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Toys for Cats -- Catnip and Beyond

Updated on October 5, 2014

Catnip Can Be a Cat's Best Friend

Catnip is good, but of course, a cat's human is a cat's best friend. And then there are all of the toys for cats that tend to accumulate when there's a cat in the house.

Cat toys are abundant. Pet stores and grocery stores carry all sorts of goodies to take home for kitty. But what cat toys do cats like best? Well, that depends on each cat.

My resident expert on cat toys, Scarlett O' Hairy, likes just about anything with fresh catnip in it or that has a strong odor, like fresh spices. After I brush her, she gets a treat or some catnip. Reward!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Catnip Toys for Cats

Many cats, but not all, love catnip. The smell drives them crazy. I love watching a cat play with a fresh catnip toy. When those back legs get moving, you know they're in kitty heaven on earth!

Catnip - Scarlett Likes It Straight from the Bag

I sprinkle catnip on our tile floor, and Scarlett eats it then rolls in it then finds something to claw (like the carpet or the couch) and then she chills.

I've also made catnip toys for Scarlett (and some other nice kitties) using felt, small plastic bags (to hold the catnip), and catnip.

Scarlett napping on the couch. Is it time to wake up and play?

Scarlett napping on the couch. Is it time to wake up and play?
Scarlett napping on the couch. Is it time to wake up and play?

Cat Trees for Climbing

Cat trees are great, especially if you have more than one cat. The bigger the better to let them each have their own spot. Some cat trees come with a toy or two, which makes the climb even more fun!

This string is so elusive.

This string is so elusive.
This string is so elusive.

Ball Cat Toys - Give your kitty something to do while you're away

Cat Dancer - Get your kitty up and moving

I've read that play for cats takes the place of hunting. Since most cats don't have to earn their keep these days but have humans who pour food into their bowls, having a few cat toys that will get your cat up and at 'em is a good idea.

Cat, dog tired.

Cat, dog tired.
Cat, dog tired.

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Does your cat have a favorite toy? - If so, what is it?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have two cats. Both like to play in bags( of any kind) and tinfoil rolled up. They have alot of rarely used toys I've bought. Sigh....

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Lol...I chuckled when I saw your dog tired cat. Not having a kitty of my own any longer I sure love visiting the cats on Squidoo. They are my internet pets.

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      RichLeighHD 5 years ago

      Great lens; might have to try out some of these with mine!

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      Soapmarked 5 years ago from TX

      Wow, your cat looks a lot like ours! OurFranklin cat also loves to play with laser toys, hair elastics (he flips them around and likes throwing them), and he loves to lick the inside of plastic grocery bags (don't worry, I supervise so he doesn't get hurt).

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      jasminedessy 5 years ago

      I have cat named tompell

      my cat favorite play is with mouse :)

      Nice lens, i like it

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Yes, ponytail holders. I have 2 cats and they both could play with them all day if given the chance. Lens Blessed.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Adorable kitty. I am jealous, my son is allergic. Thank goodness he just ignores the dog (as far as allergies.) You found some really great products.

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      treehousebrando1 5 years ago

      My cat doesn't use anything I buy for him. He has more fun with the box it comes in!

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      cameras14 5 years ago

      Very nice lens and a very cute cat.

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      BillyPilgrim LM 5 years ago

      My cat loves to play with my father's wig! Unfortunate, but true...x

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Yeah, catnip! Lol, he goes crazy with catnip!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Pam Irie: Those laser beams are fun! That's so nice that you crochet cat toys and donate them. Lucky cats!

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      WorldVisionary3 5 years ago

      I remember one of my cats loved this stuffed mouse toy - as a kid, we used to love to watch him play with it endlessly.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      My son's cat loves the lazer beam dot. I make crochet cat toys with catnip to donate for the cats at our humane society. They seem to love them. :)

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      Sunflower2423 5 years ago

      Very nice lens and a very cute cat. My cats love catnip and go wild when they have it. LOl

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      kgdunst 5 years ago

      Her pole :)

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      I saw the photo of your cat, and I had to visit your lens because your cat looks so much like one of my cats. He likes to sleep on his back too. Thanks for sharing the cat toy ideas.

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      a_australia 5 years ago

      My cat loves catnip!

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      naomiyoung 5 years ago

      I do not have a cat but this sounds great.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @captainj88: This is a genius idea! I may have to try that trick.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      It varies, right now I think its a foil ball. Either that or maybe us, not sure but sometimes we think there's a ghost animal in the house that she plays with because she runs around for no reason and yesterday she did this but looked scared! added to my SUlly's meowography

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Great guide to toys! Thought most cats I've met seem to prefer the cheap, or free, experience of a paper bag to toys their owners bring home. Haha.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I have a glove with strings from the end of each finger. I have five cats. On a rare occasion, I can get all five of them to play with it at once.

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      When I had a cat, the favorite was simple string and yarn. I always got a kick out of the fun that most cats have with simple toys.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wonder if Scarlett O' Hairy is aware that she is now a famous internet model and deserves even more catnip and beyond! Congratulations on another front page feature! I love the Cat, dead tired picture.

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      CollegeKid1 5 years ago

      Love this lens! Thanks for all the great info about cat toys!