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8 Toys That Give Cats the Variety They Crave

Like humans, cats crave variety in toys.

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WITH SO MANY innovative play products, cat parents don’t have to settle for catnip-stuffed mice (although there are some great ones out there!). Take the opportunity to remind your customers how different types of toys fulfill different needs: exercise, stimulation, hunting, etc. We’ve selected some new releases across a range of product types and price points.

Cat Cannon Tunnel
Catit

KEY FEATURES: Cats can use it as a hideaway or for playing. Can be stored easily as it is foldable and the wheels detach.

SALES TIP: Part of a pirate line of products promising a plundering adventure: pouches of gold, funny parrots, wooden barrels and more.

catit.com, (800) 353-3444

$24.99

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Recycled Plastic Wand
Beco Pets

KEY FEATURES: Four cute, colorful character choices — frog, butterfly, hummingbird and ladybug — on elastic bungee string attached to extra-long wand. Double stitched, stuffed with North American grown catnip.

SALES TIP: It’s part of a larger toy line that recycles 1.8 million plastic bottles a year.

onlyanocean.net, (843) 380-4042

$12.99

DoyenCat Honeycomb
DoyenWorld

KEY FEATURES: Made of natural cardboard with flowy feather and jingle bell to grab attention.

SALES TIP: Remind the customers about the extra bonus inside: a soft ball infused with catnip.

doyenworld.com, (909) 592-6893

$7.99

Peek-a-Bird Electronic Cat Toy
PetSafe

KEY FEATURES: Motion-sensored toy turns on when cat approaches. Two settings: One-Time-Play, with 10 minutes of play and automatic shut off, and Play-All-Day. Feather on each side, for the thrill of the hunt.

SALES TIP:: Features 30-day battery life in Play-All-Day mode. Comes with replacement feather.

petsafe.net, (800) 933-5595

$37.99

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Ripple Rug
Snuggly Cat

KEY FEATURES: Innovative, eco-friendly activity mat made in the USA from recycled plastic bottles. Flexible shape allows for endless configurations for kitty exploration and play. Sized larger than average mats, with non-slip rubber bottom.

SALES TIP: Show customers the rug in action at ripplerug.com/videos.

snugglycat.com, (212) 949-7449

$39.99

Sassy Sushi
P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle And You

KEY FEATURES: Takeout time! Part of new Feline Frenzy collection. Built-in refillable pouches stuffed with USDA organic catnip, made with eco-friendly dyes and materials.

SALES TIP: Retailers get free rotating counter display with purchase of two Feline Frenzy starter kits.

petplay.handshake.com, (855) 300-7529

$9.90

RompiCatz Adjustable String Wand
Pet Ki Enterprises

KEY FEATURES: Extra-long string adjusts up to 36 inches for a variety of play options. Rod handle has a built-in storage compartment for the excess string. Three toy choices: mouse, bug and crinkle ball. Replacement toys sold separately.

SALES TIP: This toy is a “reel” catch.

rompicatz.com, (877) 269-0339

$15.99

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Shimmer Glimmer Hug N Kick
Ethical Products

KEY FEATURES: Brightly colored plush animal with irresistible, shimmering accents, crinkle material and fluffy tail. Comes in four colors.

SALES TIP: The extra-large size (7.5 by 3.25 by 2 inches) makes these the perfect prey for cats to hug and kick.

ethicalpet.com, (800) 223-7768

$5.99

After 15 years working for newspapers across the US (and even Alaska), Melissa Hart is now freelancing, working for a variety of publications and trade organizations. She specializes in content for the small nonprofit and business owner, in fields such as pets, IT, grocery and other retail. Melissa is based in Upstate NY with her husband, twin daughters, two rescue dogs and rescue cat.

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