7 Best Interactive Toys for Cats

Playing with your cat is essential for bonding, weight control, and for helping your cat develop muscle tone, agility, and stamina. Some of these toys were designed for cats' individual play, but can be converted for interactive use. These are our cats' and humans' very favorite toys.

  • 01 of 07

    From Amazon.com: "High quality and durable construction with easy to care material. Comes in a stylish elegant pvc/mesh carry bag. Easy to use loop/button attachment for folding up tunnel. SAFETY FEATURES: Small pockets to tuck away loops/buttons when tunnel is in use. Velcro pieces to tuck up excess material around all zipper openings.combinations. * Use with Neko Flies wand toys for enriched playtimes."

  • 02 of 07

    DaBird provides hours of interactive play for your cats. In fact, you should put it away before they literally wear themselves out.

    The Da Bird Value Pack on Amazon.com consists of one Da Bird Original Single 3 Foot Pole Cat Toy &and two Extra Guinea Feather Refills. From Amazon:

    "A single bob of Da Bird is completely irresistible to cats. Set on a swivel, its feathers look, sound, and feel like real bird wings. It's the most fun you'll have with your feline friends! 

    The Da Bird...MORE can be used with many attachment varieties, including the Sparkly, Super Refill, Kitty Puff, Cat Catcher mouse, attachments made by Frenzy Cat Toys and Hyendry. With so many different attachments available your cats will be forever playing with you.

    This is an interactive toy, meaning you are required to work the pole to play with your cat. NEVER leave the pole out or unsupervised since your cat can become tangled in the line if alone with it.

    Accent feather colors will vary."

  • 03 of 07

    The 'flies' are realistic, lightweight, and move easily through the air. These are not "tug toys" but rather lures to entice your cat to chase and bat at the target. The designs vary from rather delicate looking bugs to sturdier mouse lures. 

  • 04 of 07

    Cat Charmer by Cat Dancer

    This flexible wand toy with the attached 48" fabric "tail" is irresistible to cats. Trail the tail along the floor and give it a wiggle, or whirl it in the air and watch your cat leap and cavort as he tries to catch it. Caution: This toy should not be left alone with your cat. For safety reasons, always put away long string-like toys after play.

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  • 05 of 07

    FlutterBalls by SmartyKat

    FlutterBalls are balls covered with an eye-catching animal print fleece cover, with a detachable feather section which gives them a very lifelike resemblance to real "prey," and the fiberfill stuffing gives them the bouncing action that cats love. Although they are great "play-alone" toys, they are more fun as interactive cat toys. You can toss them in the air and their fluttering downward fall and bounce are irresistible to cats.

  • 06 of 07

    Your cat may spend hours chasing that crazy moving "bug," and an optional mouse hologram provided with some brands ups the excitement. To avoid kitty frustration, alternate play with the laser toy with play with "prey" so your cat can satisfy his need to catch something tangible. And of course, be careful never to shine the beam directly into your cat's eyes.

  • 07 of 07

    For supervised cat play, Panic Mouse is the closest match to the real thing. It uses computer generation for erratic movement of the wand and lure, and the wand is detachable for interactive play.