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7 Best Cat Toys

From the high-tech to the simple, there’s a toy on this list for every cat.

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Cat Toys for Every Cat

Every cat plays differently. Some like scratching posts, some like teaser toys, and others get the zoomies by themselves in the middle of the night.

To find the right store-bought or DIY cat toy for your feline friend, it’s important to understand how they play. My cat loves this unicorn teaser toy but hated this one with a passion. With that in mind, here are a variety of cat toys for every cat.

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Cat Laser Toyvia

Best Cat Toy for Exercise

Nothing beats a laser pointer for giving a cat some exercise. They’ll be running, jumping and trying to climb the walls in no time. This cat laser pointer has rechargeable batteries and five light patterns, including a butterfly and a mouse. Take care not to shine it in any eyes.

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SnugglyCat Ripple Rug Cat Activity Play Matvia

Best Play Mat

Does your cat like to rumple up your rugs? Give them a rug of their own.

This play mat is even better than a bath mat — perfect for cats who like to scratch, pounce and explore. Holes in the mat let cats crawl in and out and bring other toys, too. The thick, durable fabric stands up to scratching and kneading.

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Best Interactive Cat Toy For Exercisevia

Best Interactive Cat Toy

This interactive cat toy brings cats on a wild chase, and you never have to leave the couch. A feather teaser toy mounted on a rechargeable robot toy rolls around the room like an automatic toy car. A timed shutoff feature lets it run for 10 minutes every 90 minutes to keep cats active and entertained throughout the day, even when they’re home alone. Interactive cat toys help cats exercise their minds and their bodies.

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Frisco Wire Teaser Cat Toyvia

Best Wire Teaser Toy

This cat teaser toy might be simple, but it’s a surefire winner. The spring steel and rolled cardboard wiggle erratically to entice felines out of their cat beds.

The toy is great for playing with your cat. Hold one end and dance the other across the floor, or throw the toy and watch your cat dive after it.

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Play N Squeak Real Birds Cat Toysvia

Best Cat Toy with Sound

Cats who watch birds from the catio will appreciate these chirping bird cat toys. They’re great for playing alone and together.

The toy only chirps when it moves. The sound quickly grabs a cat’s attention, and the brightly colored feathers keep them interested after the toy hits the floor. It can be a little annoying, so consider tucking it away during work from home or sleeping hours.

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Jumbo Tuff Kitty Puff® Sparkle Ball Cat Toyvia

Best Simple Cat Toy

You can’t go wrong with a simple sparkle ball. Sure, you might need to fish them out from under the television stand or a closet door every other day. But they last basically forever and provide hours of entertainment. Every cat I’ve ever had has loved these cat toys.

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Cat Toy Subscription Boxvia

Cat Toy Subscription Box

Want to spoil your cat every month? Try a cat toy subscription box. For a little more than a Netflix subscription, you can get a box full of cat toys, treats and catnip delivered right to your doorstep monthly. When you want to cancel, you do it directly in your Amazon account.

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Mikayla Borchert
Mikayla is an assistant editor for Family Handyman, specializing in indoor and outdoor gardening, organization and décor. She has one cat and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, she likes running, skiing, hiking and tending her balcony garden.