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    33 Pet Toys That Reviewers Say Are Their Pet's Absolute Favorites

    Just don't get upset when your pet loves their toy even more than you.

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    1. A hide-a-squirrel plush dog toy that your dog will become obsessed with as they search for the cute lil' squirrels tucked inside the log.

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    Promising review: "Our puppy lives to destroy. Every toy we have gotten her lays shredded in indistinguishable ruins with the exception of this one little Squirrel House. We made bets on how long it would last – 15 seconds being the favorite choice. She doesn't waste time searching out the squirrels in the house. No, she just shakes the house with her head vigorously and the squirrels go flying. This is her favorite toy. She carries the squirrels around like they're her babies. Her favorite pull toy is the squirrel house and it's held up better than any toy actually made to be a pulI toy. I really, really don't get it – but this is the Samsonite of all dog toys." –In the Boonies

    Get it from Amazon for $9.60+ (available in four sizes).

    2. A towered trackball toy to activate a cat's natural hunting instincts, which means they'll stop pouncing on random items around the house and focus on playing with this toy instead.

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    Promising review: "This item came exactly as described and on time. My first thought when I opened it was it looks kind of a like a baby toy. It is absolutely adorable and it has been the favorite toy since we got it. I have three cats, aged 5, 1, and 5 months. My oldest cat is not too playful usually, so I didn't think she would enjoy it. The first one to check it out was the youngest, who immediately began having the time of his life. He played with this toy for at least an hour straight! I noticed while he was playing with it, the oldest cat was watching very intently. Sure enough, as soon as the kitten walked away she was all over it. All of my cats love this, which I can't say about any of their other toys." –jjblh

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59+ (available in three colors).

    3. A set of squeaky plush toys that come in cute woodland animal designs and have three squeakers in each toy. It doesn't contain any stuffing, so if your dog gets a bit rough with it, you don't have to worry about fluff exploding all over your house.

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    Promising review: "My dog is only an aggressive chewer when it comes to treats. With her toys, she tends to be more of a medium chewer. This is my second purchase of these. The original purchase lasted my dog about six months. These are her favorite toys and she plays with them nearly every day. She eventually tries to get the squeakers out when she's in a chewing mood. I love that these toys have three squeakers in each of them as that gives her more use out of each toy. These seem durable enough... I don't have anything else to compare them to." –Constance Owens

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes).

    4. A bird teaser toy with real feathers if your cat is spending way too much time napping and hiding and you want to make sure they get some daily playtime in. With crinkly materials, ribbons, and built-in pockets of catnip, your feline is sure to love their new toy.

    brown and black cat playing with purple, blue and yellow cat toy
    Chewy

    Promising review: "It took a few days of having it around, but once my cat warmed up to this toy, it quickly became her favorite thing in the entire home. She takes it everywhere with her. When she thinks it's time for the humans to wake up in the morning, she jumps into bed with this toy in tow. Every evening she demands we swing it around for her to play with. If you swing it fast enough it will even make a flapping noise that she goes crazy for. Even my older stray rescue loves this toy! This is a toy you can't go wrong with. I've already bought a second one!" —Flopqueen

    Get it from Chewy for $2.68 (available in blue or purple).

    5. A classic Kong toy with a hollow center you can stuff with peanut butter or their favorite treat. Give this to them and sit back and relax while they spend hours getting every last morsel of food out of it.

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    Promising review: "Watch out rope toy, the Kong has become my dog's new favorite toy! Even when there's nothing inside of it, my dog loves playing with it! When I leave the house, I put some of the Kong peanut butter spread in there with a hard treat and it keeps him entertained and active while I'm away. Makes you feel a lot less guilty for leaving your dog alone." –Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    6. A ball launcher to take your game of fetch to the next level. And thanks to the handle, you'll never have to pick up a slobbery ball again!

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    Promising review: "My Jack Russell puppy's new favorite toy! He loves this! We use it at home and at the dog park. It is great for getting some of that puppy energy out. I purchased the hard rubber balls by Chuckit to go with it instead of the ball it comes with since he tries to pull all the fuzz off and I don't want him to swallow that. The hard rubber balls are also easy to clean when he tries to bury his treasure in the dirt – just rinse off under the hose or in sink and it is all clean! Great toy!" –K. Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $4.19+ (available in multiple sizes).

    7. A tart-shaped daybed filled with fruit toys, because your pet deserves to have a perfectly ~sweet~ playtime.

    cat in a tart-shaped bed with fruit toys inside of it
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    Promising review: "My kitten loves this bed. Along with looking cute, it is incredibly soft. The fruit give extra support for her to lie on, and she loves to play with the fruit. The lemon and kiwi are her favorite to play with. It doubles as a bed and some toys. She took to this bed immediately, and she often won't leave it. It's also pretty flexible, so I can put it in her carrier for vet visits so she'll feel comfortable. At first I considered sewing in the fruit, but after seeing how much she enjoyed playing with them, I can't bring myself to do it. Everyone I show this bed to thinks it's the cutest thing ever, and I'm so glad to have found this." –Casandra B

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two sizes).

    8. A challenging (and adorable!) activity mat designed to look like a taco. Just open up the mat, hide treats within the felt design, and they'll instantly get so determined to find them!

    DogNmat / Etsy

    Dognmat is a small business that makes the cutest snuffle mats and pooch accessories.

    Promising review: "The taco snuffle mat is just as cute in person as it is online. It's durable and perfect, and Yost loves it. He's basically refused to play with his other puzzle toys and has been almost exclusively eating out of his taco. I had been hesitant for a long time to get any kind of snuffle mat because I thought he would "cheat" and just flip it over, but he's been super engaged in snuffling out all the goodies hidden inside. He's tall and 85 lbs., and this is still a good size for him. Highly recommend for pups of any size." —Kaleigh Good

    Get it from Dognmat on Etsy for $29.50+ (available with or without personalization).

    9. A willow-branch ball for your bunny to chew, nudge, and play with so they can keep themselves occupied while they're in their cage. It's made out of all natural materials, so you can rest assured they'll be safe as they nibble on it.

    big brown and white bunny in her cage next to a willow branch toy
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    Promising review: "Bella, my rabbit, absolutely loves this toy. It is her favorite that I have ever given her. After she chews on it for a bit I will sneak in a yogurt treat or some dried papaya. It makes an excellent toy and is really stimulating because she has to work hard to get the treat out. She can be occupied with this for a while and is the perfect throw toy as well. I have had her for five years now and have purchased this numerous times. I 100% recommend this as such a basic and amazing toy/ treat!" –Dani_Bella

    Get it from Amazon for $6.38.

    10. A durable chew toy that will stand up to even the toughest of chompers. The toy also has multiple textures that massages your dog's gums as they play.

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    Promising review: "I don’t often write reviews but this is my absolute favorite toy for my dog (also his favorite toy, and he is a 90-lb rott mix, so definitely a ridiculously heavy chewer). He would chew on this for hours almost every day and it really held up. When I really need him to be preoccupied like when I need to leave him in his kennel, I’ll put some peanut butter or baby food in it, and sometimes freeze it so it’ll last extra long. Even when it started to rip recently, he couldn’t really chew the pieces off so he wasn’t able to actually eat the toy. Overall, this toy, for price and durability, is the best I’ve found in the two years of searching and countless toys he has eaten." –ross63

    Get it from Amazon for $5.50+ (available in two colors)

    11. A fish-shaped toy to keep your cat entertained for hours as it flips and flops around. It has a pouch to place catnip in so your cat will be attracted to this toy the second the box opens.

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    Promising review: "My cat Shadow almost grabbed this out of my hands. He loves his toys and this one has become a firm favorite. I thought it might frighten him at first because it does make quite a bit of noise. But, he was kicking it and pouncing on it as if it was alive. Don’t think the catnip enticed him really because he was so interested in the fact that it was moving, but what do I know, I am not a cat! Anyway, he played with it until the battery ran out and fishy needed to be juiced up. I also put this underneath his blankie and in the cat tunnel and it drives him crazy. He highly recommends it." –Shada Pup

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four designs).

    12. A flying squirrel toy that your dog will love chasing as it floats through the air. It also glows in the dark and can float, so this might just become your dog's go-to toy for any sort of outing — whether it's day or night, on dry land, or out in the water.

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    Promising review: "This by far is our three dogs' favorite toy. We have a whole basket of toys and this is the one they always choose. I ordered extras to have on hand." —Squirrel

    Get it from Chewy for $4.97+ (available in small and medium).

    13. An interactive toy to keep small pets like rabbits and chinchillas occupied while they search for treats hidden in the toy.

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    Promising review: "It is so much fun watching my rabbit figure out all the steps. Though when she first got it, she would get so frustrated! But now she hops right over when she sees it. One of her favorite toys." –Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.86.

    14. A flexible dog flying disc your pup will pawsitively flip for as you toss it for them on trips to the park. It's also waterproof, so it's a great pool or beach toy.

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    Promising review: "To say that this is my dog's favorite toy would be some kind of understatement. Her attitude is some kind of hot throbbing passion. She can't stop barking when she even sees it. She repeatedly chases it, plunging through snow 3 ft. deep down the 100 ft. length of our driveway until I can't do it anymore. Today she ran into the room because she heard it fall out of the cupboard onto the floor." –Lester H. Hunt

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available in five colors).

    15. A set of catnip-infused felt balls that they'll quickly become obsessed with — they'll be rolling these all around your house as soon as you open the tin. Because the catnip is held inside the balls, you won't be finding loose catnip all over your rugs and carpet!

    set of colorful catnip infused felt balls
    Simply B Vermont / Etsy

    Simply B Vermont is woman-owned small business and is based in Montpelier, Vermont.

    Promising review: "My cats love them! They go crazy for them. They love toy balls, but these are hands down their favorite." —Cristian

    Get a set of four from Simply B Vermont on Etsy for $13.99 (available in several colors).

    16. A shreddable bird toy made out of soft pithy wood that your bird will go squawking mad over. Watch in amazement as they occupy themselves with ripping this toy apart.

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    Promising review: "I get these for my two parakeets. This is hands-down their favorite chew toy. I have other toys that sit in there for days and they won’t touch it. Put one of these in there and they attack it. I have some last a week but more often they will strip it clean in two to four days." –Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    17. A behavioral aid toy with a heat pack and a "heartbeat" inside, which soothes puppies and helps them transition to their new home.

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    Promising review: "I am convinced that this adorable toy helped my puppy sleep through the night from her very first night home! Additionally, it makes her crate feel like a home, where she feels so cozy and it has really helped her love her crate and look forward to sleeping in it. AND it’s her favorite toy! When she’s awake and alert, she loves pulling out her little snuggle puppy and carrying it around the house. This little snuggle puppy has made my transition – and that of my puppy – so wonderful in ways I did not even expect!! Highly recommend this as one of the best things you can do for your puppy." –Smart Researcher

    Get it from Amazon for $38.63+ (available in four colors).

    18. A collapsible cat tunnel that your feline friend will spend hours and hours running through. Even the laziest of cats will abandon their nap to sprint through these.

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    Promising review: "I purchased these tunnels for the Hill Country Humane Society where I volunteer. Dozens of kitties and adult cats are housed here for adoption. We keep the felines entertained with many little toys but the cat tunnels seem to be their favorite form of amusement and exercise. They love chasing each other through the tunnels and out the peep holes. They are a delight to watch. These tunnels are very colorful and sturdy and get a daily workout from a variety of feline breeds. I highly recommend these for anyone who loves their cats." –Dee

    Get two tunnels from Amazon for $16.95.

    19. A cat scratcher pad with a ball and a mouse swatter, making it perfect for multi-cat households because it provides three fun-filled activities in just one toy!

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    Promising review: "This is now my cat’s favorite toy and my visiting grandchildren loved it too!! The cat will sit on the scratchpad to claim it, and he plays with it all the time and pretty much ignores his other toys." –ML Willis

    Get it from Amazon for $27.89 (available in two colors).

    20. A set of plush toys designed to look like favorite fast food items. Sure, burgers and fries are usually human food, but with this toy set, your pup can finally join in on the delicious fun.

    a dog sitting in front of toys that look like aa hot dog, fries, a shake, a burger, and a chicken wing
    Chewy

    Promising review: "Perfect Christmas gift for my 8-year-old boxer/pit mix (his FAVORITE toy is the burger). He took each toy carefully out of the box and he carries them around, hides them in his bed. Very good quality, soft for his mouth. I was so happy to find these for him!!" —CatLady

    Get them from Chewy for $49.90.

    21. A tug-of-war toy that is flexible and durable, even as your dog digs their chompers into it and pulls as hard as they can!

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    Promising review: "LOVE this toy. Our puppy loooooooves to play tug so I was looking for something that had 'reach.' This has been awesome. She loves to play tug with it and she's always careful to grab wherever we're not holding it (if we're holding it on both ends she'll go for the middle). Can even play standing up. She's 12.5 lbs and she hasn't destroyed it yet after a couple of weeks. Her current favorite toy. Highly recommended." –Debbie Wilreker

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    22. A dog treat dispensing toy to mentally stimulate any dog who loves both playtime and treats. Even the most rambunctious dogs will slow down to try and get a treat out of this.

    dog pawing at an interactive toy trying to get a treat out
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    Promising review: "This treat ball has became one of my favorite dog toys as of yet. It is very effective at keeping your dog entertained and distracted from other possible material victims that may be destroyed by the vigor of a young dog. It is easy to use with a simple design, making for a straightforward filling, assembling, and cleaning process. With removable pieces (the yellow and blue), you can add or take away difficulty depending on your dog's particular skill level and the length of time you hope to entertain. Overall, this ball has became an important object in our house." –Christina

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A super tough bone great for larger breeds, because it can withstand intense chewing. The bone comes in a bacon or steak flavor, so your dog won't be able to resist the meaty goodness this toy offers.

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    Promising review: "This bone is one of the best bones I’ve bought for my 60-lb. golden retriever/Australian shepherd mix. She’s an aggressive chewer, any pork retriever rolls are gone in about half an hour. This is one of her favorite toys! She loves bringing it to me to share and then goes back to her chewing. You can’t beat the price on top of it being so durable." –Eleshia L.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.71+ (available in four sizes).

    24. A "hot pursuit" toy that has a concealed wand and a visible toy at the end, which your kitty will chase and chase and chase as it moves in a circular motion on the ground.

    kitten peeking under a blue mat to find the wand
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    Promising review: "I have two cats and they both love this! They will watch and play with this even when it's off! It's not too loud and works on both hardwood and carpet. It has two speeds to switch things up. This is by far their favorite toy! I love to see them playing together. They usually are not super fond of one another." –lb

    Get it from Amazon for $11.75.

    25. A set of ridiculously cool-looking dog toys from Wild One that are made out of 100% natural rubber. They're designed to stand up to strong chompers and the color and designs are so aesthetically pleasing, you won't even mind when your pup leaves them on your living room floor.

    dog playing with three lilac dog toys
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    The set comes with a Triangle TugTwist Toss, and Bolt Bite, which can all be bought individually as well.

    Promising review: "These toys were in my dog's Easter basket and have quickly become her three favorites. We love them too as they are well-made and easy for us to play with them with her but also good for keeping her occupied during self-play." —Rachael G.

    Get it from Wild One for $36 (available in four colors).

    26. A peanut butter-flavored chew toy made to promote good dog dental health thanks to the ridges and nubs that remove plaque and tartar as they chomp away.

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    Promising review: "This is one of my dog's favorite toys. He will just sit with it and chew on it, or even run around with it in his mouth. It holds up nicely. My dog is a pretty normal chewer however, but the bone is so sturdy I'm sure it would last for a heavy chewer for some good time. Given the dog doesn't break off pieces of it of course." –Madi

    Get it from Amazon for $5.19+ (available in four sizes and four flavors).

    27. A pack of matatabi chew sticks if your cat is constantly scratching up your furniture and you're looking for an outlet for all their energy. Matatabi is a plant native to Japan and is actually an alternative to catnip, so if your cat is stubborn and shows no interest in catnip, this might finally be the way to distract them from clawing away at every surface of your house.

    cat chewing on the stick
    Amazon

    MeowyJanes is a wonderfully named small business based in New Egypt, New Jersey. It specializes in catnip and catnip alternatives.

    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical about this, but my cat likes to sneak outdoors and will chew on sticks or leaves that I may drop in my way to the waste bin as I carry them through the house to the garage. This is his favorite Christmas present. He is all over it. Then he naps. Funny." —Rebecca Warren

    Get them from Amazon for $9.97.

    28. A squeaky plush "White Paw" dog toy so your pup can have their own version of your favorite hard seltzer drink.

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    Promising review: "I got this a few months ago and I was just about as excited as my dog was. My dog likes to chew through her toys within 24 hours and pull out the squeaky things. This is the first stuffed one she hasn't ripped apart. It's now her favorite toy and it's the first thing she grabs when we say 'go get your toy.' Like owner, like dog. The squeaker is broken now...but everything else is nicely intact and I even ran it through the washing machine. It's a must-buy for kicks but also good playtime." –Melanie H.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    29. A set of robotic swimming fish — if your cat absolutely loves the water, they'll think these fish toys are the coolest things ever. They'll have so much fun as they go "fishing" with their paws as the robot fish swim around!

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    The toys come with eight extra LR44 batteries and an installation tool so you'll get plenty of use out of them. They also automatically turn on/off when placed in water/removed from it so no battery is wasted between play seshs.

    Promising review: "My cat's new favorite toy! I'll admit...I was a little worried at first that 1) this toy wouldn't work and that 2) even if the toy did work, my cat wouldn't play with it. Anyways, I decided to give this a try because it's way different than any other cat toys you see at pet stores. These fish were a huge hit for my little girl cat! She is a hunter at heart so she loved being able to swat at the fish and run around the sink trying to chase them. If you have a cat who likes to hunt and doesn't mind water...take the plunge and get it for them! She loves them and sits by the sink for at least 30 minutes after we take them out because she misses them! If for whatever reason these fish give out...I will purchase her more because she loved them so much!" —Amanda

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $17.89.

    30. A large plush toy shaped like a duck about to become your dog's favorite thing in the world (besides you, of course). They'll fall in love with the squeaker, how huggable it is, and how it stays together even through endless hours of rough play with sharp chompers.

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    FYI: You'll receive a random color!

    Promising review: "This toy goes everywhere with our dog. It is the first thing she looks for when she comes home, she shows it off to her friends, she cuddles with it, brings it to bed with her, and has become a security blanket. It definitely is her favorite toy. We named it 'Ferdinand' and she remembers where she last left him if we ask her to go get Ferdinand. She is very gentle with the duck and she has yet to rip it. People that she plays tug-of-war with often hold it by the feet, where it can rip. It has never ripped anywhere other than the feet. Whenever they rip (human-caused) we get another one." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $5.83.

    Check out our full review of the Multipet Duckworth plush dog toy here!

    31. A rotating sisal scratcher ball if scratching posts just aren't interactive enough for your highly intelligent kitty. They'll love pawing away at this and will get a kick out of how much it spins!

    a cat playing with the sisal scratcher ball
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    Promising review: "When I first received this product I was a bit disappointed because it was smaller than I expected, this has actually turned out to be its greatest feature. My foster kittens LOVE this thing. Constantly climbing on it and diving under it, even attacking each other through the little cat-shaped holes in the side. This has easily become their favorite toy. It took only a few minutes to put together and is well worth the money." —Melissa Leigh

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    32. Catnip disguised as tortellini, because humans shouldn't be the only ones who get to experience the joy of pasta.

    a cat sniffing a toy that looks spaghetti and tortellini
    MiniTigerDesign / Etsy

    MiniTigerDesign is a small business based in Canada that sells handmade cat toys, gifts, and treats.

    Promising review: "One of the best purchases I’ve ever made. The cats are OBSESSED with their new toys and it’s so much fun to watch them “eating” tortellini!! Highly recommend!! Super well made." —Gabriela Valderrama

    Get it from MiniTigerDesign on Etsy for $11.80 (available in three colors).

    33. And finally, a rope toy for the pups who don't care about fancy stuff and just want to gnaw on some good old-fashioned rope.

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    Promising review: "My German Shepherd puppy loves this rope! It is his favorite toy. At 9 months old and 70 pounds he needs a constant supply of substantial things to chew on. This provides him hours of entertainment and I don't worry about his teeth as with some of his other power chewer toys that feel as hard as concrete. Playing tug-of-war is great family fun and it is hilarious to watch him carry this thing all over the house :) The 36" size is perfect for a large dog in my opinion. I am VERY happy with this purchase." –TLK

    Get it from Amazon for $2.09+ (available in nine sizes and four styles).

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