The Best Interactive Cat Toys (2022 Reviews)

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Searching for interactive cat toys can be both fun and frustrating at the same time. If you’re a cat parent (like me), you may want to get your pet something exciting for Christmas or as a birthday gift.

But, you may find out how hard it is to find interactive cat toys that are going to keep your cat engaged for at least a few minutes.

Today we will analyze the best interactive cat toys for both indoor and outdoor use.

NameCategoryProduct
Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat ToyBest OverallCat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy
SmartyKat Electronic SoundBudget PickSmartyKat Electronic Sound
Newest Cat Laser toy,Upgraded Interactive Tumbler Laser ToysUpgrade PickNewest Cat Laser toy,Upgraded Interactive Tumbler Laser Toys

1. Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy

Our rating: 9 / 10

Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy

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Pros:

  • Interactive cat toys encourage healthy activity and help to reduce your cat’s boredom
  • The simplest option for cats is to give them a bell with a string
  • Made from a durable, flexible wire
  • Catnip included

Cons:

  • The Cat Dancer is considered to be better suited to long haired cats
  • Only certain cats will be attracted to the movement of the toy

Owing to its exquisite appearance, the Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy with Bell cat toy is very popular amongst cat owners.

It works as well as the usual cat dandruff, and a little bell that comes with it whenever your cat plays with it.

What is good about this toy is that it usually keeps your cat busy for hours.

2. Petstages Cat Tracks Cat Toy

Our rating: 9 / 10

Petstages Cat Tracks Cat Toy

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Pros:

  • Moves in all directions, keeping your cat active and engaged
  • You can adjust speeds and the number of balls it shoots to accommodate your cat’s play styles
  • Perfect for cats of all sizes and breeds

Cat Tracks will keep your kitty occupied for hours with its unpredictable motions and adjustable speeds. This circle track toy has a fun design that will be enjoyed by both cats and their owners

3. EcoCity Cat Toys

Our rating: 8 / 10

EcoCity Cat Toys

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Pros:

  • Eco-friendly and safe for pets
  • Sticks easily to walls
  • Perfect for cat owners with multiple cats or dogs in the home
  • Durable and long-lasting

When it comes to having multiple cats, you can’t always be there to entertain them. This stick toy is a great way to keep your felines occupied.

This toy is easy to stick on walls for maximum enjoyment for your cat to wonder around it.

The glue is durable enough to withstand the cat chewing or even jumping up on it.

4. Cat Amazing Sliders – Interactive Treat Puzzle Cat Toy – Active Food Puzzle Feeder

Our rating: 8 / 10

Cat Amazing Sliders – Interactive Treat Puzzle Cat Toy – Active Food Puzzle Feeder

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Pros:

  • Interactive and challenging for your cats
  • Helps prevent obesity and boredom that can cause bad behavior
  • Comes with treats
  • Keeps Cats busy while you’re away

Cons:

  • The interactive element does tend to make a lot of noise
  • Some cats don’t really get into it

This smart cat toy is made from one whole piece of tough and durable natural wood. The holes are laser-cut, which means they are precise and tight. By sliding different parts of the toy, you can create a new challenge.

The Cat Amazing Sliders Interactive treat puzzle cat Toy is designed to keep cats entertained and exercised, by requiring them to work out how to get the treats out of the toy.

The set includes four wooden puzzle toys. One with three treat holes, one with five, one with seven and the last one with nine.

5. Gigwi Interactive Cat Toys Animal Sound Interactive Squeaking Cat Toys Melody Chaser& Toys

Our rating: 8 / 10

Gigwi Interactive Cat Toys Animal Sound Interactive Squeaking Cat Toys Melody Chaser& Toys

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Pros:

  • Provides hours of entertainment for your pets
  • Perfect for cats of all ages
  • Made of eco-friendly materials and 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed
  • Easy to use

6. OurPets Play-N-Squeak Backyard Interactive Cat Toy

Our rating: 8 / 10

OurPets Play-N-Squeak Backyard Interactive Cat Toy

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Pros:

  • 3 cats love to play with this product
  • It keeps them busy for long amounts of time
  • This was a favorite for many pets.

Cons:

  • The batteries don’t last as long as they’re supposed to
  • Sometimes the part that the catnip goes in comes apart

This is one of the best cat toys you can get for your furry friend. These launched into instant fame and you may see the videos of the cats going nuts over this toy all over the internet. This product has elastic that springs back up after being thrown, a mouse toy that squeaks and also features a catnip pouch to add some more fun to the toy.

The manufacturer has a lot of other amazing toys made for different kinds of cats. So you can check them all out if you don’t decide to go with this one.

7. YVE LIFE Robotic Interactive Cat Feather Toys

Our rating: 8 / 10

YVE LIFE Robotic Interactive Cat Feather Toys

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Pros:

  • Recommended for kids aged 3 and above
  • It can be programed to retract each feather in a specific order
  • Ideal as it does not make noise
  • The flexible feathers make the feather toy extemporaneous

Cons:

  • It may allow for interaction between cats in different rooms
  • It may allow for interaction between cats in different rooms

This YVE Life cat toys with feathers motion allows cats to attacks on the feathers with the help of their natural hunting instincts.Robot fetch toy can work with three balls at the same time which will bring them surprise.Noisy and unpredictable, the ball shooting action and the moving feathers will help you attract and entertain your cat and kittens.

8. SmartyKat Electronic Sound

Our rating: 8 / 10

SmartyKat Electronic Sound

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Pros:

  • The unit has 15 mechanical toys
  • You can adjust the number of choices and the amount of time they are displayed on the toy
  • Advantages for cats who are sensitive to sounds, light, or motion
  • You can use the unit to add enrichment to a cat’s life
  • You will enjoy watching your cat play
  • The unit is good entertainment for the owner
  • The unit can be used indoors, watering plants, and you can adjust its sensitivity
  • One unit will replace up to 15 items
  • You can match this unit with your style
  • You will not be bothered with your changing moods and it will give your cat exercise, fun, and companionship

Cons:

  • The unit is not waterproof and can be damaged when used near water
  • You may need to move the unit frequently
  • Your cat may become quickly satiated and then ignore the unit
  • The unit may give your cat an unbalanced diet
  • Your cat may associate the unit with food and may ignore her normal food

9. Yvelife Cat Laser Toy Automatic,Interactive Toy

Our rating: 8 / 10

Yvelife Cat Laser Toy Automatic,Interactive Toy

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Pros:

  • It's small and compact
  • Auto power on and off option

Cons:

  • Cat can see the red light when it's on
  • The laser moves so fast it can be hard for some cats to follow

If you're looking for the best automatic laser toy for cats then the Yvelife is a great choice. This little cat laser is available in a few different model options allowing you to get the exact size and type of laser toy for your cat needs.

The automatic laser toy is small and compact. This makes it easy to fit on the counter, table or desk top. There's a lever on the side that moves the laser toy to the on or power off position. So, the next time you use it, it'll be on and ready to go! Not many cats will figure out how to use this laser by themselves. But, if your cat is smart enough to figure it out then you'll love that it automatically shuts off after 15 minutes.

The laser beam is visible during the day and it's small red point. The light isn't bright enough at night to bother you but, it's bright enough to be seen by your cat. The laser beam itself moves around the room. It's random pattern will keep your cat's interest and the sound it makes as it moves will entice your cat to watch it and want to get it.

10. Pawsome Pets Automatic Cat Laser Toy

Our rating: 8 / 10

Pawsome Pets Automatic Cat Laser Toy

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Pros:

  • This is a very unique play toy that your cat won’t be able to resist
  • Being a cat owner, I can attest that they will go crazy about this playful gadget
  • Cats will never get bored of this toy, as it offers three modes (beam, chase, random)
  • The automatic shut off system helps you keep track of how much time your cat spends with the laser toy, making it easier to schedule play time
  • Very easy to set up, with no installation required
  • Very lightweight, portable, and easy to store
  • You can adjust the speed of the beams according to your cat’s mood
  • It’s a safe toy for cats, built with safety in mind to high standards

Cons:

  • The price might be a little expensive for some
  • Some owners want to have a manual on and off switch for the toy

I am one of those people, so I don’t have to physically put the laser toy away, but just by switching a button.

The Pawsome Pets Automatic Laser Toy Laser Light for Cats is one of the best interactive cat toys available on the market right now.

Kitty will feel stimulated and excited chasing the blinking light all around the room.

11. Doc & Phoebe's Indoor Hunting Cat Feeder

Our rating: 7 / 10

Doc & Phoebe's Indoor Hunting Cat Feeder

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Pros:

  • Extremely durable
  • Keeps kitties entertained
  • Keeps cats active
  • Multi-function feeder
  • Enjoyable for pets, and their owners
  • Helps maintain weight
  • Helps prevent destructive behavior
  • Helps with boredom
  • Great to have around the house when guests are over
  • Helps cats gain their natural hunting instincts

Cons:

  • Some cats are scared by this contraption
  • Only one toy per each hunt
  • Batteries are not included
  • Takes some time to set up

Doc & Phoebe’s Cat feeder uses a laser to simulate a mouse in order to stimulate your cat.

The feeder also has an element of surprise to it. Right about the time your cat thinks she has the whole thing figured out, the laser will be in a different spot. And this interactive and fun device will help to keep that cat entertained for hours.

12. SISSFO Smart Interactive Cat Toy Ball

Our rating: 7 / 10

SISSFO Smart Interactive Cat Toy Ball

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Pros:

  • Has both automated and manual modes
  • Interactive light features
  • Solid construction
  • Can't be eaten by the cat

Sturdy Construction.

This ball is pretty cool in how it mimics an angry bird. When your cat strikes the ball, the motor inside slowly spins, starting and stopping randomly. The effect is like an angry bird that's not very good at attacking. The feathers on this ball are a bit awkward, but the ball works so well I'm willing to get over it.

The ball rolls fast enough to entice your cat to play, but not so fast it's hard to catch. When it's stopped, cats will bat at the feathers which will make the ball go again. If your cat rolls the ball far from you, there are buttons you can press to make it move again.

13. PetFusion Ambush Interactive Electronic Cat Toy

Our rating: 7 / 10

PetFusion Ambush Interactive Electronic Cat Toy

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Pros:

  • The cat learns to play with the toy; improving its motor skills and behavior as well as your bond with your cat
  • Promotes the natural hunting instincts of your cat
  • Slow motion provides play time for the cat. The feathers provide challenge for the cat as they will move before the cat can attack it, keeping it active

This electric feather toy will have your cat (or dogs) hooked within minutes. Just turn it on and see how your cats react to this crazy new toy.

Its rotating tickler and feathers have four different speeds. Time for a little cat and mouse chasing game.

Best of all, for those who are concerned about the cat receiving an electric shock, this electric feather toy has a nice soft rubber tip at the end and a metal shaft (not connected to the battery).

14. WWVVPET Interactive Cat Toys Ball

Our rating: 7 / 10

WWVVPET Interactive Cat Toys Ball

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Pros:

  • Entertained your cat for hours
  • Exercised muscle mass while your pet plays
  • It comes with three different modes for operation and is simple to use and control
  • It’s small and lightweight so it can be easily placed on a table top

This is a novel automatic cat-toy that most Betta fish owners will find entertaining for their pets, particularly if they are especially active.

Of course, the cat ball will not solve all of your Betta’s activity problems but it will help to burn up some of the excess energy that they get.

It’s simple to use; you just install the 3-AAA batteries (not included) and switch it on.

15. PetDroid Boltz Motion Activated Cat Laser Toy Automatic,USB Rechargeable Battery/Fast and Slow Random Pattern

Our rating: 7 / 10

PetDroid Boltz Motion Activated Cat Laser Toy Automatic,USB Rechargeable Battery/Fast and Slow Random Pattern

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Pros:

  • Can be easily recharged
  • Quiet on operation
  • Fits a variety of furniture sizes
  • Can be adjusted for greater or lesser degrees of difficulty

Cons:

  • An initial charge can take a while (3 hours)
  • The light may be difficult for a cat to see if they have poor eyesight

We are big fans of what PetDroid has put together here.

This interactive laser pet toy is designed to keep your cat busy and on its toes. It is inexpensive but it is also reliable and will provide hours of fun for your feline companion.

The added red dot ensures that your cat will be able to see the laser light, which will considerably increase its level of engagement with the toy.

16. Legendog Cat Slow Feeder Cat Food Ball Mice Water Droplet Bone Tumbler Shaped Pet Treat Ball Cat Food Toy Ball Pet Food Ball

Our rating: 7 / 10

Legendog Cat Slow Feeder Cat Food Ball Mice Water Droplet Bone Tumbler Shaped Pet Treat Ball Cat Food Toy Ball Pet Food Ball

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Pros:

  • Allows the cat to eat at its own pace
  • Automatically dispenses water from the ball as the cat plays
  • Fun and interactive design
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Shelf life is relatively short
  • Food can get stuck in the ball
  • Has a limited capacity

The Legendo snacks ball is designed for cats to enjoy and stimulate their senses. The Legendo cat food ball is an innovative toy that is specifically designed to give your cat a slower way to eat and exercise.

This toy is a novel method to slow your cat’s eating habits. When you fill the ball with food, you turn it on and it slowly dispenses the food while your cat is playing with it.

17. ELEBOOT 2020 Upgrade Vision Smart Interactive Cat Toys Ball,Automatic Rolling Laucher Ball

Our rating: 7 / 10

ELEBOOT 2020 Upgrade Vision Smart Interactive Cat Toys Ball,Automatic Rolling Laucher Ball

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Pros:

  • Very easy to use
  • Once it catches your cat's eye, it will not be able to get enough of it
  • Very affordable
  • Smarter than your regular old cat toy

Do not expect lots of laughs from your cat. He/she may do a funny little dance and roll around, but that's about it. The toy won't do the laughing for it.

We both know your cat would love to stay up all night playing, but sadly, she needs her beauty sleep. If only there were a way to satisfy her play needs in the dead of night. Make your cat a “cat”-tad happier with this smart interactive toys that automatically turns on in the dark.

ELEBOOT2020 Upgrade Vision Smart Interactive Cat Toys Ball will hold your pet's attention all night long. Unlike your other ordinary cat toys, this toy features an automatic sensor that turns on the light and sound effects for a night of fun.

18. Newest Cat Laser toy,Upgraded Interactive Tumbler Laser Toys

Our rating: 7 / 10

Newest Cat Laser toy,Upgraded Interactive Tumbler Laser Toys

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Pros:

  • Automatic Laser
  • Automatic 3 Speed Settings
  • Infinite Lines Adjustment
  • Comes with a USB Charger
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Approved by FDA and SGS inspections

Cons:

  • Fails To Hold An Edge
  • Don’t Expect Any Interactive Abilities

This version of the interactive cat laser toy is called the Upgraded Automatic Electronic Pet Toys and it features two levels of speed and a timer that can be adjusted from 40 seconds to 10 minutes.

These features make it one of the best simple cat toys on the market. It is just an automatic laser, but it will entertain your cat for hours.

The construction of the cat laser toy is quite simple. The base is durable plastic, and the tube is fairly thick and long. The laser dishes can be adjusted along three different rows to let your pet chase the laser around the room.

19. Interactive Cat Toys Ball Best Smart Cat Interactive Toys Automatic Self-Rotating and USB Rechargeable LED Light Cat Electronic Toy Ball

Our rating: 7 / 10

Interactive Cat Toys Ball Best Smart Cat Interactive Toys Automatic Self-Rotating and USB Rechargeable LED Light Cat Electronic Toy Ball

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Pros:

  • Automatic free rotation
  • Can be used as night light
  • Motion sensor activated
  • 4 modes as follow: LED light, automatic rotation, out sound, automatic rotation + sound
  • Color Changing: Blue, Green, White, Purple

20. Catit Senses 2.0 Digger Interactive Cat Toy

Our rating: 6 / 10

Catit Senses 2.0 Digger Interactive Cat Toy

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Pros:

  • The Digger does not require any batteries because it relies on cat power
  • The Digger is made from non toxic materials
  • The Digger has three different levels of play

The Catit Senses 2.0 Digger is a long handled, electronic, motorized cat toy that is made of non toxic materials. The Digger is designed to make you feel that your kitty is playing with a mouse. There are three levels of play so your cat can get as much or as little exercise as they want.

The Digger comes with two AA batteries for the motor. It also comes with five balls. You can use the balls to play fetch when your cat is not in the mood for an active game.

The Digger measures approximately 10 inches long. When you turn it on, a ball will roll into the Digger and it will start to shake and roll. You can set the Digger on a flat surface or on the top of a bookshelf. You should also be able to hear it if you have your door closed.

21. Trixie Activity

Our rating: 6 / 10

Trixie Activity

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One of the most affordable activity toys that cats love is the Trixie Activity Circuit! This particular activity toy has a vertical tunnel, an arch with five perches, a bobbin area, a ball bobbin, a rotating mouse, and a rotating bell that will keep your kitty entertained for hours!

This activity circuit is excellent for cats of all breeds, with the weight limit of 13 lbs. This toy makes a perfect gift for any of your feline friends. This is a great toy to introduce to your kitten and is worth the investment.

If your kitty is hard to please it could take some time for them to develop a fondness for this activity toy. In order to help persuade them to use this activity toy you can always try out some cat nip. Just a few puffs of cat nip can go a long way towards turning your cat on to this activity toy.

22. uniwood Interactive Cat Toy Ball

Our rating: 5 / 10

uniwood Interactive Cat Toy Ball

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Pros:

  • Adjustable charging mode
  • Record/Play/Replay your cat’s activities while playing with it
  • LED lights for midnight play
  • Suitable for kittens and adult cats
  • Sturdy non-toxic ABS plastic material

Cons:

  • A tad flimsy
  • Doesn’t really roll
  • Gets stuck under feet
  • Shows no interest whatsoever

If you are looking for a fun new toy for your cat then look no further than uniwood. With a 360 degree revolving design it always has you guessing as to which way it will jump. The LEDs don’t just look cool either, they enable the toy to be played with in the dark for a more interactive play experience.

There is no real ball involved in this interactive cat toy, instead the uniwood has tactile sensors which make it easy to trick your feline friend into happy chasing.

If your cat just isn’t interested then it might be worth installing the included free app on your smart device and recording yourself playing with the uniwood. Once this video is saved onto the device, you can play it back and watch your cat go crazy.

23. All for Paws Interactive Cat Feather Ball Treat Toy

Our rating: 4 / 10

All for Paws Interactive Cat Feather Ball Treat Toy

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Pros:

  • Can be used with any dry cat food
  • Helps control your cat’s weight by regulating how much and how often your cat eats
  • Sturdy design will last your cat a long time
  • Encourages cats to play for an extended amount of time
  • Chewing gives cats natural pain relief
  • Produces a happy cat
  • Excellent for encouraging play and bonding between you and your cat
  • Encourages dogs to interact with your cat

Cons:

  • Not ideal for kittens as their claws might get stuck in the hole when trying to get the treat
  • Not ideal for cats that are overweight as they may not be able to reach the treats inside

Hopping right into the next product, we’re happy to introduce the All for Paws Interactive Cat Feather Ball Treat Toy. This product is great for every cat owner, particularly for those who have food-motivated cats.

In order to obtain his or her favorite treat (dry cat food) your cat will have to push the feathers that line the ball into the central hole in order to release the treat, it is a very simple task.

With this feather ball, you can actually control how much and how often your cat eats. At the same time, your cat will surely have an enjoyable time as well.

24. CHEERBLE WICKED BALL

Our rating: 4 / 10

CHEERBLE WICKED BALL

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Pros:

  • A fun, interactive toy that you control remotely
  • Helps to prevent boredom and cat obesity
  • Keeps your pet active and mentally stimulated
  • Crumb-free recycled wool fibers are durable and can be cleaned with water

Cons:

  • The batteries are expensive and must be replaced periodically
  • Battery is not replaceable
  • Cannot be used outdoors

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The Wicked Ball is a new modern cat toy made with wool that promises to provide data on your cat's activity. Your cat will have fun playing with the ball just like it would with any other toy. And you'll enjoy the data the ball collects.

It comes with a Bluetooth module which you connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Then you can play with your cat using a mobile app, while you sit on your sofa.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best interactive cat toy?

An important feature to look for in an interactive toy for cats is multiple ways to engage the cat. Otherwise it will get bored and move on. Ideally there will be a physical part, like a clamper or little jingle ball that the cat can paw at. It should be sturdy enough to stand up to a cat’s claws, and also flexible enough that it doesn’t break when pushed by a paw.

I think the best interactive cat toys also include a toy that will dangle or spin lightly to grab a cat’s attention. These types of toys move a little and the cat can chase it or knock it around, instead of just focusing on a single fixed point. I also like a toy that can be folded up to store out of sight when it isn’t being played with.

What are the best cat toys to buy?

Most experts recommend avoiding cat toys (and even cat furniture) with anything dangling from them. Cats tend to play by instinct. When a cat plays with a dangling object, it has to work to catch and precisely manipulate it. This helps the cat burn energy and it keeps their mind engaged. In addition, the dangling object helps them develop the manual dexterity that felines are famous for. For some, all of this is part of the fun.

How do I keep my cat entertained while at work?

If you're a cat owner, then you probably already know that cats can be extremely finicky creatures. As adorable as they are, sometimes they can be downright difficult to deal with. If you're leaving on a trip or going to work late, it's becoming more and more common to find yourself wondering: "How do I keep my cat entertained while I'm gone?"

While all cats are different, there are some universal cat tricks that all felines can appreciate, such as a toy that dispenses treats, tunneling toys, and balls. Most of these toys have been invented for cats, but sometimes you have to look for the right type of toy to keep your ultra-picky kitty happy while you're away.

Here's our list of the best interactive cat toys made for all types of cats, which means you'll find something on this list that can keep your little furball happy.

Is it bad to use a laser pointer with cats?

Using a laser pointer with a cat should be done only under supervision and preferably with more than one adult in the room. It’s important to make sure that you are not pointing the laser in the cat’s eyes and never leave the laser pointed at the cat for more than a few seconds at a time.

The biggest issue with a cat playing around a laser pointer is that it learns the laser is harmless fun. One of my cats, while playing with a laser pointer, thought the laser was a tiny cat and left the pointer alone, which resulted in the cat going after my other cat. This can cause unnecessary stress for both cats and could even cause one to get injured.

Conclusion

Although you’d like to play with your cat every day, your cat can’t hang out with you whenever you want them to. They have other things to do – like napping in the sun, cleaning themselves, and playing with their toys. We hope that by the end of this buyer’s guide, you’ll know enough about interactive toys to pick the right one for your cat. Of course, if you’re looking for an overall list of the best interactive cat toys in the market, our interactive cat toys list is what you’re looking for.

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