Best Toys For Kittens-Is There Such A Thing?

Best Toys For Kittens-Is There Such A Thing?

 

Hello everyone. Today I’m going to talk about toys for kittens/cats. I’ll take a look at their play habits from the time they’re kittens to adulthood. After which I will make my suggestions as to what I feel are the best toys for kittens based on my personal experience and reviews.

How long is a kitten, a kitten?

I don’t believe that these furry friends of ours should ever be called cats. As it relates to them, the word cat is somewhat of a misnomer, because in my opinion, they will always act and be kittens. We have a twelve-year-old male kitten who runs and plays just as hard as the three-year-old kittens.

When do kittens actually start playing?

Kittens are born with their eyes closed and won’t fully open for up to two weeks or more. It takes a few weeks before their little legs will be strong enough to walk around. They will be a little wobbly at first, but soon you will be able to get an idea of their personality as they start running and playing with their siblings. It’s such fun to watch them chase each other tumbling and rolling around. This would be a good time to interact with them physically to get them used to being held and petted. They may resist at first, but soon enough you will have little furries laying all over you. At this time they should also begin to respond to toys such as, balls, feathers and small toys like mice that they can bat around.  I have found that as they get older their interest in playing seems to slow down a bit.  That doesn’t mean they stop playing by any means, they will still play feverishly only not as often.

Types of toys for kittens

Before we discuss my opinion of what the best toys for kittens are, I’ll look at different types of toys. Kittens are pretty easy to please on the toy front. They will play with just about anything. Just drop a bottle cap on the floor in front of your kitten and you’ll see what I mean. How about a plain old cardboard box? I have never seen a kitten that could resist jumping into an empty cardboard box.  Heck, just running and slamming into things seems to be fun for them.  When our twelve-year-old was a kitten he would run from the living room, through the dining room, into the kitchen, jump on the table and slide off into the cabinets, he thought that was the cat’s meow.  It’s been my experience that most long haired kittens will leave behind some clumps of fur. All that is needed is a slight breeze and that clump of fur becomes an instant plaything. And if you have a dog in your zoo that gets along well with the kittens, you have a natural toy as kittens love to chase a good dog tail.

Being natural hunters and chasers, any toy that stimulates those senses would be a good choice.  A small ball with a bell inside will keep them busy for hours.  Lasers are a great toy that you can use to satisfy their love for chasing things.  Lasers come in several sizes and shapes, and now they even come automated.  Tunnels, which come in many configurations, make great toys for them to run chase and hide in.

Do it yourself toys                               

You can also make some toys for your kittens. Just avoid using things like ribbons, yarn, and elastics as they can result in intestinal blockages and very expensive and dangerous surgery, Here are a few ideas for homemade kitten toys. 

Empty toilet paper roll bat or pull toy. Here are two of several options for this little gem. Poke a hole in one end of the tube and tie a sturdy cord to it and make a simple pull toy you can use to play with your kitten. Or, just throw it on the floor and the kitten will just play with it on his/her own.

If you’re like us, you have some stray socks in the drawer. Just fill with paper and tie the end to make a crinkly bat toy. For even more fun put some catnip in it and sit back and watch the circus.

The cat house, no pun intended. Just take a good size cardboard box, cut some windows in it and one or two doors and you’ve built a little house for your kitten.

The feather stick is nothing more than a piece of sturdy cord with a stick tied to one end and a feather on the other. Fun toy for you to interact with your kitten.

Suggestions

The following suggestions are based on our personal experience with kittens and are our opinions only.

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This cat tunnel is a big hit with kittens. Sturdily made and easily stored. The more kittens you have, the more fun it is to watch. It has an 86% 5-star rating from Amazon viewers.

The interactive laser toy. It emits a beam randomly across the floor and up walls. It has an adjustable mirror so you can control where it points. I wouldn’t use it for more than 10 minutes lest you over stimulate your kittens. It does have an automatic shut off at 15 minutes. 42% rate it at 5 stars and 18% rate it at 4.

The good ole feather teaser and exerciser. Comes with a sturdy two-piece wand and three toys, for hours of interactive fun with your kittens.

The Snugglycat ripple rug. I like this one because it keeps the kitties from kneading the carpets and snagging the threads. Infinite configurations to keep the kitty from being bored. The toy is made in the USA and is rated 72% at 5 stars and 10% at 4 stars on Amazon.

Automatic cat teaser randomly stimulates your kitten’s senses. This is a real gem in my book. The feather pops out of different holes to tease your kitten and provide tons of fun. 4.3 stars on Amazon.

Scratch and play ramp is made with a reversible cardboard pad and includes a toy and catnip. I have used several types of scratch pads, but I prefer the slant pads. The kittens seem to prefer it over the flat style. 72% 5 star and 11% 4 stars on Amazon.

In conclusion

I hope you have found this post to be informative.  Again, the toys I have suggested are of my personal opinion. With thousands of toys available it can be a difficult task to choose the best toys for kittens.  If you are artistic and enjoy doing crafts, the choices for toys are limitless.  Most importantly, whether you buy or make your kitten toys, be sure to  spend some quality play time with them.  It’s good for them and good for you.  Please see my recent posts for a few suggestions for dog toys.

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Pet Toys Online-They’re Everywhere

Pet Toys Online-They’re Everywhere

Where to buy pet toys?

This little guy is our beloved Buddy. We lost him in August 2018. Buddy loved to play with his toys of which he had many. His favorites were the unstuffed plush animals with the squeakers. Oh the squeakers! He was an expert at removing the squeakers and tearing the animals to shreds. We would often have to run all over town looking for replacements. This became old quickly, so we started looking and buying his pet toys online.

Choices

There are thousands of brands and styles of pet toys online. Although the unstuffed toys were his favorite, Buddy liked all kinds of toys. He loved to play fetch with tennis balls, but any toy ball would do. He made up his own little games to play. One of his favorites was to grab a ball and set it on a shelf in my desk and then nudge me until I saw it and tossed it into the other room. Today toy balls come in many different sizes, colors, materials and textures. Then we have tug toys, dental hygiene toys, fetch toys, floating toys, high tech toys just to name a few.

How do we know what kind of toy our dog will like?

That’s a tough question and depends on several different things. As we know, the domestic dog is a descendant of the wolf. They have a natural instinct for hunting. That is especially true for breeds such as Labrador retrievers. I know that our nine month old black Lab will take her plush toys outdoors and proudly carry them around as though she just caught it. Other dogs are great chasers and will chase anything you can toss, so a fetch toy would become their favorite toy. There are three types of chewers, light, medium and chew it to pieces. Naturally a chew toy would fit them perfectly.  The possibilities are endless. Finding your pet’s preferred toy can only be achieved by trial and error.

Suggestions

The following are some of the toys that our dogs loved. They are just our suggestions based on our own experiences. {Please be advised that the following descriptions and images contain affiliate links. If you click on them and make any purchases we may be financially compensated}

Plush Toy

These toys serve more than one purpose. Your dog may like to snuggle with them or carry them around as a trophy of the hunt, or as a chew toy. And to a lesser extent as a fetch toy.


Pizza Plush/Fetch Toy

I haven’t purchased this toy yet, but plan to.  Our beloved Buddy, who we lost in 2018 loved pizza. I will use it in his memorial.  This toy is made with recycled plastic water bottles, so your pup can have fun and you can help save the planet.


Tug toy

This interactive tug toy is made in the USA. It’s dishwasher safe so you can keep it bacteria free, and it floats. It is also soft to the touch and won’t hurt your dog’s mouth. And best of all, our Lab hasn’t destroyed it yet.


Chew Fetch Ball

This ball is more durable than a tennis ball, is dishwasher safe and floats.  A light weight, high bouncing ball.  Made in the USA.


For Aggressive Chewer's

These all natural white tail antlers are great for aggressive chewers.  They are sourced and crafted in the USA.  Containing no preservatives, chemicals or additives of any kind, they are a healthier chew for your pets.


Dog Chew Toothbrush

This safe, durable non toxic dental chew toy is perfect for your pet's dental hygiene.  It's soft textured design prevents hurting your dog's teeth and gums. Stiff bristles help get into the hard to reach places and you can add toothpaste to help in the cleaning process.  Our nine month old lab loves it, and would chew on it all day if we let her. You can easily clean it with soap and water and even stick it in the dishwasher if you prefer.


In conclusion

Bored Buddy

We prefer to purchase our dog pet toys online, but it is a personal preference. The choices and prices are wide ranging.  Unfortunately, you're not going to know what their preferred toys will be until you've purchased them.  It's strictly trial and error.   I have found that dogs can get bored rather quickly.  To keep them engaged in play and exercise allow them to play with their favorite playmate, YOU!   In my next blog I'm going to take on cat toys! Be sure to stop by and check it out.

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