper bags may be a good place for hide-and-seek, but beware of the cat’s head stuck on the bag handle.
You can ask yourself if this thing is accidentally swallowed or entangled by the cat, or if the cat gets stuck and falls. In fact, there are many DIY toys that are safer for cats, such as the classic cardboard box, as long as there are no staples or quick-release tape on it.