Cuteness Picks: 7 Interactive Pet Toys That Are Perfect For Curing Boredom

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Are your pets in need of stimulation inspo? Then we have just the thing (well, 7 of just the things, but you get our drift).

1. KONG Rambler Ball Dog Toy

dog plays with interactive ball toy
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Nested inside Kong's Rambler Ball Toy for dogs is — spoiler! — a second tennis ball rolling along a track. Having tested it with our pups, we can confidently declare that it hits all the pet playtime sweet spots:

Squeaks ✅

Rolls unpredictably ✅

Bright colors ✅

Great for solo or group play ✅

2. PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher Dog Toy

dog chases tennis balls
"Silly hooman, I iz independent doggoo hoo can fetch by myself."
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At $154, the PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher is definitely something of a splurge, but if you have a dog that loves to run (and run ... and run ... and run some more) then it will be an endless source of entertainment and shrewd investment.

For your next challenge, I task you with teaching them how to turn it on by themselves. [_writer promptly breaks into devilish cackle 😈🐶_]

3. K&H Pet Products EZ Mount Window Track n' Roll Interactive Cat Toy

cat plays with ball on track
Orange orby things: Keeping cats occupied from now until forever.
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Turn any window into an entertainment console with this EZ Mount Window Track n' Roll Interactive Cat Toy.

Easy-on, easy-off suctions securely attach in seconds to almost any window (or appliance), while the rolling orange orbs entice kitteh to swat, pounce, and plot murder (or just, well, sneak attacks).

For a super pet parent pro move, pair with the EZ Mount Kitty Sill Cat Window Perch to enhance both relaxation and stimulation at the same freaking time.

4. SnugglyCat Ripple Rug Cat Activity Play Mat

cat plays on ripple rug activity bed
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Is it a blanket fort? A bed with peekaboo portholes? A scratching post frozen in wave form? Therein lies the appeal of the SnugglyCat Ripple Rug Cat Activity Play Mat, which truthfully is all of those things and then some.

Ideal for one or multiple cats, it provides a spot to chill, play, nest, slumber, pounce, scratch, stalk, hide and more. Plus, the tough carpet fibers actually capture loose hair and dander and cut down on mess elsewhere. That's what we call a WIN-WIN!

5. Rope Ball Pull Toy

dog plays with rope ball pull toy
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Is your pup always tugging on his or her leash (and your heart strings?)? Burn off that pent-up energy with the Rope Ball Pull Toy, which can anchored to almost any flat surface with a bite-resistant suction cup.

In addition to giving your dog's jaw a necessary workout, the bristled Chew Tug also breaks up plaque and stimulates oral health! They likely won't need additional enticement, but a bell housed in the suction cup will further pique your pet's attention while it can also be peppered with snacks that tumble out during play.

6. Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Dog Toy

dog plays with treat-dispensing dog toy
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Exercise and feed your fur pal at the same time with the Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Dog Toy, which can be packed with a variety of treats and kibble and set to a different difficulty levels.

Its wobbling action fosters natural hunting and foraging instincts and rewards dogs for chasing, nudging, and pawing at it.

7. Suck UK Cat Playhouse Cardboard Tank Cat Toy

cat hiding in cardboard tank cat toy
FACT: Panther Division > Panzer Division
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Okay, fair enough, this last one might be a cheat of sorts but just LOOK AT IT. It's a cardboard box in the shape of a frickin' camouflaged tank. And the turret spins!

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