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Any suggestions for good kitten toys?

post #1 of 22
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A coworker of mine recently adopted a 2 month old kitten. I want to put together a "welcome home" package for Hope, but I have very little experience with kittens that young. Any suggestions as to what toys kittens that age like would be greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 22
I adopted Izzie when she was about that age. Do you have any cardboard boxes? I had cut small holes on the ends, sides and top of a cardboard box for my kitten to crawl through. She loved (and still does) crawling inside the box and poking her head through the holes. My other cat would play hide and seek with her!!! Empty cardboard soda boxes are fun too.

My kitten also likes tennis balls. I've never tried ping pong balls but I've read on other threads that cats love them.
post #3 of 22
I'd go with ball toys, light ones like kitty pongs (or plain ping pong balls), that can be batted, and mini crinkleballs that are lightweight enough to be picked up in the mouth after it's been 'captured and killed'.

Toys to rabbit kick - some length, fuzzy fabric - would also be good.

Try a feather teaser or a wand for interactive play - that is far away from fingers for while this young one is learning proper play decorum
post #4 of 22
Maybe a Snugglepet?
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by MissCharlotte
I adopted Izzie when she was about that age. Do you have any cardboard boxes? I had cut small holes on the ends, sides and top of a cardboard box for my kitten to crawl through. She loved (and still does) crawling inside the box and poking her head through the holes. My other cat would play hide and seek with her!!! Empty cardboard soda boxes are fun too.

My kitten also likes tennis balls. I've never tried ping pong balls but I've read on other threads that cats love them.
i got my kitten a toy at target...it's like a box with holes on three sides and hanging things inside and she loves it! it was $10 for 2 of them and they can be attached to each other, now i see this though and think i could have made one myself!
post #6 of 22
How about a laser pointer? You should be able to find one at a dollar store.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by MissCharlotte
I adopted Izzie when she was about that age. Do you have any cardboard boxes? I had cut small holes on the ends, sides and top of a cardboard box for my kitten to crawl through. She loved (and still does) crawling inside the box and poking her head through the holes. My other cat would play hide and seek with her!!! Empty cardboard soda boxes are fun too.
My kitten also likes tennis balls. I've never tried ping pong balls but I've read on other threads that cats love them.
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Originally Posted by kittylea
How about a laser pointer? You should be able to find one at a dollar store.
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I'd go with ball toys, light ones like kitty pongs (or plain ping pong balls), that can be batted, and mini crinkleballs that are lightweight enough to be picked up in the mouth after it's been 'captured and killed'.
Toys to rabbit kick - some length, fuzzy fabric - would also be good.
Try a feather teaser or a wand for interactive play - that is far away from fingers for while this young one is learning proper play decorum
all of these are good - but my furbabies love the cheap stuff - footballs made of facial tissue (Pixel's fave!) & cardboard boxes, with & without holes... Mouse liked ping-pong balls (buy the cheapo ones!) they also like the plastic rings off milk jugs.. & Cable & Java both love to bat ice cubes around the floor! toilet paper tubes (sans toilet paper) are also good.
post #8 of 22
Mooch and Noodles were that age when we got them (a whole month ago). They love these little mice. They come in packs. They carry them all over and bat them around. They also liked a toy I got that hung from a doorway but they bit the string apart. They have also lost all thier mice so I need to search the house for the hiding spot!
post #9 of 22
I have pretty much learned from my cats that the best toys are cheap or free, although that is not always the case.
post #10 of 22
My cats loved to play with straw when they were kittens. Also the plastic rings from around milk bottles.
post #11 of 22
Shadow and Finnegan LOVE the mice of any size, finn loves ice cubes.. anytime anyone gets ice from the ice maker, no matter where he is in the house, he comes running for a piece to wack.. also Fin likes to bat around old balls from roll on deoderants. mom takes them out cleans them and he bats them around like crazy! lol
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Aussie Cat Love
My cats loved to play with straw when they were kittens. Also the plastic rings from around milk bottles.
oh, i forgot about the straws! mine love it when i bend them into a triangle - skitters really well!
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Originally Posted by RoyalEnchntrss
Shadow and Finnegan LOVE the mice of any size, finn loves ice cubes.. anytime anyone gets ice from the ice maker, no matter where he is in the house, he comes running for a piece to wack.. also Fin likes to bat around old balls from roll on deoderants. mom takes them out cleans them and he bats them around like crazy! lol
just another example of how Finnegan & Cable are made for each other! she actually got the old plastic screws from the toilet seat when i replaced it & batted them all over. i found one just the other day. the toilet seat was replaced in January! & as i mentioned before, she loves ice as well!
post #13 of 22
Tibby and Molly love film canisters and deodorant lids! I would recommend - as you don't want to give Hope a load of secondhand things - some pingpong balls of driving range golf balls (the foamy ones). My two love these! They also like the little mice - of any variety!

I think you've got a lovely idea to create a welcome package for Hope!
post #14 of 22
I bought a lot of the costly toys like the 2 mice for $4.99 (or should I say rip-off toys?) lol and after all the different kinds, one day I bought some on clearance from walmart - .25 each for these larger mice wound in twine - and it seems those are the only things the cats play with now. It figures the cheaper stuff would be their preference LOL

I also like the catnip bubbles, those are fun, or getting them with one of those bubble blowers you can find really cheap that work on batteries to create lots of bubbles.

Plus, you could save the plastic rings from your milk and throw them in there, they love those too, and moreso I think than the "manuactured" ones from the store that are a bit thicker.

post #15 of 22
A "Kitten Mitten" to save her hands?
They look creepy but are neat interactive kitten toys.
post #16 of 22
Kitten Mitten and mylar crinkle balls were the big hits when our boys were that age.
Nothing cuter than a kitten with a crinkle ball in it's mouth, 'snorting' at everything that comes close to it's 'kill'.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Kitten Mitten and mylar crinkle balls were the big hits when our boys were that age.
Nothing cuter than a kitten with a crinkle ball in it's mouth, 'snorting' at everything that comes close to it's 'kill'.
Java did something like this the first week at our house... had some rabbit fur puffs - she would hold one in her mouth & growl at Cable everytime she came near! i finally put them away until she had settled in better. i thought perhaps she felt that another cat would be taking her 'dinner' away - since she was 3 1/2 months old when i found her, she had probably been living outside for some time, poor baby!
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by okeefecl
A coworker of mine recently adopted a 2 month old kitten. I want to put together a "welcome home" package for Hope, but I have very little experience with kittens that young. Any suggestions as to what toys kittens that age like would be greatly appreciated!
Anything but catnip, they can't use it yet. For some reason, kittens don't feel the effects of catnip until they're a little older. Very sweet of you to put together a welcome home package.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by SimmyandNunny
Anything but catnip, they can't use it yet. For some reason, kittens don't feel the effects of catnip until they're a little older. Very sweet of you to put together a welcome home package.
true, but i did find that Cable responded to honeysuckle when she was younger, as does Java. Cable is finally old enought to find the catnip intriguing, but none of my current kitties like it as well as Mouse did.
post #20 of 22
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Cable & Java both love to bat ice cubes around the floor!
Pandy does that whenever i drop an icecube, she only has to hear one and she's in the kitchen in a second

i brought pandy a toy when she was a kitten (it's for both of them) it's a plastic circle with an opening around the edges and there is a mouse joined to the middle, when you push it is goes around in a circle, they love it, i'll see if i can find a pic of one.



felicia
post #21 of 22
i found a photo of one, they aren't expensive and pandy plays with hers for hours on her own and with bonnie.




Here is the link where you can puchase one if your interested


http://www.vetbuy.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=128





love,

felicia
post #22 of 22
My mom just bought finnegan a toy last night made by Hartz its called Marty Mouse.. Its as big as his head and he just LOVES it! Hes been playing and carrying it around the house all day. lol it was under a dollar.. .69 i think!
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