What Do Cats Like To Play With?

What Do Cats Like To Play With?

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Have you been thinking about adopting a cat? Or perhaps you already did adopt a cat, but it’s your first rodeo with a feline. You might be asking yourself, “what do cats like to play with”. 

With all the varieties of cat toys available, it can be easy to get confused about what type of toy is right for your feline. There are so many different toys to choose from that it can get quite overwhelming for first-time cat owners.

Luckily for you, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve tried just about every cat toy you could ever think of with my cats, so I have some pretty reliable knowledge when it comes to keeping your feline companion entertained.

Every cat is different. Some cats will love certain toys while other cats may not have any reaction to that very same toy. It is going to depend mostly on what floats your cat’s boat and what type of personality they have.

Laser Light Toys

This toy is one of my cats’ all-time favorite toys. Out of all their toys, this is the one that gets them the most excited. They don’t even need to see the red dot at first. The moment they hear the clicking sound or even the keychain noise, they are alert and looking for that red dot to appear. 

This is a good toy to play with if your cat tends to be noisy at night. Chasing a laser dot will use up most of the energy your cat would’ve had to keep you awake at night.

You can either get the usual manual laser pointer that you yourself have to operate or you can get the automatic type of laser cat toy that operates on its own.

Keep in mind that if you get the classic type of laser light, the fun you will have with your cat will also wear you out as well. 

Amazon has a large selection of laser lights specifically for your beloved feline companion. I recommend this simple to use laser pointer I found here on Amazon.

Bugs and Insects

Cats are natural hunters so when a bug or insects goes crawling across your floor, your cat is likely to chase and play with it. My cats do this all the time with spiders and centipedes. And I absolutely hate it. 

I wish they would just kill the spiders or centipedes right away but they don’t. They always seem to play around with it for several minutes before even attempting to kill and eat it.

Most cats also love chasing after houseflies. Once your feline takes notice of the fly buzzing around, stay out of their way. A cat will become heavily fixated on the fly and will swat and jump without paying much attention to any humans that may be in the way.

Crinkle Balls

Felines love their crinkle balls. I have a cat that will run around the house like a banshee with one of these in his mouth. I don’t know what it is about these shiny mylar balls, but it gets his motor revved up so to speak. 

This is a toy that you can also use to play fetch with your cat, if you can get your cat to give it back that is. 

One thing I will mention though is that every once in a while, I will find pieces of colored mylar in my cat’s feces. If this happens to your cat, don’t be alarmed. A majority of crinkle balls on the market today are perfectly safe for your cat.

I recommend purchasing a whole set of crinkle balls for your cat, because they will need to be replaced from time to time. Your cat will also accidentally swipe these under your kitchen appliances, tables, and other areas only to be lost forever. That is, until you rearrange your furniture.  

Paper of Any Kind

Beware that cats love to play with paper of any variety. They love ripping it up and throwing a confetti party. There’s been so many times that I’ve come home from work and my roll of paper towels was shredded all over the kitchen floor.

The same thing goes with toilet paper. In fact, I would argue that cats like toilet paper even more than paper towels. Usually the height of the toilet paper holder makes shredding and unrolling it even easier.

Also, keep in mind that a cat will shred up regular writing paper as well. My cats once annihilated some tax documents I had sitting on the coffee table that I forgot to put away in a safe spot. My fault. 

Crinkle Tunnels

This is one of those toys that cats absolutely love to play in, but you may have to put it away at night. The noise these tunnels make can be a little distracting if your trying to get some sleep or if your watching television.

With that being said, crinkle tunnels can keep your cat busy for a very long time. If you have more than one cat, they will love chasing each other through the tunnel. The more noise they make, the more excited they become. 

I recommend this one from Amazon because it is collapsible so it is easy to put away in a drawer when the noise has been enough for you. It also has several openings and even a swinging toy attached to it. They come in a multitude of colors also.

Boxes or Cardboard

Cats love playing in and around boxes of any type. They also love to shred cardboard up sometimes, but it doesn’t seem as messy as paper shredding. Cardboard also makes for a great cat scratching post as well.

In addition to playing with cardboard and cardboard boxes, cats also love to lay in them. The more enclosed of a box, the more your cat will probably love it. It will give your cat a good place to hide as well. 

If your cat is expecting a litter of kittens, a cardboard box will also make a great nesting area. I’ve written an entire article on getting your cat ready for labor here.

Catnip Toys

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you already know that cats are known to love catnip. Catnip can be found in many forms such as plant form, loose-leaf, and hidden inside cat toys.

I recommend these catnip toys found here on Amazon. In my opinion, catnip toys are more convenient than growing catnip and less messy than the loose-leaf type of catnip.

Beware that your cat will most likely get a little loopy from it. Don’t worry if this happens. It’s completely normal.

Electrical Cords

This is one of those things that your cat will love to play with, but you should never let them, for obvious reasons. I’ve had so many phone cords ruined because they were chewed up bad enough to not be safe to use anymore. 

If you see your cat biting on electrical cords of any kind, you can spray the cord with cat repellent spray. This is the only thing I’ve found that works to cure this bad feline habit.  

The other thing you can do is hide all of your electrical cords, but that may prove to be too challenging and too much work.

And don’t be fooled by the thickness of the electrical cord. I used to have one of those large neon orange extension cords, and my cats still completely destroyed it. Luckily, it wasn’t plugged in at the time.

Cat Wand

This another favorite cat toy that should not be overlooked. It’s a very simple concept. Hang something feather-like from a stick and dangle it in front of your feline. They’ll go nuts for this toy. 

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Chances are pretty good that if you make your own cat wand, it will probably break rather quickly from your cat swinging its claws at it.

I suggest getting this one from Amazon. It is built tough enough to withstand some rapid swatting and abuse from your cat. 

Other Cats

Here’s a shocker. Most cats love playing with other cats. Now, I’m not saying that you should just let your cat roam free wherever there is other cats. In fact, I don’t believe that you should ever do that. 

What I am saying, however, is that maybe you should consider adopting another cat. Cats can and do get lonely, contrary to popular belief. 

Adopting another cat will allow your current cat to have a feline companion. This will help ease any loneliness your cat may be experiencing as well as prevent loneliness from happening in the first place. 

Just make sure that if you do end up adopting another cat, you introduce the two felines in the proper way. This will lessen any drama that would likely occur when making the first introductions.

Final Thoughts

Cats are rather easy animals to satisfy when it comes to toys for them to play with. There are literally millions of cat toys out there. 

You likely have plenty of everyday items in your home that will also double as a cat toy. Just make sure the object is safe for your cat to play with. 

Also remember to make sure that the toys you purchase for your cat are made of high quality materials. Cats love to eat the weirdest things, so this is of utmost importance.

Most cat toys are usually very affordable, and can be found at any pet store and online retailers such as Amazon or Chewy.