11 Unique and Challenging Cat ToysCarleen Coulter
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A few weeks ago, I wrote about 10 Brain Games to Challenge and Entertain Your Pet. That article focused on toys that are primarily designed for dogs, although cats would enjoy some of them. Here, I have information on toys designed solely for cats.
Puzzle toys and interactive toys are a great way to keep your cat both physically and mentally active. In some of these games, treats or food is dispensed, and you can even make your cat work for his or her dinner. If your pet tends to overeat and needs more physical activity, a food dispensing game can be a good way to both control food intake and guarantee that your pet gets some exercise.
Other toys simply provide a way to keep your cat active and entertained. Cats tend to love puzzles, and many will spend hours trying to retrieve a toy from a puzzle box.
Below are 11 unique cat toys and games to keep your cat challenged and active.
1. Catit Design Senses Treat Maze
The Catit Senses Food Maze makes your cat work for treats or dinner. A great thinking game for cats, it will entertain your cat while also promoting an active lifestyle.
2. Cat Amazing Interactive Puzzle Box Game for Cats
Cat Amazing is a puzzle toy that can be set at three different levels of difficulty. Your cat attempts to remove toys from the box through different holes. Some sections of the box are more difficult than others. This toy is also made of recycled and recyclable cardboard, making it ecologically friendly.
3. Catit Design Senses Massage Center
This Catit Massage Center allows your cat to take in some self massage. Catnip can be added as well. It is great for cats who love to rub on furniture or other items.
4. SmartCat 3833 Peek-a-Prize Pet Toy Box
In Peek-a-Prize your cat goes fishing for balls and toys hidden inside of the box. Games like this can keep cats entertained for hours.
5. Hagen Catit Treat Ball
The Hagen Catit Treat Ball is another great game that makes your cat work for food. As your cat plays with the ball, it dispenses treats. Your cat must learn to roll it to make the treats come out.
6. Catit Design Senses Speed Circuit
With Speed Circuit, your cat chases an illuminated ball around a track. The track can be adjusted to differing shapes and extra tracks can be added, allowing for many different configurations.
7. Eco-Loofah Ethnic Maka Talisman Frisbee
Eco-Loofah makes a number of ecologically sound pet toys in various shapes and sizes. This unique looking toy is one example of them.
8. Cat Dancer-Cat Charmer Wand
Cat Dancer makes greats interactive toys for cats and have long been a favorite of mine. This Cat Charmer version will have your cat leaping and jumping. This one is meant to be interactive with the owner and not left out as a toy to be played with unsupervised.
9. Petstages Cheese Chase
Cheese Chase is a good standard ball in a track game for cats that adds an additional chamber with a toy hidden inside and a mouse on top for added fun.
10. FroliCat DART TR1 Automatic Rotating Laser Pet Toy
This Automatic Laser Toy gets mixed reviews, with some reporting that the device broke easily. But I find it interesting as a way to let your cat enjoy some automatic laser play. of course you can also have some great interactive play with your cat by using a simple laser pointer. Note that, for safety reasons, you should never aim a laser device at your pet’s eyes.
11. SmartCat Bootsie’s Bunk Bed and Playroom
The Smart Cats Bunk Bed offers a bed, box, and toys all in one. Your cat can play inside of the the box and then have a nap after. The toy gets good reviews. However, this box should not be used with kittens, as some report that kittens are able to fit their heads through the holes and can become stuck.