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What Toys do Cats Enjoy the Most?


What Toys do Cats Enjoy the Most?



This post was updated December 28, 2023.

Over the span of more than a decade, I’ve ventured into a whirlwind of cat toys with Finnegan, my feline friend, and even before him, with two other cats; Abigail and Madison. This post is all about what toys do cats enjoy the most?

From catnip kicker toys to wand toys, our home has seen just about every variation. I’ve curated a collection of top picks based on our experiences, aiming to highlight what makes each toy special and where to get your paws on them!

In this post, I’m diving into the crème de la crème of cat toys.

Each item I’ve chosen stands out for its quality, price point, and most importantly, for being Finnegan-approved! And guess what?

You can find many of these gems on Amazon, a top contender for acquiring these delightful toys.

  • Will this keep my indoor cat entertained?
  • How easy are they to purchase?
  • How easy are they to assemble?
  • Are they reasonably priced?
  • Where are the best interactive toys?
  • Will they bring value to my cat’s health and lifestyle?
  • Will they fit in the cat toy box for easy clean up?
  • Are they organic?

Good news cat lovers!

Your cat does not have to be bored while you are away!


Toy for Kicking: Kitty Kick Stix on Etsy

• Best shape for your cat to kick; your cat will fall over and faint for these
• Handmade
• Colorful

Toy for Chasing: Mylar Crinkle Balls on Amazon

• Best for your cat to get exercise
• Crinkly sound
• Reasonable price

Toy for Jumping: GoCat Da Bird on Amazon

• Best for your cat to jump and scramble
• Pole is long and flexible
• Drags perfectly

Toy for Hunting: Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Cat Feeder

• Best for your cat’s hunting instincts
• Rationed food for weight control
• Colorful

Toy for Bored Cat: Yeowww! Banana Catnip Toy on Amazon

• Best catnip toy
• Shape of banana encourages interaction
• Long lasting

Toy for Kittens on Amazon: Younger 24 Kitten Assortment on Amazon

• Best for kitten toys
• Colorful
• Kitten tunnel included

Toy for Senior Cats: Morezi Cat Arch Self Massage Brush Hair Trimming Brush Cat Scratcher Pet Toy – Sisal Base

• Best for senior cats
• Grooming assistance
• Cat attracting

Toy for Solo Cat Play: Pet Stages Tower of Track Ball

• Best for when your cat is alone
• Engaging
• No assembly necessary

Toy for Multiple Cats to Play: Prosper Cat Tunnel on Amazon

• Best for more than one kitty cat playing at the same time
• Hide and seek
• Chase encouraging

Best Organic Cat Toy

BIG Organic Catnip Mouse

I stumbled upon this incredible cat toy treasure trove on Etsy, and boy, it’s a real game-changer. You’ve got to check out PurrfectPlay—they’re the real deal when it comes to organic, sustainable cat toys. And let me tell you, Finnegan, my cat, is head over paws for these goodies.

What I adore about PurrfectPlay is their dedication to sustainability. They take it seriously, aiming for nearly zero waste and minimal plastic use in their workshop. They’ve got this amazing commitment to being Gold members of Green America and recently hopped on board with 1% for the planet. That’s the kind of eco-friendly vibe that makes me support a brand even more.

Now, let’s talk about Finnegan’s favorite—the mouse toy. It’s a total hit in our household. But honestly, every toy from PurrfectPlay is a winner. The catnip-infused toys? Absolute cat party starters! The Big Catnip Mouse, in particular, steals the show. It’s 5 1/2 inches long, not counting its adorable cotton tail. And that tail? It’s chunky and crocheted, adding extra “flippability” for Finnegan’s crazy play sessions.

Here’s the kicker—this mouse is crafted with two layers of organic cotton, making it durable enough for Finnegan’s wrestling matches and bunny-kicking marathons.

Even after days of intense play, it’s still raring to go for more fun. And guess what? It’s all natural and completely free of plastic, making it a guilt-free choice for environmentally conscious cat parents like us.

Oh, and let’s not forget the joy it brings watching Finnegan go wild over this toy. With nearly a whole cup of certified USA organic catnip inside, this toy is a surefire hit. It keeps

Finnegan active, engaged, and having a blast for days on end. So, if you’re all about spoiling your kitty while also being mindful of the planet, this organic catnip toy from PurrfectPlay is an absolute must-have! Trust me, your furry friend will thank you, and you’ll have a blast watching them play.

Toy for Kicking

Kitty Kick Six

Kitty Kick Stix 15" Original Catnip Kicker Toy (Set of 2), Made in USA (Mystery)
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These Kitty Kick Stix feline toys are totally awesome for your cat to kick the heck out of. Not only are they handmade, they are also made in the USA.

In addition to the colorful fabric used, these wonderful cushions can be custom made!

Little catnip pillows are a top in my household. The shape is easy to spat around and toss in the air with little cat paws. Kicking is a favorite instinctual need for you feline, and this shape is absolutely perfect.

Best Cat Toy For Chasing

Mylar Crinkle Balls

If you’re looking for a new way to keep your feline entertained and active, then you might want to try out the Mylar Crinkle Balls on Amazon.

These lightweight balls are perfect for your cat to pounce, bat and chase around, providing them with excellent exercise while they have fun.

Even if they end up hiding under your furniture, don’t worry – these balls are quite affordable, so you can replace them easily without breaking the bank.

If your cat loves to chase and you want to him to get some great exercise indoors, try the Mylar Crinkle Balls sold on Amazon. They are very lightweight which really encourages your feline to swat and bat them around. They might end up under your furniture, but don’t worry the price is super reasonable so you can replace them without putting a major dent in your purse.

Give your furry friend the opportunity to play with these Crinkle Mylar Cat Balls and watch them have a blast!

Best Cat Toy for Jumping

GoCat Da Bird

There are several pole cat toys on Amazon, but our top pick is still Da Bird by GoCat.

The pole has just enough flexibility to fling the bird around the room, stimulating zoomies and hours of fun for your cat.

The feathers on the end of the pole are so life-like that felines literally go nuts when you drag Da Bird around on the floor or fling the feathers in the air. It is no wonder Da Bird remains to be a high rated product and still gets rave reviews. It is a cat toy masterpiece.

Toy for Hunting

Doc & Phoebe’s Hunting Food Mouse

“Want a healthy weight cat that is happy and has less behavior issues? Let. Them. Hunt.” – The Catvocate

The inventor of these clever mouse feeding toys is an expert cat advocate who’s passion it is to save your feline from cat obesity with feeding mice that are ideal for hunting and gathering. Even after the food has been eaten from the mouse container, your cat will be left with a fun and colorful toy that is encased in fabric making it a wonderful grabby tool for him to interact.

Best Catnip Toy: Yeoww!

Banana Catnip Toy

Catnip toys are ideal for bored indoor cats because they have been linked to combating feline depression. Although it is safer for cats to be indoor pets, keeping them entertained and high-spirited can be challenging. Be sure to have lots of catnip toys on hand for their enjoyment!

Yeoww is a brand that has been around for years and with good reason. The bananas, cigars and tomatoes are all crowd pleasers in this feline friendly home. There is something about Yeowww! catnip that cats absolutely love. Although there are some other top-notch cat toys with high quality catnip, there has not been anything yet that seems to be quite as magical as Yeowww! The banana shape is my cat’s favorite, but try all the shapes to see what your cat will play with the most.

Catnip gives your cat a boost of joyful energy, making them want to run around, kick and play. Catnip toys are important part of your feline’s cat toy box.

Best Cat Toy For Kitten

Younger 24 Kitten Assortment

Kittens are very high energy and need lots of playtime. When Finn was a baby, I found him climbing up curtains one day and that is when I realized his needs were a bit more intense then my adult cat. This kitten assortment pack is ideal for a starter kit. It has all the shapes and sizes your kitten wants and best of all, it comes with a tunnel for him to crash through while carrying one of his new furry buddies through at lightening speed!

If you are about to adopt a new kitten, you can check out the post “The First Life Cycle of a Cat (0-6 Months)”.

Best Cat Toy for Senior Cat

Arch Self-Massaging Brush

As my cat Abigail got older, her energy levels dwindled, and her interest in interactive toys decreased significantly. Although she still found joy in playing with her furry mice, activities involving running and jumping became less frequent for her. However, one thing she consistently adored was the self-massaging brush designed in an arch shape.

This brush wasn’t just about feeling good on her face; resting on the sisal base seemed to provide her with a genuine sense of comfort. She’d rub against the bristles, stretch out on the sisal foundation, and even cup her paws along the arch while engaging her hind legs in little lifts.

I highly recommend this arch-shaped brush for senior cats like Abigail. It brought her a lot of comfort and joy, and I’m sure it could do the same for your aging feline friend!

Toy for Solo Cat

Tower Track Ball Cat Toy

Catstages Tower of Tracks Interactive 3-Tier Cat Toy
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Magic Cat Track and Ball Toy for Kittens Pets Kitties Cats
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Pet Stages has thought about every stage your cat will go through and that is a cat owner’s dream. For your kitty cat who does not have a feline companion, I recommend trying a cat toy that will engage her senses and push her to get lost in the activity so she does not get bored or overly tired. The Pet Stages cat tower will do the trick and it is so reasonably priced on Amazon. Not to mention, even though it is plastic and interactive, there is no assembly needed!

Toys for Multiple Cats

Prosper Cat Tunnel

Cats love tunnels, and when they come together for a play date they’ll need a tunnel both can fit! The Prosper Cat Tunnel is ideal for two or more felines to chase and hide from each other. The price on Amazon is purrfect too!

All indoor kitty cats have the potential to get very bored. When sitting in windows watching outdoor activity is not enough, the toys above are a great way to get your cat some exercise, fun and enjoyment. The happier your cat, the happier you are and the happier your home life will be.

Questions you might want to ask yourself when choosing online cat products:

  • Are there reviews and what are real buyers saying?
  • What are they made of? (cat attracting products like sisal, cardboard, rope, catnip, felt are top picks for me. Many times plastic is not a great product choice for my cats).
  • Is there a coupon I can use or is there a chance this will go on sale soon?
  • Is it easy to return (one of the reasons I love Amazon is for the ease of return).
  • Have I used this product line in the past? (especially catnip products, it is hard to go wrong with a toy that has the catnip your feline loves)
  • Can I stock up to save time and money? (especially good for the crinkly balls)

Unique Cat Toys

Since I wrote this post, I have come back and added to it (3/2021) because there are so many MORE cat toys you should know about. One of my absolute favorites is this catnip mat that has some sort of magical grass that makes kitties lose it! When Finnegan’s came, he carried this mat all around with him for days. It was so funny! You can view his posts regarding this catnip mat on our Facebook here.

Fuzzu Sweet Spot Kitty Carpet

SmartyKat Flamingo Flop Toy

Another hit with Finnegan and judging by the reviews many other kitties too, is this super cute and unique pink Flamingo.

Here is Finn with his.


The last unique and adorable cat toy that is a big hit with kitty cats, including Finnegan the Chief Product Review, is this rainbow toy.

Cat Dancer Rainbow Toy

I was a little skeptical at first because I did’t think felt would drag properly, but boy oh boy am I glad I took a chance on this one. HOURS of fun can be expected for your cat! The one challenge is, you have to drag it around because of course your cat will want you to play with him. But it is a unique toy that is inexpensive and will provide your kitty with much needed exercise.

If you have come this far and still want MORE cat toy ideas, these posts should help you out.

10 Modern Cat Toys You Have Got To See

How Much Exercise Do Cats Need?

Gifts For Cat Lovers

And here is a list of our latest blog posts. I hope you enjoy!

Lisa Illman

Lisa Illman


Lisa is the owner of Kritter Kommunity and invented the kitty cat enclosure, the Kritter Kondo. She is managed by her cat, Finnegan. Lisa also has a store on Amazon you can find here that includes lists of all her favorites.

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