We all know why cats are the best. They’re playful, sweet (when they want to be), and downright hilarious. Their hyperactivity can provide hours of entertainment, but it can also be menacing when we really need to get things done.
For all the times your kitty won’t stop jumping on your laptop, gnawing on your earphones, or clawing at your feet, you need something that will keep her busy that doesn’t involve you dangling a mouse on a string or throwing a ball around.
Because let’s face it, you need to sleep!
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Here’s our Top 10 recommendation of the best toys that hyper cats can use for independent play. These cat toys are also recommended for senior cats to help keep them active and mentally stimulated.
1. PetSafe Frolicat Pounce
A modern toy for modern cats, Pounce features an electronic yellow mouse speeding around a disc that teases your cat into stalking, swiping, and pouncing.
The toy encourages exercise and stimulates the need to hunt with three tunnels for the mouse to zip in and out of. It has four speed settings for varied play and shuts off automatically after ten minutes to preserve battery life.
2. SmartCat Peek-a-Prize Toy Box
What appears to be a simple box with circular holes is actually a mind-blowing game for your cat.
The holes act as paw entryways for retrieving balls and other toys trapped inside. It requires strategic thinking and careful planning, keeping kitty distracted and off your keyboard! Even better, there’s no limit to the number of cats that can play at once. Keep calm and bring out the box.
3. KONG Playground Cat Toy Catnip Treat Dispenser
This toy made the list for its sheer diversity and its inclusion of catnip. It has a treat dispensing wheel, a dangling catnip toy, a water trough, and a ball on a track to keep your cat fed, hydrated, and busy.
The catnip smell alone will drive your cat crazy and rev him up for the games and treats. With all the activity going on with this toy, your cat will find it hard to break away and steal your lunch.
4. Trixie 5 in 1 Activity Center
Like a board game for cats, this toy features five separate games, each offering a new and stimulating challenge.
It requires treats to coax cats into retrieving them from the various parts of the board which includes globes, pegs, alleys, holes, and a tunnel. Each section provides a unique treat-retrieving task for your kitty, keeping her entertained for long periods of time.
5. PetSafe Frolicat Cheese
One of the most original and enticing toys on this list, Cheese includes two electronic mice hiding inside a giant block of cheese.
They venture out and return back into hiding at random speeds, and it can be set to run for 10 or 15 minutes. The wireless toy takes three AA batteries and includes a feature that allows random play throughout the day while you’re busy or away from home. Your cat will never miss you again.
We have the Frolicat Cheese toy. Our Sammy loves it.
Must try that one Evelyn. Our cats like puzzle toys.
I made a homemade version of SmartCat Peek-a-Prize Toy Box years ago for 2 kittens we had adopted. One loved it. The other one preferred to watch birds. They both have passed away, unfortunately. Tried making one for the new cat we adopted, he just is not interested in it.
These all look great.
One of our cats really enjoys a magic twisty fuzzy worm. We call it her wormie and she will spend hours playing fetch with it or simply entertaining her self with her wormie. She brings it to bed each night just like a child with her dolly. Much cheaper than these options, but I can see that some of my less self amused cats would find more entertainment from some of these toys.
Very insightful. Toys will bring out a cat’s true nature of being curious. I especially love the KONG Playground Cat Toy Catnip Treat Dispenser. I love watching my cat gazing at the toy and its like wondering if it is actually a real mouse but I know he is a smart cat. He knows its not real and just gets his water and goes but atleast the ball gets the best of him.
Some great options for toys here. I currently have the smartcat Peek a Prize toy and my cats go crazy on it. Cats are such acrobats, it keeps amazing me. I am going to try the Trixie activity center next. Do you have any advice on what treats to use?
Must try to get some of these for my cat. He’s love these all, the choices are huge now for cats which is great.
Absolutely lovely post,in my own study ,cats are actually inquisitive animals so pet toys for them goes a long way, it improves how they play and how fun they can get although some cats can really get uninterested with what ever toys, you still have to try getting them one