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.. String & toy fishing rods


A great way of playing with & exercising a cat is with simple string. Some people believe that it mimics a mouse tail or insects, whatever the reason, cats usually love to hate it!

10 minutes of play a day, helps to shoo your cats troubles away

An easy & cheap toy is an arms length of cane or a stick, with a similar length of string tied to one end. This "Fishing Rod" toy gives you far more control over the fun end while keeping our fragile hands far away from sharp claws. String is usually the best fun but you can also attach a favourite toy or a feather & have your cat chasing around, jumping up & pouncing on the string toy before it disappears around a corner. (always a good trick, they may act as if they aren't interested, but if the wriggly thing looks like its going to vanish, they often jump to it!) To satisfy their hunt, the string could finally lead them to a treat so they feel as though they have caught the thing they were chasing so hard. This will also encourage them to play again in the future.

Caution! Always supervise when string or lengths of material are involved.

 

Cats have been known to jump up at well intended, hung up string toys. As they bat the toy with their paw, they can easily become caught up if the string tangles around a leg. They have been left dangling by a paw for hours until found & released. Worse still, they can get lengths of string or cord tangled around their neck during overenthusiastic games.

 

Never leave string or lengths of material that a cat could become tangled up in, laying around unsupervised.

 

Plain old string tied to a (fishing style) rod can work wonders

Plain old string tied to a (fishing style) rod can work wonders

String tied to the end of a stick gives you control over the fun end & keeps hands at a comfortable distance from claws

String tied to the end of a stick gives you control over the fun end & keeps hands at a comfortable distance from claws

Aggression being taken out on a toy tied to string

Aggression being taken out on a toy tied to string

String games are good exorcise

String games are good exorcise

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