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    19 Cat Toys For Indoor Cats You Won't Be Able To Resist Surprising Your Kitty With

    These paw-some picks will have your cat questioning why they'd ever want to explore the outdoors.

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    1. A tail-wagging toy for when your fur child is in a foxy mood. Once powered on, this toy will wag, shake, and hide spurring your cat to enter hunter mode (without actually hunting anything).

    Cat playing with fox tail toy

    It automatically shuts off after 10 minutes, and for the days when you're in the office, just put it in "play while you're away" mode.

    Promising review: "My three kitties love this toy and so do I. First of all, it is nice and sleek looking. I love that it's small enough that I can put it away when they are not using it. I also love the six hours of play and rest. I set it up for my kitties when I am going to work and it gives them tons of time to play while I'm away. Very entertaining for them and for me to watch them." —AlmaL

    Get it from Walmart for $15.95 (originally $19.95).

    2. A collection of Frisco Colorful Springs prepared to spring your cat into action. This pack of 10 comes with a variety of colors and bouncy springs that'll have your pet saying "cat-ch me if you can."

    Cat playing with multicolored spring toys

    Promising review: "Cats and kittens alike love these plastic springlike toys. They have been skipped, flipped, and flopped, not to mention carried around in their mouth as if they caught the prize catch. The kittens and young cats will fight over them and one will steal the prize away. So much fun to watch. Believe it or not, I bought enough for everyone but you know the one that brother or sister has is always better." —Crazycatlady

    Get it from Chewy for $3.48.

    3. A laptop cat scratching pad for the kitties that love to ~help~ you while you WFH. Instead of them jealously padding across your computer, they can relax at their own "work station" that comes with a scratch board and, of course, a mouse.

    Cat sitting in front of laptop-inspired scratchpad
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "Two of my sister's cats couldn't tell you much about this because the third instantly adopted it as his own and took over. He loved the mouse and dragged the whole thing around with him (away from other kitties trying to investigate). Brother-in-law appreciated the gift reporting, 'now I can work on my laptop.'" —Beth

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

    4. 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).

    5. A pack of tennis balls with a twist that even the laziest cat may pick their head up for. Bounce, throw, or roll this ball and they'll be met with the jingle of a bell.

    Cat playing with a blue, green, and purple tennis balls

    Each pack includes three tennis balls, which may even land it the best cat toy for bored cats.

    Promising review: "My 1-year-old cat has loved these since he was a baby. They are made with a tennis ball material with a bell inside, so they bounce really well. He loves chasing after them when I throw them, but he also just likes to bat them around. It is the only bell toy he will play with." —CSchuck

    Get it from Chewy for $4.49.

    6. 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).

    7. A mouse-shaped laser pointer your kitty will be pawing at you to play right meow. Just a click of a button will have them running around like a dog chasing its tail (but don't tell them that).


    Batteries are included.

    Promising review: "My cat loves this toy! He goes absolutely bonkers over it and will even play with the toy itself if I’m not pressing the laser button. It’s great to distract him during Zoom meetings or to wear him out in the evening so he sleeps better at night." —Samantha B.

    Get it from Target for $5.89.

    8. 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+).

    9. 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.

    10. A wine-bottle-shaped pillow with catnip so rather than hanging out with your ~human~ friends, you and your kitten can enjoy a quiet night in with your favorite bottles of wine instead.

    Each toy contains organic powder from silvervine fruit that doesn't contain any additives or preservatives, according to the brand.

    Promising review: "I just got this for my cat and had the package on the table, and my cat was drawn to the package. I got the package open and put the toy on the floor so my cat could check it out. He darted for the two wine bottle toys. He actually had trouble deciding which he wanted to play with first. He loves these toys so much. Truly an amazing gift to get for cats." —Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for $20.88.

    11. 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.

    12. 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 $14.62 (originally $23.99 and available in two styles).

    13. 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.

    14. A gator scratch pad prepared to turn your soft kitty into a jungle cat. It's versatile enough to hang up or lay on the floor so they can scratch and claw this (instead or your favorite chair).

    The scratch pad also includes a plush ball.

    Promising review: "This is a great stimulating product for my cats. They can scratch on it, bat the little toy around, and the mat makes a crinkle sound that my cats just love. I also found one of them just simply rabbit kicking the whole gator when it was on the ground and the other just laying on it in the sun and purring. I have usually been hanging this on my door for them to stretch and use their claws on. But found they really like it on the floor. This is such a versatile product which I love for my furry ones!" —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $4.23 (originally $5.99 and available in 13 styles).

    15. 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.

    16. A flopping fish cat toy designed to look like a real carp. Turn your furry friend into a cat-hlete as it chases the moving fish around the house (for its entertainment and yours).

    Reviewer image of spotted cat holding fish toy

    Even the most difficult cat may appreciate this (especially if you're looking for things to buy your cat because you accidentally stepped on their tail). Since it's rechargeable, you won't need to stock up on batteries either.

    Promising review: "I'm never sure if a new cat toy will be received as well as I hope, but this one sure delivered! My three cats have been playing with it almost nonstop, except for when I have to take it away to charge it. One of them pretty much 'hogs' it and the other two can't get near it, though they try. It took them a few minutes to realize that they had to touch it to get it to move when it stopped flopping, but once they understood it, they were off to the races. I can't speak to the durability of it, but since the cover can be removed for cleaning, I'm thinking it should last a long time — fingers crossed." —Amazongal

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in different types of fish).

    17. A 2-in-1 cat bed ready to catch your kitten after they crash from a hard day of play. The hanging balls on each end of the tunnel add an interactive component, while the tunnel is an ideal spot for unexpected sneak attacks.

    Two kittens playing on a tan and green cat bed toy

    If you're a fan of this cat bed, make sure to check out more of our best toys for kittens.

    Promising review: "I am a kitten foster here in Houston. I have a TON of kitten toys and supplies and two years after buying this, I am now clear it is the single best toy/bed/tunnel I have in my arsenal. It's exceptionally well made of the highest quality fabric. It has excellent zippers that allow you to zip off two major parts for machine washing/drying. They wash and dry beautifully and zip back on easily, AND the toggle system that allows you to fold it up for storage is ingenious. Well done!" —Marty

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in three colors).

    18. 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 proof for durability.

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

    Fold it and take it with 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 $39.99+ (originally $42.99 and available in two colors).

    19. A refillable catnip squirrel they'll simply go nuts over. The plush toy comes with a tube of Pure Bliss organic catnip that you can use to calm your kitty and maybe even get a cuddle out of it.


    Promising review: "The squirrel is great! Big enough to not get lost under/behind things, but small enough for them to flip around. Our 6-year-old cat and kitten both love flinging it around. The kitten absolutely loves the squirrel, she will talk and chirp to it every night as she flings it around; it's the only toy she reacts to that way." —Saphyress

    Get it from Amazon for $4.75 (originally $8.50 and available in two styles).

    Their face when they see their new toy:

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