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    17 Cat Toys For Bored Felines They'll Litter-ally Be Obsessed With

    Even if your cat skews Garfield on the feline spectrum, these toys will provide a purr-fectly fun time for even the most "not having it" of kitties.

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    1. A plant-inspired cat puzzle that'll have them absolutely buggin' with delight. Hide their favorite treats in the hidden compartments and watch as they work to uncover their food.

    Lifestyle image of cat playing with a greed leaf-shaped toy with ladybug-inspired pieces

    Promising review: "This toy is a revelation! It gets my cat to think and satisfy his appetite at the same time! Plus, it's cute and I'm definitely going to find more for him! My other cat was not very good at it and gave up eventually, so not all cats will enjoy this!" —Chesapeake 

    Get it from Chewy for $10.53 (originally $19.99).

    2. A circuit-like cat toy crafted with swirl-patterned balls to capture your feline's attention. The large openings will allow your pet to litter-ally poke and play all day long.

    Lifestyle image of two kittens playing with blue and white circuit toy

    The expandable design will let you build and personalize the toy, making it fun for both you and your pet.

    Promising review: "This is just about the best toy you can buy your kitties for the price. Really durable plastic that stands up to my rowdy cats kicking it across the floor. My kitties LOVE this toy. They love batting it around and chasing it through the track. The change in track elevation creates unpredictable ball movement that keeps them playing for an hour at a time." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Chewy for $12.05 (originally $23.99 and available in two styles).

    3. A squeaky mouse your kitty will think is worth the catch. If the RealMouse sound doesn't capture their attention, the catnip scent will definitely have your feline friend leaping after it.,

    Looking for gifts to buy your cat just because? This toy also comes in a two-pack so you have a spare just in case they play a little rough.

    Promising review: "I have an 8-year-old kitty who prefers to sleep over just about anything besides eating. She went NUTS. The squeaking noise is just subtle enough that it isn't annoying at all and half the time it's quiet enough that she's the only one who hears it. My almost senior kitty was playing like a kitten again, rolling all over on her back tossing the toy around, just having a ball." —Lindsay N.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in a single or two-pack).

    4. A cat exercise wheel for avoiding those loud late-night zooms through the house. The EVA foam surface will add some padded comfort as they run until they're tuckered out.

    Lifestyle image of spotted cat running on black circular wheel
    One Fast Cat

    This is one of the gifts to buy your cat that will last for years to come. Easily clean it with the swipe of a cloth and once the traction pad wears down, you can replace it with a new one.

    Promising review: "I introduced this wheel to my Bengal kitten when he was about 4 months old. He uses it every day! I'm so glad I have this to help burn off some of that notorious Bengal energy. If he's frustrated, he'll vocalize and jump on the wheel and run full speed. He tends to do this late at night, but I don't find the noise from the wheel intrusive at all." —Pamela M.

    Get it from One Fast Cat for $322 (available in four colors).

    5. A butterfly cat toy prepared to keep them from being a real sourpuss. Instead, the tower-like design is filled with balls they can claw and paw at.

    Black and brown cat playing with butterfly attached to blue plastic ball toy

    The decorative butterfly also makes this one of the best cat toys for indoor cats as its realistic look gives them a taste of the outdoors.

    Promising review: "This is the ONLY toy my cat comes back to again and again. He hasn't liked most other toys I've gotten for him, so it's nice to have at least one he uses often. The balls don't fall out nor are they destructible. I would highly recommend this toy for any cat owners who have a cat that likes to break things, be challenged, and be active often." —rangerthegreat

    Get it from Chewy for $10.98.

    6. A cat food maze to prove your fluffy pals are truly the smartest pets out there. Each puzzle successfully completed will be met with a treat (and may earn you a snuggle or two).

    Reviewer image of three cats sitting next to cardboard maze toy

    Works best with catnip, crinkle balls, mice, cat wand toys, and other favorites, making it arguably one of the best cat interactive toys.

    Promising review: "My cat has become an addict! When I first gave him the box, he spent an hour straight playing with it. He was EXHAUSTED! But he never gets bored with it, he keeps coming back and waits for food to be dropped in there. This toy is now his preferred method of eating." —Kuzia

    Get it from Amazon for $15.94 (originally $16.95)

    7. A mix of felt catnip-infused balls that are purr-etyy addicting. Not only will your precious fur ball be able to bat and chase after these spheres, but when they're done playing, the tin will ~magically~ recharge them with catnip.

    Four tins that say "Happy Cat" filled with multi-colored felt balls
    Simply B Vermont/Etsy

    Simply B Vermont is a small, pet-owner- and woman-owned shop on Etsy located in Montpelier, Vermont, that specializes in pet accessories and toys for cats and dogs. 

    Promising review: "Not only are these the best looking and perfect size (so many are way too big or small), they are so much fun for my cat — she loves them! I love that when she’s bonked out from playing I can put them back in the catnip tin for next time. I keep them in a drawer in the living room and when my cat is ready to get crazy again she tries to open the drawer!!" —szuki

    Get it from Simply B Vermont on Etsy for $11.19 (originally $13.99 and refills available for $3+).

    8. A cat feather wand just too irresistible for your ferocious feline to ignore (as much as they may seemingly want to)., Amazon

    With an extendable handle, your hands and arms will be at a safe scratching distance.

    Promising review: "This is mine and my cat's new favorite cat toy. The stick extends very long so it's easy to use without getting scratched, and also, the toys clip on and off. It's a good way to give my cat some stimulation, exercise, and bonding time." —Anna Friesen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.58.

    9. A cactus tree for cats looking to explore the outdoors from, well, the indoors. Now they can perch and judge you from afar in style as they lounge or play with the added yarn ball.

    Colorful cat tree with flower, mushroom, and cactus stands

    Soletgo is a small shop on Etsy located in Fontana, California, that specializes in personalized and engraved accessories. 

    Promising review: "Absolutely perfect! Very good quality material and true to the photos." —Nicole Hunt

    Get it from Soletgo on Etsy for $58.98.

    10. An automatic cheese toy they won't have to be so claw-ful playing with. The electronic toy has an interactive mouse that will pop out and surprise your pet as it prepares to go on the prowl.

    Reviewer image of black cat playing with white cheese-shaped toy

    Promising review: "My 9-year-old cats love this! They are completely fascinated by the toy (though quite skittish). It has almost unpredictable movements on both sides where the mice come out. My cats use their paws to slap the mice (when they aren't jumping from the sudden movements). The noise of the mice coming in and out might also have something to do with them being intrigued. The batteries (not included) were very easy to insert — no tool necessary!" —Taylor W

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

    11. A Frisco Scratch & Roll Scratcher that provides double the fun. The scratch pad can paw-lease them so they're less inclined to destroy your favorite chair, while the added plastic ball will continue to keep them distracted.


    That acts as one of the best toys for kittens, especially for pet parents scared of choking hazards.

    Promising review: "This is one of those items where you just set it down and the cats/kittens go right to town with their play. Sometimes two of them will sit across from each other and take turns batting the ball. The corrugated insert is great for their claws especially kittens learning their scratch routine. It is also reversible so when one side gets used you can remove it and flip it over to use the other side. It's well made and my feline crew highly recommends this toy!" —Leesa

    Get it from Chewy for $14.99.

    12. A peekaboo mouse game crafted to take your furry friend by surprise. Turn this toy on and watch as your cat becomes intrigued by the spinning mouse that ducks and hides from their prying paws.

    Promising review: "My cat loves to play with this! It took her a few minutes to warm up to it, but now she loves chasing the mouse. Even when I turn it off she still tries to find the mouse. The noise is a little louder than expected, but for the price, you can’t beat it and it’s great for indoor cats!" —Lindsey

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. A Hexbug robot for shaking and shimmying your cat into being active. Once this little "nanobot" is turned on it'll vibrate across your floor and you can watch as your pet springs into hunter mode.

    Green nano bot toy with green feather attached

    Promising review: "My cat thinks many robotic toys are haunted and won't play with them, but she loves this one! I assume the small size is why she likes it, and that it's relatively quiet. The toy basically vibrates very fast, making it move along the floor. If it gets knocked over, then the vibration will flip it upright again. My cat loves to chase it and also stalk it from afar until the time is right to pounce, and at the end, she can pick it up in her mouth and carry her prey to another room." —Jess

    Get it from Chewy for $7.

    14. A catnip wall toy sure to become the most vi-tail (we can do this all day) part of their daily routine. Designed with spinning balls and multiple compartments for catnip, you may even be rewarded with some snuggles for this one.

    Reviewer image of gray cat standing in front of  wall mounted catnip

    The kit comes with a double-adhesive sticky strip for placing on a smooth surface and multiple flavors including catnip, silvervine, and cat sugar.

    Promising review: "I could barely get this out of the package my cats were so intrigued. Once they began licking and playing with these rolling balls they were hooked. Great product for bored cats!" —KAP

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    15. An interactive cat feather toy ready to entertain your cat on the days you're too burnt out from work to play. Or help them play when you're out of town by turning it on automatic.

    Its smart technology will whisk them around the house as you sit and relax or enjoy a night out.

    Promising review: "Our cat loves this toy and he generally bores easily (recent outdoor-turned-indoor cat!), but he’s not bored with this one! We like that it’s not reliant on batteries and that it provides fun for timely intervals so he gets a break and doesn’t get bored! We like the interchangeable 'chasers' — though his favorite seems to be the feathers. Really good for getting your cat to move around!" —D. Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    16. An 8-in-1 cat toy made to go from a shell-shaped cat bed to a hamster-ball-like toy they can run around and hide in. The PV velvet and felt fabric are also anti-scratch for durability.

    Cat inside of and peeking out of the opening of the shell toy

    Fold it and take on your travels thanks to its portable design.

    Promising review: "My two cats (a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old) love this thing! It serves as a cozy bed, a prime spot for a good ambush during playtime, and a sort of gigantic hamster ball that they climb into and roll around the apartment in. It's sturdy and well made, the seams are strong and even, and the snaps stay together during vigorous play." —holly

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (originally $42.99 and available in two colors).

    17. A rainbow cat charmer for when your fluffy buddy is showing some real cat-titude. Twirl this in front of their face and watch as they begin to dance and chase after it.

    Reviewer image of orange cat snuggling with rainbow felt toy

    Designed with a felt material for added softness.

    Promising review: "All my cats love this! It is paws down their favorite toy, right up there with the laser pointer. I do recommend keeping it locked away when it's not in use as it is a choking/bowel obstruction hazard if your cats are prone to chewing and/or eating strings." —Shields

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    When you actually find a toy your cat likes...


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