What Makes A Toy Interactive?
This is anything which encourages the cat to interact and rewards them with movement, food or sounds.
They make it more likely that your cat will play with them for a prolonged amount of time, as they try to get different responses and tackle the challenging actions.
Are Laser Pointers Good Interactive Toys For Cats?
This is a point which has divided a lot of people.
Laser toys can really stimulate your cat’s need to chase and run around, as they become very focused on ‘catching’ the beam. They’re a good toy for anyone who has a very hyperactive cat but who can’t always be there to play with them.
But others argue that they are unfair. As it is just a light beam they are chasing, there is nothing actually there for them to grab, which could leave some very frustrated and increase their aggressiveness when it comes to playing with other toys (or even other cats).
In order to fulfil their hunting instinct, they may need to feel some ‘prey’ in their paws. Playing can also help them with bite inhibition and coordination, so having nothing there to bite or play with could mean these skills aren’t developed, affecting social skills in later life.
This is why we have picked out laser toys which also have the element of there being something to grab or tackle as an end reward. If you do use a laser on its own, try to incorporate other toys into the game.