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Old July 20th, 2010, 10:03 PM
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Question Opinions Please? Best Toys for a Cat Rescue Shelter?

I recently was at a large cat rescue shelter. I found that the beautiful cats, were all in such desperate need for personal attention, each of them waiting for me to talk and pet them....and the more assertive ones practically climbing up my legs as if I was a tree!! Not only did I wish that I could adopt them all, but I wished at that moment I was equipped with 10 hands, so as to be able to touch and hold all of them!

I am planning on finding a way to try and obtain donations from companies which manufacture toys for cats. I will try and "beg" them for some toys.

I would greatly appreciate any opinions and suggestions, from others who are volunteers and from their experiences, know what it is like at cat rescue shelters. I.E. Being aware, from i.e. "experiences" between the cats, i.e. the safety of certain toys....which ones would be the best ones to get for shelter cats, and which I should make sure NOT to get for them. I noticed a few small interactive circle toys, the type with a ball inside....and they use their paws to push it around.....but they looked quite dirty (and "dead") as if they had been thoroughly used. So I plan to get large new ones as I think that they will be greatly appreciated by the cats, who appeared to be very very bored. The highlight of their life is food........they were all quite "large"....which is very understandable!

I was also thinking if a television would be a good idea?
What do you think...
I am sure the cats will be very grateful, when I bring them some new, interactive toys to help stimulate them a bit, as what they have been through, each of them having their own personal stories, having lived through abuse, abandonment, illness, pain, no food, cold winters.....and no one to love and care for them...... and now living life inside a shelter, some of them being there for many many years, and who will never get adopted.......all of this, must be very very difficult for them.

I hope that some of you who read this, will also think of adopting a cat from a rescue shelter, and volunteering - it is so very very important. Also bringing the shelter cats some new toys. (which MUST be approved by those who run the shelter).

Thank you to the most incredible volunteers, the most incredible people I have met....who dedicate their lives by caring for the cats in the rescue shelters, and finding homes for some of them. You are truly all ANGELS!!
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Old July 21st, 2010, 12:09 AM
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Hi

ARe these cats in a common room or kept in tiny kennels?

I know that my cats at home like soft mice they can bat around and soft balls that if they stepped on don't hurt your feet.

Our rescue group got donations for a toy sale to raise money for the rescue by the Hartz company, maybe they would donate toys to the shelter.

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Old July 21st, 2010, 11:01 AM
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Question Opinions Please? Best Toys for a Cat Rescue Shelter?

Thank you for your reply!
This is a non profit shelter run by volunteers with several hundred cats.
There is a main room and then many other rooms...FIV, isolation, ones on CD food, etc. etc. etc.

One of my concerns is i.e. if some of the cats tend to "hog" i.e. a soft mouse and then chew it up, .....when you refer to soft mice.....what is in them ..catnip? I am concerned of soft mice becoming destroyed and the insides being eaten....and how unhealthy that might be...

Yes, getting many balls is on my list!.
Thanks for the suggestion to contact Hartz I definitely will!

Also, what do you think of TV's? I have a girlfriend who has a cat who watches TV, especially hockey, and he is very amused and pats the screen when he sees the puck, trying to catch it!

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Hi

ARe these cats in a common room or kept in tiny kennels?

I know that my cats at home like soft mice they can bat around and soft balls that if they stepped on don't hurt your feet.

Our rescue group got donations for a toy sale to raise money for the rescue by the Hartz company, maybe they would donate toys to the shelter.

Debbie
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Old July 21st, 2010, 11:03 AM
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I would go with balls , I know they're a "hit" here , noisy balls are the best , and tiny mice (not the real ones !!) Also anything with cat nip

I'm hoping you'll get companies to donate
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Old July 21st, 2010, 08:03 PM
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The one thing all my fosters have loved are balls and small toys they can bat around and pounce on We have a couple of soft balls that make crunchy sounds and they go crazy for them! Not sure what they are, but that crumple fabric or something.

Good luck, the cats will be so happy!
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Old July 21st, 2010, 08:26 PM
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Balls but be careful they are not the type that fall apart with sharp claws catching them. The pieces that fall off may be ingested. There are tons of balls made specifically for cats.
Those little tiny mice. Doesn't matter if the cat has never seen a mouse before in their life they know what to do with the mouse.
Kong Kickaroos are a fav around here. I make my own though with padded material and stuffed with lots of catnip. They love them!
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You are right about those circle things with the balls. Kitties love them.
Lots and lots of scratching posts and shelving so they have multi levels to climb on.
A few "real" logs for scratching.
Cheap stuff - balled up tin foil in a pinch; TT/paper towels rolls; string for interactive play. Just don't leave it when you leave. TV is a great idea!! If nothing else it get kitty used to the sounds of human voices. I leave my radio on all the time near the sanctuary.
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