Did you know that the pet toy market is flooded with cheap toys that can cause serious harm to your cats?
Even though federal safety standards or guidelines do not currently exist for pet toys, we have our toys made by a children’s toy manufacturer and follow the same strict safety guidelines as children’s toys. In addition, we're investing our time and resources into continually making improvements to our products so that they can hold up to pet-specific behaviors such as biting, chewing, pulling, and scratching. We make toys that you can feel good about offering to your precious furry friends.
As cat moms and dads, it's our job to make sure no harm comes to them. Keep these things in mind when choosing toys for your cat…
CAT-PROOF YOUR TOYS
Cat-proofing your new toys is a simple and important step in making sure your kitty is safe during playtime. Check for hard/sharp parts on toys that might hurt your kitty if she bites down, especially small toys with metal clasps or connecting rings for wands. Remove ribbons, strings, feathers, and small pieces like buttons, bells, and eyes/ears that can be chewed off and swallowed to prevent choking hazards. The safest toys are the ones that can't be dismembered!
WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!
If a toy starts to look too well-loved and is starting to fall apart, err on the side of caution and throw it away. New toys are cheaper than a visit to the emergency room!
Cats love to play with their toys as they would prey by grabbing it with their teeth and carrying it around. Choose toys that are large enough they can't be swallowed.
CAT WAND/FISHING TOY SAFETY
Wand toys are a great way for owners to play, interact, and bond with their cats. However, if your cat has access to these toys when you aren't looking, these toys can cause serious harm to your cat. Always supervise playtime and remember to keep string, wand toys, and fishing toys safely away after playtime. Once cats start eating a stringy item, their swallow impulse takes over causing them to ingest more of the string.
ELECTRONIC TOYS SHOULD BE SUPERVISED TOO
You may be tempted to turn on one of your cats' electronic toys during the day while you're away at work. These toys can pose a hazard as well because they likely have moving parts that paws and whiskers can get caught in.
COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS CAN PUT YOUR CAT AT RISK
Many cats' favorite toys are household items they discover for themselves that aren't necessarily safe. Things like rubber bands, dental floss, plastic rings from milk containers, paper clips, stray pills, string/yarn, hair ties, and needles/pins should never be left lying around because they can easily be swallowed. Cut the handles off paper and plastic bags before letting kitty dive in. Loose or dangling electrical cords can be irresistible to your cat! To prevent chewing consider wrapping them in rubber covers, PVC tubing, or rub citrus scent (a smell cats dislike) on them.
By following these simple tips you can help make sure your cat stays safe while having fun with their toys.