What is the best toy for a cat?
There is no one set answer here. While we have picked some of the best available to feature on our list, all cats will want something different. One may simply love a laser pen while another may prefer a soft fluffy catnip toy. Variety is the spice of life for most cats, so while they may end up having a ‘favourite’ toy, they’ll need to swap and change occasionally.
This is why cat subscription boxes could be good. They’ll get something new every month.
How much should I spend on a cat toy?
They’re not usually pricey. Some can be bought for as little as under £5 and are still great quality, and will make your cat very happy.
The price can go up to over £50 for some which involve electronic components or larger toys. Be wary of very cheap toys, especially if your cat is destructive, as they could break and your cat could ingest small parts.
How do I know which toys to buy my cat?
The only way to know is to experiment. Get a variety of toys they have to interact with, toys which involve your input and ones which use catnip or other odd materials.
Once you have narrowed it down to some favourites, you can always get a variety in these categories. Many will appreciate a range, however. Don’t worry if they don’t touch something – they can be donated to a shelter, or even sold online if you want to get some money back.
How many cat toys should a cat have?
There is no set minimum or maximum. Some are fine with two or three whereas others have an entire box of them.
Having more will mean they have more choice and there is a reduced chance of boredom, and they are less likely to get worn if they aren’t played with for so long.
Does my cat really need toys?
Toys for pets provide a lot more benefits than just having fun. They can help with their hunting instinct, help to keep claws sharp and intact and help when they need to be calmed down.
While you may feel your cat would not bother with a toy, finding the right one could have a whole host of benefits.
This is particularly crucial if you have an indoor cat. They need the stimulation and fun that toys provide, as they can’t get it from the outside world.