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What Are The Different Types of Cat Toys?

Have you looked online for cat toys and quickly came to realize there are many types to choose from?

There are interactive toys, battery operated electronic toys and the traditional balls and mice.

What are these toys?

Let’s try to explain a few of the different types to help you find the right toy for your cat. First we’ll take interactive. This is the type of toy that allows you and your cat to play together. Playing with your cat helps to create a bond and your cat learns that you are a fun person that likes to play. Every cat is unique and has its own personality. Cats in general love to play but each cat will have a difference in his or her choice of toy. Things that jiggle and move are ever so enticing to them. For example, a toy attached to a string is an interactive toy and often referred to as a pole toy. You hold the pole and wiggle it on the floor or in the air for your cat to jump for and chase. The object of the game (for the cat) is for the cat to catch the toy and the object of the game for you is to encourage the cat to try and get the toy. When playing this game it is important to allow the cat catch the toy at times. If your cat chases the toy but is unable to catch it, they’ll eventually lose interest in the game. Let your cat stalk and grab the toy frequently to keep the game interesting to your kitty. Your fur baby quickly learns that this is fun because he or she can get their prey. Cats have a natural hunting instinct and this type of game is so much fun for them. You’ll have a million laughs watching the techniques that your kitty applies to try and get that toy!

Electronic toys are modern inventions aimed at keeping your kitty busy without your intervention. They usually are operated by electricity or batteries. One example would be the Mouse in the House toy. It runs on electricity and can be set to start up at a certain time. Let’s say you leave for work early in the morning, your cat will probably have a nap and awaken mid morning looking for something to do. You could have it set to start up a few hours after you leave and the sound will attract the attention of your cat. A little mouse moves around different obstacles before disappearing in his house. Your cat will attempt to grab the mouse while it’s moving toward his house. This toy will have the mouse run in and out of his house several times before turning itself off. Kitty has had their little game of hunting and returns to napping. Kitty has now had some exercise between naps. Exercise is a good thing to help keep your cat happy and healthy.

Battery operated toys include yet another type of toy that can be considered interactive. An example is the laser toy. It’s merely a tiny flashlight with a powerful red led inside operating on batteries. Basically, this toy emits a red dot. Move the dot around on the floor and most cats will go crazy chasing it. Your cat will not tire of trying to catch it. There are many cat toys that operate on batteries which allows your cat to attempt to get a moving object. The only requirement for battery operated toys is, of coarse, the batteries and remembering to turn the toy off when playtime finishes.

Relatively new on the market are solar operated toys. These toys require direct sunlight to make the moving parts entice your kitty. They never need batteries and turn on or come to life automatically as sunlight appears on the toy. They work best in a window that gets direct sunlight for a good portion of the day.

There are also the traditional toys such as balls and mice. Lets take mouse toys for example, the possibilities are endless. Some are enhanced with catnip, some rattle, some come in bright colors and others have a realistic look to them. You’ll find mice adorned with feathers, leather tails, felt ears and beaded eyes and even some with bells on their tails. They come in a variety of sizes from tiny to jumbo. The mouse toy is as original as cats themselves and we haven’t found a cat yet that doesn’t like them.

If you’re bringing a new kitty into your home, try different types of toys to learn which types he or she prefers to play with. Exercise is very important to the health and well being of your kitty. Encouraging your cat to play helps to keep him or her happy and healthy. We hope that we’ve given you some helpful information on some of the different types of cat toys to better choose the right toy for your cat.

Distribution of Promotional Stress Toys through Your Employees

There are many kinds of products, and some are easier to give out than others. Promotional pens, for example, can be handed out just about anywhere by just about anyone, and are often passed from person to person, creating great exposure for your company name. Mouse mats, on the other hand, are slightly more specialized, and people are likely to look askance at you if you hand them a mouse mat in a grocery line instead of a pen.

Promotional stress toys have many benefits and a wide range of appeal. They are great for any kind of worker, from the CEO down to the gardener, and can be used anywhere to help you think, relax, or just to keep you entertained when you have downtime. Even children can use and enjoy them because they are soft and easy to play with. The problem, however, is that they can be hard to hand out. They are not bulky, but are not entirely compact, either, and people who are not expecting them will not know what to do with them.

Because of this problem, employees who really have a vested interest in the success of the company and who are truly interested in taking an active part in advertising your business could be the ideal way to hand out your items. Your employees should not just hand them out from their desks, but should be encouraged to play with them themselves. Invite them to take their promotional stress toys home, and educate them on the benefits of these toys, from stress relief to merely keeping their hands busy.

Once your employees are sold on them, they will be more likely to sell others on the products as well. Invite them to take home more of the promotional stress toys, and to hand them out to people in the target demographic of your clientele. They will be glad to pass on them to family and friends, and will even feel that they are being given a perk because of the usefulness of the toys.

Even people who do not necessarily fall under the target demographic can benefit from the use of the promotional stress toys, and the use of the product in front of others including their spouses, parents, or children, can help you spread your company name even further, allowing your business to grow naturally as your products make the rounds and find their ways into new hands.

Ask people where they heard about your business when they come in for the first time. If they tell you that they got your name off of a promotional stress toy, ask them if they would like another or even a couple to pass onto their own family and friends, and invite your employees to do the same. Before long, your employees will have created a wide net of distribution for your promotional stress toys, and will have generated new business for your as well.

Feng Shui for Busy Moms: Establishing Kid-Free Zones

We’ve all seen them, and perhaps you live in one: the house that looks like the adults are living in the child’s house rather than the other way around. Over the years, I’ve seen far too many plastic kitchen sets in living rooms, toy car racetracks set up on coffee tables, and children’s artwork hung in every available space around the house. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that any adults live in the home.

From a feng shui perspective, this is always a portent to disaster. Most of the time when I am called to homes like these, the parents are overwhelmed and exhausted. Often, their marriage is suffering as well. Before I go into how to remedy this common problem, I want to share a story that clearly illustrates why it’s not a good idea to let children’s possessions have free rein over every room in the house.

The Story of Trish

A few years ago, I met with a woman named Trish. She was a darling, young mother with two small children, a boy and a girl. Her husband, John, was a successful businessman whose company had made a fortune in a short period of time. Trish and John lived in a large, beautiful home in a prosperous neighborhood. John worked hard to provide a lavish lifestyle for his family, while Trish stayed home to raise their children.

During my first meeting with Trish, I was shocked when she opened the front door. Tricycles, toys, shoes, and children’s artwork filled the entryway. As I stepped carefully over the chaos, I noticed that the main living room of this luxurious home had no adult-sized furniture in it. It was filled with a miniature kitchen set, an enormous stuffed giraffe, children’s books, games, and toys. Although the family had a live-in maid, the house felt chaotic and messy due to the quantity of brightly colored playthings scattered around every room. Even though the home was very large and expensive, its grandeur was greatly diminished by all the children’s toys and artwork. The home felt like a gigantic playhouse.

As we toured the home, Trish went on and on about her children. It was obvious from her words and the state of her home that she was a very dedicated mother and that the children were her highest priority. Trish mentioned that her husband worked long hours and often didn’t arrive home until after the children were in bed. John would frequently come home tired and irritable and criticize Trish for every little thing. Obviously there was tension in the marriage, and Trish slowly admitted that this was why she wanted a feng shui consultation. She was hoping that I’d be able to find a way to improve their marriage. From a feng shui perspective, it was obvious to me what was going on, and I knew what needed to be done to help Trish get her home and relationship back on track.

I began by telling Trish that having every room in the home, especially the main rooms (living room, family room, kitchen, and master bedroom), filled with children’s possessions was a huge mistake from a feng shui point of view. I asked her how John felt about the house, and she told me that he was often irritated by the mess, but according to her, he just didn’t understand “how children are.”

I asked Trish if John had any private areas in the home just for himself. She excitedly told me that her husband had a home office and a workout room. When she showed me the home office, I couldn’t believe my eyes: Children’s art filled the walls; a little desk and chair sat next to a big desk and chair, and there was a Diaper Genie in the corner next to a huge bag of disposable diapers. This certainly wasn’t how I’d envisioned this powerful CEO’s home office to be. The home gym was no different. It was filled with the children’s bikes, tricycles, and large toys. Once again, the walls were covered with children’s artwork. Literally, there wasn’t a single place in this large home to get away from the children’s possessions.

As we made our way through the house, Trish admitted that her children could be “willful” and difficult to discipline. I explained that she’d given up too much of her authority as a parent by giving up so much of the home to them. It was obvious that Trish was a doting mother, but the mistake she was making by letting her children claim every room in their home was a huge one. By doing so, she was relinquishing her power and authority and was also putting her marriage in harm’s way.

I explained to Trish that she needed to create some kid-free zones. By creating kid-free zones, there would be a greater feeling of peace in the home, and the children would have more respect for their parents with these established boundaries. These zones, I added, should be the main living areas of the home, including the family room, the living room, the master bedroom, and the home office. The children could, of course, be in these rooms and even play in them, but the decor and furnishings would be for adults. There would be no toys, games, or other children’s things on display or stored in these rooms. By reclaiming the main rooms in the home as rooms for adults, John would likely begin to feel that he was a greater priority in Trish’s life, and the house would feel more relaxing and welcoming when he came home at the end of his workday.

Trish listened carefully and reluctantly agreed that these changes needed to be made. As I drove away, I had doubts about whether she would actually follow through with establishing kid-free zones in her home. I feared that if she didn’t do something soon, her marriage would suffer even more.

A year later, I received a tearful phone call from Trish. She told me that she’d discovered her husband was openly flirting with a young woman in his office. She didn’t think he was actually having an affair yet but worried that that would be the next step. She asked me to come back to her house to see if there was something wrong with the feng shui of her home. When I arrived, I wasn’t at all surprised to see that she’d made none of the changes we’d talked about a year earlier. Toys and kids’ stuff still filled every room, and the old Diaper Genie, while no longer needed, still occupied its corner next to the desk in Daddy’s office. This time, when I explained to Trish what needed to be done and why, she listened. She asked if I would come back in a few weeks to check her progress and make sure that it was all done correctly. She was desperate to save her marriage.

When I returned to the house four weeks later, the changes were remarkable. It went from looking like a child’s playroom to the elegant home that it was designed to be. The decor was beautiful and stylish, and all of the children’s toys and other possessions were stowed away in cabinets in their bedrooms and playroom. Trish beamed with pride as she showed me all that she’d done. Establishing kid-free zones had had a powerful impact on John and Trish’s marriage. John was astonished and overjoyed with the changes. He started coming home from work earlier and in a better mood. And, he was treating Trish with tenderness and affection again.

Another benefit of establishing kid-free zones was that the children were more respectful and better behaved. In fact, the entire family dynamic had improved. The feng shui changes resulted in a home that was more balanced and more peaceful. Trish could now see how she might have lost John if she’d waited any longer. When I checked in with Trish a few months later, she told me that she was still careful to maintain the kid-free zones in her home and that her marriage was better than ever. Trish said that she now shares with all of her friends the pitfalls of not keeping children’s things put away in their own rooms and how integrating feng shui principles into her home helped save her marriage. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the young lady in John’s office was “let go” soon after Trish made the changes at home.

How to establish Kid-Free Zones in your Home

  • Help your child keep organized by providing easy-to-access storage options for kid’s books and toys, i.e. cupboards with solid doors on them, shelves inside closets, toy boxes, etc.
  • If the home is small and storage is at a premium, opt for furniture that serves “double duty” such as an ottoman with storage space inside, sea grass or wicker trunks, and cabinets instead of tables for extra storage options for toys, books, and other brightly colored items.
  • A specific area to display children’s artwork instead of plastering it all over the house. You can call it “(insert child’s name)’s Art Gallery”. Take the old artwork down and change it as new “masterpieces” are created.
  • Important! Make sure that the master bedroom is free of children’s photographs and possessions. Display children’s art and photographs in other rooms of the home, and save the master bedroom for rest and romance.
  • If your child enjoys playing with large items like toy kitchens, doll houses and the like, and space is at a premium, use decorative screens to place in front of these things when not in use, especially if they occupy one of the main rooms in the home.

By establishing kid-free zones in your home you will be amazed at how much calmer and more organized your home will feel, and when your home feels organized and calmer you will too! That’s good feng shui!

For more information about feng shui, go to http://FengShuiThatMakesSense.com/ and pick up a copy of Cathleen’s new book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense.

Copyright 2011, Cathleen McCandless