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Hartz Cat Toys Review of 2023: Pros, Cons & Verdict

Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Christian Adams

Review Summary

Our Final Verdict

We give Hartz cat toys 4.2 out of 5 stars. 


To give you an idea of what Hartz is as a company, here are a few things to know. Hartz has been in business since the better part of the last century, but they started out mainly with bird care. Now they’ve expanded and have concentrated their efforts on dog and cat care. We can say that Hartz is a trustworthy brand, but there is more to it than just that.

In this article, we’ll discuss whether or not their toys are the right option for your cat.

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At a Glance: The Best Hartz Cats Toys

Best Overall
Just for Cats Variety Pack Just for Cats Variety Pack
  • Low price
  • Multiple toys
  • Highest-rated cat toy product by Hartz
  • Second place
    Just for Cats Peek & Play Pop-Up Tent Just for Cats Peek & Play Pop-Up Tent
  • Great for inactive cats or multiple kittens
  • Lightweight and easy to store
  • Auto-deploys
  • Third place
    Hartz Just For Cats Wand Toy Hartz Just For Cats Wand Toy
  • Affordable
  • Evokes your cat's inner hunting instincts
  • Great for engagement
  • Just for Cats Mini Mice Just for Cats Mini Mice
  • Perfectly sized for play time
  • Includes catnip
  • Promote exercise and activity in indoor cats
  • Just for Cats Bizzy Balls Just for Cats Bizzy Balls
  • Contains bells inside and erratic rolling
  • Stimulates your cat's playful instincts
  • Good for cats of all ages
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    Hartz Cats Toys Reviewed

    Who Makes Hartz Cats Toys and Where Is It Produced?

    Hartz makes and produces its products in China. We always like to see things made in the U.S.A, but this is typical for most toy manufacturers. Hartz toys are available at large retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, and Chewy.

    Which Type of Cats Are Hartz Toys Suited For?

    The Just for Cats line of toys is Hartz’s premier choice for felines that want something interactive. For example, our five picks mostly consist of engaging toys such as a pop-up tent (with a dangling bird!), bell balls, and even a feather wand for maximum engagement between you and your cat.

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    Image Credit: winni-design, Shutterstock

    Which Type of Cats Would Do Better With a Different Brand?

    On the other hand, they aren’t as suited for cats that like solving puzzles or complex problems. If your cat is like this, it might be better to go with something like Cat Amazing, which sells cat treat puzzles. They also might not be the best for the most active of cats, as these don’t provide much running around.

    Hartz Cats Toys Are Inexpensive

    The best thing about Hartz cat toys is that they are super cheap! Most of their premium toys (Just for Cats) are still quite affordable and their durability makes it unnecessary to replace them often. Unless you have a very feisty cat!

    The Bad

    Unfortunately, the big downside to Hartz products is that they are made in China. That doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t worth buying, but usually, it’s a good sign to see companies making their products in the U.S.A or Canada. Another thing we should mention is that some of their other products have had some major issues in the past, like their flea and tick collar and shampoo, which have had some negative public views.

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    A Quick Look at Hartz Cats Toys

    • Affordable
    • Durable
    • Available online and in-stores
    • Made in China
    • Not a ton of variety
    • Not the best for ultra-active cats

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    Reviews of the 3 Best Hartz Cats Toys

    Here’s the rundown on three of Hartz’s highest-rated cat toys. Each of them is a different style, so these aren’t in a particular order.

    1. Hartz Just for Cats Variety Pack

    Hartz Just For Cats Toy Variety Pack

    The Just for Cats variety pack is an assortment of cat toys that keeps an incredibly low price point.

    Included in the package are various stuffed mice, bell balls, a small cloth wand, and even a small catnip-infused item. The value of this product as a whole is very good for the cost, but many of the toys have a similar shape. They’re made of different materials and textures, with some made from plastic and others from plush. All of the toys (even the wand) are pretty small, so they’re good for smaller cats.

    • Low price
    • Multiple toys
    • Highest-rated cat toy product by Hartz
    • Not a ton of variety
    • Not great for large cats

    2. Hartz Just for Cats Peek & Play Pop-Up Tent

    10Hartz Just For Cats Peek & Play Pop-Up Tent Cat Toy

    This red-colored pop-up tent is a small hideout for your cat.

    It has a hanging bird toy on one side to give them a little extra to interact with. Also, there are a few holes on the sides for your cats or kittens to poke their heads out and climb around. The tent comes with a blanket on the bottom so your cats can stay comfortable if you do decide to use it on hard floors or outside.

    Remember though, it’s not made for cat camping!

    • Great for inactive cats or multiple kittens
    • Lightweight and easy to store
    • Auto-deploys
    • Expensive compared to other toys
    • Not durable enough for outdoor use

    3. Hartz Just for Cats Interactive Feather Wand

    Hartz Just For Cats Interactive Feather Cat Wand Toy

    Our last toy review is for their Just for Cats Interactive Feather Wand that can flex and bend if you need it to.

    The length of this wand comes in at 26.3 inches, so you can tease and play with your cat from a distance. Unfortunately, the wand doesn’t come with a bell or catnip at the end of it. But that might be due to the low price point and basic design. This interactive feather wand is good for people who want to engage with their cat one-on-one.

    • Affordable
    • Evokes your cat’s inner hunting instincts
    • Great for engagement
    • Minimal features

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    What Other Users Are Saying

    • Chewy – “We purchased this item for a new kitten in our house. These toys have kept her very entertained with plenty of variety.”
    • Amazon – Before finishing our reviews, we also take a look at Amazon reviews to see what the buyers think of each product. Check here to read more.

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    Simply put, Hartz cat toys are worth buying. If you need to entertain your cat without shelling out a ton of cash, they fit perfectly within any budget. What’s just as important is the fact that they don’t break instantly when your feline plays with them. However, if your cat craves learning and action, it might be better to look for other brands.

    About the Author

    Christian Adams
    Christian Adams
    Christian is the Editor-in-Chief of Excited Cats and one of its original and primary contributors. A lifelong cat lover, now based in South East Asia, Christian and his wife are the proud parents of an 11-year-old son and four rescue cats: Trixie, Chloe, Sparky, and Chopper.

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