Most of the time, our feline friends look less than impressed — but treat them to one of these fun toys and we guarantee they’ll be happy for hours. From tunnels to chew toys, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best interactive cat toys to develop their natural hunting instincts and get them exercising in the process. Whether they spend long stretches of time by themselves, or you’re there to keep them entertained, bond and play.
From chasing teasers and catnip animals, to interacting with more complex toys like lasers and cat trees, cats are often at their happiness while at play. Daily play with your cat is one of the best things you can do for their health and happiness. The many benefits include promoting exercise, satisfying hunting instincts, and developing the bond between cat and their human keepers.
Cat toys appeal to felines in a variety of ways, thanks to interactive features like laser lights and mechanical motions, as well as catnip stuffing, lifelike textures such as fake fur and feathers, sound, and human interaction.
Top 10 Best Interactive Cat Toys in UK for 2021
Nature intended cats to be playful, so let’s take a look at a selection of the best interactive cat toys money can buy at the click of a button.
We’ll cover everything from felt snakes to laser toys – but first, let’s answer a few key questions to help you choose.
1. Nina Ottosson by Petstages Melon Madness Puzzle & Play – Interactive Cat Treat Puzzle
Make dinner time extra fun for curious cats with this exciting board, complete with hidden food compartments for your pet to discover. It has multiple difficulty levels to keep them on their paws, and most of our test cats loved attempting to solve the puzzle. Others needed a little training before they understood what was going on! Our testers found it easy to store but a little tricky to clean.
2. KONG – Wobbler – Interactive Treat Dispensing Cat Toy
Good grief! Just look at the Kong Cat Treat Wobbler.
It’s basically a black feather boa attached to a purple, treat-dispensing roly-poly toy – a combination which evidently drives cats to euphoria. The human places one or more treats inside; then the cat beats it up until their prize falls through the hole. Not only is this fun for the cat; it’s also an effective way to make them eat more slowly, which aids digestion.
This might just be us, but photographs often seem to make cat toys look bigger than they really are. The Kong Cat Treat Wobbler is a teeny 4.5″ across and 7.8″ tall.
3. Catit Play Pirates Cat Cannon Tunnel
Our cat loved playing in this cutest of cannons. The inside is a perfect place to relax, while the feathery ‘fuse’ provides enough enticement to venture a paw out the back of the tube.
We can’t over-emphasise how keenly our feline reviewer took to this excellent toy from Catit. She usually spends a good few hours a day inside it.
4. Catit Senses Play Circuit
The Catit Design Senses 2.0 Play Circuit is an updated version of a popular toy. This new version is green in colour, to differentiate it from the original blue version. It consists of 5 track pieces which can easily be assembled in many different combinations. The cover has cut-outs in it so your cat can swat the ball along the track.
The track pieces are still compatible with old circuits, so you can use this set to add to an existing track.
If you’d prefer a track with ups and downs, then the Senses 2.0 Wave Circuit is the one to go for with its high and low sections. Or if you want something larger, then the Senses 2.0 Super Circuit combines both the Play Circuit and Wave Circuit to create the ultimate set.
For added excitement, you can even buy a light-up ball that illuminates when your cat bats it!
5. Catit Senses Food Tree
Stimulate your cat physically and mentally with this smart food maze.
The cat has to work for its treats by moving the food through the maze by pawing at it through the side openings until it drops down to the food tray.
This appeals to your cat’s sense of touch and taste while encouraging mental and physical activity by making your cat work for its food.
By monitoring the amount of food added to the maze, it can also be a valuable tool to help with overeating or obesity problems.
6. TMZ © 1.4M Height Cat Tree Scratching Climbing Activity Centre Sisal Bed Toys Scratcher Tower GREY
This product is a large cat activity centre which has pretty much everything your cat could want in a cat tree. There are multiple platforms for your cat to sit and watch the world go by from, along with 2 cosy beds and an enclosed den for cat naps. There is also a hammock for provide yet another place for snoozing. The two soft beds can be easily removed for washing.
There are also multiple sisal-wrapped scratching posts – 11 in total, giving your cat lots of opportunity for scratching and sharpening their claws.
Unlike most trees that you can buy, this one has two bases which makes it extra stable. It can also be assembled in two ways to suit your needs – either at right angles to fit in a corner, or lengthways.
7. PetSafe Egg-Cersizer Interactive Toy and Meal Dispenser
A food-dispensing puzzle board challenges a cat’s mind. But a food-dispensing ball which requires a cat to roll and chase their kibble? That works the body, too. Of the three food-dispensing balls we tested, our preference aligned with Sueda’s recommendation: Petsafe’s Egg-Cersizer.
The Funkitty Egg-Cersizer, which holds 1/4 to 1/2 cup of food, has three dispensing holes which can be adjusted in number and size to increase or decrease the challenge depending on your cat’s needs. Chasing the ball helps your cat burn off both mental and physical energy and, because it is oblong and egg-shaped, it’s less predictable than spherical versions and less likely to cut a path straight to hard-to-reach spots under furniture. The dishwasher-safe Egg-Cersizer unscrews into two halves for easy filling and cleaning.
8. K&H Pet Products Scratch, Ramp and Track Cardboard Cat
Keep your pet’s attention with the Scratch, Ramp and Track Cardboard Toy. This toy comes to life as a ramp with simple assembly and the large scratching surface will appeal to your cat’s instinct and need to claw. Cats can swat and play as the two included balls roll back and forth. A small packet of catnip is included to encourage playtime. Catnip use is optional.
9. PetSafe FroliCat Fox Den Automatic Interactive Cat Toy
The toy is another in the range of toys from PetSafe. This one is a circular cat toy that automatically flicks and hides a piece of string for your cat to attack.
It has rubber feet on the bottom to help prevent it sliding, especially useful when your cat grabs the string! Having seen this in action, it seems to stand up to even the most energetic cats trying to pull out the string.
Similar to other FroliCat cat toys, it has a 15 minute timer so will shut off automatically. As this has moving parts, I would recommend that you always keep an eye on your cat when playing with this toy.
10. GLR Electric Pet Trimmer
We all have moments when we’d prefer our cats to entertain themselves. Some cats love independent play, but just as many tend to get bored with toys they have to manipulate themselves. This robotic cat toy is the perfect compromise. With the ability to zoom around your home on its own, it will keep your kitty occupied without interrupting you during an important video call.
Reviewer Kiki is in the exact situation, writing that their kitten is very rambunctious, “but I can’t always drop everything to play and feel bad when I’m busy or have to work. This lil’ gem keeps her entertained! Cats need the ‘hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, sleep’ cycle and I want to do what I can to make sure that I’m supporting this. She was a little hesitant at first but now she chases that thing like her life depends on it!”
How to choose a best interactive cat toys
Choosing the right toy for a cat can be tricky, as most cats will naturally lose interest in a given toy at certain times.
We gave a panel of curious cats, both young and old, a selection of toys to play with. We evaluated how much they seemed to enjoy them, both independently and with their owners. We made a note of usability, as well as how easy they were to store and clean.
These lucky cats and their owners tested an assortment of toys, taking on everything from wands to catnip pouches, and even a robotic laser!
Playing with your cat is really important in forming a bond with them and for them to bond with other pets in the household. It helps them to feel relaxed, get out any aggression and build confidence. Hopefully you have figure out the characters of your pet and decide which one is suitable for his/her own.