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

Elliot's Owner Shares What He Looked Like At 4 Weeks vs. Full Grown, With His Favorite Toy

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Perfumista Perfumista
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7 months ago

Dragon is clearly and rightfully pleased with the work she's done raising him

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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

Hedgehog With Plushie

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Andrew Gibb
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7 months ago

how could anyone not smile after seeing this

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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

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

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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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

Reminds him of his litter mates or mother maybe.

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#4

Bonnie Put Her Favourite Toy On My Packed Suitcase... Oh Man, The Feels

Bonnie Put Her Favourite Toy On My Packed Suitcase... Oh Man, The Feels

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7 months ago

I'm not crying- you're crying.

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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

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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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

I have an excellent dental plan!

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#6

My Cat Ripped Open His Favorite Toy. This Is My Grandma Sewing It Back Together

My Cat Ripped Open His Favorite Toy. This Is My Grandma Sewing It Back Together

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PeachPossum
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7 months ago

A stitch in time saves nine... I like your grandma.

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#7

This Is The Only Toy He Doesn't Rip To Shreds

This Is The Only Toy He Doesn't Rip To Shreds

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

Awwww, such a sweetie.

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#8

My Friend’s Horse Showing Off His New Plushy. He Is Very Proud Of It.

My Friend’s Horse Showing Off His New Plushy. He Is Very Proud Of It.

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Alma Mater
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7 months ago

waow !!! what a majestic and gorgeous horse !!!

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#9

This Is Rizzo. She Likes To File Her Toys Now. I Have No Idea Why

This Is Rizzo. She Likes To File Her Toys Now. I Have No Idea Why

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Yana Friman
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7 months ago

She is a very organized lady)

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#10

Pickles Has Found A New Toy To Guard. Let’s Hope Nobody Tries To Take It From Him

Pickles Has Found A New Toy To Guard. Let’s Hope Nobody Tries To Take It From Him

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Amy Frank
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7 months ago

Pickles is so cute

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#11

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

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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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

Oh, how sweet, yet sad.

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#12

Trash Panda Loves His Plushy Trash Panda Toy

Trash Panda Loves His Plushy Trash Panda Toy

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

Such love!

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#13

My Son Has Noticed How Old Our Dog Is Getting, So He Tries To Comfort Her With His Stuffed Toy Sloth. She Loves It.

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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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

Poor animals, they have feelings!

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#14

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.

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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Samantha Lomb
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7 months ago

My Meri puts her mice in the food dish

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#15

4 Years Later, She Has Ripped Up Hundreds Of Toys, But She Refuses To Hurt Her Dino

4 Years Later, She Has Ripped Up Hundreds Of Toys, But She Refuses To Hurt Her Dino

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Eva the Egg
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7 months ago

That is absolutely adorable

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#16

My Sister In Laws Dog With His Toy Cigar

My Sister In Laws Dog With His Toy Cigar

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Jasper Kamp
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7 months ago

If Churchill was an animal

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#17

My Mum Washed All The Dog's Toys. And Now He Won't Come In The House Without Them

My Mum Washed All The Dog's Toys. And Now He Won't Come In The House Without Them

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Perfumista Perfumista
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7 months ago

Guarding his plushie family until they are safe inside

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#18

Twenty Year Old Mister With His Favourite Ghost Toy

Twenty Year Old Mister With His Favourite Ghost Toy

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Calum Sanderson
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7 months ago

Twenty years old?! Wonderful <3

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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

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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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

Just wanted something to cuddle.

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#20

My Cat With His Catnip Toy Bottle Of "Furrball Whiskey" That He Got For His Birthday. I Think He Likes It

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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Amy Frank
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7 months ago

LMAO that face!! Your cat is high lol

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#21

A Good Boy Growing Up With His Favorite Toy

A Good Boy Growing Up With His Favorite Toy

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Journey Alvarado
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7 months ago

think they got in 1 or 2 fights along the way but #germanshepardpup

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#22

Sleeping Baby Corgi With His Toy

Sleeping Baby Corgi With His Toy

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

How sweet!

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#23

All These Years Later And It's Still Her Favourite Toy

All These Years Later And It's Still Her Favourite Toy

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

Well loved

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#24

His Favorite Toy Is The One That Looks Just Like Him

His Favorite Toy Is The One That Looks Just Like Him

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

Mini me

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#25

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

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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Katy McMouse
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7 months ago

Such a proud doggo.

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#26

Whenever Someone Comes Over He Shows Them His Favorite Toy.

Whenever Someone Comes Over He Shows Them His Favorite Toy.

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Falcon
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7 months ago

Maybe he isn't showing the toy to you. Maybe he's showing you to the toy. 🤔

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#27

Old Girl (15.5 Years Old) Cuddling Her Toy.

Old Girl (15.5 Years Old) Cuddling Her Toy.

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7 months ago

What gorgeous girl!

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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

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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Perfumista Perfumista
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7 months ago

Which one's the plushie toy

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#29

"Do My Toys Really Need A Bath, Mom?"

"Do My Toys Really Need A Bath, Mom?"

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Calum Sanderson
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7 months ago

Love his surfer necklace!

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#30

Cuddled Up With Her Favorite Toy, Watching Her Favorite Movie

Cuddled Up With Her Favorite Toy, Watching Her Favorite Movie

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Blake
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7 months ago

Is that the Aristocats?! Love it.

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#31

My Girl Molly With Her Favourite Toy

My Girl Molly With Her Favourite Toy

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

This is my baby.

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#32

Almost Every Morning My Puppy Likes To Grab A Toy And Take It To Go Potty. It's The Cutest Thing Ever

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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Calum Sanderson
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7 months ago

Naw he needs his fur friend for comfort

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#33

Holidays? Alpaca My Favorite Toy!

Holidays? Alpaca My Favorite Toy!

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Brigs
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7 months ago

Gorgeous kitty!

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#34

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

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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Sweetie Dahling
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7 months ago

I love how the picture captured her wagging tail. Such a sweet face <3

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#35

Charlie’s Favorite Toy Is One That Looks Just Like Him

Charlie’s Favorite Toy Is One That Looks Just Like Him

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Perfumista Perfumista
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7 months ago

Charlie has the most adorable paws

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#36

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

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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Perfumista Perfumista
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7 months ago

Mini Murph

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#37

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.

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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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

Hope he now has a safe and happy home.

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#38

My Pup Waiting For My Husband To Get Home! She Likes To Bring Him A Toy

My Pup Waiting For My Husband To Get Home! She Likes To Bring Him A Toy

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Brigs
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7 months ago

Aaaawwwwww!! That face!

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#39

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

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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Katie Peter
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7 months ago

So sweet 💓

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#40

A Year Later And 12 Pounds Heavier, It’s Still Dobby’s Favorite Toy.

A Year Later And 12 Pounds Heavier, It’s Still Dobby’s Favorite Toy.

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago

What a squishy tummy.

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