Louis, Olivia, and Emory are cats with exquisite tastes. They’ve really refined their lists of favorite toys over the past few years. I compiled a list of the kitties’ top 5 favorite toys here. Of course, there are others that they enjoy, but these are the tried and true favorites!
1. Feathers on Everything
Louis has been a fan of feathers ever since he found a real one on the patio of his hugrandparents’ house when he was a little kitten. Since then, he’s pretty much devoured every feather he’s come across – and I mean that literally and figuratively, since a lot of times, besides just playing with them, he would literally tear them apart. One of his favorite feather toys ever, though, were real peacock feathers sent to us by a good kitty friend. We’ve had them for a few years now and they’re still a hit.
For a more reliable (and probably cleaner) source of feathers than patios, most pet stores have feather stick toys. The kitties can’t recommend feather stick toys enough. These teaser toys are great because you can play with your furbaby with them or you can leave them out so they can play with them on their own. I like to wedge the teaser sticks between couch cushions so the cats can bat at the feathers on their own!
Plus, if your cat is anything like Emory, your furbaby might carry these toys around by the feathers, which is pretty funny to watch.
2. Sparkly Pom Pom Balls
We first got these sparkly balls for Lou in a little pack of toys from a pet store. The sparkly ball was an instant hit, Lou’s absolute favorite! They fly across rooms and slide so well that your kitty can dribble like they’re playing soccer. The issue, though, is that they’re easy to lose in closets, under the refrigerator, etc.
Lou’s propensity to knock these toys under big appliances prompted me to seek out a cheaper source of the toys. Luckily, we’ve found another source: craft stores. You can get a pack of 20 or so sparkly pom pom balls from Joann’s or Michaels for about $2 or $3!
3. Colorful Springs
Like sparkly pom pom balls, colorful little springs are also a huge hit in our house. They have a lot of the same pros and cons as sparkly balls – they’re small and easy to bounce across the apartment, but they’re also hard to keep track of. Luckily, Chewy has packages of these available for less than $2!
4. Laser Pointers
Laser pointers are a cat classic. I haven’t met a cat who doesn’t love a laser pointer. I thought Emory and Louis were really into these toys, but Olivia puts them to shame. She gets so into it! Playing with a laser pointer is a lot of fun for both of us this way.
You can pick up a laser pointer at pretty much any pet supply store. Chewy has one available for $2.99.
Pro tip: check online for cheap laser pointer batteries! You’re going to go through them quickly.
5. The Cat’s Meow
This toy features a spinning wand and a piece of fabric, but the cats think its magic. I like to use this toy to lure Louis out when he is hiding and ignoring me. He can’t resist it! He always comes running. He also loves to lay down on the wand while the motor is running, which is how he has killed three of these toys already.
These toys are great, but they can sometimes be a little pricy (especially in light of Lou’s propensity to burn out the motor), so keep an eye out for them at discount stores like Ross or even craft stores! However, Amazon has one available for $9.99. Pro tip: hot glue a sparkly ball to the wand for extra fun!