There are hundreds, even thousands of great cat toys on the Internet to choose from. I have taken a pawful of top picks that my cats and I have used plus highlighted what specifically we love about them and also where you can buy one too! These are not your average feline dolls and trinkets. How would you like to see my stash of favorite and best cat toys that I personally use, love and cherish? Well you are in luck! The cat toys I have picked are what I consider to be among the best for quality, price and because my fur baby loves them! These are the basic qualities I consider when investing in cat products and cat toys:
- Does my cat love them?
- How easy are they to purchase?
- How easy are they to assemble?
- Are they reasonably priced?
- Where are they made?
- Who invented them?
- Will they bring value to my cat’s health and lifestyle?
- Will they fit in the cat toy box for easy clean up?
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My Top Picks
• Best shape, your cat will fall over and faint for these
• Crinkly sound
• Reasonable price
• Life like bird
• Pole is long and flexible
• Drags perfectly
• Mouse feeder acts as a toy
• Hunting instincts fulfilled
• Catnip is the best
• Shape of banana encourages interaction
• Long lasting
• Variety to choose from
• Kitten tunnel included
• Assists with grooming during playtime
• Senior cat is not overwhelmed
• Cat attracting
• One cat entertainment
• No assembly necessary
• Three way tunnel for multiple cats
• Hide and seek
• Chase encouraging
Toy for Kicking: Kitty Kick Six
I am so in love with the Kitty Kick Stix feline toys. Not only are they handmade, they are also made in the USA. In addition to the colorful fabric used, these wonderful cushions can be custom made! Most importantly my kitty cat Finnegan adores the little kicker pillows. These doll like cat toys are the perfect shape and size for your cat to claw between her paws and go to town with some serious bunny kicks.
Toy for Chasing: Mylar Crinkle Balls
If your cat loves to chase and you want to him to get some great exercise indoors, try the Mylar Crinkle Balls sold on Amazon. They are very lightweight which really encourages your feline to swat and bat them around. They might end up under your furniture, but don’t worry the price is super reasonable so you can replace them without putting a major dent in your purse.
Toy for Jumping: GoCat Da Bird
There are several pole cat toys on Amazon, but our top pick is still Da Bird by GoCat. The pole has just enough flexibility to fling the bird around the room, stimulating zoomies and hours of fun for your cat. The feathers on the end of the pole are so life-like that felines literally go nuts when you drag Da Bird around on the floor or fling the feathers in the air. It is no wonder Da Bird remains to be a high rated product and still gets rave reviews. It is a cat toy masterpiece.
Toy for Hunting: Doc & Phoebe’s Hunting Food Mouse
“Want a healthy weight cat that is happy and has less behavior issues? Let. Them. Hunt.” – The Catvocate
The inventor of these clever mouse feeding toys is an expert cat advocate who’s passion it is to save your feline from cat obesity with feeding mice that are ideal for hunting and gathering. Even after the food has been eaten from the mouse container, your cat will be left with a fun and colorful toy that is encased in fabric making it a wonderful grabby tool for him to interact.
Toy for Bored Cat: Yeoww! Banana Catnip Toy
Catnip toys are ideal for bored indoor kitties because they have been linked to combating feline depression. Although it is safer for cats to be indoor pets, keeping them entertained and high-spirited can be challenging. Be sure to have lots of catnip toys on hand for their enjoyment!
Yeoww is a brand that has been around for years and with good reason. The bananas, cigars and tomatoes are all crowd pleasers in this feline friendly home. There is something about Yeowww! catnip that cats absolutely love. Although there are some other top-notch cat toys with high quality catnip, there has not been anything yet that seems to be quite as magical as Yeowww! The banana shape is my cat’s favorite, but try all the shapes to see what your cat will play with the most.
Toy for Kitten: Younger 24 Kitten Assortment
Kittens are very high energy and need lots of playtime. When Finn was a baby, I found him climbing up curtains one day and that is when I realized his needs were a bit more intense then my adult cat. This kitten assortment pack is ideal for a starter kit. It has all the shapes and sizes your kitten wants and best of all, it comes with a tunnel for him to crash through while carrying one of his new furry buddies through at lightening speed!
Toy for Senior Cat: Arch Self-Massaging Brush
When my cat Abigail was aging, her energy and need for interactive toys declined greatly. Although she still enjoyed playing with her furry mice, running and jumping were not a part of her daily activities. What she did love consistently though was the self-massaging brush that is in an arch shape. Not only did it feel good on her face, laying on the sisal base seemed to really feel good on her skin. She rubbed against the bristles, stretched out on the sisal foundation and cupped her paws along the arch while doing lifts with her hind legs. I highly recommend this arch brush for your senior kitty cat!
Toy for Solo Cat: Tower Track Ball Cat Toy
Pet Stages has thought about every stage your cat will go through and that is a cat owner’s dream. For your kitty cat who does not have a feline companion, I recommend trying a cat toy that will engage her senses and push her to get lost in the activity so she does not get bored or overly tired. The Pet Stages cat tower will do the trick and it is so reasonably priced on Amazon. Not to mention, even though it is plastic and interactive, there is no assembly needed!
Toys for Multiple Cats: Prosper Cat Tunnel
Cats love tunnels, and when they come together for a play date they’ll need a tunnel both can fit! The Prosper Cat Tunnel is ideal for two or more felines to chase and hide from each other. The price on Amazon is purrfect too!
All indoor kitty cats have the potential to get very bored. When sitting in windows watching outdoor activity is not enough, the toys above are a great way to get your cat some exercise, fun and enjoyment. The happier your cat, the happier you are and the happier your home life will be. Questions you might want to ask yourself when choosing online cat products:
- Are there reviews and what are real buyers saying?
- What are they made of?(cat attracting products like sisal, cardboard, rope, catnip, felt are top picks for me. Many times plastic is not a great product choice for my cats).
- Is there a coupon I can use or is there a chance this will go on sale soon?
- Is it easy to return (one of the reasons I love Amazon is for the ease of return).
- Have I used this product line in the past? (especially catnip products, it is hard to go wrong with a toy that has the catnip your feline loves)
- Can I stock up to save time and money? (especially good for the crinkly balls!)
Lisa Illman is the inventor of an outdoor cat enclosure and founder here at Kritter Kommunity. Lisa and her product the Kritter Kondo have been featured in Cat Fancy, the Chicago Tribune, Chestnut Hill West, Good Morning America and most recently Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. You can follow Kritter Kommunity on Facebook and Twitter @KritterKondo.