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What's a good cat toy for Christmas?

post #1 of 22
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I'm looking for something that will entertain our 9 month-old male -- something he can play with by himself.

I remember seeing this battery operated ball toy that shoots a ball around in circles.

Also, why doesn't catnip do anything for our kitty? He could care less about it.
post #2 of 22
Well, knowing cats, any toy not bought will be the one that will entertain them.

Some respond to honeysuckle over catnip. You can buy toys with that scent.
post #3 of 22
I plan to get my cats the round thing with the ball they can push around, a corrugated card board scratching post with cat nip to sprinkle on it, some balls and mice, and maybe a cat house or tree.

It is genetic if a cat will react to cat nip or not. There are some that do not. All of the cats I have had always do.
post #4 of 22
cats dont sart liking catnip until they are older, Im not sure about the age, but I know mine didnt start liking it at all, until they were over 1 years old.
post #5 of 22
I would recommend a turbo scratcher for a present, most of mine really enjoy that thing

if your cat doesn't like nip, try honeysuckle, some cats like that instead
post #6 of 22
One of the very best cat toys I've ever bought was a HUGE (over 200 pieces!) of "milk-jug-ring"-type things. They're made of super-sturdy plastic and are invincible when it comes to the roughest play my kitties can dish out--much better/safer than actual milk jug rings.

My kitties go wild for these rings--they like to shoot them across our tiled floors and will play with them together or alone. My little Siamese girl, Clementine, will hide hers under our dryer when playtime's over. You can get a bag of these at any Dollar Tree (for 1.00$, of course!) in the US. They ALWAYS have them in stock at our 3 local stores, and they come in red, blue, yellow, and green.
post #7 of 22
I bought Harley a TurboScratcher for Xmas (with the light-up ball)....she absolutely goes crazy over it. She'll start by swatting the ball around, and then she winds up upside-down trying to get it out of the track with both paws. It's about the only toy she has that she actually wants to play with by herself. Everything else I have to throw or wiggle (fuzzy mice, jingle balls, etc.) - not that I mind, of course!

I also got her this big, pink catnip mouse...she's going to go nuts over that, since fuzzy mice are her favorite toy.

And like others have said, some cats react to catnip and some don't. Out of the 3 cats I've had (Harley included), they've all had different reactions to it. Spooky didn't care about it at all, Snickers got super-stoned (for lack of a better way to put it), and Harley just gets very silly.
post #8 of 22
I've a theory that the more it costs the less they like it. I usually give mine cardboard boxes. I cut holes in the sides that I call "smacking holes" so they can poke their paws out and swat at each other. Of course, for this game to work for your cat you'd need a second cat sooooooooooo how about a little kitty brother or sister for Christmas? Nine months is a great age to add a second cat!
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
cats dont sart liking catnip until they are older, Im not sure about the age, but I know mine didnt start liking it at all, until they were over 1 years old.
Nora is 7 months and Milo is 13 weeks, and they both go crazy for cat nip like I've never seen before.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by kara_leigh View Post
I plan to get my cats the round thing with the ball they can push around
That's it. Thanks.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I would recommend a turbo scratcher for a present, most of mine really enjoy that thing
I checked it out. I think I'll get one for him. Purrfect.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by howtoholdacat View Post
you'd need a second cat sooooooooooo how about a little kitty brother or sister for Christmas? Nine months is a great age to add a second cat!
Not a chance. One is enough for now.
post #13 of 22
I got my cat a bergen turbo scratcher and a da bird with refills because knowing him the feathers will last a day at most
post #14 of 22
a cat tree from ebay. A really big one they come with some toys to attach to the tree
post #15 of 22
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a cat tree from ebay. A really big one they come with some toys to attach to the tree
I hadn't thought about ebay. maybe i'll find some stuff there. i gotta spoil my boy for his first xmas
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by LadyLoneWolf View Post
I bought Harley a TurboScratcher for Xmas (with the light-up ball)....she absolutely goes crazy over it. She'll start by swatting the ball around, and then she winds up upside-down trying to get it out of the track with both paws. It's about the only toy she has that she actually wants to play with by herself. Everything else I have to throw or wiggle (fuzzy mice, jingle balls, etc.) - not that I mind, of course!
Same here - Lucky loooooves that thing!!!! I need to buy the light-up ball though; maybe that's going to be her X-mas gift. She plays alone with the turboscratcher all the time... Her second favotirte is the furry mouse hanging from her scratch post/tree...
post #17 of 22
I recently got a mouse toy with a big feather tail at Target and I couldn't resist giving him one gift early. He loves that thing! He carries is around all the time and drops it by my feet and waits for me to throw it across the room
post #18 of 22
'Flinga-ma-string'. Battery operated. Brought every cat out of hiding and napping. Super fun to watch them play.
post #19 of 22
We got Panther her own stocking full of goodies this year. Plus she just got a Turboscratcher and LOVES it so far, shes been playing with it non-stop. Her stocking is full of small furry mice and fur puffs plus a lazer toy. We also just got her one of those balls that you put treats in and when they play with it they come out, although she hasn't gotten the point of that one yet (or at least refuses to eat the food thats fallen on the floor):P.
post #20 of 22
Riley's absolute favorite toys, that he NEVER gets bored with are:

1. Da Bird

2. His new Cat Dancer

3. Springs! (the wide ones)

Any other toys, he will play with a bit, then quickly loses interest. These are a hit every single time. He has been spring obsessed since last Christmas
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by kara_leigh View Post
I plan to get my cats the round thing with the ball they can push around, a corrugated card board scratching post with cat nip to sprinkle on it, some balls and mice, and maybe a cat house or tree.
It's called TurboScratcher, and IT'S THE BEST!!! Lucky loves it, and plays alone with it all the time... You can also play with her - you tap the ball, then she does it, then you, so on, so forth... Two thumbs up big time for the turboscratcher!!!!
post #22 of 22
Lola loves the Turbo Scratcher. If you don't get the one with the flashing ball, I highly recommend getting the flashing ball separately. Lola LOVES the laser ball. In our other one we replaced the plain ball with a wiggly eyeball ball. She's figured out how to get the balls out of the tracks, and sometimes we find the laser ball all the way in the living room on the sofa (the one with the laser ball is in our spare room!). I can't figure out how she did that.

Lola is 8-9 months old and does play with catnip. We have plenty of those around, but Yeow! toys are my cats' favorites. Stimpy also loves the crinkle ball mini.
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