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5 cat toys that will make great Christmas presents for your cat

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Cats need a lot of interaction and playtime to avoid being bored. This is especially true for indoor-only cats. Playtime stimulates their minds, gives them exercise, and engages their natural predatory instincts. Cats with regular playtime tend to be happier and healthier. However, you might have noticed you don't have much time to play with your cats yourself. With Christmas coming around, now is a perfect time to find some fun cat toys that he can play with on his own. Here are five cat toys that can help enrich your cat's environment:

Bergan Turbo Track: A track is a great way for your cat to amuse himself with a little ball, particularly if you're worried about him batting a loose ball around the house and knocking things over. This particular toy has several pieces that allow you to configure it in a way that appeals to your cat. Some cats prefer a simple circle, others prefer something they can chase. Whatever your cat likes, you might be able to find it with one of these cat toys.

Petstages Cheese Chase: Despite its name, this toy doesn't actually use real cheese. Instead, it has a Swiss-cheese like center panel that your cat can reach through and bat at toy mice. These cat toys, like the Bergan Turbo Track, are several toys in one; it has a flexible spring with a mouse on top for your cat to bat at, and a ball in a track for your cat to chase.

Cat trees: Many cat trees not only provide your cat with climbing opportunities and high perches, but they also often have dangling toys for your cat to play with as well. Some of them have hammocks for your cat to lounge in. These are good for multi-cat households because they have several different perches and cat toys. This can allow all your cats to claim territory up high without tripping over each other.

Undercover Mouse: This is a little robotic mouse inside a nylon cover. The mouse runs in all directions under the cover, presenting a challenge to your cat. He'll have to figure out where the mouse will head next in order to catch it, but he'll never actually see it. Cat toys like this are great if your cat loves attacking your feet or hands under blankets.

FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy: As cat toys go, you can't beat lasers. If your cat loves trying to catch the little red dot, he might enjoy this toy for when you can't be home. It has automatic and manual modes, so you can also use it to play with him when you are home. It also has an automatic 15-minute shutdown, so your cat gets a good play session without permanently losing interest in it.

Beware of giving your cat string, particularly when he's unsupervised. Cats tend to swallow string, which can cause blockages in their digestive systems, making them very sick. Even small rattly mouse toys are better for them than string.

Many of these cat toys and more can be found on Amazon.com, or at places like Petsmart, Petco, and your local pet store.

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