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Whether your cat is big or small, a kitten or a senior they can benefit from lots of play and fun! It helps there bodies and their minds. Even the sleepiest older cat (including our fifteen year old tabby) will become playful with a toy she loves. Here is our roundup of our favorite cat toys, as tested by our trio!
The Stick and Feather
The absolute classic cat toy is the stick with a feather attached. It is great because it is interactive and it really gives the owner a chance to play with their cat instead of just watching them play. Make sure to get a stick with refill feathers!
Cats love mice and since hopefully they won’t catch any real ones and bring them to you (or chipmunks for that matter) be sure to grab them a few to play with. There are realistic mice that my cats love. I think they are creepy so I just leave them in my husband’s office so there are also fun colorful mice.
The Stuck Ball
The concept of this toy is simple. The ball is stuck and goes around and around. The cats chase! This is a crowd pleaser for all ages. My kittens spend hours (literally) trying to get the ball out and my 15 year old sneaks over and bats it when no one is looking.
Cats love crinkly tin foil toys. They range from basic crinkle balls to fun shapes like butterflies and fish. I’m not really sure my cats care what shape they are playing with but I like to have a few of each around.
Anything With Cat Nip
Every cat loves catnip! One of my favorite toys is a catnip ball toy. These are great for older cats who have better paw control. All my cats love their cat bananas! Why a banana? I’m not really sure but they are tons of fun.
All cats love to scratch so getting them a pole or other scratcher will give them somewhere safe and fun to scratch. A post is always a crowd pleaser but there are lots of other options including loungers and mats.
I cannot promise you will not still find your cat lunging off your tallest piece of furniture but a fun cat tower will give them a place to stretch their climbing muscles and also hide and play. There are versions large and small with everything from hammocks to hidey holes and lots of toys.
No cat toy list would be complete without balls. While they probably won’t play fetch (although my cat Nemo did in her youth) they will love to bat and chase little balls. Mine love any ball that dingles or has a fun texture. If you don’t have time to throw a ball or if your cat spends a lot of time alone you should check out an interactive ball!
Which will be your favorite cat toy?
I hope you have found some possible toys for your. If you want to try a little of everything give this cat toy sampler a try. Be sure to tell me your cat’s favorite toy in the comments!