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The 7 Best Cat Toys for Older Cats in 2022



While enticing your kitten with toy mice and feather wands is part of the fun of having a new pet, older cats still enjoy playtime, too. Your senior cat may snooze more nowadays, but there’s no reason to give up playing altogether. The best cat toys for older cats don’t require lots of running and jumping, so they’re easy on kitties with limited mobility, and they come in a variety of styles so you can find one that’ll interest your cat.

Even as cats age, playtime is highly recommended for their mental and physical health. The staff at Vetstreet noted, “It’s often too easy to assume an older cat is satisfied with a day of leisure, but that’s not fair to your cat, who may just be waiting for you to entice him to play.” And the right combination of toys can help older cats stay alert, active, and happy well into their senior years.

The key is to find toys that are the right shape and texture for more fragile teeth; free of anything that can cause a stomachache; and tame enough that your kitty won’t hurt itself while playing. It’s best to keep toys soft (yet stimulating) and within a contained space if possible.

Though laser lights and ping pong balls aren’t the best for aging felines, here are great cat toys for older cats that are just as fun and adhere to the guidelines listed above. Your cat will thank you later!

The Best Teaser Wand Toy

Earthtone Solutions Sisal Wand Toy

Cats of all ages love wands, but a lot of them are made with prickly ribbons or fabric that can irritate the soft gums of older cats. Earthtone Solutions’ teaser mouse wand is made of organic sisal and contains zero stomach-irritating dyes. They’re super soft and won’t hurt your cat’s jaw. Plus, they come in a convenient set of three, so you can easily replace them as you notice tears in the fabric. On top of that, the elastic string is 16 inches long — aka the perfect length to play without wearing out your kitty.

According to a reviewer: “My cat Jack is 13 years old, and he loves this toy […] Jack had become rather sedentary and has been bored with most of the toys I’ve gotten him, but he immediately engaged with this toy.”

The Best Roller Ball Toy

Petstages Cat Tracks Cat Toy

Toss a ping pong ball down a hallway, and there’s no doubt just about any cat will rocket past you to find it. While older cats also love playing with balls, too much movement can trigger feline arthritis or sore muscles. Luckily, this track tower toy is perfect for cats that love the chase but can’t quite like they used to. With a four-level track and colorful plastic balls contained within the rings, your senior cat can still bat his heart out without budging. It’s made with heavy-duty plastics, so it’s sure to hold up to claws and teeth without showing wear and tear. Because this toy has no choking hazards or small pieces and there’s a safety bar on top to protect paws, your cat can keep himself entertained while you’re away — no worries.

According to a reviewer: “My 7 year old cat loves this toy. She plays with this toy every day and at all hours of the day. She loves balls, but she bats them under furniture and then they’re lost […] This toy keeps balls safely confined where she can play with them to her heart’s content.”

The Best Hunting Toy

SmartyKat Chickadee Chirp Electronic Sound Toy

Toy mice and birds are pretty much a staple of any cat’s collection, but SmartyKat’s electronic sound toys are sure to trigger your older cat’s attention. In addition to being extra soft and easily chewable, this tiny chickadee is soft-touch activated. As soon as your cat gives it the gentlest tap, the toy begins to chirp, providing your senior cat hours of entertainment without a ton of effort. The filling is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, and it comes with a small removable pouch of organic catnip to boot.

According to a reviewer: “The kitty loves this!! […] I have not seen him swat a toy around like that in a long time and he’s 18yrs. old….. It’s darling!”

The Best Hiding Toy

Pawz Road Cat Tunnel

Every cat loves to snuggle into small spaces (mine loves a good cardboard box), but as cats age, they tend to prefer softer, comfier spaces. They also tend to sleep closer to the ground than younger cats, making this floor tunnel perfect for hiding away and napping. It’s made with faux fur material and has two “peek holes” so your cat can rest comfortably and still watch what’s happening outside. It’s spacious and can be connected to other tunnels to create a fun maze, and there’s a dangling ball at the entrance for kitty to swat at. The best part is, the whole thing can be folded up when it’s not in use.

According to a reviewer: “This tunnel is pretty well-made. It has endured lots of scratches and bite marks from the inside and has never ripped. It is also large enough for my 15 lb eight year old cat to zoom through easily.”

The Best Grooming Toy

Catit Senses 2.0 Wellness Center

Treat your senior kitty to Catit’s wellness spa, specifically designed to help cats groom all over without all the bending and reaching. The spa provides a variety of textures to massage and groom your cat’s head, neck, face, and torso. At the top, for instance, there’s a silicone brush for your cat’s head and neck. And there are wavy ridges on the sides for hard-to-reach spots in the shoulders. Plus, of course, no kitty spa would be complete without a plush napping pad and small catnip portal. If your cat isn’t into catnip, however, you could always place some treats in the portal for the ultimate pampering experience.

According to a reviewer: “I debated on getting this for awhile but my senior Siamese loved it right out of the box and uses it every day. She hasn’t ripped off the little green nub at the top despite pretty aggressive playing which is great. It’s easy to clean.”

The Best Scratch Toy

Kitty City Corrugate Cat Scratchers (3 Pieces)

“We’ve tried fancier options for our 15-year-old kitty, but he always prefers a simple cardboard scratcher to stretch his muscles and keep his claws healthy,” says Cristina Sanza, BDG Associate Commerce Editor. Sold in a three-pack, these extra-large scratchers are made from recycled cardboard and are comfortable for cats of all sizes to use. Plus, the scratchers are reversible, so your cat will get plenty of use out of each one.

According to a reviewer: “These are fantastic!! Our cat is an older cat and doesn’t scratch furniture but we noticed her scratching an outdoor rug we had brought in but had not put away yet. So we thought maybe she would like something like this since she paid no attention to her scratching post. Yep… they were a total hit! [She] scratches them to shreds!!!”

An Editor-Recommended Cat Toy

Petstages Catnip and Dental Health Cat Toys

“It’s really tough to get my senior cat to play, but these donut toys always catch his attention. They’re soft, filled with catnip, and make a crinkly sound that my cat finds irresistible,” says Cristina Sanza, BDG Associate Commerce Editor. “We also tie the large donut to a string to create a DIY wand toy.” The donut toys come in a set of three, and you can also opt for a variety of other styles, including stars, an avocado, and strawberries.

According to a reviewer: “I don’t know what magic strain of catnip these have in them but all three of our cats are OBSESSED with these. I have now bought three sets just so they don’t fight over them. Seriously, best toys ever.”


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Cassidy Timbrooks on ‘The Bachelor’ Isn’t the Villain You Think She Is



I knew Cassidy Timbrooks was going to be eliminated from The Bachelor the second she addressed a table full of children as “you small people.”

But it wasn’t until Clayton Echard learned she had a “friend with benefits” back home that her number came up. The Bachelor rescinded the rose he had already given her and predictably sent the 26-year-old executive assistant packing on Monday night’s episode.

In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.

That’s why her ride home from the mansion was more than just another early villain exit. The Bachelor is clearly trying to get back to basics this year — and by basics I mean American sexual politics circa 2002. The fact that Cassidy got the boot so swiftly shows how quickly the show is returning to its traditional roots. In an era of dating apps and delayed motherhood, ABC’s long-running reality dating franchise is recommitting in Clayton’s season to its core tenets: Love, marriage, and family — preferably before age 30.

In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.

Only against that backdrop would a woman like Cassidy strike anyone as an outlier. Outside of the show, she doesn’t exactly seem nefarious. Since the premiere aired, I have been following her on Instagram, where she’s been posting incredibly lucid and self-aware reflections about her time on The Bachelor, conceding in one of her Stories that she struggled to balance “confidence” with “considering other people’s takes.”

Indeed, like so many hated contestants before her, Cassidy appears to have been the victim of a selective edit and a mocking soundtrack. The unflattering edit began in earnest when she largely ignored the children at a birthday party group date to talk with the Bachelor instead. At one point, seated around a table sipping tea, she told a group of kids, “I spend as little time around you small people as possible, so forgive me…” and then immediately went on the back foot as they latched onto the comment.

I don’t blame the kids for taking offense. But any adult viewer who paid attention to her tone should have recognized the droll delivery. Was it an inartful thing to say? Sure. Children aren’t the right audience for wry humor, especially if you’re joking about avoiding them. But Cassidy didn’t deserve to be demonized as a kid hater, either.

“I knew I was giving villain, but I thought I was far more amusing and harmless,” she wrote in one of her post-show Instagram Stories, “and I think a lot of the hate is based in misogyny internalized and otherwise.”

She’s not wrong. Cassidy was punished, both in the edit and by a segment of the audience, for not going googly-eyed at the notion of spending an afternoon building a dollhouse. She certainly didn’t echo the enthusiasm of a fellow contestant who saw the kids from afar and exclaimed, “Oh my God! I’m so excited! I love children!” while running toward them.

The Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.

To be fair, that attitude is more in line with Clayton’s. In the first five minutes of the current season, the new Bachelor was twice moved to tears by the thought of raising a family. He introduced himself in the opening voiceover by saying, “I can’t wait to get married and have kids,” and later choked up while reading a letter from a child predicting that he will “have lots of kids.”

Clayton is nothing if not sincere, but there’s probably a reason the producers picked someone like him in the first place — and why they’re emphasizing childrearing so much this early. After years of controversy over racism in the franchise, culminating in the departure of ex-host Chris Harrison — and after more recent flirtations with progressive casting including the first same-sex engagement, a (gasp!) 39-year-old Bachelorette, and several leads of colorThe Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.

I used to wonder whether the horror novel I wrote satirizing Bachelor-style shows would be outdated by the time it comes out later this year, but if anything, this season has felt ripped out of time in the worst way.

Cassidy’s storyline especially has highlighted double standards that should be long dead by now. Clayton himself recently addressed viral TikToks about his dating history by saying that he “enjoyed [his] singleness” for “the last six years of my life.” This is the same Bachelor who confronted Cassidy on Monday night’s episode about allegedly “seeing someone up until the point that you came here,” as though she were beholden to him before then. Hookups for me but not for thee?

Presented in the weird logic of the show, you’d almost forget that Cassidy is one of 30 women Clayton dated simultaneously — and that, in season previews, the Bachelor will later admit to being “intimate” with two contestants. Somehow that behavior is more “for the right reasons” than having casual sex with someone before filming even began?

Cassidy may be off the air now, but her brief run was telling. This throwback edition of The Bachelor needed a villain, and the producers chose a confident woman with a history of casual dating who said “F*ck a dollhouse” on camera. It’s probably a bad sign when someone that refreshing doesn’t make it to the second rose ceremony.


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Another Day, Another Musk Tweet Pumps Dogecoin up 9%



Musk, who is the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, said he would eat a Happy Meal on TV if Fast food giant McDonald’s starts accepting Dogecoin

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Everything You Need to Know About the UK Government’s COVID Inquiry



On May 12, 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an independent public inquiry into the government’s response to and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Established under the Inquiries Act 2005, the COVID Inquiry will examine the government’s “actions as rigorously and candidly as possible,” according to the Prime Minister, and will aim to “learn every lesson for the future.” It will do so by summoning the production of documents and witnesses to give evidence under oath in order to examine the government’s response to the pandemic.

Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE will act as Chair of the inquiry, which is set to begin “sometime in spring 2022”. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the COVID Inquiry and what we can expect from the process.

How Will The COVID Inquiry Work?

According to BBC News, the Chair of the Inquiry can call whoever they want to give evidence, “whether they are witnesses to an event or people with particular expertise.” As barristers’ chambers Doughty Street Chambers notes, witnesses to an event will be asked to give evidence of their experience or direct knowledge of what took place. They speak on behalf of an organisation, like the NHS or the police.

Evidence sessions will be given in public and under oath, per BBC News, and most sessions will be available to watch on TV and online. There’s no time limit to the inquiry either, and they can often take years due to the “huge amount of evidence that needs to be read.”

What Will Be Included In The COVID Inquiry?

The exact aims, issues, and remits included won’t be announced until closer to the start of the inquiry, but the Prime Minister has said his government would work closely with the devolved administrations and governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland before setting out what exactly will be included in the inquiry itself.

Shortly after announcing that an inquiry would take place, the Prime Minister told MPs that the inquiry would consider his government’s handling of the pandemic before the first lockdown in March 2020, per The Guardian. As for other issues, law firm BDB Pitmans suggests that the higher death rate in general, especially among ethnic minority groups, will be a major point of contention, as well as the government’s “procurement processes” of contracts awarded during the pandemic.

What Issues Have Been Raised Around The COVID Inquiry?

Undocumented Migrants

Following the publication of a report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), it’s vital that the voices of undocumented migrants are properly heard during the COVID inquiry. The report found that the UK “lagged far behind other European countries” in protecting undocumented migrants during the pandemic.

Caitlin Boswell, author of the report and policy officer at JCWI, said in a statement that if the government “wants to learn lessons” from this inquiry and “fully recover from the pandemic”, it needs to “stop prioritising its anti-immigration agenda above saving lives.” An anti-immigration agenda which is more commonly known as the Hostile Environment.

The term “Hostile Environment” is used by many to describe a set of policies that are intended to block undocumented migrants from using public services like the NHS and the police, as well as making work and housing inaccessible; effectively making life as difficult as possible.

Boswell added that the government “must listen to migrants’ voices, including those who’ve lost status, and ensure that in the future, no-one has their life put at risk because of their immigration status.” Boswell concluded that in “doing so will not only protect the most marginalised, it will help protect all of us.”

People With Disabilities

Sense, a charity which focuses on complex disabilities, has also called for the government to take the experiences of disabled people and their families into account. As the charity notes, 6 out of 10 people in the UK who have died from COID are disabled, despite making up 22 per cent of the general population.

“Decision-makers did not engage with us, our needs were often overlooked and communications were largely inaccessible,” Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy for Disability Rights UK, explained. “Health bodies treated our lives as less valued, disabled people receiving social care were inadequately protected, some disabled children were denied education and support, and supermarkets failed to ensure that we could access food.”

There is yet to be a date announced or confirmed for the COVID Inquiry.

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