The Best Cat Toys

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The best cat toys imitate prey and can keep your cat entertained for hours.
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Cats provide their humans with a high level of entertainment with their creativity when it comes to toys. From batting around a plastic cap from a milk carton to ferociously attacking a paper grocery sack, cats are willing to make just about anything they find a source of play. However, investing in the best interactive cat toys will entertain not only your cat, but promote bonding with your feline as well.

How to choose the best toys

If you've ever spent money on toys for your pet only to have them turn up her nose and ignore it, you might be hesitant to fork out more money for cat toys. However, identifying your cat's prey preference is key to selecting toys they'll go nuts about, according to Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Feline prey drives fall into three major categories, according to the university: bugs, birds, and rodents. You don't have to follow your cat around outdoors to find out which of these triggers their prey drive most consistently. Set up games in your house using simple objects with toys you already have or objects that move like bugs, birds, or rodents and you'll soon know what your cat will consider the best cat toys.

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Preferences: bird, bug, or rodent?

Does your cat enjoy chasing the beam of a laser pointer or flashlight? It could be that insects are the prey he craves hunting. Another test is to see whether your cat pounces if you skitter small treats across the floor.

If your cat sees birds as her primary prey, she'll take note if you wave a feather or other flowy object through the air. Toys or other objects that make chirping noises will also bring him to attention.

Stuffed animals, bits of faux fur, and balls are clues that your feline prefers mice and other rodents. Move each one along the floor and see how your cat reacts.

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Conceal all the toys and bring out one type for about 20 seconds to see how your cat responds. Then hide it away and bring out a second type. Rotate through all the bird, bug and rodent actions to see which your cat consistently adores. Some cats might respond equally well to more than one.

The best cat toys: feathered prey

If your cat craves feathery objects or things flowing through the air above her head, check out these Amazon Best Sellers in Cat Toys to order up fun activities for you and your cat to enjoy:

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SmartyKat Astro Nip SpaceKat & Rocket feature felt, feathers, faux fur, dangles, and plush in cute out-fo-this-world designs. Catnip attracts your catto play and energizes her.

SmartyKat Catnip Cat Toys are available on Amazon.

Suspend toys in a crinkly tunnel when you're not around, or attach toys to a wand to play with your kitty when you come back. The Youngever 24 Cat Toys assortment gives your feather-oriented feline airborn prey that includes springs, balls, feathered fluff toys and more.

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Youngever 24 Cat Toys Kitten Toys Assortments, 2 Way Tunnel, Cat Feather Teaser - Wand is available on Amazon.

The best cat toys: insect-type

Imitate insects circular pattern with a trackball toy your cat can enjoy even when you're not at home. Peekaboo openings and a catnip tower in the center keep things exciting for your feline.

Petstages Cat Tracks Cat Toy - Fun Levels of Interactive Play - Circle Track with Moving Balls is available on Amazon.

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Erratic movement with low-jumping toys closely imitate grasshopper and other insect movements. Recharge with a USB cord and this toy will be ready to keep your cat entertained for hours.

Interactive Robotic Cat Toys,Automatic Irregular USB Charging 360 Degree Self Rotating is available on Amazon.

The best cat toys: rodent-style

This bright yellow banana might become your cat's favorite pillow as well as its prey. The catnip-filled cotton-toy is durable and stands up to wrestling, rabbit kicking, and biting.

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Yeowww! Catnip Toy, Yellow Banana is available on Amazon.

Although fish isn't a natural prey for most cats, this wiggling, flopping battery-powered fish will have your cat wrestling this wiggly toy. When its battery runs low, simply recharge it with the USB cord and let the fun begin again.

Potaroma Electric Flopping Fish 10.5", Moving Cat Kicker Fish Toy, Realistic Flopping Fish is available on Amazon.

Keeping their interest

Rotate your cat's toys so that she doesn't become bored with the same old things day after day. Store toys out of sight in a cat toy box or another sealed container, leaving two or three out each day.

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When cats become bored they may sleep up to 23 hours per day, according to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Indoor Pet Initiative. However, if your pet selects one of its toys to sleep with, don't take it away, just let him keep it in the rotation for as long as it is of interest.

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