Cat Toys: What to Look for


Some cats enjoy batting balls around. You might try a standard ball, one with a bell inside (a “jingle ball”), a motorized ball, or even a crumpled paper ball. The Sphero Mini is a motorized ball intended for children, but it’s loved by cats as well!

Toy mice and other hunting toys

Cats are naturally predatory animals, and toys that appeal to their prey drive can keep them entertained for hours. Many cats enjoy the Pawboo Cat Toy, which is a motorized hunting toy.

Wands/fishing poles/feather teaser toys

Leaping, pouncing, and stalking may be encouraged by toys like the Feather Teaser or the Smartykat Loco-Motion Electronic Toy. Just make sure any toys with string are only used when supervised and stored safely out of reach of your cat after playtime to avoid ingestion.

A laser pointer

You’ve probably seen a lot of YouTube videos where cats go wild for laser pointers! They may be a relatively inexpensive and effortless way to keep your cat active. Just make sure you get one that’s appropriate for pets.

Interactive feeding toys

The Indoor Hunting Feeder by Doc and Phoebe, for example, is a fun idea since it engages your cat’s intellect while also keeping them occupied when you’re not around.

Climbing toys

When you’re not home, cat trees and perches provide your cat with something to climb and places to rest. Cats adore having elevated surfaces on which to sit.

Scratching posts

Cats scratch for a variety of reasons. It’s in their nature to scratch, which helps them stretch out their back and shoulder muscles and show happiness. It also keeps your cat’s nails trimmed to some extent. To prevent territorial issues, provide at least one scratching post per cat. Some cats like horizontal surfaces for scratching, such as a jute door mat or corrugated cardboard scratcher, while others prefer vertical surfaces.

Catnip toys

Cats adore catnip. (On the other hand, most cats do not become sensitive until after four to six months old, so it’s best to wait until they are older.) Catnip is readily available in toys. These catnip-infused mice are a wonderful gift for any feline lover!

Household items: cardboard boxes

Cats like playing in cardboard boxes and other hiding places; they adore having enclosed, dark locations to hide and observe the world. Because they are within an enclosed area, cats feel secure. Cats are naturally drawn to the texture of cardboard to scratch and explore dark areas. Cutting holes in a cardboard box may provide hours of fun for a cat since they may hide while observing their environment (practising their native stalking tendencies). You may also arouse your cat’s predatory instincts by hiding goodies or toys in a box for them to find. You may also build an obstacle course or maze from multiple boxes of various sizes using this technique. These are one of the simplest plush toys to come by; simply repurpose a shipping box! Check for any staples in the cardboard that could harm your cat and remove any tape so they don’t chew on it or swallow it.