Top 5 cat toys review

I’ve rescued and owned cats for over 50 years, calico cats, tabby cats, Persians, Siamese, mixed breed and pure breeds. The one thing all cats have in common is the desire for play. Here I’m going to give you the pros and cons on what I feel are among the top 5 cat toys available today.

#5-Friends Forever Interactive Cat Toy

Pros: This toy uses 3 “AA” batteries (not included), it will run for 15 minutes and automatically shut off, and it changes patterns so kitty doesn’t get bored just going in a circle. It also has 3 different speeds.


Cons: It is very lightweight (10 ounces) and while it works well for kittens a bigger heavier cat can easily knock it over. It is also on the higher end price wise at $25.


#4  Bergan Turbo Scratcher

Pros: I’ve had several of these turbo scratchers and they have been popular with both younger and older kitties. The cardboard scratcher at the center is replaceable and can be made more enticing with a sprinkle of catnip. I’ve had 2 cats in particular who became so adept with this toy they could stop it and change direction in a split second. I think they would have been ping pong champions! The price is right at just over $10.

Cons: The only con I’ve experienced is with aggressive clawing the bits of cardboard can get spread around the area of the toy.


#3 Petstages Tower of Tracks

Pros: This is another favorite. Similar to the previous toy it consists of 3 levels of balls in tracks. An agile cat or multiple cats can really get them spinning! There is a bar over the center hole so kitty can’t get her head stuck. Also reasonably priced at $11.

Cons: None that I’ve found.


#2 Catit Senses 2.0 Digger

Pros: I really like this toy which consists of different diameter tubes in a stand. It is sturdy, can be taken apart for cleaning, and can entertain more than one kitty at a time. I also like that it engages more than one of kitty’s senses. By placing a few treats in only a couple of the tubes kitty must determine which tubes contain treats (sight and smell), use her paws to dig out the treats (touch) and is rewarded for her determination with treats (taste). The price is a plus coming in at under $10.

Cons: None that I’ve found.


#1 Youngever 20 Cat & Kitten Toys

Pros:  This is an amazing collection of toys for kittens and cats. Included are a collapsible cat tunnel, teaser wand, interactive feather toy, fluffy mice and crinkle balls. There are enough toys to entertain 20 animals, and at just $12 this is a great value.

Cons: The only con occurs when you move the sofa to vacuum and find felt mice and crinkle balls everywhere! Other than that there are none.


I hope this list gives you some ideas about the great toys available on the market today to keep your kitty entertained and out of trouble!

Kyle Ann

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22 thoughts on “Top 5 cat toys review”

  1. Hi Jessica!
    Thanks for taking time to stop by and read up on my favorite cat toys. You’re right, the Friends Forever laser does have different patterns and not just a circle, which makes it more interactive.
    And alternating toys is a great idea, cats are indeed intelligent but luckily they have short memories!
    Thanks for your comments. Come back again soon.
    All the best to you and your kitties.
    Kyle Ann

  2. Hi Kyle Ann,

    I have the Turbo Scratcher and the Tower but I don’t have the others. I am curious about the Friends Forever Interactive toy. I thought these just had the laser going in a circle. I didn’t realize it goes in different patterns. Maybe I should give it a try. I was worried my cats would get bored if it only went in a circle.

    I don’t have this set of 20 cat toys but I do have a tunnel like the one in the set and my cats really like it.

    Cats are intelligent and they they get bored easily so it is always a good idea to have new cat toys around or alternate different toys. We moved last year and I just found the “Cat Toys” box! Of course my spoiled cats just got all new toys after we moved, but now the old toys will seem new again too! Yay!


  3. Thanks Rob!
    How interesting that you are familiar with this toy from a different perspective! Thanks for you comment, and I hope this article helps your daughter find the perfect toys for her furry companions.
    All the best.
    Kyle Ann

  4. Hi Brandon!
    Congratulations on welcoming a new furry companion into your life. Yes the Catit senses digger is great for keeping kitty learning and entertained at the same time. Come back and let me know how it works out.
    All the best.
    Kyle Ann

  5. Hi Melissa!
    Thanks for stopping by to check out this article. Yes it is really cute to see multiple kitties playing together. Sounds like the perfect thing for your neighbor and her cats.
    Let me know how it works out.
    All the best.
    Kyle Ann

  6. These certainly look interesting. I don’t have cats but my daughter does and she would love these toys! In fact the cat scratcher cardboard is something I used to make when I was on the cardboard business. I must forward your article to her. Thank you 😀

  7. I’ve just got a new kitten and it’s fluffy and really cute, however, I’m still not sure which toy it will like the most. It is REALLY playful so I’m guessing that the Catit senses 2.0 digger since it makes the kitten use multiple senses at a time. Great idea!

  8. The Petstages Tower of Tracks looks like a winner to me. I can picture a little team of kitties all working on it together to spin it furiously 🙂 That’s definitely what I’ll be getting my neighbour who adores her cats. Thanks

  9. Hi Andy,
    Thanks for stopping by, and for your comments.
    Is Amazon shopping available in England? If so the link on the picture should take you directly to the site where you can purchase.
    If there is a problem please let me know. I have tried to make it as easy as possible.
    All the best to you and your furry companion.
    Kyle Ann

  10. Hi Devara!
    Thanks for stopping by, and for your comments. You’re right, when we find all the “lost toys” from under the furniture they seem new again.
    I’m so glad you found the information helpful. Please check back soon for new updates.
    All the best to you, Whiskers and Creamsicle.
    Kyle Ann

  11. Thanks for a really informative article!
    There are some great options here, I particularly like the sound of the Bergan Turbo Scratcher do you know if it is available in England?

  12. Wow! I’m all for entertaining my kitties! Well actually they entertain me when they play with their toys! I’m excited about buying them these new toys. I’m sure Whiskers and Creamsicle will love them!
    Thanks for sharing this information. There are so many toys to choose from that it makes it difficult to decide on what to buy. This helps me make a faster decision.
    I especially love your #1 choice. Large variety, lots of balls, and bright colors! Great price too!
    As for the con, their toys do seem to get lost under the sofa a lot, but there is a benefit to that. When we clean house and find them all, they think they have all new toys because they’ve been missing for so long.

  13. Hi Carolyn!
    Thanks for taking time to stop by and read this review. And for your comments about animals being part of our families. I agree completely.
    Please come back soon and tell me more about the furry friends in your life.
    All the best to you.
    Kyle Ann

  14. Hi David!
    Thanks for stopping by to read this review. I’m pleased you found the suggestions useful.
    Another way to attract your cats to the Turbo Scratcher is to sprinkle some dried catnip into the cardboard scratcher. This helps when kitties are sometimes intimidated by a newly introduced toy.
    Let me know what works for you and your furry companions.
    All the best,
    Kyle Ann

  15. Hi Karin!
    Thanks for stopping by and for the great question.
    My suggestions would be two-fold. If you want to engage in play with her I would recommend the (#1) Youngever 20 toys which includes the teaser wand. This is a toy you control by dragging it along for kitty to chase, or hovering it over kitty for her to jump toward. Remember to let her catch it 1/3 to 1/2 the time so she doesn’t get discouraged.
    If you are looking for something for kitty to use to entertain herself I recommend the (#2) Catit Senses toy. Put a few treats in the bottom of half the tubes and kitty will have to use her nose to find them, her paws to dig them out, and is rewarded for her efforts with treats when she retrieves them.
    Let me know what you decide and how it works for you.
    All the best to you and your furry companion.
    Kyle Ann

  16. Hi Benji!
    Thanks for stopping by and reading this review. Great question, I apologize for not explaining that more clearly.
    The point is to drop a few treats into the bottom of some of the tubes, and the kitty has to work to retrieve them to be able to eat them.
    This way they are using their nose (smell) to determine which tubes have treats, using their paws (touch) to dig them out, and are rewarded for their efforts by enjoying (taste) the treats.
    Thank you again, I always appreciate comments and questions.
    Kyle Ann

  17. Hi Erick!
    Thanks for taking time to stop by. I appreciate your comments and am happy you feel they are helpful.
    Please come back soon to check out the updates!
    All the best.
    Kyle Ann

  18. Hi Kyle Ann, who knew what great cat toys there are out there on the market, thank you for sharing. I am a massive animal lover and it’s great to have a website out there telling us about the products in one place.

    I really like animal websites as animals are part of our family and deserve the very best there is out there.

    Bye for now and all the very best.

  19. Fantastic review. I have three cats and was in the market to get something new for them and I must say I love the idea of the turbo scratcher. Looks like it will keep them busy and moving.
    Thank you so much for the great ideas,

  20. KyleAnn,
    I am always looking for new things for my cat. She gets very bored and then starts to claw up my house! She loves to play, play, play! What do you recommend as a toy for a 2 year old cat as a preferred toy? She still acts like a kitten! Her favorite thing is to reach out and swat us as we walk by her!

  21. These toys look really unique and interesting! I like the idea of the Catit Senses toy, does it help younger cats learn how to use their different senses or does it simply put them to use?
    The first toy looks interesting, but I wasn’t sure what exactly it does; could you perhaps explain a little more on what the function is? Is it something for your cats to chase after? How does it work?

  22. Excellent review on cat toys .And I appreciate the pros and cons that come with the toy is impressive.In that will save time and money so you know which ones to avoid purchasing .What is important is that the cat is stimulated and the price seems reasonable for all the items you mentioned .

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