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How To Choose The Right Toy For Your Pet

Getting a toy for your pet has numerous benefits on both a psychological and physical level. Pet toys don’t just keep your pet busy, they are good for pet health too. Playtime is a great opportunity to keep your pet mind stimulated and happy.  However, they can have negative effects on your pet’s health too – so it‘s important to choose the right toy for your pet.

Not every toy is suitable for every pet. The toy should be carefully selected based on your pet’s age, size, preferences and needs. Here’s a simple guide to help you get started when it comes to choosing pet toys.

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Type Of Dog Toys

1.Dental/Teething: Help with teething and teach your dog what’s ok to chew.

2.Toss And Tug: Can be thrown, tossed or tugged for multiple ways to play.

3.Balls: A must-have for your pooch to fetch. Balls of all shapes and sizes help keep dogs active and fit.

4.Treat-dispenser/Enrichment Toy/Puzzle: Help fight off boredom and provide mental stimulation.

5.Plush Toy: Known as comfort toy, plush toys can be any item with which the dog bonds and often sleeps. Plush toys are great for puppies and gentle chewers.

6.Squeakies: Your pooch loves the feel and sound of “squeaky” toys! They are made out of vinyl, rubber or plastic.

Type Of Cat Toys

1.Interactive Toy: Help provide the physical and mental stimulation that your cat needs, and also help her to develop friendships and trust between you and other cats in the household.

2.Treat-dispenser: A great way to motivate your cat to hunt for her food. A treat-dispenser can be filled with treats and dry kibbles.

3.Squeakies: Look for toys that mimic the sounds of mice or birds. Some felines are more stimulated by sound than by food.

4.Plush Toy: A soft, stuffed-toy will make a lot of fun for your cat.

5.Teaser: Known as “wand toy”, a teaser is purrfect for entertaining your cat.

Factors To Consider When Choosing The Right Pet Toy

Pet toy options are nearly endless, but all of them aren’t appropriate for your cat or dog. Here are things you need to look out for when choosing a toy for your pet.

1.Age And Size

The age and size of your pet has a large impact on the types of toys he or she can enjoy. For instance, a large toy is not suitable for a small dog as he cannot bite the toy or move it around. It will not be much fun for him! If you have a large dog, a toy intended for small dogs could also pose a hazard – he might swallow the toy and cause harm to his digestive system. The wrong size dog toys could cause injury or lead to choking among other dangers. Find the right size of toy for your pet to maximize safety and enjoyment.

2.Lifestyle

Your pet’s lifestyle is one of the important factors too. If your dog is an outdoor activity lover, look for dog balls you and your pooch can play fetch with or a toy to play tug-of-war. If your dog spends most of his time inside the house, a treat-dispenser is a great way to keep him occupied and happy. And the same goes for cat. If you own an indoor cat, you should give her cat toys that will keep her amused and healthy. A treat-dispenser is a good option. Cat toys are very important for indoor felines due to two main reasons; they keep your cat occupied and they prevent her from becoming overweight.

3.Play Style

Choose wisely according to your dog’s chewing habits or your cat’s playing habits. Each pet has a different personality, and you should find out which toy that fits the personality of your pet. 

4.Safety

Safety comes first. Always supervise your pet when they are playing with toys.

Note that rawhide chew toys may pose choking hazards. If you are thinking about giving your canine companion rawhide chew toys, be sure to check with your vet about which one is safe and appropriate for your dog. Supervise your pet’s play with squeaky toys or plush toys too.  Your pet can be destructive with plush, fabric toys, and swallow the pieces and squeakers.