As these photos show, for dogs, cats, and other pets, toys are not a luxury, but a necessity.
Toys are important to them, because they help fight boredom when you have to leave your pets at home, and provide comfort when they’re feeling nervous. In fact, toys can even help prevent animals from developing certain problem behaviors.
Cats can be pretty picky about toys, but dogs are often more than willing to play with any object they can get their paws on. That also means dog owners need to be particularly careful when monitoring their four-legged friend’s playtime to prevent any “unscheduled” activities.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, the things that are usually most attractive to dogs are often the very things that are the most dangerous. But you can dog-proof your home by removing string, ribbon, rubber bands, children’s toys, pantyhose and other inedible items that could be swallowed.