The Best Cat And Kitten Toys You Can Buy

Cats are perverse creatures. Most cat lovers have had the experience of taking great care selecting just the right cat toy, and buying something that's supposed to make their felines ecstatic - only for their cat to turn its nose up at it, and go and play with a bit of crinkly paper instead. In fact, the definition of a cat toy could be 'something you don't want the cat to play with.'

That makes this review a particularly difficult one for us to write. We've given even greater weight to user reviews than usual, because the test of a good cat toy is, quite simply, whether a cat or kitten will play with it. All the toys we selected had a large number of happy feline users, whether adult cats or kittens. But equally, most show a minority of cats who are decidedly unimpressed - usually below ten percent, but that's not going to be very helpful if your cat is one of the minority.

We also made safety an important criterion.  Some toys were ruled out because they have pieces of metal inside that a cat could rip out and get hurt by, or because they pose choke hazards. Other toys are safe to use with your cat as long as she's under supervision, such as feather teasers - lock them away when you're not there, as a cat can easily get tangled up in the string.

With that in mind, here are five great cat toys that we’re sure your feline friends will love:

Our Top Recommendation

​​​B Bascolor Catnip Interactive Fish

​B Bascolor's Catnip fish look good enough to eat. They're made of robust cotton, and full of catnip - non-toxic and with no chemicals used in the manufacture of the toy. They're realistic fish - a koi carp, gras carp, and salmon - in bright, vibrant colours, each a slightly different shape.

  • ​Hours of fun for both you and your cat
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    ​High quality, durable construction
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    ​Great value due to price and the fact you receive three fish
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    ​Everyone loves catnip 
  • ​Catnip does lose it's aroma but can easily be refreshed with the right spray

These fish are big enough for a cat to fight, wrestle, or even use as a pillow, and way too big to present a choke hazard at 5-6 inches long. Some cats will even carry these interactive toy fish around the house. The stitching is strong and the fabric will withstand a cat trying to rip them apart with their back claws.

Catnip does lose its aroma after a while. Because the stitching on these fish is tough, refilling them isn't really an option - but you can just buy a catnip spray and give the fish a quick blast to restore the effects. Sometimes, just putting the toy in sunlight will also refresh the odour.

Peroom Catnip Fish


Source: walmart.com

OUR RATING

At around $10 for three big fish, this is a great package. Even better, some cats go mad for them before their poor humans even manage to open the packaging!

Of course, cats being cats, just a few purchasers reported their felines displayed absolutely no interest at all.


​Runner Up

​Trixie 5-in-1 Activity Center

The Trixie 5-in-1 activity center looks more like a piece of modern art than a cat toy, with its rippling forms and knobbly textures. Made in solid white plastic, it's robust, and has rubber feet to stop it sliding about on a tile or wooden floor. It's a toy that exercises cats mentally as well as giving them physical stimulation - you load the toy with kibble, which they have to then find and retrieve.

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    ​Great for those cat owners who want to mentally stimulate their cat
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    ​High quality construction that should last
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    ​Several different ways to keep your cat engaged
  • ​Great value for money
  • ​Might not be suitable for very intelligent cats or cats with very large paws

Some kibble can be hidden in the 'mouse hole', or between the rippling ridges, and they'll have to push it out with their paws; the transparent plastic jars are too deep for them to stick their noses in, so they'll have to find a way to scoop out the food.

Trixie 5-in-1 Activity Center

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OUR RATING

​​Some cat owners have also found that the activity centre is a great way to deal with fat cats - make them work for their food! Because they have to grab the kibble one piece at a time, they can't guzzle it down.

There are a couple of downsides. Cats with really big paws might find it frustrating. And one or two very intelligent felines have worked out that if they take a running jump, they can turn it over, and all the food falls out. But at around $25, this cat toy should provide plenty of fun for most cats.


​​​Easyology Cat Roller Toy

The Easyology Amazing Cat Roller Toy takes a pretty basic idea - balls that run in tracks - and builds on it with a few extra twists. There are three levels of track, in a cone, providing triple fun - and the balls have little peas in so that they rattle as they roll, further stimulating the cat's interest.

  • ​Slip resistant base means that it will stay put around excited cats
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    ​Very well made
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    ​Great value for money
  • ​Suitable for cats of all ages and sizes
  • ​A (very) small percentage of cats might get bored easily

It's a safe toy, with non-skid pads in the bottom, made in ABS plastic that can withstand tough treatment. The levels snap together, and are pretty difficult for a cat to get apart, and the balls are tough, too. While the game is probably best for kittens, older cats also enjoy it, and apparently it's one of those rare cat toys where the novelty doesn't wear off after a few days.

Easyology Cat Roller Toy

Source: walmart.com

OUR RATING

Of course, about 5% of cats can't see what the fuss is about. But at $15 or so, you're not taking a huge financial risk if you buy this for your lucky feline.


​​​Fuzzu Presidential Parody Cat Toy

Instead of buying three fish, you could lay out around $10 on a catnip-stuffed Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump. (Both Clintons and Bernie Sanders are also available, but tend to be less popular options.) We wondered if this was a toy that was really made for the owners to stick pins into rather than the cat to play with - but in fact, cats just love chewing on these guys.

  • ​So good we bought two, one for the cat and one for us
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    ​Durable and long lasting
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    Hours of fun for all concerned
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    ​Very well priced
  • ​The catnip aroma will of course need to be refreshed

Vladimir should last a while - he's made in triple-stitched cotton with fiberfill and catnip inside. Cats really rip into him - while they just love Trump's hair! We wondered whether the furry hair could be pulled off, but no cat seems to have managed it yet. Intriguingly, dogs seem to prefer Putin while cats go for Donald. (By the way, the dolls come in cat and dog versions - the dog version has a squeak, but the cat version has catnip, which is clearly superior.)

Fuzzu Presidential Parody Cat

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OUR RATING

There are a few quality issues with the toy, but most of these appear to involve the squeakers; 90% of reviews give these dolls five stars, and that includes buyers of all political persuasions, felines, and dogs.

As with the B Bascolor fish, if the catnip starts to fade after a while, you can refresh it with a catnip spray.


​​​Da Bird 3 Foot Pole Cat Toy

If you want to enjoy some quality playtime with your fur baby, a feather or fur cat tease is a great investment. It's just like going fishing - you use the rod to jerk around the bait at the end of your line, but you're aiming to amuse a cat rather than catch a pike.

However, you need to be careful when you're buying this kind of toy, since the quality of the toys on the market is very variable. Some poles are fragile, and some feather toys contain dangerous sharp metal parts or can be destroyed within a couple of minutes. That's why we looked for the best quality rather than the cheapest in this category.

  • ​A very high quality cat toy which is designed to last
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    ​Safe and cat friendly construction
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    ​This just might be the best thing your cat will have ever laid its eyes on
  • Comes with additional feathers
  • ​You might find that your cat prefers the toy to you

The Da Bird cat and kitten toy gets better reviews than most, and at under $30 comes with two extra feather refills in case your cat makes short work of the first one. In addition to the feathers, which should be irresistible to most cats anyway, the Da Bird toy includes an extra special feature; if you move it fast enough it makes a whooshing noise as it flies through the air that drives your little critters mad.

Da Bird 3 Foot Pole Cat Toy

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OUR RATING

​The one-piece pole is durable, and the feather baits seem to last reasonably long with most cats. (Some cats will destroy anything.) The pole and string are long enough that you can happily use this toy with several cats - even in a busy rescue cat shelter!

However, you may need to hide this toy, and hide it well. It's been reported that some cats will even try to break into a cupboard to get it out again.


​​Our Verdict

And the winner is .... B Bascolor's catnip fish. Three toys for the price of one can't be bad. If one gets buried down the back of the sofa, you've still got two for your cat to chase or wrestle. The cat can play with them alone whether you're in the house or out at work, and you can also play games with your cat by throwing the fish for her to chase or playing tug-of-war with it.

But variety is the spice of life, and that's particularly true when it comes to cat toys. Giving your cat only a single toy qualifies as feline deprivation! So you should definitely consider getting at least a couple of different types of toy to give your cat plenty of playful joy.

Cat Playing

​​Besides, sometimes a cat will get bored with a toy. Just give it another one, and put the other one in the cupboard for a few weeks. By the time you bring it out again, your cat will have forgotten it was bored, and it can have a whole new adventure rediscovering the toy's attractions.

What do you do when it’s that time of year again and you have to take your kitty to the vet? You probably put them in a box and pray that they will stay inside, right? Maybe it’s time you upgrade that shabby old box and get your kitty the best cat carrier they deserve!

Here are five cat carrier reviews that we think will help you choose the best cat carrier for your feline friend.

Our Pick

Winner: Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075SY583P/

The Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier was designed to meet your cat’s needs for safety but for comfort as well. The carrier features a reinforced steel frame that will prevent the carrier from collapsing in on the kitty. The 600D polyester material mesh is going to encourage air circulation so that your cat has plenty of fresh air. With that said, the carrier is capable of folding up nice and compact when you aren’t using it.

This pet carrier is airline approved, so you can take your pet with you on your flight. There is a fleece bed that your cat can lay on while flying, but the carrier also includes a paw print blanket for a little extra comfort. Along with the blanket, there is a collapsible water dish included so you don’t have to worry about your kitty getting dehydrated while traveling.

Notable features of the Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier include:

Strong straps and seams, durable zippers, enhanced stability, soft mat and a light weight

Expanding sides that zip out to give adult dogs and cats plenty of room.

Easy to carry by shoulder strap or integrated handles.

Folds flat for storage under a bed or in a drawer.

Carries cats up to 11 lbs and measures 11 x 11 x 18 inches and 31 x 11 x 18 inch in expanded mode.

Durable metal swivel clips prevent twisting of shoulder strap

Leash clip prevents your animal from dashing out.

Free fleece blanket and collapsible bowl

Storage pocket on the side of the crate keep accessories at your fingertips.

1 Year Money Back Guarantee - 100% refund of your purchase price. No questions asked.

When looking at what people had to say about the Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier, they had great things to say. Customers appreciated that this pet carrier included a comfortable fleece bed, a blanket, and a water dish. They went on to say that they were impressed by how lightweight the carrier was and that the comfortable shoulder strap didn’t dig into their shoulder while carrying it. Several customers commented that the case felt pretty sturdy and they were confident that their cat’s wouldn’t be able to break free.

Though there were many positive reviews, there were some people who were disappointed with their purchase. Of these critical reviews, customers were most disappointed that the zippers on the case were defective. Some people said the zipper on their case was missing the pull tab, while others said that the zipper on their carrier would get stuck from time to time in certain areas. Other customers reported that they received the wrong colored case, but also the accessories that were included didn’t match the colors they received.

Best Soft Sided Cat Carrier

Winner: Bergan Comfort Carrier

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XHFUB9U/

The Bergan Cat Carrier is designed to be stylish and functional! This is the best cat carrier for those who have heavier cats and you don’t (or can’t) carry the weight on your shoulder. This is because the carrier is outfitted with removable wheels and a pull strap that allows you to pull the bag as if it were a piece of luggage. However, if you have to go up steps or you don’t want to drag your cat behind you, the pull strap does convert to a padded shoulder strap. The bag is so lightweight, you will just be carrying the weight of your pet and an extra pound or so for the bag.

The carrier also features strong mesh on all four sides and on the top. This allows for excellent airflow, allowing your kitty to get plenty fresh air, but also so you can look in and check on them without having to open the case. The bag also features several pockets on the sides so that you can tuck away treats and toys to make the trip a little more pleasant for your cat. The case is airline friendly, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to fly with your cat right at your feet in this cat carrier.

Notable features of the Bergan Comfort Carrier include:

Comfort Carrier has a practical design, which creates stress free traveling.

Its generous mesh panels ensure maximum breath-ability.

Includes a washable fleece travel bed and light tan interior for a cushioned and cool ride

Multiple mesh panels for maximum ventilation for your cat

Internal Dimensions: 18" L x 11" H x 9" W

Typically for pets up to 20lbs; however, varies per pet, refer to dimensions

We ensure every product comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

When looking at what people had to say about the Bergan Comfort Carrier, they had great things to say. Customers liked that the case was large enough for two cats (one person said she had two 8-pound cats in the carrier) and they had plenty of room to get up and move around. Other customers reported that they appreciated that the carrier gave you the option to carry it on your shoulder, or pull behind you. Other people said they liked that this case was airline compatible and they can take their cat with them on trips instead of trying to find care arrangements.

There were some people who left critical reviews of the carrier and the most common complaint people had was that the carrying case wasn’t as large as they had anticipated. Some people reported that their cat didn’t have very much room to move or lounge. Other customers reported that the mesh isn’t indestructible and their cats put a hole in the mesh. A few people also mentioned that the zippers on their bag needed repairing only after a few uses.

Runner Up: Airline Approved OxGord Pet Carrier

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EW2WKZU/

The OxGord Pet Carrier is one of the most respected name in the pet supply and accessory industry. Their airline approved, soft sided carrying case features a Sherpa bed inside, which is  going to make your kitty comfortable while traveling. The pet carrier is quite sturdy, even though there are numerous mesh panels to promote air circulation and breathability. When you’re traveling in the car with the carrier, there are safety belt straps that allows you to buckle the carrier securely to the seat.

This pet carrier is FAA Airline Approved, which means that you can fly with your cat without any hassle. If you do have a cat who gets anxious while flying, the unwind and bind feature is designed to keep your kitty calm in-flight. If there is a favorite treat or toy your cat likes, you can tuck it away in the storage compartments that are designed in the bag.

Notable features of the Airline Approved OxGord Pet Carrier include:

19"x10"x13" inches - Can hold up to 15 pounds.

Compliant with most airlines (please check with your airline before flying).

The unwind and bind feature allow owners access to their pets without the risk of escape.

Includes:

Removable fleece travel bed

Padded shoulder strap

Lost and found tag

Storage compartments for medicine, toys and treats.

Made from durable and comfortable breathable materials for maximum airflow.

Ventilated security screens are easy to clean and 100 percent washable.

Money Back Guarantee

When looking at what people had to say about the Airline Approved OxGord Pet Carrier, they had great things to say. Many customers commented that the design of this carrying case is well thought out and they like that the case is easy to use. People also appreciated that the bed can be removed to be washed and the water-resistant underside will protect the rest of the carrier from getting damaged if the cat has an accident. Customers also liked that there is a zipper that makes it easy for you to check on your cat without worrying about the cat escaping.

Some people were not as impressed with this case and left critical reviews. Of these critical reviews, the most common problem people had was that the seam on their bag popped. They went on to say the cat wasn’t doing anything vicious to the bag – they just leaned on it. Some people said the zippers were difficult to use with one hand without it getting stuck. A few other people commented that the bag was too small and their cats would not fit into it.

Best Hard Sided Cat Carrier

Winner: Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0062JFGM0/

Unlike other pet carriers you may come across, the Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel features a door on top of the crate that enables you to lower your kitty inside if they are hesitant to going in through the front door. Not only will the top loading door make it easier to put your cat inside, but you can check in on your cat without having to jostle the crate to peer in through the side. The handle on the crate is designed to be ergonomic and it’ll fit comfortably in the hand.

This crate doesn’t rely on a latch system to hold the components together, instead it requires hardware that is going to be far better at holding everything together. When it is all assembled, you’ll be able to take this cat carrier on an airplane, as it meets all airline travel requirements. You’ll want to put a small pet bed or a comfortable blanket inside so that your cat is nice and comfortable for the journey.

Notable features of the Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel include:

Steel and plastic construction for enhanced strength, safety and visibility

2-door carrier design allows for easy access to pets

Durable ergonomic carry handle for safer pet transport

Water cup NOT included. Inner Dimensions: 21" x 14.75" x 13.25"

Ideal for small pets no more than 7 inches tall and 15 inches in length

Product Dimensions : 24.05" X 16.75" X 14.5"

 

When looking at what people had to say about the Petmate Two Door Top Load Kennel, they had great things to say. Many customers reported that the crate was easy to assemble and they appreciated that the necessary hardware was included with the crate. People also appreciated that the crate was large enough to accommodate small dogs, cats (of course) and other pets like rabbits and guinea pigs. When it comes to loading their pets inside the crate, many customers appreciated the option to put them in through the front, but also using the top door.

On the other hand, not everyone was satisfied with their purchase and they left some critical comments about the carrier. The most common complaint people had was that the crate wasn’t as large as they had hoped. People commented that their pet barely had any room to move around. Others commented that the crate didn’t feel very sturdy, even though it was made from a thick plastic. Some went on to say that the top door needs to be held open, which is impossible if you’re struggling to get your cat in the crate to begin with.

Runner Up: AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel

URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OP6SVJW/

The AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel is an affordable two door pet carrier that allows you to safely carry your cat from one place to another. This unit has a steel wire front door, but it also has a door on the top where you can lower your kitty down into the carrier if they are reluctant to go in by themselves. The top door can be opened either on the right or the left. This convenience lends itself to being a functional carrier for right handed pet owners and left handed pet owners alike.

This pet carrier is made from a heavy duty plastic material that will your cat contained, regardless of how much they may struggle. There is plenty of ventilation in this carrying case so that your cat has access to fresh air, but so that you can look in a check on your kitty, but also for your cat to look out and be aware of their surroundings.

Notable features of the AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel include:

Two-door, top-load model allows for easy loading of your cat or dog

Measures 23x15x13 inches (LxWxH)

Top door can open to the left or right for easy access and convenience

Included screws can be used to further secure the top and bottom of kennel for reinforcement

Made of durable plastic with a steel-wire front door

 

When looking at what people had to say about the AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel, they had great things to say. Customers who left positive reviews of these carriers commented on how nicely the carrier was constructed. People felt that the plastic was sturdy and they could rely on the steel wire door to stay latched. Customers appreciated that there was a door on top of the carrier because their cats were apprehensive about going into the carrier on their own.

There were some people who were less impressed with their purchase and they had some concerns about the quality. The most concerning complaint was that the top door was not very sturdy and when you used the handle to carry the case, the top door would open. Many were upset that this is quite dangerous, as their cats could have ran away and gotten hurt when the door opened and the case fell in a busy parking lot. Others were upset that the holes for the screws didn’t line up properly, making it very difficult (or impossible) to get all the screws in.

What To Look For When Choosing the Best Cat Carrier?

Choosing a pet carrier for your pet is incredibly important because you want to make sure they are safe, secure, and comfortable. If you travel a lot and you want to bring your cat, instead of finding a house sitter or lodging solution, you may want to consider finding the best cat carrier for air travel, as these are going to be airline approved.

Here are the main factors you will want to take into consideration when looking for your new cat carrier:

Type: There are several different types of carriers that you can choose from:

 

Cardboard Carrier: A cardboard carrier is usually given to new cat-parents who are bringing home a newly adopted cat or kitten from a shelter. These carriers are not suited for long term or air travel.

 

Soft Carrier: A soft carrier is generally made from a soft nylon material and will have a sturdy, removable bottom. They often look like a large gym bag with mesh windows so the cat can get plenty of fresh air. They will have zipper openings on the side of the bag and on the top.

 

Hard Carrier: These carriers are often made from plastic or polypropylene and they are going to have ventilation on each side of the crate. These crates will have one or two doors (one on the side and one on the top) and they are going to be the easiest to clean.

 

Size: The size of your carrier should be large enough so that your cat has enough room to stand, stretch, and turn around. Size is especially important if you are going on longer trips because you want to make sure there is enough room in the carrier for food and water dishes. To figure out the size, you will want to know the size and weight of your cat and choose a carrier that way.

 

Ventilation: It’s important that the cat carrier you opt for has plenty of ventilation while you are traveling. Not only is it important for your cat to have fresh air, but the best cat carrier for nervous cats will have ways for you to look in, and them to look out, also.

 

Easiness to Clean: Cleaning your cat carrier is going to be par for the course while traveling, so you’re going to want a case that is easy to clean. There are some soft cases that have removable bottoms, but if you just want something super simple, a hard carrier is the way to go.

 

Airline Approved: Traveling with your pets can be tricky, especially if you are flying. However, look for an airline approved carrier to make sure your pet is going to be safe. Each airline has their own regulations, although most of the best cat carriers for airplane travel will be safe to use on all airlines. To be safe, you should always check with your preferred airline for these regulations.

Our Recommendation

There are many cat carriers on the market and choosing the best cat carrier for your furry friend doesn’t have to be a hassle. Of the ones we’ve discussed in these buying guide, the Petyella Expandable Cat Carrier is by far our top choice. It’s affordable, it’s a soft carrier that your cat will be able to breathe and move in, and when it isn’t being used, it folds up nice and compact for storing! What more could you ask for? Oh, that’s right! A soft fleece bed and a collapsible water dish. How perfect is that?

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