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Kitten teeth may be adorably tiny, but they’re surprisingly sharp! Everyone will be happier if you get some kitten teething toys to give your new housemate something to sink their teeth into. Kittens are likely to view just about anything in your home as a potential cat toy, which makes it even more important to steer your young cat away from questionable items and towards kitten-safe playthings.
Kittens and Teething
When they are about three months old, kittens start losing their baby teeth and their adult teeth come in. They’ll usually have their full set of adult teeth by six months of age. To soothe their gums as their teeth come in, they’ll do a lot of chewing. Of course, some things they want to chew on can get them into trouble.
PetMD notes that you’ll want to keep them away from potentially toxic houseplants and prevent access to small items that could injure a cat if swallowed (such as string, yarn, ribbon, thread, dental floss, and thumbtacks).
Another thing you don’t want them to nibble is you! Yes, it’s so cute when a kitten attacks you—but by allowing your little one to chomp on human hands, you may unintentionally be encouraging biting behavior. This can come back to bite everyone when the kitten becomes an adult cat—with fangs capable of doing real damage. A biting cat is a threat to children, and, if given up for adoption, could be difficult to place.
“If you use your fingers as toys, even if protected under a blanket or other fabric, it’s time to stop,” cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett advises in the Catnip newsletter from Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “From now on, all playtime that involves you should be done with an interactive toy.”
We’ve put together a list of some safe toys (many of them interactive) for your kitten to enjoy when the urge to nibble strikes. Keep in mind that even with the best toys, you’ll need to regularly check for wear or damage and replace them if parts come loose.
The Best Kitten Teething Toys
Safe and appealing kitten teething toys include ones that are too large to swallow and too sturdy to break into pieces. Our list offers toys with catnip, electronic squeakers, and other features with “kitten appeal.”
Your kitten will get a big kick out of this big raccoon. Nearly five inches long, it’s a great catnip-filled toy for a kitten to hold onto, kick, bat, and chew. The tough polyester can stand up to many vigorous play sessions. And yes, there’s an electronic squeaker that responds to motion.Buy Now on Chewy
This kitten teething toy is plush, mesh, plastic, and embroidery (with no hard eyes or whisker threads to fall off or get eaten). According to reviewers, kittens’ reactions to mousie are mixed. Some go wild for this little catnip guy, while others wander off and look for something else to attack.Buy Now on Amazon
This three-inch-long mouse is made of safe-to-chew polyester. The interior battery keeps the toy emitting tantalizing squeaking sounds as your little tiger attacks it. Catnip stuffing maintains your kitten’s interest through frequent play sessions.Buy Now on Chewy
With this set of six toys, there will always be one around for your kitten to find and pounce on. There are no plastic parts to fall off—just lots of toothsome plush to chomp on. A natural catnip filling will encourage your cat to start a play session.Buy on Amazon
Take a gamble on these bouncy dice if you want to see your kitty go on the attack. With uneven edges, the dice toys move unpredictably, giving your curious kitten a real run for their money. The dice come two to a package.Buy on Amazon
This SmartyKat chickadee toy will bring out the hunter in your kitten. It mimics the unpredictable sights, sounds, and movement of a cat’s natural prey. Plus, it’s stuffed with catnip for extra fun! (One reviewer noted that the chirping drove her nuts, so she waited until she was going out for a while to turn on the toy for the cats.)Buy Now on Chewy
This interactive wand on a durable fiberglass pole comes with a whole set of neon-bright wiggly tips. Be sure to stow it out of reach when not in use, as some kitties may try to eat the wiggly worms. (Running out of clip-on worms? You can get replacements.)Buy Now on Chewy
This lightweight toy is perfect for kittens, who’ll enjoy wrassling with it and dragging it around. The stuffing of mint and crackling materials will keep your cat entertained as it chomps on the durable fabric.Buy Now on Chewy
Kittens love interactive toys, and this is a wonderful way to join in their play without getting nibbled by an over-excited furball. This 18-inch wand has sturdy leather tassels that are satisfying to chase, catch, and nibble.Buy Now on Chewy
Place these in a small box or basket and watch as your kitten has hours of fun taking each toy out and chasing it all over the house. Some kittens even come up with clever hiding places to stash their favorites. This variety pack has 25 bouncy, crinkly toys to keep your kitty busy—plus a lightweight play tunnel to race through.Buy Now on Chewy