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Best Cat Toys for 2020

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, and 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 one, you will soon see that there are dozens of variations out there, and hundreds of products. So we have narrowed them down to the must-haves for your precious kitty.

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    Our Top Picks

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    Petronics Mousr Interactive Robotic Cat Toy
    • Smart toy
    • Really tough for even the hardiest of cats
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    Grumpy Cat Catfish Cat Wand
    • Strong build
    • Officially licensed product
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    Catit Senses Cat Food Maze
    • Portion control
    • Adjustable levels of difficulty
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    Top 20 Best Cat Toys Reviewed

    1.
    Petronics Mousr Interactive Robotic Cat Toy

    The most expensive on our list, but if your cat loves to chase, run around and pounce then it could be money well spent indeed.

    Voted Best New Cat Product of 2018 by the American Pet Product Association, it is a revolutionary product which will not buckle under our kitty’s pressure. You can choose the automatic setting and allow your cat to run wild without lifting a finger, or take control through the app for a bit of bonding time.

    Built from ultra-tough polycarbonate, it has been designed to withstand the toughest of breeds and behaviour, and will also not become damaged if it runs into your walls or surfaces. Thanks to the huge wheels, it can even run on deep pile carpets so is suitable for any home.

    The auto mode can be customised in the app, so the Mousr can match just how active your cat likes to get. It will update itself for free over time, so is one of the few smart toys which actually get smarter over the years.

    It takes 30 minutes to charge to 100% and can last 40 minutes on one charge.

    Features

    • Smart toy
    • Really tough for even the hardiest of cats

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 3.5 x 5.7 x 8.6cm
    • Material: Polycarbonate

    2.
    Grumpy Cat Catfish Cat Wand

    One of the most famous internet cats who ever lived, Grumpy Cat was instantly recognisable. The cat toy range which bears her name is full of great-quality products designed with your cat in mind.

    This wand is different from a lot of others on the market, as it is multi-texture and features a strong stick which can’t be bent, snapped or that you’ll struggle to manage. The high-quality fabric will also prevent any tears, rips or damage, unlike a lot of others on the market which can easily be ruined by over-exuberant felines.

    The multi-textured fishbone body design should also appeal to cats as it offers them something different to tackle with each section, prolonging their playtime.

    Features

    • Strong build
    • Officially licensed product

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 85cm length
    • Material: Synthetic

    3.
    Ferplast Magic Box Clever And Happy Cat Toy

    When your cat needs something very time-consuming to keep them occupied, puzzles and brain teasers are the way forward.

    This block is made from wood and comes with an illuminated ball which has a flashing light to catch your kitty’s attention. With so many holes and gaps for them to stick their paw through, there is no doubt they’ll be battling to try and catch the ball – and because it can’t be removed, they will be well occupied.

    The ball lights up and will continue to stay on when the cat interacts with it, so not only do they have the movement but also the light.

    Features

    • Multi-sensory
    • Great quality

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 27 x 27 x 8.5cm
    • Material: Wood

    4.
    Petstages Tower of Tracks

    With very sturdy construction, this tower will stand up to the most manic of playtimes.

    There are three levels for the balls to spin around, keeping your cat entertained for hours as they work out how to get the ball from one place to another. The balls are very hard to remove too thanks to the grooves on the edge, so they aren’t going to have the whole thing destroyed within minutes.

    If you are after something simple yet which your cat will adore, this is a perfect item and price.

    Features

    • Three balls included
    • Bright colour to attract attention

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 13 x 25.4 x 25.4cm
    • Material: Plastic

    5.
    Catit Senses Cat Food Maze

    One thing most cats love is food, and they will do anything in order to get it. Combining brain exercises with the end result of food is the perfect way to keep yours busy.

    They have to paw at the food until it drops down onto the bottom tray, and with some determinism, it could keep them going for ages. We like the rotating disc which allows you to adjust how large the openings are, increasing or decreasing the difficulty of the task.

    It is a great way to monitor how much your cat is eating or to encourage them to eat a bit slower if they have digestive or diet issues. There is an added Accu pressure mat around the base which also gives your kitty a little paw massage as they work, helping with relaxation.

    Features

    • Portion control
    • Adjustable levels of difficulty

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 24.5 x 27 x 24.5cm
    • Material: Plastic

    6.
    Kitty KONG

    The infamous Kitty Kong has kept cats occupied for years through treats, play and catnip.

    As they push it about the floor, it will occasionally dispense a treat, which of course will encourage them to keep going. This version features a feather tail enhanced with catnip which will also boost their activity levels until they’re tired enough to be calm.

    To fill it up, the top unscrews from the bottom so it is easy to keep clean too. It is on the heavier side as well, so it shouldn’t cause too much destruction to your room.

    Features

    • Very durable
    • Easy to use for the owner

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 15.2 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm
    • Material: Plastic

    7.
    Ferplast Tornado Circuit Clever And Happy Cat Toy

    A full entertainment centre, the Tornado is ideal for those cats who often get a bit bored and need a break from one thing as they move onto another.

    There is an illuminated ball which they can scoot around the base, and it lights up when interacted with to encourage continuous play. Another plastic ball is present for playing, and there is also a central column with a pompom attached which they can try to grab or bat away.

    Features

    • 3-in-1
    • Stable base

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 34cm
    • Material: Plastic

    8.
    Catit Play Circuit With Green Grass

    This toy combines fun and brainpower with their digestive health, thanks to the edible cat grass in the centre which will help with furballs.

    There’s a bee on a spring, which will react unpredictably when your cat interacts to keep them on their paw pads. A circuit ball toy can be spun around, and the grass is there when they need a little break.

    The grass comes as packet seed with some soil, so you can grow it yourself or even place it somewhere else if you feel that the toy would be impractical.

    Features

    • 3-in-1
    • Comes with cat grass

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 7.5 x 36 x 38 cm
    • Material: Plastic

    9.
    Wainwright's Perfect for Cats Bird Swatter Interactive Cat Toy

    If you have spotted that your cat seems to like swatting anything that moves, then a double swatter will come in handy and keep their paws away from the things they shouldn’t be touching.

    It will stimulate hunting in the wild, and the springy base means they’ll have to put up a fight to catch the bird or feathers. The different textures create different sensations, and while no toy is entirely indestructible, it is very well built.

    Features

    • Two different play swatters
    • Soft-cushioning base

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 5 x 18 x 18cm
    • Material: Synthetics

    10.
    SmartCat Peek-a-Prize Toy Box

    A toy which is sure to keep your cat stalking, pouncing and ambushing. It taps into their desire to continually watch small holes and cracks, in case anything happens to pop out.

    Just partially hide some of your cat’s toys and they will keep an eye for them emerging. With no movement, they will try to do the job themselves, by poking their paws into the holes until they bring the toys out.

    It comes with two toys, but as long as you have some to hand which fit, there is no reason why you can’t add more, or maybe even use food.

    Features

    • Holes around blocks for interaction
    • Can be used with treats or toys

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 34.2 x 34.2 x 7cm
    • Material: Wood

    11.
    Rufus & Rosie Green & Purple Tube Ball Cat Toy

    This ball can have your cat running around like crazy throughout the room, but the added feathers and pompoms and internal rattler offer a different dimension.

    The material of the ball gives them something to really stick their claws into, which adds another challenge. Feathers can also act as a comforter toy, so if your kitten is still young and you think they could do with a favourite toy for all occasions it could be perfect.

    Features

    • Multi-sensory
    • Substantial

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 20 x 8 x 8cm
    • Material: Synthetic, Feather

    12.
    KONG Cat Glide N Seek Cat Toy

    An easy way to keep your cat’s hunting skills in fine-tune without them actually going out and having to do any hunting.

    Included are two feather toys, which each use magnets in order to become even more unpredictable and random in movement. They will pop into sight through the peepholes so they have your cat’s attention, before hiding away again to keep up the suspense.

    As they pop, they float for a tiny while in the air, giving your cat the chance to grab them which can fulfil the need to feel something in their paws.

    Features

    • Battery-powered
    • Unpredictable movements

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 10cm
    • Material: Plastic

    13.
    Hugs Trick Treat Cat Toy

    Mount this toy to the wall, fill it up with treats and leave your cat to spend hours on end trying to get the treats back out.

    Every time they hit the little cage at the base, the bell will let out a sound, which fulfils their need for a reaction and also will encourage them to carry on in order to get the sound again. With the sound of the bell comes a treat as a little reward.

    Double sticky tape is included, and it can also be screwed to the wall if needed. While it doesn’t do much apart from jingle and dispense treats, it will keep your cat occupied and stop them from running around the house in the meantime.

    Features

    • Sound and treats
    • Affixed to the wall to save space

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 19cm
    • Material: Plastic

    14.
    TRIXIE Pet Products Brain Mover Toy

    Able to provide your kitty with a treat for their efforts, this puzzle allows them to really get stuck into problem-solving in order to get to the goods.

    Game 1 requires them to push away the balls in order to access food, Game 2 is moving sliders with paws, with Game 3 they need to move a lever to open a drawer and Game 4 needs a tug to open a drawer using a loop.

    Once they have been shown how it all works, we are sure that they won’t be able to stop hunting and going after their favourite nibbles. You could even get involved at all times and tease them as they play for a bit of a bonding exercise. You get a booklet with tips and tricks inside to help give you seem ideas.

    If your cat is a genius and other games just don’t cut the mustard then this will give them the challenge they crave.

    Features

    • Treat based playing
    • Non-slip feet for security

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.7 x 7.6 cm
    • Material: Plastic

    15.
    Rufus & Rosie Mylar Ball Cat Toy

    Lightweight, so it is easy to throw and catch, this ball will be up in the air and across the room until they fancy a snooze.

    Because it is soft material, this will mean that your living room doesn’t end up damaged at the end of the day. Every time they react with the ball it will crinkle, so they will carry on playing in order to repeat the noise and you’ll also be able to hear where they are.

    The sparkly design will also catch their eye so even after a short break, they will be ready to go again.

    Features

    • Can be easily moved
    • Makes sound

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 11cm
    • Material: Plastic/Net

    16.
    FroliCat Fox Den Cat Teaser

    Featuring a realistic fox tail which can excite a cat, this is the perfect cat toy to keep your feline on the edge.

    The tail will hide until suddenly popping out to your unexpecting cat, encouraging them to pounce and then keep an eye when it tucks away again.

    It is activated by motion sensors, so your cat can play away with it all day without needing any input from you. When they approach, it will start working, which gives off the realistic impression that it is prey.

    Features

    • Motion activated
    • Easy to keep clean

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 9.6 x 18.1 x 18.1cm
    • Material: Plastic

    17.
    KONG Kitten Teddy Bear Catnip Cat Toy

    Just as human children would have a favourite teddy or toy, kittens can also really benefit from having a safe toy.

    Made from ultra-soft plush, it is very comforting to hold or cuddle, but it also makes a crinkle noise for when they are feeling a bit more active and ready to pounce. It taps into their natural curiosity – they can’t see the crinkle but will have to find out where it is coming from and make that noise again.

    A portion of catnip has been provided to encourage play, and this can be topped up when the smell starts to go.

    Features

    • Makes a noise
    • Cuddly so can be comforting

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 10 x 3 x 9cm
    • Material: Plush

    18.
    Catit Treat Ball

    When your cat moves this ball in the correct direction, a small treat will be dispensed, which is obviously very appealing to them.

    In response, they will continue working out how this can happen again, giving them hours of fun until there are no treats left. It helps with cognitive practice, and could also be beneficial to cut boredom if the cats are left on their own during the day.

    When they can’t have any more treats as they have hit their daily limit, this function can be cut off so they can continue to play and get the treats, without knowing that they won’t come. Crafty on your end, but will still keep them occupied.

    Features

    • Can pause dispensing of treats
    • Can be cleaned

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: D7.1cm
    • Material: Plastic

    19.
    KONG Cat Play Spaces Bungalow

    The ideal little hideaway for when your cat wants some peace but wants to play as soon as they wake up, without straying too far.

    A curl and cuddle space, it is perfectly plush, so they can relax in private but also have somewhere they feel comfortable when they need to let their energy out. Springy toys encourage activity, and they can pop their head out of the bungalow at any time they wish. The door can also be folded down to give them some quiet.

    To make your life a lot easier, the whole bungalow can be collapsed down when not in use and then will pop up again in seconds with no fuss. The ability for it to also act as a bed will surely come in handy for many, though.

    Features

    • Pop-up design
    • Can be a bed

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 25 x 10 x 15 cm
    • Material: Iron, Polyester

    20.
    Happy Pet Giant Catnip Mouse Cat Toy

    Your cat is one of the ones who react to catnip in a wonderfully crazy way, so it has to form a part of playtime.

    This cute mouse is made from felt so is soft in your cat’s paws, and the tail will react to your cat’s movements to make it like the real deal. It is overall on the larger side too, which makes it much easier to control.

    The hole to stuff it with the catnip is on the small side, so taking it out is tricky too, but seeing your cat happy while playing with it should be enough to make the frustration worth it.

    Features

    • Large size
    • Colourful

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 26 x 6.5 x 7 cm
    • Material: Felt

    Buying Guide

    Types Of Cat Toy

    As you have seen above, there are dozens of toys available which all fit into various categories.

    From soft, chase, teaser and treat toys to interactive models and ones stuffed with catnip, it could be good to have a variety in your home so your cat can tap into all of their instincts (smell, taste, activity etc), and move on to another if they become bored.

    Also bear in mind that there are cat toys out there specifically for kittens, which often don’t have small parts they could chew off and are more on the comforting, playful side compared to cognitive and complicated.

    Sense Toys

    Most toys will envoke some sort of reaction from your cat, whether it be providing sound, smell, lighting or taste.

    You may have noticed that your cat reacts particularly well to one of the above, but as said above, it is good to give a variety.

    Maintenance

    No toy is completely indestructible, even if we have mentioned it is a solid build or durable. Always watch your cat when they are playing, check the toys regularly for wear and tear and replace if damaged.

    If your cat has a very destructive streak, it could be worth buying one which is plastic, rubber or other tough material as opposed to fabric.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    How Much Do I Have To 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, but the most which an ordinary soft toy will be is around £10.

    How Do I Know What Toys My Cat Likes?

    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.

    How Many Toys Do I Need To Buy?

    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 A Toy?

    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.