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post #1 of 57
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Can anyone recommend some toys for my adult cat? She will be one year old next month and does not go outside.

She has outgrown all her kitten toys and I fear she may be bored. She is not a window gazer by any means and her favorite things to play with right now are twisty bag ties from the supermarket and Q Tips. She likes anything she can pick up in her mouth and transport to another room.

Any suggestions, preferably with links, would be highly appreciated.
post #2 of 57
Have you tried any interactive toys like Da Bird or Cat Dancer? Most cats go nuts for them.
post #3 of 57

A friend of mine recently had this track with ball that entertain his loner cat for hours, check here http://www.petstreetmall.com/Turbo-Track/10134/4953/details.html

post #4 of 57
Neko flies are great as there are several different bug attachments available (NipAndBones.com) Also try cat crazies, they're little plastic rings (Petco.com) especially since she seems to like things that scoot across the floor easily. I have several cats who will play fetch with these! Also, any Yeowww catnip toy (amazon.com) would be great.
post #5 of 57
My cat goes nuts for the Cat Charmer! It's made by Cat Dancer and is basically a long piece of colorful fabric on a stick. He loves it.
post #6 of 57

The most loved toys in our house are milk rings; the tabs you pull off milk jugs.  They are all but free if you do get milk in that style container!  They also love the big rings from around the mayo jars.  Mylar balls are also a big hit.  

post #7 of 57

I have two cats who must play - but get bored easily.  I've written a load of stuff about toys and changing up the play environment, with purchasing links - but for people in Australia...depending on where you are, you may be able to google the toy and get it at a closer place to you.  If you'd like to read my experiences, my site is in my signature.  I second the recs you have been given here, and have found 'new' ways to use those toys too, so that you get more bang for your buck.

post #8 of 57

Some of the absolute best cat toys I know are made by Karen and Wayne Mull,  a couple from Kentucky who sell their own fabulous creations at cat shows.  Their company is called Karraway Q.   Unfortunately they don't  have a website  but they will sell you toys if you contact them.   I did find a link to photos someone took of just some of their toys.   

https://picasaweb.google.com/103994767301292620069/KarrawayQToys

 

Unfortunately the photos don't show the "Flying Bunny Bird" which is my cat's favorite,  but it is among the toys described at this link   http://forum.curiouscatcentral.com/index.php?showtopic=5538 and it has their phone number on this page.   The prices are up a little from what is listed there.    I think the Flying Bunny Bird is now $7.    but that is really a pretty great deal for the quality. 

 

They also will custom make cat toys for people. .

 

These are really high quality toys,  most are teasers / wand toys types.   They hold up better than store bought toys to the rough play of my very active cats.   

 

My cats also enjoy playing with milk carton rings, like MoochnNoodles mentioned.  or  "Cat Crazies" (  hard plastic toys -- sort of like a commercial version of milk rings,  but they are shaped in a way that they bounce or spin in a fun way)

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and they LOVE  the catnip filled banana and carrot .  

post #9 of 57
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Originally Posted by vball91 View Post

Have you tried any interactive toys like Da Bird or Cat Dancer? Most cats go nuts for them.


I should have put this in the OP, but I want to buy her toys that are not interactive; in other words, I want her to be able to entertain herself when I am not in the room with her.

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Originally Posted by savingpaws View Post

try cat crazies.


Just put some in my Amazon cart.

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Originally Posted by SarahLiz View Post

My cat goes nuts for the Cat Charmer! It's made by Cat Dancer and is basically a long piece of colorful fabric on a stick. He loves it.


Again, it is interactive and I am trying to avoid interactive toys.

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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post

The most loved toys in our house are milk rings; the tabs you pull off milk jugs.  They are all but free if you do get milk in that style container!  They also love the big rings from around the mayo jars.  Mylar balls are also a big hit.  


Would never have thought of milk rings; we definitely have those in the house. Ditto mayo jar rings. I have put some mylar balls in my Amazon cart.

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Originally Posted by maewkaew View Post

LOVE  the catnip filled banana and carrot .  


I hope my cat will too; just put one of each in my Amazon cart.

Thanks everyone for great suggestions!
post #10 of 57

Maybe my cat's boring, but she LOVES this little pink mouse I bought her for like $1 (literally) at Petsmart last year. It has a fleece body and little checked ears/tail.. she carries it around and drops it in front of me if she wants to play. She also sleeps with it, it's pretty freaking cute. "Mousie" as we call it is definitely her best friend haha. Her other favorites are a paper crumpled ball she loves to bat around, and she also enjoys toilet paper rolls. I just drop one on the floor and she goes nuts (empty toilet paper rolls, obviously!). I've learned from past kitties not to spend too much on cat toys cause they always seem to gravitate to the cheap/free ones as their favorites.

post #11 of 57
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^Pandy has a little grey mouse, which she loved carrying around, but she has outgrown it. She also had a little squirrel, which was her favorite toy. She would carry the squirrel upstairs, scratch on the bedroom door, and deposit it at my feet when I opened the door. So cute.

She has zero interest in empty paper towel rolls, but I will try an empty toilet roll. She would like it if I rolled it to her, but I want her to play with stuff by herself.
post #12 of 57
Some non-interactive toys he likes are those little colorful springs. They are really cheap and they get a lot of use.
post #13 of 57

the best toy for a lone cat.. is another cat. yep. lol

 

I second Cat Dancer, and Da Bird!

post #14 of 57
Thread Starter 
^We have 4 other cats besides Pandy. She has zero interest in the other cat who is chiefly in the house with her.
post #15 of 57
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Originally Posted by SarahLiz View Post

Some non-interactive toys he likes are those little colorful springs. They are really cheap and they get a lot of use.

Do you have a link? Cannot quite picture what they look like.
post #16 of 57
post #17 of 57

This seems pretty fun : http://catamazing.com/, better yet, you can make something like it at home from a cartboard box :)

post #18 of 57

As said, all on my site, but to put it here too, a quick summary of the non-people element toys, that work for cats who aren't into play where a person is on the other end of a stick (yes, my cats - it's very hard to find things that will entertain them sans me, but these do!):

kurukuru dragonfly

nanobugs

eggcarton puzzle box

sensis

 

What type of cat is she in terms of what she finds interesting/stimulating?

post #19 of 57
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They look brilliant. Have put some in my Amazon cart.

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This seems pretty fun : http://catamazing.com/
, better yet, you can make something like it at home from a cartboard box smile.gif

That is a very clever idea. I think Pandy would like it, but would probably destroy it quite soon. She is very strong (she used to dig holes in the walls).
post #20 of 57

That is a very clever idea. I think Pandy would like it, but would probably destroy it quite soon. She is very strong (she used to dig holes in the walls).

 

If you think she would like it and want durable, you can get one made from wood for around $50(last time I looked).  We made our own from a cardboard box, and it was fine - because it's just more entertainment for them to rip and chew cardboard!

post #21 of 57
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Originally Posted by tammyp View Post

That is a very clever idea. I think Pandy would like it, but would probably destroy it quite soon. She is very strong (she used to dig holes in the walls).

 

If you think she would like it and want durable, you can get one made from wood for around $50(last time I looked).  We made our own from a cardboard box, and it was fine - because it's just more entertainment for them to rip and chew cardboard!

 

O.O dig holes? Wow, funny cat :)

 

I made one also from a cartboard box (not too strong) (I can make a picsture if you'd like), but it holds even with Zebu jumping on an off it. Also he likes to chew on it ocasionally, so that's extra fun.

Combined with a jingle ball he always plays with it until he sets the ball free :)

post #22 of 57

I agree with the cardboard boxes, whether it's just any old cardboard box, or one with holes cut in. Few things more likely to get the cat hiding and hunting instincts going, esp if you sometimes put (food) rewards in there or throw the odd bit of dry food in to get them going.

 

The most enduring toy my boy has played with is the Catis Sesnses play circuit.   http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/cat_toys/catit_design_senses/133881

It's pretty much the only toy I've bought that he'll play with on his own.He likes it best set up as a circle as the ball flies round faster so he can bat it round on his own better that way.

post #23 of 57
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I'm waiting for the toys to arrive from Amazon.com that some of you here have recommended. I bought Pandy one of these today from the supermarket:

http://www.amazon.com/Ethical-A-Door-Able-Bouncing-Mouse-Cat/dp/B0002DJ6XW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376666463&sr=8-1&keywords=bouncing+mouse+toy

She was enchanted for about ten minutes, but I am guessing that is going to be it. Will probably return it for a refund.
post #24 of 57

Mine cat goes crazy for these!! He hops around like a reindeer and pounces on them like he's really hunting. Then he rolls them on the floor and chases after them. A great toy for cats to entertain themselves and so cheap too.

post #25 of 57
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^Someone here has already recommended those. I am waiting for them to arrive from Amazon.com.
post #26 of 57

The cats I watch prefers obstacles than actual toys. I always thought the more expensive toys would get their attention but it is usually the less expensive ones.

post #27 of 57
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Originally Posted by MeowGirl View Post

The cats I watch prefers obstacles than actual toys. I always thought the more expensive toys would get their attention but it is usually the less expensive ones.

I'm with you on that! Boxes and large paper bags are an ever present feature in this home.....

post #28 of 57

I just bought my cat the Bergman Star Chaser tonight because he needs something new to scratch and it looks fun.  I'll let you know if he likes it!  I got it for $20 at Petco, but I think Amazon has it much cheaper.  It was definitely an impulse buy.

post #29 of 57
The Star Chaser is a giant hit! I threw out his old cardboard scratcher and sprinkled some catnip on the Star Chaser; he instantly went nuts scratching and playing with the ball.

Definitely worth the money! Here's a link for anyone interested: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0009YWHXA
Cat playing with it!

Edit: I tried to imbed a video but I'm not sure it worked.
post #30 of 57

The Bowtie Chaser (from the same manufacturer as the Cat Charmer) is also a great toy, at least in my experience. My cat chases it around voluntarily, and works herself in to quite a frenzy doing so. She will also chase it almost every time I toss it.

 

You could try one of those "glitter pom pom" toys, which are basically soft balls with glitter strands sticking out. Ping pong balls, I've heard, can also make effective cat toys, though my cat didn't take to them.

 

Catnip Cyclone, Catnip Hurricane, and Turbo Scratcher are toys that have balls that your cat can bat around. The first two hold catnip in the center to attract cats, while the last one has a cardboard scratcher in the center that serves as a flat scratching surface.


Edited by Miaomiao - 8/17/13 at 7:42pm
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