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Dear Christopher Cat

Please give me a list of safe cat chew toys. My cat has a few, but she tires of them quickly.

Christopher Responds

I suggest you use my mom’s trick: She rotates my toys so I don’t get bored with them. And we play fetch, which tires me enough that I’m content to settle on her lap instead of chewing the cords on the blinds.

I like typical cat chew toys as well as dog toys and even sturdy stuffed animals. After Mom removes button eyes and loose ears and tails, I enjoy parading my stuffed animals around the house.

If your cat is like me, she’ll enjoy catnip toys, sturdy fabric objects stuffed with crinkly material, interactive devices that dispense crunchy tartar control treats when batted around, and “dancer” toys on a fishing pole. Also consider C.E.T. cat chews and Greenies dental treats.

Mom calls me a “dog cat,” which must explain why I also enjoy dog chews, such as Chew-eez rawhide strips and lamb’s ears, smaller, softer versions of the more common pigs’ ears. Sometimes I also chew on our dogs’ rubber Nylabone and Kong toys.

Don’t forget that we cats like to chase ping pong balls and similar sized rubber balls we can chew.

Finally, your cat’s desire to chew may be satisfied if you feed her a dental diet, such as Science Diet Oral Care.

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