There are a billion and one cat toys out there of all types… and that may not be an exaggeration! While I’m not the biggest toy expert (I think posing for the camera is fun playtime), I think I can safely say what cats like and don’t like when it comes to playing. At the end of the day (or modeling session), I’m still a kitty! And I know what the best one is too.
Over the years I’ve been presented with many different types of cat toys, and so were Binga and Boodie, and before me, Sparkle. Along the way, my human noted what all of us seemed to like (and not like).
Here’s what we kitties enjoy most:
- Playing with other cats (the exception being those cats that are loners).
- Playing with toys where we can use our imagination (little mousies, fuzzy or crinkly balls, tunnels, etc.). The addition of catnip is a great bonus for cats who like it!
- Playing with toys that involve our humans.
What don’t cats like playing with? Mechanical toys! Unlike humans, machines don’t have an appeal for us. Over the years, lots of companies have sent my human all sorts of cat toy contraptions for reviews and giveaways. And honestly? If they required batteries, chances are we’d lose interest in about 5 minutes, if they even caught our attention to begin with.
The ones we did like? Toys like catnip kickers, track ball toys (Boodie loved those), and especially wand and fishing pole toys. Which brings me to the best cat toy ever. Are you ready? Here it is:
Humans are the best cat toys!
It’s true! Some cats are loners, so another cat would be out of the question for them. Toys we can play with on our own are always welcome, and each cat has his or her favorite. But more than anything else, your cat wants to share quality time with you. And that often includes playtime.
It’s humans who bring those wand and fishing pole toys to life. Who are the force behind the laser pointers. Who toss cat toys and treats for us to chase. To thrive and have a great quality of life, house cats need human interaction, more than most people realize.
The best part? Humans don’t cost anything! They are already right there in the house. And anything they use to play with a cat doesn’t have to be costly. It can be as simple as a pipe cleaner or even a wadded up paper.
Sure, lots of cats will entertain themselves. But they’d much rather you join them in some fun! So if any of you humans have been slacking off on playtime with your cat, consider this your call to action.
So do you have regular play sessions with your cat, or do you need to devote more time to kitty games? Let me know in the comments.
Other posts you’ll enjoy:
- Some of My Favorite Cat Toys
- 8 Household Items That Make Lousy Cat Toys
- How to Kill Cat Toys Like a Pro