Nothing is more exciting to the mind of a tiny predator than a chance to practice their hunting skills, so it might be tempting to leave a kitten in a room with a peek-and-play toy and let them have at it. Peek-and-play toys include boxes, plastic circles, or other objects containing holes or slots that allow a cat to reach an arm in and move a ball. While they might be intrigued by the opportunity to seek out a hiding object, these toys can be dangerous for tiny kittens, whose body parts can easily get stuck in a hole. While an adult cat might reach in with her paw, a young kitten may reach in with her entire arm, and if she moves quickly (as kittens do), she may get stuck or pinched. Toys with slightly larger holes in them can entice a kitten to put her head inside, or perhaps her whole body…but what goes in does not necessarily come out as easily.
The good news is that it’s the ball they’re excited about—not the object containing it. The only benefit of the peek-and-play toy is that it helps encapsulate the ball to keep it from rolling out of sight, so instead, try providing the kitten with a shallow box with a ball inside of it, which they can chase freely and without risk.