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Kittens love to play—but it’s not just for fun. Play is a critical aspect of their development, helping them develop social, hunting and motor skills. So you can feel good about spoiling your kitten with a lots of different fun toys, knowing that you’re preparing them to live their best life.
The toys your kitten will love the most might not always be the ones that you think at first. A good place to start is with ones they can really interact with and learn something from. Remember: you’re teaching them to use the scratcher instead of your couch and to gnaw on their toys instead of on your hands or ankles!
From furry mice to puzzle feeders you can fill with treats, these toys will keep your kitten busy and help them grow up strong. (If you have multiple kittens, expect to see a few tugs-of-war as they learn how to share their playthings.)
This all-in-one activity will keep your kitten entertained for hours. With a ping pong ball she’ll love to swat around in circles at high speed, as well as an inner cardboard scratching circle to get her claws into. The scratcher toy also comes with a packet of catnip to make it even more irresistible to your kitty.Shop on Amazon
These fluffy little mice from Kong will hold up to those sharp kitten teeth and claws. It will tantalize your wee kitty with crinkling sounds and Kong’s own high-quality catnip. Some purchasers report that their kittens have developed a deep affection for the mouse and carry it around everywhere with them, so it must be a good buy!Shop on Amazon
Whether you’re entertaining one kitten or a whole litter, a tunnel provides endless fun. The crackling nylon interior material adds to their sensory interest. When it’s not in use, the tunnel collapses and folds flat into a ring for easy storage. There are many tunnels on the market, but the SmartyKat gets high ratings for durability.Shop on Amazon
A classic wand toy with a twist, this hardworking Kong teaser comes with bright feathers, a crinkle sound, and enticing catnip. It’s a fun addition to your kitten’s play repertoire.Shop on Amazon
It’s hard to beat a laser pointer as a top-notch kitten toy! This has a red LED light with five different patterns for kittens to chase across floors and furniture. Just be sure that the laser beam is never pointed at human or kitten eyes so it’s totally safe. The toy charges in 1.5 hours with USB and will then last for a week of playtime!
For more kitten and cat laser toy ideas, see our article, 11 Best Cat Laser Toys: Your Kitty’s Favourite Workout.Shop on Amazon
This colourful stack of racetracks with bright moving balls on each level will keep your kitten busy! With sturdy construction and non-skid pads, it can stand up to some serious roughhousing.Shop on Amazon
These environmentally friendly, recycled plastic springs drive kittens wild with their unpredictable bounce patterns. Plus, the bright colours make it easy for household humans to keep track of them underfoot.Shop on Amazon
This toy will bring out the hunter in your kitten. It mimics the unpredictable sights, sounds and movement of a cat’s natural prey. But if you think the chirping might drive you nuts, why not turn it on to keep your kitten occupied while you go out? If a parrot isn’t your cat’s favourite prey, you can also opt for the bumble bee, duck or mouse versions.Shop on Amazon
The original Cat Dancer is one of those toys that doesn’t look like much; it’s just some pieces of rolled cardboard at the end of a wire. But once you start waving it around, your kitten will go nuts trying to catch it! Pretty soon, you’ll understand why this is one of the most popular toys you can buy.Shop on Amazon
Does your kitten love to hunt? This puzzle feeder toy will let them run, chase, pounce—and then devour their prey. It’s designed to randomly dispense treats and dry food and is adjustable to three levels of difficulty. Easy to keep clean—you can put it in the dishwasher with your other cat dishes.
Fun fact: You can also use this toy as a slow feeder to slow down kittens and cats who tend to gobble their meals too quickly.Shop on Amazon
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