New Cat Toys on the Holiday Horizon
Cats can grow tired of their belongings in the same way that children seek constant stimulation -- even if it comes in the form of a holiday gift box. The best way to pique your cat's interest? Brand new products. As the holiday season approaches, Leah Nelson, media relations associate for the 2009 Global Pet Expo and the American Pet Products Association, knows just what's in store for cat lovers' shopping pleasure. "Products of convenience are huge right now, as are health and safety products," says Nelson. But as far as enjoyment is concerned, "Fashion-savvy pet owners are always driving the market, and of course, new cat toys."
Programs brighten Christmas for kids
Christmas can be a special time of year for children who wake up with excitement to see if their Christmas wish is waiting for them under the tree.
Cat Toys: When the Thrill is Gone
Pet stores don't sell dangling cable wires in their cat toy sections. But if they did, it may just be the next bestseller. The long cable that suddenly appeared from Jennifer Moore's apartment rooftop was all it took to keep her cat up every night for a week. "She seemed to be mostly staring, almost poised to pounce, but she also tried to bat it through the closed window,' said Moore of her 5-year-old tabby cat Sari. "I hadn't seen her so excited about a 'toy' in a long time.'
High-Tech Toys for Tots
It's hard to miss them in toy stores. They talk, blink, whistle, light up, and practically sing and dance by themselves. No, we're not talking about computer and video games for big kids, but toys for the very tiniest youngsters. Good old stuffed animals have become "interactive plush toys" that move and talk back. Keyboards play music by themselves, or prompt babies with flashing lights. Activity boards that used to simply rely on babies' hands to move levers, turn dials, and ring bells now have "modes" for emitting voices, lively melodies or bedtime lullabies. Even that old standard, nesting boxes, may now have an electronic base that makes animal sounds and states their corresponding names.