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!