I think its super important for kids and animals to have toys to use. Kids learn through playing and animals are variations of people. All animals think and need something to excersize their brains and keep them active and healthy. If toys are not part of the everyday life then its easy for someone to get bored and find less pleasant activities to occupy their time.
This is why I was for certain to get a chew toy and some teething bones for our new puppy Olaf. Its a lot easier to train and have a healthy puppy when he has something he is suppose to have. Instead of him taking my daughters toys to play with.
I know my husband will be picking out more things for him when he gets off work. I just had Olivia pick out a few items to tide us over until then. 🙂