Cat toys come in all shapes and sizes. Some require you to initiate the playing action, while others can be played with without human interaction. Kittens train their agility and reaction at a young age, so it’s important to set aside time for play. If you’re too busy, you can always buy or make a toy your kitten will like.
Most basic and interactive toys are catnip-infused to garner at least some interest. Interactive toys can be battery-powered or wind-up. Treat dispenser toys are a great option because they force your cat to earn a reward through play.
Yes, but as long as you don’t shine it directly into their eyes. If you can’t spend quality time with your cat, there are options like those offered by Petcube (select models come with an auto-play feature).
How to choose cat toys
Cats will literally play with anything if they find it interesting. So, you don’t have to spend a lot to get quality playing time. Simple toys will do, but may not be as durable as the store-bought options. If you want something that will last, we recommend visiting a pet store and browsing around. On the off chance your cat has 0 interest in the toy you buy, you can always return or exchange it.
For more ideas, think about a cat’s natural instinct to stalk, pounce, paw at, chew and rub against things.
The cutest cat toys
The cutest toys we’ve come across are stuffed mice and other animals. Be extra careful with stuffed toys and make sure they’re made with the same strict quality standards for manufacturing infant and children products. You don’t want something cute to turn into a dangerous choking hazard.
Kittens are similar to small children — you can get a lot of entertainment value with the simplest of toys. Anything that shines, jingles, crinkles or provides a hiding spot is ideal for a growing kitten.
However, when your kitten is teething, a specialized teething toy may be the key to soothing their discomfort.