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Our seven month-old kittens seem to be bored, or at least too familiar with their new home. We shut off the bedrooms and bathrooms and basement - so they only have about 2000 SF in which to play.:? But now they've found they can jump up on the countertops (they know its wrong, but, hey, they're kittens, so they just know to get down when they see me coming!) and seem to want more stimulation.

Anyway, where might I look for some good cat toys? They have mice and catnip filled pouches and Da Bird (which only works when I'm working the other end, but the little one goes mad for this one...). Foil balls they like too.

However, where might I look for some good cat toys for their use when I'm busy - toys that hand from a door or are freestanding would be best.

I guess here are a few that look promising:

Best Cat Toys Available | Cat Health Behavior.com

Talking Cat Toys - Play-N-Squeak Thrill of the Chase Cat Toy

Popular Ball Toys for Cats - Play-N-Squeak Ball of Furry Fury


Any suggestions will be appreciated!
 

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My cats have the squeak and play mouse. They LOVE that thing. Fortunately, I'm 65%, high-pitch deaf. So I can't hear the mouse when they decide to have a go at it in the middle of the night. unless they bat it around next to my head.

Da-bird is also a great toy.
 

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Something my cats absolutely love is packing paper. There's always some in my living room. I brought home a fresh new bunch on Friday, and they're still playing on, around, under and with it. They love the way it sounds when they jump on it. I can hear them playing all hours of the night, by themselves or with each other.

Some packing paper and boxes - and they could care less about the stuff I've spent money on.
 

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I have both of the first two toys in your first link, the Bergan Turbo track and the Hide and Peek box. They are both hits with my kitties. The Turbo track was the first toy I introduced each of my four to when they were in their intor safe rooms, and thus they have imprinted on it. Whenever I move the ball myself, they come running, and several times a week they initiate play themselves, a year later.

I also highly recommend furry mice that rattle (mine don't squeak). Amazon.com identifies the ones that have the highest ratings and are really inexpensive. I have furry mice all over the house, and all of my cats love to play with them, by themselves, from time to time. They invent games with them and love to pounce on them. I have Da Bird, Cat Dancer and Cat Charmer as the favorite interactive games, but the former are good for unsupervised play.

Oh yes, and I fully agree, boxes and paper bags and rolled up paper are equally good and no added cost at all. They never tire of boxes and bags!
 

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I agree with NRD...the first two toys in your first link are good. I also have the Play-N-Squeek Thrill of the Chase and the Furry Fury, but my girls have rarely played with either since the day I bought them.

They love to play with boxes and bags. They also have a few tunnels that they love to chase each other through. And they like their cat trees.

On the suggestion of another member here, I recently bought a "hexbug nano", which is an inexpensive kid's toy. It's like a little centipede bug that crawls all around and my girls go nuts chasing it. It won't crawl on carpet, so it will only work on ceramic tile, hardwood floors or similar.

I also rotate the girls' toys, putting some away for a few weeks and then switching a few weeks later. I find that helps to keep them interested in things, since they think they're forever getting new toys.
 

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My twins played with the turbo scratcher for almost 3 years before tiring of it, great toy. I should take it out of the closet and let them try it again. The peek-a-prize was a colossal fail! It now sits upside down and serves as a way to raise up Gigi's feeding dishes.
 

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Oh yes...ping pong balls! When I'm working in the bedroom/bathroom area, I put a couple of ping pong balls in the bathtub and my girls love to chase them as the balls bounce from side to side in the tub. They also like batting ping pong balls around the house...just be careful where you step.
 

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I third the recommendation for ping pong balls. My cats (especially Athena) can't get enough of them. The only downside is they seem to get lost so easily because of how small and bouncy they are. Athena seems to manage to lose them within days of me finding them again or getting her new ones.

Also just plain crumbled up paper (like receipts or whatever) makes a surprisingly entertaining toy, depending on the cat. Athena can entertain herself with paper balls for hours. In fact, as I am typing this, she just brought me my driver registration that she apparently pulled out of my purse. How kind of her!
 

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My kittens' favorite toy cost all of $3 at Petco, and they just can't get enough of it. It's called the Cat Dancer, and it is literally a piece of thick wire with rolled up cardboard pieces at the end. I don't understand the appeal, but they ADORE the thing. This is the one we have:
Amazon.com: CAT DANCER ORIGINAL: Kitchen & Dining

And this is the one that can be mounted to a wall, so they can play with it on their own:
Amazon.com: Cat Dancer Compleat: Home & Garden

I haven't tried the mounted one, but we may try it in the future.

Another thing I did was take a couple smallish Amazon boxes (shoeboxes would work), cut squares in them with a box cutter, stick some toys (mostly rattly balls) inside...that provided a good couple hours of entertainment, and they still play with them occasionally. I should probably put them away and bring them out again later.

We also have this:
Amazon.com: PETCO Blue and White Kitty Crinkle Tunnel: Home & Garden
which they LOOOOOOVE...but if the sound of plastic grocery bags being smooshed (that's the "crinkle" part) bothers you, you might want to stay away from it. haha. Our kittens love it though. It has a hole in the middle that they can peep out of - always entertaining.

And the Bergan turbo track is great, too. :)

Lily is obsessed with mice, and her favorite are the kind that rattle. Spencer's favorite toy are these jingle bells with feathers attached that came in a stocking of toys. He has a thing about feathers...and he sucks on them. So they don't last a super long time. haha.

Oh, and today they spent a good 30 minutes batting a wind-up snail around the kitchen floor...and since that was such a big hit, I ordered a hexbug nano, as Susan mentioned, since I'd seen it talked about on here.
 

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I invested in cat toys and he looked at me with an expression of "thanks for trying, maybe some other day".

The toys that fascinate him are actually objects I happened to be handling when tidying up and caught his attention, then I just left them as toys for him.

Eg: an empty aluminium foil roll where an old plastic wire got tangled by mistake on the way to the garbage bin. He doesn't tire of that game, then I saw a similar thing being sold online for a lot of money at a self-acclaimed sophisticated cat toys store (what's fascinating about this game is that there are 2 extremes to the wire coming out of the roll, so it requires a lot of coordination to be able to catch and keep both!). My cat-costume tiara (they have artificial feathers). An old transformer on a plastic wire that was also on the way to the garbage bin. My 10-year old computer mouse that died the other day. A few small plastic kitchen utensils that fell in a plastic bowl and float there (he's a Turkish Van so he's not averse to getting his paws wet in play). The water running from the tap. A plastic wire hanging from a thin tree stick I found in the garden downstairs. Like children, the more "real" the objects are, the more he likes them. Oh, and one thing that we can play with for hours is me making soap bubbles with a straw and him bursting them with his paws or his nose and trying to decipher where the bubbles hide when they burst and disappear.
 

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Pumpkin's favorites are the small colorful mice with a rattle in them (like what NRD explained) and boxes. Simone loves these striped mice with long tails that look like ferrets, turbo tracks, crinkle balls and lasers best. If I'm watching them, they also like to play with their automatic feather teaser toy, any of the wand toys, long string-like toys, and regular laser pointers. One of their wand toys has a mouse on the end that squeaks, and they also have a "collar" toy with a laser attached.

Your kittens may also like some of those training "eggs" that you put treats inside; then they have to knock it around to get the treats out.
 

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Lily's favorites are balls - ping pong balls & little super balls. Harli's favorites are soft fuzzy balls, crinkle balls& toys that she can carry around.
They both love this track ball thing
Petstages Cheese Chase - Cat - Free Ship - PetSmart

Sometimes they will even play together with it- they bat the ball back and forth between them.

And they both like to throw around and push furry mice under the furniture.
 

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My two LOVE their tunnel. Next on the list are Kong's stuffy toys - mouse, beaver, frog, squirrel. And also Kong Wubbas & their Wubba on a Stick! Oh and they have a Fat Cat Boogie Mat that they love and argue over which reminds me I need to put that on my list of things to pick up so they'll each have one.
 

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My guys have a collection of milk jug caps and rings - most of which are in the POW camp under the fridge.
Took the words right out of my mouth. I wonder how many of those things can fit under a fridge, anyway?

I had a Turbo Scratcher for my cat Ansen but he never played with it. I wonder if the cats I have now would like one. Freddy probably would, but he thinks everything is a toy anyway.
 

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Guys, thanks very much !!! Got the credit card ready; good toys will be on the way!


[Aside, was ordering food and toys from one company: free shipping!
Not on food.

Went to another company, no free shipping on food, but 10% off of natural food products! Ordered some toys and three cases (three different flavors, about $80 worth) of the Wellness in 12 oz cans.
Oh no! You only get 10% off on one item :fust . ]

Going to shovel snow - will start shopping again tomorrow, from someone else's web site. Don't like to buy from people who advertise one thing only to find in the small print the "deal" is quite restricted... :?

But about the boxes - yes, our boys LOVE them. The less you pay, the better. The more you didn't intend for them to play with it, the better. I should take a photo of them trying to cram themselves in the 12oz refrigerator ready Coke (in 12oz cans) box/dispenser. At least I'm educable - finished the last can last week and took the empty box out of the fridge and... threw it on the floor! I'm so smart... :)
 

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Athena will play with anything and everything but her favorite is boxes. She loves it when they're a little on the taller side so she can jump in and duck down and hide and then she pounces on Grady. Unfortunately she also has the habit of tearing them apart so I'll wake up in the morning and find a heaping pile of cardboard pieces on the floor. Grady loves boxes but his favorite, also shared with Checkers, is boxes that soda cans come in. He likes the long rectangular ones, the twelve pack boxes because he can run and dive inside of it like a tube. We also have a giant roll of paper, thankfully give to me by my father who works at a paper mill, and I mean giant. The cats love to play with the loose end of it, hiding behind it and attacking eachother from either side. My cats love the old fashioned mice, just plain old play mice, nothing special. And Grady has an obsession with hair elastics. He plays fetch, you throw it, he brings it back, and you start again.
 
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