Cat toys are something that every cat lover spends loads on. While some cats will play with just about anything, other kitties are quite picky. The toys on this list are guaranteed to be used by your cat in one way or another, and you don’t have to break the bank to buy them!
Turbo Track Scratcher
These toys double as a fun way to exercise and a way to keep the nails nice and sharp! We all know how much cats love to scratch things. This is a cheap and simple way to keep your cat from clawing up the furniture and keep them busy when you don’t have time to play with them. They come in different styles, colors, and the cardboard center is replaceable which is great news for your bank account! Most cost around $12 and the replacements are normally $5 for two.
You don’t need an expensive one, but the rougher your cat plays, the more you will need to spend! A popular one by cat parents everywhere is “Da Bird” but I find that with my rough playing cat, it is a better choice to just get a standard wand with feathers and bells at the end. All pet shops carry them and they range from $3 to $10. This depends on the amount of feathers and how long they will last. A medium range one should do just fine. I usually buy a few a year for around $5 a piece. I had one last my cat, Twiggy, almost 2 years!
Hartz Colored Mice
Some cats like bell balls, others like fluffy mice. I have never met a cat that didn’t enjoy these! These small colorful mice are inexpensive, sturdy, and cats simply love them. I noticed that they go missing over time but no big deal! They only cost around $3.59 at most stores and you get 6 mice. They also come in 3, 9, and 12 packs. They are easy to toss around and cats young and old enjoy them.
A Cardboard Box
No, this is not a joke! A simple medium-sized cardboard box is enough to keep even the laziest playing cat happy. My one cat, Joey, sleeps more than anything and when I give him a new cardboard box, he is like a kitten again! Mind you, he is at least 12 years old! I throw some nip in it with a few toys and he has a ball for a good 20 minutes then falls asleep inside it. You don’t need expensive beds. A box will do just fine!
Standard Cat Tree
This is the most expensive thing you should ever buy for your cat. You want to spend more so it lasts you years. Every cat should have one, be it a short one or one that hits the ceiling. A great place to put it is close to a window. This way it will double as a window clearance for your cat, which is especially important for indoor only cats. Buy the shape according to your cats activity level. Less active cats wont use full-scale trees, nor will older cats. Kittens and highly active cats should have a tree that is at least 5 feet tall. Again, keeping it by a window will be much appreciate by your kitty and they will be more likely to use it on a daily basis.