If your cat seems cuddly one minute and angry the next, it doesn't mean he or she is a bad kitty, it may actually be that your cat is just bored!
You might be wondering:
How do I help my cat with their boredom and behavioral problems? The answer: Cat toys and lots of playtime.
It is amazing how many problems with cats magically go away when they get enough stimulation and exercise. Playtime is such an important part of a healthy cat's life, and having the right toys will make all the difference between a happy cat and a cat that would rather bite your ankles.
Not sure where to start?
Don't worry, we've got you covered! We spent hours researching cat toys, reading countless reviews, deep diving into features and specs, and talking to cat lovers just like you who want the best for their felines. Without a doubt our list includes the perfect toys for any cat.
If you want to browse or even get a variety of toys for your kitty cat, we have so many great options on our list that are undoubtedly a purrr-fect fit! (See what we did there?)
A closed top and no-slip bottom pad help keep kitty safe while she plays. Three levels, each with their own ball, encourage physical activity and reduce boredom.
Older models have some safety issues, but you can return the toy if the company accidentally sends you an outdated one.
This toy is designed to survive all types of play, whether you've got a slow swatter or an energetic kitten who sends balls flying at full speed. It's made from resilient plastic, so you don't have to worry about it shattering or ripping.
We appreciate the safety features on this toy, like a closed top so kitty can't get her head stuck inside. There's also a no-slip bottom pad that helps keep the toy from damaging your floor or flying across the room.
And what kitty can resist three levels of fun, each with its own colorful ball?
Why buy a toy with one ball when you can get this Petstages Tower of Tracks with 3 balls for the same price?
A narrow lid prevents cats from accessing food via the top rather than pawing at it through the sides. Promotes physical and mental activity to keep your cat healthy.
Some pet owners confess their cat has outsmarted this feeder by knocking it over to get the food instead of grabbing kibble through the sides.
A wide, sturdy base helps keep this feeder from falling - but some smart kitties are still able to knock it over. There's a good chance it will remain in place the majority of the time, though.
It's easy for humans to assemble and disassemble this feeder, so you can clean and refill it as needed.
The feeder's narrow top generally keeps the food inside instead of strewn across your floor. There are three different settings, so you can customize the difficulty and keep your cat guessing. To change the setting, just rotate the middle disc and change the opening size.
We love that this smart toy is made from BPA-free materials.
At $20, this costs more than many toys on our list. We still think it's worth the price, though, because there are three difficulty levels.
This rug is great for box cats, and kitties that enjoy hiding in paper sacks and blankets. If you have a cat who is a little scared on the floor, it can be a safe haven that can help them feel secure.
This one is more hit or miss depending on your cat's preferences. Some cats don't bother with the Ripple Rug, while others adore it.
This rug holds up to a lot of attacks and frolics from multiple cats. It's made from 100% recycled plastic bottles that satisfy even heavy scratchers.
The Ripple Rug is made of two carpets that are secured with strong hold velcro. The bottom is flat and the top is shapable to keep your cat's play space interesting. It also features a heat retaining, rubber coated bottom for a non-slip, warm and cozy spot for your fur baby to snuggle up for a nap. The rug gives kitties a secure space to hide, a significant area to play, and even a hiding spot for treats. Every material is non-toxic and resistant to mold and stains. The holes can even expand for heftier feline friends.
This may be the priciest option on our list, but the quality, safety, and hours of fun you and your kitty will get out of the Ripple Rug are priceless.
More than 8 million cats have played with this fun cardboard toy. The 35-inch wire makes cats jump, run, and even stand as they try to swat the cardboard twists.
A handful of pet owners warn that the wire disappears into the carpet, especially if you have a plush rug.
This is suprisingly durable for a toy made from a thin wire and rolled tubes of cardboard. Expect it to remain intact for a while, even if your cat swats at it constantly.
There aren't really any special features, but the wire is made from spring steel and the entire toy is crafted in the USA.
You don't get much for your money, but cats don't care. In fact, many pet owners report their cats like this budget-friendly cat dancer better than their pricier toys.
This has to be one of the cutest cat toys ever! How is it possible to have a bad day after seeing your cat play with a banana?
It will get rather dirty from all the attention your cat will give it.
This is one tough banana! The cotton twill fabric is made to take a heavy beating. From all the ones that were replaced by reviewers, the main reason was the banana was dirty or the catnip wasn't as potent.
This toy is the size of a real banana, and filled with nothing but pure organically grown catnip. The coloring from the banana is also made with natural, non-toxic dyes.
The Yeowww! Catnip Banana is another affordable option that is well worth the cost.
Scratch-friendly center helps keep your cat from destroying your furniture. Encourages exercise as your furry friend paws the ball around the circle.
No major cons, though some cats prefer to sit on the toy rather than play with it.
This toy is built to last, but don't panic if your cat destroys the scratchpad in the center. It's replaceable!
If your cat is pretty active, expect him to flip over the toy throughout the day. It shouldn't break, though.
This is a two-in-one toy your cat will enjoy. When she gets tired of scratching the textured pad in the center, she can swat the ball in circles around the built-in track.
The ball is designed to stay in the toy, so you don't have to worry about searching for it under the sofa or stove.
Oh, and did we mention the toy includes catnip? This is basically everything your cat wants in one toy.
This is an average-priced cat toy that will keep your furry friend entertained for hours. Totally worth the $10 or so that you'll spend on this.