Cuteness Picks: 7 Super Simple Toys For The Discerning Cat

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Cats, as the author Walt Whitman once famously opined, contain multitudes. Sure, they love Fancy Feast, but they'll also consciously opt for a cardboard box over the cozy cat bed with which it arrived.

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If you're reluctant to lavish expensive gifts upon your four-legged pal due to the recipient's indifference, you have alternatives.

Such as these 7 simple cat toys assembled below, all of which are cheap as heck — $10 or under — but will still provide them with hours of healthy and engaging play.

1. Ethical Pet Wide Durable Heavy Gauge Plastic Colorful Springs Cat Toy

Cats: Furry ingrateful jerks since forever!

Nearly 5,000 satisfied reviewers at Chewy.com agree: These heavy gauge plastic springs (10 to a pack) are endless fun for both kittens and cats, who can't resist pawing, pouncing, and chasing after them as they ricochet unpredictably.

Available at Chewy.

2. Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy

One of the oldest and most successful cat toys on the market, the Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy is simple as they come: Crinkled strips of cardboard attached to the tip of a three-foot stretch of spring steel wire. When rippled like a fishing pole, cats lose their damn mind, chasing, leaping, and running after it.

Is it prey drive? The bobbing unpredictability? The answers are few but the evidence is clear: Obsessive cats can't get enough of the Cat Dancer Cat Toy.

Available at Amazon and Chewy.

3. SmartyKat Cat Caves Catnip Infused Paper Bags

The calculus is simple: Paper Bag + The Nip = Happy Kittehs. If the rustling texture wasn't enticement enough, the SmartyKat Cat Caves Catnip Infused Paper Bags releases the intoxicating scent of catnip when touched on the inside, which means the bag now doubles as a hideaway your kitteh won't want to exit.

Available at Chewy.

4. Yeowww! Catnip Yellow Banana Cat Toy

Sewn by hand from durable cotton twill, the Yeowww! Catnip Yellow Banana Cat Toy is stuffed with premium blend catnip. The banana's beckoning aroma is matched only by its toughness, which can stand up to the scratching, licking, and bunny kicking that is sure to follow.

Available at Chewy.

5. Pawaboo Collapsible Cat Tunnel Tube

Exploring and hiding are two of cats' favorite activities and the Pawaboo Collapsible Cat Tunnel Tube nurtures both instincts at the same time. Three exits offer ample opportunities for turbo mode shenanigans while a peep hole and hanging bell toy up the ante with additional enrichment.

Available at Amazon.

6. Hartz Just For Cats Midnight Crazies Cat Toy Balls

Like the plastic spring above, the Hartz Just For Cats Midnight Crazies Cat Toy Balls will pique your cat's curiosity with their colorful hues and spinning unpredictability. Jingling bells on the inside give cats another reason to swat, stalk, and chase their rolling targets for hours on end.

Available at Amazon.

7. The Box Any Of This Stuff Came In 😉

Boxes: Undefeated in successfully luring cats to them since time immemorial.

Available at USPS.

Recent experiments at home confirm what we already know. The bond between box and cat remains unbreakable.

Looking for more gifts for the pets in your life? Check out last week's Cuteness Picks for more recommendations!