Cats are naturally very inquisitive and intelligent animals and it is important to encourage these aspects of their personality with both mental and physical stimulation. With the increased rise in indoor only cats it has become even more important to mimic an outdoor cats activities, this can have additional benefits such as keeping your cat healthy and at an appropriate weight, as well as furthering the owner/pet bond. We have found a range of the best cat toys to keep your cat occupied when you are both with them and without – remember toys do not need to be expensive, they just need to be engaging and encourage curiosity.
Cat It Super Senses Roller Circuit
An Illuminated ball lights up as it zips through the track in wild roller-coaster fashion, cats can swipe through large openings in the track.
The track consists of alternating high and low sections for added speed. Brilliant for young active kittens and cats.
Pet Intelligence Treat Hide and Seek Board
Brilliant for cats that are going to be left on their own during parts of the day or being looked after by a cat feeder while you are on holiday. Treats can be hidden at various points on the board and your cat will spend hours working out how to release the treats. Loose cat nip can be added for extra attraction!
Don’t forget the freebies. Most cats love the crinkle and hiding ability of paper bags. Crunch one up to make it more interesting, then open it up. Cut or tear a window or two in the side for hide ‘n’ seek with other cats. Hide a toy or two inside. Use your imagination, or just let your cat use his own. Never let your cat play with a plastic or fabric bag.
Mouse Toys and Danglers
It is a cats natural instinct to hunt and safely it is something should be encouraged. Attached feathers can create a realistic feeling while bells can attract them to their ‘prey’. Perfect for cats of all ages, and can be used for play with you or when they are on their own.
Cat Exercise Wheel
One for the more adventurous and spoilt cats! Help your cat expend pent up energy with this feline exercise wheel. The run surface is made from a closed cell EVA foam to help prevent claws from catching and allows your feline friend to run naturally using their claws for safe footing. Brilliant for indoor cats who potentially struggle with maintaining a healthy weight and athletic Bengal breeds.
Cat Nip Kickeroo’s
Filled with a generous amount of potent catnip, this large, snuggly toy is great for active play and quiet times alike. The Kickeroo’s size, shape and material were specifically chosen to promote realistic wrestling and hind paw kicking.
Tall Scratching Post
Do not forget about your cats need to scratch and stretch, posts are essential to stop inappropriate furniture scratching. This will also help indoor cats keep their claws trim. If you need to encourage your pet to use the scratching post and not your sofa, Feliway Scratch has been developed to help support this behaviour.
Of course cardboard boxes had to be included, they are the favourite of many cats, but why not try adding different scents and textures to transform an ordinary box in to a sensory playground for your feline friend.
Always remember that cats are naturally adventurous and love to be challenged, it is important that we support and encourage these behaviours with various forms of stimulation to help keep your feline companions happy and healthy. Be creative, as long as they are safe and engaging they will keep your cat entertained for hours.