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Should I take my dog's favorite tug-of-war toy away from her to prevent her from potentially eating pieces of it?

As long as she doesn't destroy the rope, I wouldn't worry. Traditional rope toys are made of cotton or a comparable natural fiber because they are intended to be chewed on and ingested in small ...
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What are good cat enrichment toys?

Pretty much any cat toy is enriching in that it engages the cat’s mind and gives them exercise. I included the low-cost and home-made/repurposed items i have discovered over the years and also some ...
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How to stop kitten leaving toys in the litter box?

I think the reason he's doing this is that he's new to your home, and the litter box is the one place that he's sure is his. So naturally he wants to keep his toy there. The problem should go away as ...
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Cat Toy(s) For Energetic Cat

In addition to Rebecca RVT's excellent suggestions, I would recommend almost any container or packing materials.Cats are notorious for their love of boxes!I can say without hesitation, my many cats ...
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Should I take my dog's favorite tug-of-war toy away from her to prevent her from potentially eating pieces of it?

Does she actually obviously damage this rope toy? You say in a comment that she destroyed a different rope toy (that had a ball attached), but if she doesn't show any signs of causing damage to this ...
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Cat Toy(s) For Energetic Cat

A few options I can think of: Wireless cat mice - this one you can control HEXBUG mouse - this one moves on its own Petsafe Pounce - mouse moves randomly in a circle Petsafe lazer toy - lazer moves ...
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Does the cat know it's a game?

If the cat is "hunting" when it isn't hungry, it's doing so for entertainment value. A cat usually isn't interested in eating a bug, just catching it. A well-fed cat may not always be interested in ...
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Is it an issue that my cat plays with a toy that is constantly on the ground?

Summary: The ground is not less safe or has more germs than any other surface in your home (including the food and water bowls). The cat would come into contact with the same germs if the toy wasn't ...
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Why is it so hard to find a good cat toy, are these alternatives safe?

Sounds like you've come up with a lot of things they find enriching! We have a cat who went through a phase of only wanting to play with hair elastics and bottle caps. As far as dangerous, it seems ...
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How to make a cat remember where he placed his toys?

For you to get a good night's sleep and for your cat to find the toys you need to break the connection that the toys appear where you are. This means you can only find the toys for your cat when he ...
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Should I take my dog's favorite tug-of-war toy away from her to prevent her from potentially eating pieces of it?

I actually disagree with Elmy here. If your dog could swallow a large chunk of the rope, they may choke and die. To prevent this, I would consider: getting a tougher toy/rope that your dog won't be ...
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Cat growling at nearby people while holding a "caught" toy

From your description, this sounds to me as if your cat is just really immersed into the play hunt. We frequently see this behavior from our own cats with live prey. When they caught a mouse for ...
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Dog running away with toy

You need to find something worth more than the ball in your dogs eyes and offer it as reward for giving up the ball. This can be difficult, as you've already mentioned that treats don't work, and ...
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Rottweiler - need a durable chewing toy or ball - desperate owner

Variety is the spice of life, even for dogs. Keep her busy and entertained by alternating the types of chew toys she gets every day. Here's a few more options: A Kong Toy - These are super durable ...
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Why does my cat bring me her toy?

My three-legged cat, Maple, has started this ritual about a year ago. She has three feather-like toys that she has come to favor out of her dozens of toys. One has a stick attached! She will drag ...
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Risks giving wooden toys to parrots

We have 2 African greys, about 25 and 20 years. We have found "a busy beak is a happy beak". They love to tear things apart, never had a problem with splinters. Their favorite is chicken leg ...
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Is there a pet-safe, non-toxic glue to mend a fetch ball with?

Glue is usually toxic to pets and humans, because of these harmful ingredients in it: Ethanol Xylene Light aliphatic naphtha N-hexane Toluene Because of this, it was hard to find a non-toxic option. ...
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What are some of the best materials that can be used to safely bite-proof the squeakers in fabric dog toys?

Without being able to reference any objective, scientific sources, I would propose wrapping the squeaker in several layers of fabric. Kevlar is certainly extremely resistant to cuts and tears, but it ...
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Alternatives to put in a feeding toy other than food

If your cat loves to play with the puzzle feeder, you might want to consider switching your feeding regime to primarily involve puzzle feeders. There are models that work for wet food too, and with ...
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Is it rare for a cat to play fetch?

I have had two cats in my life that "fetch" the first I learned by accident. I wadded up a piece of paper and threw it away and she brought it back to me. Her reward was a belly rub. She loved them. ...
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Laser pointer: does a no-win situation risk psychological harm to cats?

It depends on the intelligence of the cat Some cats understand that the red dot does not really exist. They just like to play whack-a-mole with it, finding it better than rolling inanimate objects ...
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Rottweiler - need a durable chewing toy or ball - desperate owner

Really important advice... THE GOLDEN RULE... You can teach a dog to treat his or her toys with greater respect. How you ask? If your dog begins to treat the toy with damaging results, remove the ...
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Does the cat know it's a game?

If your cat continues to chase your cat-teaser time after time with no food reward, you should assume he is getting something other than food out of chasing it; either enjoyment at practice at hunting,...
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Is it safe for my cat to carry/jump around with heavy toys in her mouth?

Yes, it's safe. The prey cats feed on can be up to their own weight, or so says Wikipedia. While dragging might go slow with heavy weights, they can do it. Same with jumping.
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Dog running away with toy

This is a fairly common problem. I would make a game out of fetching the ball. You basically want the dog to be in drive, have her fetch, take the ball away and get her to fetch again. You can do ...
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How to teach my cat not to bring toys to my bed?

To decrease this behavior you can limit her access to small movable objects. Put toys away after play time, and pick up small non-toy items and put those away too. This will not train her not to do it,...
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Cat Toy(s) For Energetic Cat

I think good toys are in the eye of the cat. I have a bunch of bought toys that my cat plays with sometimes (his favorite being a tube looking stuffed animal thing with a feather on the end), but his ...
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How can I regain my dog's trust after accidentally hurting them with a toy?

I agree with Mr Kennedy. Another thing to reassure you: Dogs always live in the moment. Their brain is not able to look in the past and feel the moment as we humans can do. That said, new research ...
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What are some good dog toys for solo play in an apartment?

How does your dog react to toys that squeak? I've got 2 Bichons; one loves them and will happily play by herself, the other is completely uninterested in them. The ones that squeak are usually on ...
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Good iPad games for dogs?

I could be wrong, but I don't think you're going to have success with anything but the most basic games for a dog. If there isn't something about the game that the dog immediately finds fun, it's ...
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