At the Michigan
we train our shelter cats to reduce their stress and give them mental
stimulation and enrichment. Training a cat can be challenging because
animal needs motivation to learn. In a shelter the cats are
usually free fed, meaning they always have plenty to eat at all times.
So food rewards are not usually going to be enough motivation to think
The one thing shelter cats crave most is play
time with a human. Cats are not aloof and
independent, they want to spend time with people. Here is a
training a cat with these toys.
designed these toys to be used with shelter cats. They are not very
durable and allow us to easily sterilize them between usage. One end is
a spiral shape and could get hooked on a cat's ear or paw. That end
must be held in your hand at all times.
toys are not suitable for solo play or for small children to use. I use
these toys with my own cats because one of my cats enjoys tearing them
and I can easily fix them. Your cats at home may enjoy them too, but be
careful with them.
these toys requires straightened music wire 0.032 to 0.039 inches in
diameter. This is not usually available from local hardware stores.
You can usually get it from specialty hobby stores or on line at smallparts.com
wires often come in 72" lengths which can be cut in half to make two
toys or in 36" inch lengths, which don't
need to be cut.
music wire requires a special purpose tool or the more common "Dremel"
rotary tool with cutting wheel. Music wire is high carbon steel and
will ruin your ordinary wire cutters or pliers.