Shopping for a fun cat toy is a pleasing experience for both you and your cat or kitten. Cat enrichment products are available in a variety of materials and textures that are designed for teasing, chasing, playing, thinking and just plain old fun. Every toy is great for every cat, it’s simply a matter of function or skill you’re looking to increase whether that’s helping build awareness and speed, or playful comfort and just something they enjoy doing so they’re constantly entertained. Cats like entertainment more than anything, non-stop until they’re tired and in need of a nap. They’re smart animals with lots of senses so let’s go down the list and talk about each of these cat enrichment products.
Plush and Mice Toys:
Cats love to gnaw on Plush Toys. It brings them lots of comfort and they find it very satisfying. Plush Toys are usually made of specially engineered fabric that are tougher and won’t scratch or tear through so easily for example something made of Durable Cotton Denim or Nylon materials. Some of these fun cat toys are made with Sisal fabrics that are great for sharpening their paws and their teeth during play and some are made with Catnip inside to help entice play activity.
As opposed to Dog Toys their toys are typically smaller in size so they can carry it around in their mouths like their ancestors and cousins such as tigers do with their cubs it’s cute to watch as cats carry their little kittens the same way through their skin as a way of safe-guarding their children. It’s always a nice suggestion to look to purchase mice toys that have tails or even legs and arms on them as the more realistic they look that’ll help take our their killing aggression out on these which is very healthy and harmless, even domesticated animals can be aggressive at times and it’ll take out any frustrations they might have and even calm them down even further when Catnip is embedded inside. They seem to attract better than other cat enrichment products.
It’s always a great idea to shop for toys with higher levels of poly-fill. The plusher the better. Toys that have reinforced stitching tend to last longer, finding well made and engineered toys are the key.
Cat Balls (Ahem not their Fur Balls)
Cat’s love to chase and play with little round balls, they’re the most commercially purchased Cat Toys around as they love to play and chase at their own time as opposed to fetch dog toys, cats like balls that either have Catnip inside or even tennis balls made of felt they enjoy they’re one of the safest toys around and they like to swipe at them and sniff and chase around the house or out in the yard. Some Balls rattle and some squeak and make all types of noises. They’re similar to Cat Chasers and some even glow in the dark and light up or sparkle.
Cat Scratchers are available in a wide plethora of options that range from Cardboard Cat Scratchers that are made of Premium Grade Cardboard meaning they’re higher and wavier in cardboard content that are better for filing their nails during play and some are cheaper and lesser in quality. Premium Cat Scratchers are known to last a lot longer as they're available in all shapes and sizes, some collapse and open and are perfect for travel and some are sturdier and thicker with tons of hiding and lounging areas with a designer look and feel that'll compliment your home or work space and large enough for multiple cats and kittens. When searching for the right Cat Scratcher is very important to make sure that they’re constructed with Non-Toxic Glue and materials and it’s best to buy scratchers that are made from All-Natural Corn Starch. Many today come with Catnip which is always great to open and sprinkle around the cardboard to help promote and entice healthy scratching.
If you’re looking for something great on-the-go, or a space saver, then check out our selection of Carpet Cat Scratchers. These scratchers are made of Sisal and Jute materials that are all-natural and they last forever. Many of these types of scratchers are large enough and double as a cat lounger and can be hung on doorknobs or laid flat for napping as a cat bed with comfortable fur.
If you’re looking for something larger and longer lasting than we recommend buying Cat Scratching Posts, these items are bulkier and are free-standing with many peak and lounging areas that almost look like miniature tree houses that’s why they also go by the name of Cat Trees. They make great obstacle courses or cat puzzles that cats can hide and sleep in like their own personal home. These also help establish their living quarters, so they have a sense of feel of their own personal space. Some are so large that they’re great for multiple cats and kittens that help increase interaction.
Last, there are hybrid Cat Scratchers that are also built into toys. Cat Scratching Toys are great for both entertaining and proving them something to claw on constantly during play. These fun cat toys are very entertaining and engaging. Many cat owners find it difficult to trim their nails and having the right scratcher can eliminate or reduce visits to the vet so we do our best to provide the best around and only those that are either popular or vetted by our Pet Life team of cat lovers.
Cat Chasers and Teasers
Cats just love to chase objects more than anything in the world, they don’t ever get annoyed rather it’s a way to help build a special bond between you and your cat or kitten. Cat Chaser Toys are almost like puzzles and some are even electronically controlled, and some describe them as Cat Puzzles. Many Chasers for cats are designed with balls inside tracts that cats swipe at and chase from side to side and some chasers have feathers that are electronically controlled on constantly move or some only move during play with built-in motion sensors to help preserve battery life.
If you’re looking for Teasers there are many options of Cat Teasers that exist today, the most popular teasers are feather teasers or cat wands that are manually waved around almost like on orchestra. Cats for some reason love feathery objects and they keep trying to chase those feathers as you sway the wand around in circles or side to side. They’re very important as they help build awareness and even helps build up their twitch muscles, the more active the healthier they are. Chasing and Teasing your cat in a pleasant way is also a great way to form a bond with your cat. Cats also love to chase around tails like Fox Tails or any tail that resembles either a cat. Some of the better ones have glitter and sparkle during play and some even have bells and felt pads at the end of their tips. The more gadgets the better as it helps entice movement something all cats crave.
Interactive Cat Toys
Also known as Cat Puzzles, these toys are usually the best option that help build on their cognitive and learning behavioral skills. There are countless puzzles made available for those cat owners looking to sharpen their coping and thinking skills. These types of puzzles are rotated less than plush animal toys since cats seldomly get bored of these as it makes them think continuously. Having a few puzzles also help benefit their need for human interaction for those loving feline owners who have busier schedules.
Some puzzles rotate on a wheel and some are peek-a-boo puzzles for a pleasant surprise. There are all types of behavioral skills that cats can learn from each and every puzzle you give them. It’s always a great option to own a couple of puzzles and just watch and see how they engage.
Helpful Tip When Buying:
Always inspect your toys as like Kittens and babies they can easily ingest certain components that some toys might come with such as twigs, needles, beads, rubber bands and strings including needles and so on. Our assortments on our site don’t use any such materials but its always great to perform a quick inspection before proving it to your feline friend.
Always make sure to rotate the toys used with your cats from time to time as they can get bored very quickly, toys are a way to keep your cat entertained and they like variety and it’s recommended the average household purchase around 7 toys every couple of months as grow older and properly cycle out older toys after a couple of months. Since Cat Toys are generally smaller, they’re typically less in price which is always an added benefit.
Always make sure the toys you buy state not used for children under a certain age.