If you’re unable to stop by the pet store to stock up on an adorable toy or two in your shopping cart, we’re in the same boat. There’s nothing sweeter than watching your cat roll around on the floor with her favorite toy or watch her tail twitch while she waits for you to break free a new cat toy from the package.
But cat toys aren’t all fluffy fun; They are actually good for your cats’ health. Veterinarians say that gaming has several tangible benefits for our feline friends. First, regular running around the house instead of oversleeping the day can help them maintain a healthy weight. This, in turn, can help them live longer and alleviate chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Gaming also helps them stay mentally sharp. Just like people who do crossword puzzles or sudoku to keep their brains going, the puzzle game captivates cats’ minds and prevents boredom. It even boosts their mood.
Whether you’re dangling a feather toy, tossing a catnip mouse, or setting up a cat obstacle course (yes, there are!), Engaging with your pet strengthens your relationship, which can even result in better behaved pets as they do want to keep you lucky. If you’re convinced, check out our list of the top rated cat toys below – and share your favorites in the comments! Do you also have a dog? We also have recommendations for the best dog toys you can buy.
Cat toy with covert movement
For the tech-savvy kitten, try a hidden movement toy that will encourage her to jump and play without much commitment from you. Just turn it on and let colored lights and a fluffy wand make your cat dance. It’s great for independent playtime and has adjustable speeds so you can adjust it to suit your pet’s agility.
Electric Flutter Rotating Cat Teaser
For cats who love to play with feather bars, set up this automatic flutter toy to keep them occupied while you work or do some chores. The brightly colored butterflies move sporadically, encouraging your kitten to hit and hunt. It also comes with spare butterflies just in case they catch and crush you.
Swimming robotic fish with LED lights
BlackHole litter box
Give your outdoor cat some fun stimulation (and stop them from terrorizing native birds and squirrels) with these colorful electronic swim fish. Just turn them on, put them in a bowl of water or a small pool, and let your cat beat them around. They also light up for added fun.
Electric moving interactive fish toy
This realistic looking fish toy will wobble and flop when you turn it on, enticing your cat to chase and catch it. It also comes with a catnip pouch for added gaming incentive and is USB charged so you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries.
Interactive cat toy with robot
Keep your cat from chasing after your robot hoover or other pets by giving them another creature to follow. These rolling toys work on carpet, tile, and wood floors, and walk much like natural prey. The set also comes with multiple attachments so your cat can play with a crinkle ball one day, a ribbon the next, and a feather the next to keep it flavorful.
Cat toy starter pack
If you’ve just brought a new friend home with you, greet them with a starter pack with lots of variety. With a tunnel to hide in, a dangling wand, balls, feathers and mice, this set of 24 toys gives your cat plenty of opportunities to find out what types of toys they prefer.
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Automatic, interactive laser cat toy
Many cats (and even some dogs) love to hunt laser pointers. If you do too, this automatic laser toy is great fun without your intervention. The light moves randomly across the floor and turns itself off after 15 minutes so your cat doesn’t get overstimulated.
Ball toys made of wool felt for cats
These low-fi felt ball toys are great for those who prefer toys that don’t make noise or require batteries. They’re also pretty enough that you might not mind if your little furry angel leaves them all over the living room.
Best feather wand cat toy
Interactive cat feather wand
Give your couch potato the much needed movement by dangling colorful feathers so they can run after them. The retractable wand adapts to larger or cozier rooms and comes with a number of spring bundles to keep things interesting.
Bite-proof catnip toy
Many cheaper catnip toys fall apart quickly, especially if your kitten is using them for teething or if your adult cat gets really voracious playing. Due to their more robust material, these bite-resistant catnip toys last longer than the classic disposable mice. They also come in packs of five so you can replace each one when it’s worn out.
Colorful feathers cat toy
If you need a stocking filler for your kitten, look no further. Cats love the bouncy motion of these brightly colored feathers when you toss them across the floor, and they’re inexpensive enough that you won’t have to stress yourself with some getting stuck behind the couch.
Best catnip toy
Refillable catnip cat toy
Catnip toys are classic for good reason: almost every cat gets really crazy for them. Most cats get excited when they smell the catnip and chase it around, and then cuddle the cuddly toy adorable when they’re tired. These refillable versions come in fluffy mouse and koala designs, and the catnip is made without the addition of chemicals or pesticides.
Three-tier cat toy with wheels
Interactive puzzle toys like this one will often keep cats busy longer than less addicting catnip mice or bell balls, which can reduce the destruction caused by boredom or disturb you while you are trying to do other things. The movement of the balls mimics the prey, so kittens and older cats will love to chase them around and around.
Rainbow cat charmers
Cat dancer products
Add a colorful bend to playtime with this durable, non-toxic cat dancer toy. If you’re old enough to remember tape dancers, this is basically this retro toy – but for your cat.
Pop-up cat tunnel bed
We love a toy that has multiple functions, and it doubles as a bed and play tunnel. Perfect for cats who like to hide and seek, it provides space for them to get out of sight and sleep all day long too.
Roller conveyor with Catnip Spring Teaser Mouse
With this multitasking toy, your cat doesn’t have to choose between a treadmill toy and hitting catnip mice. It has enough elements for two cats to play with at the same time or for your solo kitten to switch between them.
Cat grass planter
Keep your cat away from your houseplants by giving her your own. This cat grass kit comes with seeds to help you grow cat-safe grass that kittens will love to nibble on. It’s fun and good for your digestion.
Blue treat ball
Make your cat work for their treats with this fun, active treat. You’ll have to hit him and chase him across the floor to free the goodies inside, which encourages active gaming. It’s ideal for motion-resistant cats who need a little extra motivation.
Cat Scraper Lounge
Part lounger, part scratching post, this hard-wearing toy pulls double tasks. It’s big enough for multiple cats, reversible for extended use, and comes with a one-year warranty in case your kitten really cares.
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