Top 5 Best Cat Toys of 2022: Hello, we’re going to be talking about the best interactive cat toys. So for cats, playtime isn’t really optional. It’s not just a nice little thing to add to your cat’s routine. It’s an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. So cats are natural predators, right, and playing taps into those natural hunting instincts and keeps them satisfied and healthy and help to reduce their stress. So it’s really important to make sure that your cat gets in play in their life. Now, there are lots of different ways that cats can play. They don’t even necessarily need toys to get some good play in. But investing in a few good interactive cat toys can absolutely help your cat to get the stimulation that they need.
So after researching the cat toy market and identifying which toys have received the best customer reviews and have really solid reputations for quality, longevity, And entertainment, we’ve chosen the following five products as the best you can buy and then take things a step further by purchasing all of those toys with our own money and then testing them out with my two cats, Wessie and Forest.
So in a moment, we’re going to jump into our reviews and I’ll be telling you all about these toys and my personal experience with each of them. As we go through the reviews, allowing you to learn more about each of these products. So without further ado, let’s jump into the reviews and talk about our top five recommendations for the best cat toys you can buy.
Best Cat Toys – Our Top Picks
|Catit Design Senses Super Roller Circuit Toy for Cats||Product Dimensions : 8 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches; 1.8 Pounds
Manufacturer recommended age : 12 months and up
Item model number : 50736
Date First Available : April 29, 2013
Manufacturer : Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
ASIN : B00A4A7UOU
Country of Origin : Malaysia
|Petstages Tower of Tracks Interactive 3-Tier Cat Toy||Product Dimensions : 9.75 x 9.75 x 6 inches; 8.8 Ounces
Item model number : 317
Date First Available : July 10, 2013
Manufacturer : PetStages
ASIN : B00DT2WL26
Country of Origin : China
|PetSafe SlimCat Meal-Dispensing Cat Toy, Great for Food or Treats, Blue||Product Dimensions : 5.8 x 3.2 x 7 inches; 0.91 Ounces
Item model number : TOY00001
Department : Pet Supplies
Date First Available : July 15, 2004
Manufacturer : Radio Systems Corporation
ASIN : B0018CG40O
Country of Origin : China
1. Catit Design Senses Super Roller Circuit Toy for Cats
So our number one recommendation is the Catit Senses super roller circuit toy. So this toy consists of a track through which moves a motion-activated light-up ball. So once everything is set up, you’re going to have a motion-activated light-up ball that moves through the track and entices your cat to poke his paws through the openings and give that ball a whack. The tracks seemed really durable, it didn’t slide around on the ground a lot. It seemed to be overall really well made. Note also that you can pair this track with other Catit Senses toys, so you can really expand out your selection of toys and create a little kitty cat playground. I didn’t find that my cat seemed too interested in it.
I really liked the design and I wish that my cats would have been interested but I really didn’t see them playing much with it. They would look at it and then I would think maybe they would play with it. I would try to encourage them to play with it by poking it myself, but they really just didn’t seem too interested. I know a lot of other customers say that their cats absolutely love playing with this toy. The Catit Senses super roller circuit toy cost $11 and 99 cents up front and you’re also going to have to purchase replaceable balls. So you can’t replace the battery in the motion-activated ball. You’ll have to buy a new one every time that battery dies. A two-pack of replacement balls costs $5 and 89 cents.
2. Petstages Tower of Tracks Interactive 3-Tier Cat Toy
Our next recommendation is the Petstages Tower of Tracks interactive cat toy. So this toy has three different circular tracks around which spin three lightweight plastic balls. So the toy is intended to encourage your cat to bat the balls and send them spinning around the tracks. Now, this toy received outstanding customer reviews, people really seem to like it and it seems to have a pretty good reputation for longevity, sturdiness, and performance. There aren’t any parts that you’re going to have to replace.
It’s just a really good simple toy. It has rubber pads on the bottom so that it isn’t going to slip around on the floor. And overall it really seems to do exactly what it’s supposed to. Although a lot of cats in customer reviews seem to love this toy and again, it’s a favorite on the market, I found that my cats didn’t seem too interested in it. I did catch my cat when playing with it a couple of times, but it didn’t really seem to capture my cat’s interest for a really long period of time. This toy costs $8 and 89 cents.
3. Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy
Our next recommendation is the Cat Dancer. So the Cat Dancer involves a springy piece of wire with some roll-up cardboard on either end of that wire. So you’re going to have a little cardboard handle and then a bundle of rolled cardboard at the end. Now the toy looks incredibly simple and it is incredibly simple but it has a very interesting way of moving that really resembles an insect kind of flying around.
And for a lot of cats, that movement is incredibly enticing. So this product is again one of the most popular cat toys on the market. It’s been tested by over 8 million cats and a lot of them seem to absolutely love this toy. Now my experience was a little bit different. I can’t I think maybe my cats just don’t really like toys much. I actually had the cat dancer for a while before I tried it out for this review. And over the course of the year or so that I’ve had the cat dancer, like cats, I’ve only played with it a few times when they did play with it, they seemed really excited and interested but those occasions were few and far between. So again, I think maybe this is just a personality issue. The Cat Dancer is definitely a really popular toy.
Even though my cats didn’t seem terribly interested in the cat dancer, I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a really good one-style cat toy with a great reputation. One of the cool things about the Cat Dancer also is that it allows you to interact and play with your cat without doing a lot of moving around. So you can certainly run across the house with a Cat Dancer and get a lot of action out of it but you can also get some variation Interesting and enticing movement out of the Cat Dancer with just a shift of the wrist.
So it can be a good option for people who have limited mobility, or just can’t or don’t want to move a lot. So you could sit in a chair and move the Cat Dancer around. And it would still be a really interesting and entertaining experience for your cat as well as you.
4. HEXBUG Nano 5 Pack – 4 nanos Plus Bonus Flash Nano
Our next recommendation doesn’t need you or your cat to do anything to get it moving. It’s the Hexbug Nano robotic cat toy. So this is a battery-operated toy that kind of scatters across the floor all on its own looking a lot like a live cockroach or a small shrew or mouse running across your floor. Now in my experience, I found that the toy does have a few limitations. One is that it certainly doesn’t work on the carpet. The second is that even though the toy is advertised as having this excellent sense of balance, I did find that it could just flip over onto its back or side and it wouldn’t be able to write itself. At least not quickly enough to keep your cat engaged in play.
Again, my cats just didn’t seem that interested in the Hexbug Nano. I was really hopeful for this toy, I thought that they would be interested in it, but apparently not. Even though the toy has a really cool design, it moves in what I thought to be a very enticing manner and has this cool fluffy tail. My cats just didn’t really show that much interest in it. That said, I’ve read a lot of customer reviews from people saying that their cats absolutely loved it. So if your cat is one to get really excited about toys in general, I think that they’re going to absolutely love the Hexbug Nano, the toy cost $7 and 49 cents.
As I mentioned earlier that cat toys can stimulate your cat mentally and physically helping to keep them healthy and stress-free. So this toy capitalizes on that fact, by combining play and food it’s a combination that makes sense considering that your cat is a carnivorous predator and would be hunting for their food if they lived in the wild.
5. PetSafe SlimCat Meal-Dispensing Cat Toy, Great for Food or Treats, Blue
The Petsafe Slimcat interactive feeder is a great option for cats who eat too quickly and tend to regurgitate after they eat or cats who are overweight and need that combination of play and food in order to help them get their exercise. So this toy is a ball that your cat passes around, but it’s also an interactive feeder. So it dispenses food as it rolls along the floor. You have two dispensing settings so you can rotate the ball in order to dispense food through the small holes or the larger holes.
And this is going to change the dynamic of the play and also suit different types of kibble better than others. Now, there’s an obvious concern here, which is that if you really want your cat to lose weight and get healthy, would be ideal to have them on a wet diet and this toy doesn’t really allow for that. That’s an obvious concern. But you can also combine it with treats or just use it for occasional dry meals while also feeding your cat wet food. So I don’t think that that rules it out as a healthy option.
In my experience, I found that my cats caught on really quickly and figured out how this toy worked and seemed to enjoy using it to dispense the food. Of course, I don’t feed them a solely dry diet. So this wasn’t the only way that they were getting their food. But overall, I think that they really seemed interested in the toy and seemed to enjoy it. The ball is made from BPA-free plastic and is dishwasher safe, so easy to maintain. So this interactive feeder toy costs $6 and 95 cents.
All right, so that’s it. We’ve covered all five of our top recommendations for the best interactive cat toys on the market. If you would like to learn more, click the link above or in the description to check out our complete buyer’s guide. There you’re going to get a lot more details on everything mentioned here. You’ll also find links in the description to all of the products that I mentioned so you can check them out for yourself. I hope that this video was helpful to you. If it was, please feel free to give it a thumbs up or leave us a comment letting us know what you think. And if you’re interested in more videos like this, go ahead and hit subscribe and hit the notification bell so you’ll get a notification every time that we release something new. Thanks for watching. Bye.