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    20 Things From Amazon That’ll Help Even The Laziest Cats Get A Little More Exercise

    From wand toys to laser pointers, here are all the things your kitty needs to actually stay active.

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    1. A two pack of electric fish toys that is ideal for the cat that needs a little stimulation to get in the spirit of playtime. It's USB chargeable and has a pouch for catnip, so both you and your cat can be happy about the fact that you'll use it again and again.

    The reviewer's cat with the toy
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    Promising review: "Our first 'child' is our 8-year-old cat, Bailey. I purchased this toy on a whim after seeing a friend who had gotten one for her cat, and I was worried about how my cat would receive the toy. She is SUPER picky and usually is not interested in toys, let alone toys with cat nip! Upon getting the two toy fish in the mail, I noticed they are rechargeable by USB and also they came with insertable pouches of cat nip! Bailey ended up loving the fish toys, and she reacted to both the cat nip and the motion detection features. Awesome toy that any cat is sure to enjoy! 💗" —Ausome Goods Co.

    Price: $18.99

    2. An electric remote control cat toy for the pet that enjoys a moving target. It'll keep your cat running around the house for hours, and will leave them content and tired at the end of the day.

    The reviewer's cat with the electric toy
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    Promising review: "Our spoiled cat loves this new toy. He was playing the last two days for hours. It is a great toy for a cat and Christmas is coming up so order for your cat. Ours is so spoiled and could not wait until Christmas. It's so easy to charge and use remote controls. This lasts for a long time." —sanela

    Price: $32.90

    3. A windmill interactive cat toy because if your cat is like ours, they love to chase anything that lights up. It'll attract and keep your pet's attention by engaging them through the light-up feature. I can personally attest to its star power.

    Cat playing with the spinning light-up toy
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    Promising review: "My cat really likes the toy! He is a little rough so it keeps coming un-suctioned from whatever I put it on! He bites at it and seems to want to wrestle with it! He is having fun and that is what matters! A picture doesn't do it justice. It is bigger than I thought and comes with a light up component which is fun too! Overall a great toy!" —April Strickland

    Price: $7.99

    4. A SmartyKat concealed motion toy so your cat can play jump-and-attack all day long. It replicates the movement of potential prey and engages pets in the excitement of the unknown.

    The reviewer's cat with the smartykat toy
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    Promising review: "I don't often give five stars, but my kitty LOVES this toy. He never seems to get bored with it. When you turn it on you can choose from two speeds. The furry 'critter' will make complete circles, half circles, small movements then will pause and change direction from time time as well as light up. Sometimes he attacks it, sometimes he sits and watches it. He has played with it pretty much daily since Christmas and waits rather impatiently every morning for me to turn it on for his morning play time. Haven't changed batteries yet, and he isn't exactly gentle with it so it's pretty sturdy." —lily

    Price: $9.99

    5. An 11-piece retractable toy set that's perfect for the cat who gets bored easily. It comes with two retractable poles and nine different attachments so if your pet has destructive tendencies, they'll be sure to get proper use out of this.

    The 11 piece retractable toy set with a reviewer's cat
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    Promising review: "I felt inspired by Jackson Galaxy from Animal Planet and decided to buy my cats this set of cat toys. It is by far the best toy I have ever purchased them and well worth the money, in my opinion. It comes with two wands that expand to a fair length and multiple options of feather and worm toys; the wires are clear, so the cats have difficulty seeing them and think that the feathers or worms are actually moving on their own. They go crazy for this! (Action shots included of Miss Gingerbread Cookie and Sir Champion Floofypants.) What's really interesting about the feather toys in particular is that it almost floats when you are waving the wand. I felt like magic making the feathers fly around the house with the cats careening after them. Very pleased with this purchase and would buy again!" —Kim

    Price: $11.98

    6. A cat roller toy for the pet parent who wants to make sure their cat is set up for a day full of fun and excitement. This toy will encourage your cat to run in circles and bat the ball, giving them a two-in-one exercise incentive.

    Reviewer's cat playing with the toy
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    Promising review: "My kitten could barely wait for me to put this thing together before she was playing with it. She has since been playing with it nonstop with our adult cat hitting the balls back and fourth. Sturdy plastic, the balls in the slots move freely, and it even has little rubber skids on it so it doesn't move all over the play while they play with it. Great product would definitely recommend for the price compared to some of the others in pet stores. Package arrived well packed and inside a box unassembled with simple instructions. Even my dogs are interested in it. Win win for me! :)" —Hannah

    Price: $9.99

    7. An interactive cat toy laser, because there's never been a better time to keep your cat occupied and off your keyboard than right now. It has two different play modes and can take a break to allow your pet to catch their breath and keep the game exciting.

    The interactive cat toy laser
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    Promising review: "I have bought several hundred dollars worth of toys for my very picky indoor cat in hopes of finding one that he will play with, but have not had much luck. I, recently, bought this toy for him, and he loves it! Finally I have found a product that keeps his attention whilst entertaining him and giving him a bit of exercise. I am so pleased that I purchased this for him. I particularly like the feature where the laser will turn on automatically for a few minutes every hour; however, I can turn it off any time I wish. The toy makes a slight sound which is quiet and not bothersome at all. Also, the price is right. When this toy arrived, it was easy to set up. I needed 3 AAA batteries and a small Phillips head screwdriver to open the battery compartment. Then, hours of fun! I am a happy owner with a happy cat. Great purchase!!" —Kindle Customer

    Price: $18.95

    8. A two-pack of collapsable pet tunnels so your pet can dart around their own furniture instead of yours. It's a perfect place for households with two or more cats so they can surprise each other and engage in playtime.

    The two pack of collapsable pet tunnels in orange and yellow
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    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, you absolutely MUST buy this tunnel toy for your cats (two-for-one — bonus!) My two cats ADORE these tunnels and play in them ALL the time. Now they prank each other with them too. One will hide in the far end of the long tunnel, just laying in wait. When the other walks by, he will dart out super fast and spook him on the other side! Sometimes they get extra creative and hide inside and "paw" at me or my husband through the middle hole when we walk by. These have provided us with so many laughs and the cats have had SO much fun with them, that I recommend them to everyone who owns a cat! I attached a photo of one of my cats hiding in the smaller tunnel. :)" —Catazon :)

    Price: $14.99

    9. A cat scratcher that is perfect for the cat that needs something to focus on. If your cat has energy but just doesn't quite know where to channel it, this may just be your new best friend.

    The cat scratcher in round
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    Promising review: "The fastest response I’ve been able to make. These were just delivered to my house. I opened the box and set one out and it was instant love for my kittens. I don’t have the scratch-and-spin so I’m using these refills strategically around the house to train my kittens to use the scratch pads instead of my furniture. One kitten immediately used to scratch the other made it a temporary place to rest." —Sharon J

    Price: $16.99 (available in 13 sizes and two styles)

    10. A cat scratcher toy for the cat whose preferred mode of exercise is scratching at your furniture. This is a great solution to furniture damage by encouraging your cat to play elsewhere.

    The cat scratcher toy in blue
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    Promising review: "I have been fostering kitties and needed some toys. It has been several days now and these two little ones haven't lost interest. They take turns batting the ball around the circle and also wrestle with the toy that's attached. A picture says a thousand words, so here are 2,000 words!" —Mungu

    Price: $20.68 (available in two colors)

    11. A string cat toy because sometimes we aren't around to play with our cats, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to get just as much exercise as if we were.

    The string cat toy with the reviewer's cat
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    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this, because my cats are obsessed with this! My more playful cat will go absolutely crazy on this, leaping catching batting, the works, and hasn't broken the string. The little creature has lost a couple of his feathers and part of the covering, but that's about it. It also hasn't ever flown off of the door handle, and I totally expected it to with how hard he plays. Even my other cat, when her brother lets her play with it, enjoys it. It's a great distraction toy especially if you can't play with your cats when they want to, I just pull on this a little bit to bounce it and away they go! I have to spray paint the holder because I don't like the red at all, but that's my only complaint." —Melissa J

    Price: $9.99

    12. An electric flutter cat toy so your pet can have tons of fun and get some exercise, too. The movement of the butterfly encourages cat's hunting instincts, and the best part is they'll be able to play with or without your help.

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    Promising review: "This was actually an accidental purchase; I received your item has shipped notification and realized I had accidentally purchased it when I was researching it. It’s the best toy ever! I’m glad it happened!! My kitty Coconut loves this toy." —Manuela Gonzalez

    Price: $13.69 (available in five colors)

    13. A cat hunting wand that will engage your cat and lead to fun playtime for the both of you. It'll encourage and cultivate your cat's adventurous side by calling upon their hunting instincts.

    The reviewer's cat with the butterfly cat hunting wand
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    Promising review: "My cat LOVES this toy. She goes crazy chasing it, lunging towards it, smacking it. She has so much fun. I initially thought this was a butterfly toy that had feathers but it’s not, it’s like plastic. I do worry she will it herself on the butterfly or the wire but that’s prob be me being a cautious cat mom. Butterfly isn’t the most durable material. She’s already bent it. I like that I can move the wand in a way that it sounds like it’s flapping its wings though. I’ll probably have to buy more since she loves it. Unless I can be sent more for being a loyal customer ;) haha just kidding. But yeah get this toy. You won’t regret it!!" —Christina

    Price: $6.99 (available in six styles)

    14. A robotic mouse toy for the cat that loves to help out around the house. It'll give them a good run around and they'll feel satisfied that they're keeping your house pest-free.

    The robotic mouse toy with the reviewer's cat
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    Promising review: "Our boy cat adores this little hex mouse, and happily chases it and flings it around by the tail. It's been thrown down the stairs numerous times now, and thus far has proven itself to be hardier than it looks. Our girl cat, who has actually quite the huntress and has caught wild animals in the house, isn't as impressed, but it does keep her entertained watching it run about it circles. We've had good luck with battery longevity thus far, unlike other reviewers." —Mischka

    Price: $9.99

    15. An electric hide-and-seek cat toy because if there's one thing we know, it's that cats love a good challenge. Your cat will love the thrill of playing whack-a-mole with their new favorite toy.

    Reviewer's cat swatting at the whack-a-mole like toy
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    Promising review: "I think it is a wonderful toy. It's quiet. Not too bulky, has several modes: slow, faster and moving, it changes colors and the design is modern. It took my cats several days to get used to it. They were scared of it at the beginning, then they became curious and now the hear a sound the toy makes and they run to it. There are two interchangeable toys, they unscrew. I would probably buy different toys in the future from internet or from this seller if they have them, as my cats don’t like the feather toy. Overall, I am satisfied with this toy." —Lenany

    Price: $35.99

    16. A cat tent activity center so your cat can keep themselves constantly entertained all the while laying on their backs. Consider it strength training for your cat — they're sure to be tuckered out after an hour of this.

    The cat tent activity center with the reviewer's cat
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    Promising review: "I'm so pleased with this. My cat is playing since I opened the box. Nice colors, nice-sized toys and easy set up. Truly recommend." —Tiago Monsani

    Price: $19.95

    17. A pack of cat toy balls that are perfect for the cat who likes to play fetch. It's super easy to just kick the ball around and watch your furry friend sprint down the hall.

    The cat toy ball being carried back the reviewer's cat
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    Promising review: "My cat loves these! They are very lightweight, so she can slap them a great distance, and the latticework makes them easy to pick up with her claws and her teeth." —Emily

    Price: $12.99

    18. A swimming robot fish toy for the cat who has taken a little too much interest in your fish tank. It's perfect for curious cats that really have killer instincts, and owners who want to give their pets a healthy outlet.

    The swimming robot fish toy with the reviewer's cats
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    Promising review: "These are the cutest stinkin toys, I can’t stop admiring them myself! The packaging is clean and beautiful, complete with extra batteries and a small screw driver. The fish floats just below the surface of the water with the rubber tail sticking out just enough for the kitties to actually fish it out- which they love! The tail changes speed/tempo every few seconds, allowing it to naturally swim in different directions and make ripples- truly mimicking a real fish. That gives it a realistic touch that I think keeps the cats interested, because if it just flapped around in a circle, it would be annoying. The lasers blink, and are cute too. Definitely a successful play-time. My cats are now so interested in the sink and tub haha, even when empty. The only thing I can’t judge yet is battery life. We’ve played with them for a little over an hour total now, so, so far so good!" —Noelle Taylor

    Price: $15.99

    19. A robo interactive cat toy because we can't always be interacting with our cats, especially when working from home. This is an ideal way to ensure your pet gets the exercise they need and you can stay focused, too.

    The robo interactive cat toy
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    Promising review: "This is probably one of the best cat toys I've bought. My cat likes to hunt and this he can chase around and grab the feathers. It comes with so many attachments, charging cord and two batteries for the remote. The wheels also light up! On the automatic setting, the toy will stop by itself. I don't know who loves it more, me or him." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $29.99

    20. An interactive chirping bird toy so your cat can simulate catching their prey. They'll be super proud of themselves and you can be proud, too, knowing they've found a new way to entertain themselves.

    Cat chewing on the bird toy
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    Promising review: "My cat, Sophia, went bonkers when she heard the chirping and saw the feathers. She exhausted me because I had to keep throwing the 'bird' so she could fetch, play with, then bring it back to me to throw again. What surprised me is that with all the mauling this bird retained the feathers and it still chirps. Well done." —babycat

    Price: $9.99

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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