I learned something very interesting this weekend after the latest episode of My Cat From Hell: Jackson Galaxy blogged that it is easier for cats to get their humans to play with them if they use a toy that the human understands! One of the guys on the show had grown up on a farm so he just naturally took to the Cat Catcher to play with Oscar, the Sphynx he shares with his best friend. He could relate to Oscar stalking the mouse because he had seen that sort of thing on the farm.
Jackson’s post got me to thinking: what types of humans would be attracted to which cat toys? I came up with a few ideas.
Office Workers: I bet they would love to pull out a Moderncat Modkicker or Kong Kickaroo for you! Watching you grab, bite and fiercely kick those things will no doubt help them release a lot of stress. They can pretend the toy is their boss.
Former Dog People: We know how they are — they may have decided they like cats, but there’s a lot they still need to learn about us. So they would probably most relate to small, lightweight toys they can throw and play fetch with us. Of course, playing fetch with a cat is different from a dog’s fetch because with 80% of kitties, it’s the human who will be doing the fetching after we are done chasing the toy. But once they figure that out, they will have lots of fun! This is also a good choice for active humans, because they get a little workout by chasing after the toy while they are playing with you.
Humans Who Like to Fish: If you have one of these humans, you are double lucky because I bet he comes home with some fresh, tasty treats for you — and he has already mastered the arm flick that makes Da Bird such a fun toy for us cats! Plus I bet the feathers on the end of the cord remind him of fishing lures.
Couch Potatoes: You have a couple of choices here. You can either get them off the couch by playing one of my roommate, Binga’s favorite games — acting out. Making annoying noises, or better yet, a bright crashing sound in another room is bound to get them moving. Or if you like having them on the couch for later, when you want to take a nap, they would do great with a laser pointer. That way, they can play with you without having to move off the couch.
This is not a comprehensive list, of course, but I hope it inspires you to take a look at your humans and figure out some cat toys that are compatible with them. It’s a known fact that humans and kitties who play together have healthier, happier relationships!