Some pets need their favorite toy as much as we need them. Whether it’s dirty or barely holding it together, if the darn thing has become their source of comfort, they might refuse to part with it, even when their owner is stitching it, making sure it will last just a little while longer.
Dogs, for example, love to have soft and cuddly toys for comfort. These are great for catch and carry games, for the hunt and kill scenarios, and for the ease of separation anxiety if ever they have to travel to a new place.
Soft plushies are good for cats as well. Just like pups, they might be drawn to stuffed toys and even sleep with them, enjoying reassuring comfort in situations outside their comfort zone such as car travel and visiting their vet.
Bored Panda has collected a list of photos to show you just how sweet these relationships can look, so continue scrolling, upvote your favorites and enjoy.
#1 Elliot’s Owner Shares What He Looked Like At 4 Weeks vs. Full Grown, With His Favorite Toy
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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.
#2 Hedgehog With Plushie
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When it comes to cat toy safety, inspect all of your feline’s toys periodically for any loose pieces, wires, or clamps, especially where the toy attaches to the sting (if there is one).
Ingrid King, a former veterinary hospital manager and author of five cat books, writes that many toys use safety pin-type attachments, and it wouldn’t be impossible for a cat to chew firmly enough on that part of the toy to pop the pin open.
“Keep fishing pole toys out of your cat’s reach when they’re not in use. Cats can become entangled in the string, or even eat and swallow it, which can cause an intestinal blockage,” King explains.
“Don’t let cats play unsupervised with electronic toys that have moving parts. Depending on the toy, paws and whiskers may get caught in the mechanism and your cat may be injured, or at the very least, traumatized.”
#3 Bonnie Put Her Favourite Toy On My Packed Suitcase… Oh Man, The Feels
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#4 How I Found Him Moments After I Changed The Batteries In His Snuggle Buddy, A Toy With A Little Heartbeat He’s Had Since He Was 3 Months Old
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#5 My Dog’s Favorite Toy. Watching The Faces Of People Who Are Walking Past When My Dog Is Staring Out The Window With Them In His Mouth Is Brilliant
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#6 My Friend’s Horse Showing Off His New Plushy. He Is Very Proud Of It.
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#7 This Is The Only Toy He Doesn’t Rip To Shreds
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#8 Pickles Has Found A New Toy To Guard. Let’s Hope Nobody Tries To Take It From Him
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#9 My Cat Ripped Open His Favorite Toy. This Is My Grandma Sewing It Back Together
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#10 This Is Rizzo. She Likes To File Her Toys Now. I Have No Idea Why
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#11 4 Years Later, She Has Ripped Up Hundreds Of Toys, But She Refuses To Hurt Her Dino
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#12 My Cat Carries His Toy With Him All Over The House. I Just Went Out In The Kitchen And Saw This. Apparently He Thought It Was Hungry Too.
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#13 The Teddy Used To Be His Sister’s Before She Died. Now Eddie Carries It Around With Him And It’s The Only Toy He’s Never Destroyed
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#14 My Son Has Noticed How Old Our Dog Is Getting, So He Tries To Comfort Her With His Stuffed Toy Sloth. She Loves It.
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#15 Trash Panda Loves His Plushy Trash Panda Toy
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#16 My Sister In Laws Dog With His Toy Cigar
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#17 My Cat With His Catnip Toy Bottle Of “Furrball Whiskey” That He Got For His Birthday. I Think He Likes It
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#18 Twenty Year Old Mister With His Favourite Ghost Toy
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#19 For 13 Years, He Has Tried To Catch A Squirrel To No Avail. I Just Bought Him A Plush One And The Poor Deprived Dog Has Been Carrying It Around With Him Everywhere All Day And Snuggling With It. Sorry It Took Me So Long Buddy
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#20 My Mum Washed All The Dog’s Toys. And Now He Won’t Come In The House Without Them
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#21 A Good Boy Growing Up With His Favorite Toy
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#22 Sleeping Baby Corgi With His Toy
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#23 His Favorite Toy Is The One That Looks Just Like Him
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#24 All These Years Later And It’s Still Her Favourite Toy
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#25 Old Girl (15.5 Years Old) Cuddling Her Toy.
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#26 He Came In To The Thrift Store With His Toy And Then His Owner Asked Him Do A Trick For My Photo! Made My Day
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#27 Whenever Someone Comes Over He Shows Them His Favorite Toy.
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#28 Today Was The First Day He’s Ever Picked Out His Toy At The Pet Store. He Carried It To The Car, Into The House, And Right Into His Crate At Bedtime. My Heart
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#29 Holidays? Alpaca My Favorite Toy!
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#30 “Do My Toys Really Need A Bath, Mom?”
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#31 Charlie’s Favorite Toy Is One That Looks Just Like Him
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#32 After 7 Years Of Buying Her Stuffed Toys That She Completely Destroys Within A Couple Days, I Finally Found Her One That She Absolutely Loves. She’s Had Her Dragon For Few Months Now And Cuddles It Every Chance She Gets
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#33 Cuddled Up With Her Favorite Toy, Watching Her Favorite Movie
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#34 My Girl Molly With Her Favourite Toy
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#35 Almost Every Morning My Puppy Likes To Grab A Toy And Take It To Go Potty. It’s The Cutest Thing Ever
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#36 Our 6yo Rescue Dog Didn’t Know What Toys Were. He’s Slowly Learning, And His Favorites Are The Plushies. Here Is Frank With Slothy.
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#37 Murphy Destroys Every Single Toy He Gets Within A Few Hours, Yet This One Is Different. He Only Cuddles It And Won’t Let Anyone Touch It
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#38 My Pup Waiting For My Husband To Get Home! She Likes To Bring Him A Toy
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#39 A Year Later And 12 Pounds Heavier, It’s Still Dobby’s Favorite Toy.
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#40 Her Favorite Toy Is A Stuffed Dog That Looks Just Like Her. Every Time I Visit She Grabs This Toy And Runs Over To Show Me
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