Cat toys are important in order to keep cats physically active and mentally engaged, as well as entertained and able to fight boredom.
Cats instinctively play, chase, hunt and scratch. Playing can help get this natural behaviour out of their system. It is also a great way for you both to bond if you get involved.
But when trying to find the perfect toy, you will soon see that there are dozens of variations out there, and hundreds of products – some of which aren’t great.
Quality is a big issue with cat toys and there are plenty of potential dangers. Most cats admittedly are destructive, so you can’t expect a toy to last forever. However, some budget toys are easily torn. This could result in small pieces, such as filling or fibres, being ingested by your cat.
You should always avoid toys with small parts, or with dangling strings. Even popular feather toys are risky because they’re fragile.
But cats should have a range of toys to play with. All their senses need to be encouraged, so toys which keep them active both mentally and physically are important. Something like an interactive cat toy could also keep them stimulated when they’re left alone.
So we have narrowed hundreds of cat toys down to the must-haves for your precious kitty.