Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Pet Talk

March 23, 2012

Pick your pet's toys with care


CNHI News Service —

The best toys, in Stickney's opinion, are called 'Kongs.' They are tubes that are filled with treats in the center. They come in a variety of different sizes for different dogs, and are hard enough that the dog cannot chew through them. The tubes even have weight recommendations on their boxes, signifying the most appropriate tube for the weight of the dog.

Cats are a bit different with their toy preferences than dogs. They tend to like toys that move and are stimulating to the eye. Stickney says that, "Cats tend to like toys that are free." Such as playing with small aluminum and paper balls. "Any toy that a cat can place under its paws and the toy springs out, cats will often love."

Stickney cautions that cat owners should not give their cats toys that have long strings. The cat may swallow the string causing choking. Cat's preferences on toys tend to be more varied than dogs, but most prefer round toys that move.

The best places to purchase these toys are places with a wide selection of pet toys, such as Petco and PetSmart. These places usually have a large variety, and if a toy has proven to be harmful, they are good about taking it off the shelves.

Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.

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