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Choosing the right cat toy is much more important than you may think.
Even the laziest of cats need stimulation — even if they require a bit of extra motivation. But finding the right toy can be difficult. Cats are some of the pickiest creatures on earth! So, it’s useful to some research before buying—especially if you already have an idea of what interests your cat.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of reviews of some of the best cat toys for indoor cats. We’ve featured several different types of toys for you to choose from including trackball circuits, scratchers, and even a pop-up tent.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Cat Toys for Indoor Cats – Reviews 2020
1. Catit Design Senses Circuit Cat Toy – Best Overall
Providing proper stimulation for your furry feline is an absolute must. And this toy can give them hours of entertainment on end. The Catit Design Senses Circuit is an enclosed track that comes with 2 light-up balls.
There are holes inserted throughout the top of the track that are big enough for your cat’s paw to reach in and swipe, but it’s designed so that the ball stays inside the track. Each time your cat swats at the ball it rolls along the track. The ball’s illumination feature is motion-activated, lighting up and surprising your cat on each roll.
You may find that your cats love this toy so much that the ball’s battery life will run out quickly from overuse. While the batteries are not interchangeable, you can purchase extra balls. The track itself comes in 3 different shapes: Super Roller, Play, and Speed. We prefer Super Roller due to the ups and downs of the track itself. These peaks and valleys actually provide extra speed for the ball when rolling. And if you buy two or more units, you can combine them to make a longer track.
This is easily one of the most interactive cat toys we’ve seen.
2. Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy – Best Value
If you’re looking for one of the best cat toys for indoor cats for the money, it’s the Bergan Turbo Scratcher.
Cats are notorious for scratching. So instead of letting them rip up the furniture, why not provide them with an appropriate scratchpad? This scratcher is made out of corrugated cardboard that’ll help satisfy your cat’s urges. The Bergan Turbo Scratcher also comes with catnip that you can sprinkle on the carboard to encourage use.
It’s also stable enough to stay planted in place with non-slip grip feet on the underside. The feet will grip any hard flooring surface. However, they will not grip onto a carpeted floor — but you probably don’t want to use this toy on carpet anyway. The corrugated cardboard will eventually shred and tatter.
Otherwise, this is an awesome scratcher. Plus, with the addition of the ball and racetrack, this will provide tons of entertainment along with a scratch zone.
3. PetFusion Ambush Interactive Cat Toy – Premium Choice
While some cats are content with being goofy and lovably lazy, others prefer a challenge. Test your cat’s wit and will with the PetFusion Ambush toy.
This toy is a thick, disc-shaped structure with six holes around the perimeter. When the toy is turned on, a motor inside pushes a colorful feather out of one of the holes at random before quickly retracting it. The toy encourages your kitty to focus on the thrill of the hunt to catch the feather.
It comes with anti-slip feet on the bottom of the toy to prevent over-eager cats from toppling it over. And when your little hunter finally catches the feather for good, it comes with an easy-to-attach replacement.
However, there are a few things that we wish were a bit different. First, it’s definitely on the pricey end of the spectrum for cat toys. But that due to its sophisticated motor and quality construction. And secondly, we’re not too jazzed by how loud this thing can get. For jumpy and nervous cats, this might not be the right toy for them.
4. Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy
The Petstages Tower of Tracks toy isn’t your ordinary interactive trackball toy. Instead of a single circular track, this unit has three separate tracks and balls stacked vertically on top of each other.
This toy will definitely pique your cat’s curiosity. Because there are three different tracks, your cat can play with more than one ball at a time without fear of losing them all at once. This unit is built to last as well. It’s got a good sturdy construction and anti-slip feet to prevent mishaps while your cat is playing with it.
And there’s no assembly required. Just unpack it and let your cats do their thing. One thing we found a bit off-putting is that the tracks are not closed loops. Since they are open tracks, it’s entirely possible for motivated cats to remove the balls from their tracks.
Other than that, it’s a great toy for any cat.
5. SmartyKat Electronic Concealed Motion Cat Toy
Kittens can be especially playful. That’s because they’re still learning the skills they’ll need throughout life and they do so by playing. And cats are natural hunters. So, it only makes sense to get them a toy that will help them develop their hunting abilities.
The SmartyKat Electronic Concealed Motion toy is perfect for doing just that.
This toy consists of a small motor attached to a small “mouse” via a flexible wand. As the motor spins, the wand moves, propelling the mouse to move back and forth. The entire setup is hidden underneath a circular polyester skirt. That way your cat can see the movement but not the mechanism.
Your cat will love the hidden element as well as the thrill of the hunt. But there are a couple of things to take note of. This toy is designed more for smaller cats. Larger or more aggressive cats can easily destroy the skirt of the toy. Also, the battery life isn’t too long. A fully charged set of batteries will only last about an hour, so be sure to keep extras on hand.
6. Frisco Cat Tracks Butterfly Cat Toy
The Frisco Cat Tracks Butterfly toy is another 3-tiered trackball toy. However, it also comes with a butterfly wand attached to the top. This can definitely provide your cat with the mental and physical exercise it needs for the day.
The toy comes equipped with non-skid feet on the bottom to prevent toppling and proper operation. However, the feet don’t grip strongly enough, and you’ll find that this toy tends to slip all over the place. This may be due in part to the butterfly wand on top. Cats interested in the butterfly may grab ahold of it and pull against the tower’s center of gravity.
While the butterfly attachment does provide an additional level of fun, we believe that a simpler model is sometimes better.
7. Hartz Just For Cats Peek & Play Tent Cat Toy
This collapsible tent comes with an interactive crinkle pad, hanging toys, and peek-a-boo holes. It’s a complete package for your kitten to scratch, play, nap, or just hang out. And when it’s time to put the tent away, it collapses and can be securely tucked away.
While this seems like the perfect toy, there are some issues we need to address. It’s advertised for cats of all sizes, but that just isn’t the case. The holes are only 9’’ in diameter, making this difficult for larger cats to comfortably enter and exit. Also, the hanging toys could be connected more securely. They’re not fastened on tight enough in our opinion.
8. PetSafe Bolt Interactive Laser Cat Toy
Does your cat just love chasing a laser pointer? If so, elevate your cat’s catch-the-dot game with the PetSafe Bolt Interactive Laser toy!
What makes this different than a standard laser pointer is that it’s hands-free for you. No longer do you need to hold down buttons and maintain the stability of the laser. This act can be tiresome, especially for arthritic hands.
Instead, this toy projects different laser patterns across the room through rotation and mirrors. It also comes with an automatic shut off of 15 minutes to conserve the battery. However, 15 minutes of play is usually enough time for most cats.
We did notice, however, that the motor tends to get a bit noisy. So, if you’re looking for a quiet toy, this isn’t it. Also, the laser seems somewhat weak when compared to other handheld lasers.
9. Pet Fit For Life Wand Cat Toy
If there’s one toy that all cats love, it’s a wand. And the Pet Fit for Life is a decent choice. It’s got a comfortable foam handle with a long stick attachment, allowing you to use it even from the comfort of your couch. It also comes equipped with two separate feather attachments and a detachable bell.
The attachment string is made out of nylon cord which is suitable for most cats. But if your cat’s a bit aggressive when he plays or is on the larger side, this cord might not last too long. Also, the cord’s non-elastic. So, if that’s what you’re searching for, look elsewhere.
The biggest issue we have with this toy is the handle construction. While comfortable to hold, the handle is actually comprised of two pieces that fit together. And they tend to split apart. We believe a single-piece construction would be a much better choice.
10. Hexbug Mouse Robotic Cat Toy
The last toy on our list is the Hexbug Robotic Mouse. We’ve all seen these types of toys in every pet supply store. Normally, it’s just a stuffed toy mouse with a small motor inside that makes it run.
However, the Hexbug is a definite upgrade. It’s rubber tail and ears are designed to further draw in the attention of your cat. And it has multiple modes of operation. There’s paw mode, where the mouse only starts if swatted. There’s also chase mode, which is a constant go once initiated. But perhaps the best feature we like about this is that it can flip back over onto its own feet when upside down.
That being said, there are some things we just don’t like. The mouse only runs on hardwood floors. If you’ve got nothing but carpet, do not get this toy. The durability of this toy is also not up to snuff. If your cat bats the mouse around — which it probably will — the mouse has a tendency to stop working. And unlike other Hexbug products, this mouse has difficulty navigating out of corners. It just gets stuck, which is no fun for your kitty.
With so many options available, choosing a toy for your indoor cat can be tough. But, hopefully, our reviews of the best cat toys for indoor cats helped you narrow down a great choice for your loved one.
If you’re still unsure which to get, we definitely recommend the Catit Design Sense Circuit Cat Toy. Your furball is bound to love making the light-up ball zoom around the track.
And if you’re looking for a great budget option, be sure to check out the Bergan Turbo Scratch Toy. It’s a 2-in-1 toy that any cat is sure to love.
Featured Image: Catit Design Senses Circuit Cat Toy, Chewy
Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.