7 Best Cat Toys
From the high-tech to the simple, there’s a toy on this list for every cat.
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Cat Toys for Every Cat
Every cat plays differently. Some like scratching posts, some like teaser toys, and others get the zoomies by themselves in the middle of the night.
To find the right store-bought or DIY cat toy for your feline friend, it’s important to understand how they play. My cat loves this unicorn teaser toy but hated this one with a passion. With that in mind, here are a variety of cat toys for every cat.
Best Cat Toy for Exercise
Nothing beats a laser pointer for giving a cat some exercise. They’ll be running, jumping and trying to climb the walls in no time. This cat laser pointer has rechargeable batteries and five light patterns, including a butterfly and a mouse. Take care not to shine it in any eyes.
Best Play Mat
Does your cat like to rumple up your rugs? Give them a rug of their own.
This play mat is even better than a bath mat — perfect for cats who like to scratch, pounce and explore. Holes in the mat let cats crawl in and out and bring other toys, too. The thick, durable fabric stands up to scratching and kneading.
Best Interactive Cat Toy
This interactive cat toy brings cats on a wild chase, and you never have to leave the couch. A feather teaser toy mounted on a rechargeable robot toy rolls around the room like an automatic toy car. A timed shutoff feature lets it run for 10 minutes every 90 minutes to keep cats active and entertained throughout the day, even when they’re home alone. Interactive cat toys help cats exercise their minds and their bodies.
Best Wire Teaser Toy
This cat teaser toy might be simple, but it’s a surefire winner. The spring steel and rolled cardboard wiggle erratically to entice felines out of their cat beds.
The toy is great for playing with your cat. Hold one end and dance the other across the floor, or throw the toy and watch your cat dive after it.
Best Cat Toy with Sound
Cats who watch birds from the catio will appreciate these chirping bird cat toys. They’re great for playing alone and together.
The toy only chirps when it moves. The sound quickly grabs a cat’s attention, and the brightly colored feathers keep them interested after the toy hits the floor. It can be a little annoying, so consider tucking it away during work from home or sleeping hours.
Best Simple Cat Toy
You can’t go wrong with a simple sparkle ball. Sure, you might need to fish them out from under the television stand or a closet door every other day. But they last basically forever and provide hours of entertainment. Every cat I’ve ever had has loved these cat toys.
Cat Toy Subscription Box
Want to spoil your cat every month? Try a cat toy subscription box. For a little more than a Netflix subscription, you can get a box full of cat toys, treats and catnip delivered right to your doorstep monthly. When you want to cancel, you do it directly in your Amazon account.