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Treat Your Cat to … Different Types of Cat Toys

Cats love cat toys — seems like a no-brainer, right? But there are all different kinds of cat toys … so which one is best for your cat? Let’s review different types of cat toys — from cat puzzles to the classic toy mice to everything in between!

Sassafras Lowrey  |  Jun 7th 2018


Cat toys are a great way to liven up your kitty’s day. Toys not only stimulate cats to get more exercise, they are a fantastic way to bond with your feline friend and bring out her inner kitten. Looking for new ways to spoil your kitty this month? Check out these different kinds of cat toys!

1. Cat Water Fountains

Flower Fountain, Catit. catit.com.

Flower Fountain, Catit. catit.com

If your cat enjoys batting at water, she’ll love a cat water fountain. This way, you won’t have to leave water running all day to keep your H2o-loving kitty stimulated when you’re at work or asleep. Plus, a cat water fountain will keep your feline properly hydrated.

2. Cat Tunnels

Tunnel of Fun, Collapsible 3-way Cat Tunnel Toy with Crinkle, Purrfect Feline ($11.99).

Tunnel of Fun, Collapsible 3-way Cat Tunnel Toy with Crinkle, Purrfect Feline ($11.99). amazon.com

From simple one-way tunnels, to tunnels linked up in multiple directions, this type of cat toy adds a new thoroughfare for the cat zoomies! Most tunnels include hanging toys inside for additional play. Cat tunnels stimulate some of the same types of play your cat might enjoy from an empty cardboard box but are more delightful to have out in your house — a treat for kitty, and a treat for you!

3. Cat Toys Made of Sisal and Wood

Cat Toy Feather Sisal Rope Balls Scratcher Rattle Ball, The Meow Shop ($4.99).

Cat Toy Feather Sisal Rope Balls Scratcher Rattle Ball, The Meow Shop ($4.99). themeowshop.com

If brightly colored plastic isn’t dignified enough for you (or your selective cat!), there is an array of natural cat toys using more muted or natural colors made of wood and sisal. These toys are easy for your cat to grip onto, complement any home decor/aesthetic and bring out your cat’s wild hunter within! The Natural Pet Company is committed to minimizing its “carbon paw print” in the manufacturing of cat toys and, as its website explains, “Natural for us isn’t just a fad; it’s a value that we cherish.”

4. Cat Exercise Wheels

Cat Exercise Wheel, One Fast Cat ($199). onefastcat.com

Cat Exercise Wheel, One Fast Cat ($199). onefastcat.com.

Like a treadmill for cats (or a giant hamster wheel) cat exercise wheels are an innovative new way for your cat to build muscle and decrease boredom. The wheel may even decrease the likelihood of your cat developing depression, according to the manufacturer!

5. Rattling Cat Toys

Fur Rattle Ball for cats, Mickey’s Pet Supplies ($0.95).

Fur Rattle Ball for cats, Mickey’s Pet Supplies ($0.95). mickeyspetsupplies.com.

Many cats find rattling sounds completely irresistible. Rattle toys can be plush, furry or hard plastic to meet your cat’s preferences. The sound is likely to inspire your cat to pounce like a kitten.

6. Apps for Cats

Game for Cats, Little Hiccup, LLC. itunes.com

Game for Cats, Little Hiccup, LLC. itunes.com

Is your cat always interested in your phone or your computer? If so, your high-tech kitty might enjoy some screen time of her own. Apps can be downloaded (many for free) on any iPad or other tablet. On screen, your cat will be able to bat at everything from dots of light and animated bugs to butterflies, mice, fish and lizards!

7. “Fishing Pole” Toys for Cats

Fishing Pole Teaser, KONG.

Fishing Pole Teaser, KONG. kongcompany.com

Feathers or plush toys suspended at the end of a string attached to a pole are just a few variations on this classic cat toy. The interactive nature of the fishing toy makes it an ideal way to bond with your cat.

8. Cat Climbing Toys

Climbing steps, CosyandDozy ($200.55). etsy.com

Climbing steps, CosyandDozy ($200.55). etsy.com

Take your cat’s play to new heights — literally — by giving her the opportunity to climb! Treat your kitty to some cat furniture to add new dimensions to your cat’s play. Options include: carpeted, simulated trees, or even ramps and walkways that attach directly to your walls. Buy pre-made climbing toys or spend a weekend on a DIY project designing and building your own!

9. Cat Puzzles

Go Fish, Jackson Galaxy ($29.99).

Go Fish, Jackson Galaxy ($29.99). jacksongalaxy.com

Is your cat bored? With cat puzzles, kitties use their paws to manipulate hidden toys through holes or lift pieces out to uncover hidden treats. Puzzle toys are great for cats who tire of the same toy easily because you can add treats and other toys to increase the difficulty of play — even when they become experienced with the puzzles.

10. Cat Lasers

Star Wars Laser Toy for Pets, Petco ($2.49). petco.com

Star Wars Laser Toy for Pets, Petco ($2.49). petco.com

Not just for Power Point presentations at work, laser pointers are a fun and interactive way to play with felines. A few notes about laser toys for cats — be cautious not to shine the light directly into your cat’s eyes. Cat laser pointers may lead to frustration since there’s no prey to “catch,” so make sure you always let your cat “kill” a toy at the end of the play session.

11. Toy Mice

Cat Toy Mouse, EcoFeltStudio ($10.94). etsy.com

Photography © Jurgita Vesalainen. Cat Toy Mouse, EcoFeltStudio ($10.94). etsy.com

Toy mice are a classic for cats — and with good reason! Whether in bright or more natural colors, catnip filled or not, toy mice come in a diversity of designs and your cat will enjoy hunting her “prey” under furniture and around your house.

12. Cat Toys With Catnip

Yeowww! Organic Catnip Fruit Cat Toys, Only Natural Pet (prices vary). onlynaturalpet.com

Yeowww! Organic Catnip Fruit Cat Toys, Only Natural Pet (prices vary). onlynaturalpet.com

Catnip in any of the above toys or sprinkled on your carpet is likely to inspire your cats to play! Your local farmer’s market may even have fresh catnip that you can purchase dried or to plant and grow in your own home.

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June is Treat Your Kitty Month here at Catster! Stay tuned on Catster.com for fun ways to spoil your kitty with different types of food, treats and more. 

Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author. Her novels have been honored by organizations ranging from the Lambda Literary Foundation to the American Library Association. Sassafras is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and assists with dog agility classes. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with her partner, a senior Chihuahua mix, a rescued Shepherd mix and a Newfoundland puppy, along with two bossy cats and a semi-feral kitten. Learn more at sassafraslowrey.com.

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