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Best Christmas 2019 Cat Toys

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Best Christmas 2019 Cat Toys

What are some great cat toys for Christmas in 2019?  Anything that gets them moving and mimicking their natural behaviors is great. Each cat is different but here are some popular cat toys that are my kitties’  favorites! You can think of cat toys in terms of the natural activity they mimic. Specifically, cats toys can mimic these stages of the hunting process: Hiding, chasing,  pouncing,  and biting!  These same actions are all part of young cat’s play both in the wild for big cats like tigers and lions and in the house for domestic cats. Let your indoor cat be his true, wild self with these fun and affordable toys to mimic their natural hunting drive.

My top recommendation. The Go Pet Club Cat Tree from Amazon.

Before I get to the hiding, chasing, pouncing and biting, here is my top recommendation. This is a tall, sturdy and affordable cat tree. This gives cats exercise, the security of being up high and a great way to chase each other and play. It also provides a vantage point to look out windows which all cats seem to love! I was so glad to find a great cat tree at an affordable price. You can read my review of this cat tree here.

My Top Recommendation For An Interactive Toy That is Affordable:

Jackson Galaxy AIR Prey Copter Wand. See the bottom of this post.

1. Hiding.

This is how they hunt in the wild, hiding, crouched down and waiting to pounce! Hiding and pouncing are also one of the most common forms of cat play when they are young.

Cat Wall Furniture

Cats also love to be up high with a view of everything going on. Let your cats have the best view possible with cat wall shelves! Here is my review of a great line of cat wall furniture that can be mix and matched, come in different colors to match your decor and are very sturdy to last a lifetime. CatastrophiCreations cat wall furniture.

2. Pouncing and chasing.

This is step two of the hunt and the favorite part for most cats!

There are a lot of toys in this category. I have noticed that some cats prefer toys in the air (feather toys etc.) and some prefer toys that move on the floor (string to chase, balls, anything moving to pounce on). My first cat Tigger loves things to chase on the floor.  His new favorite in this category is a track toy with a ball that stays inside the track. He loves it! He likes to bat the ball around, pounce on it, lounge on the track and just hang out there. It is great to have a toy that can’t get lost! Unlike a ball, small mouse toy or catnip toy, the ball stays in the track and can’t get lost under the couch or accidentally thrown on the table or in the garbage can when tosses in the air. (After several weeks of play however, the track finally came apart and I had to go looking for the ball). The tracks need to be put together and this is not the most solid piece but the price is affordable. If you don’t mind the construction it will last longer than a catnip and chew type toy. Those are the cheapest, but they also need to be replaced often. If your cat is very rambunctious this may come apart and need to be put back togethter!

Cats are very individualistic.  One of my cats loves this! One is so-so on it and one of my cats has little interest. If you have a young, active or curious cat this will probably be a hit. An older, sedate cat might not be as excited by it, but it doesn’t cost too much to try it out! It is a great way for them to get a little movement and activity even if you or other kitties aren’t there to play with them. My cat seems to like it best when I start the ball rolling for him and then he goes and goes on his own. This will really get your cat moving and active if they like to chase things.

This little toy is space efficient and provides a good deal of entertainment. My boys like to sit on either side of this and bat the balls back and forth.

3. Biting, chewing and clawing.

This is just pure fun especially if catnip is involved…lots of wrestling involved!

This little dynamite stick catnip toy is all my cat’s favorite. All three of them love this thing. It seems so simple but they like the shape and size since it is long enough that they can hug it while chewing on one end and kicking their hind feet to scratch the other end all at the same time! The only problem is a cat who likes to chew will gnaw on this until the catnip comes out so you will need to replace it. They are super cheap however and fairly tough compared to some toys so give one to your kitty for just a few dollars and they will love it!

I will add more toys later but these are the basics that my cats like and play with every day. I would say the tunnel is the one they use the most of any of their toys, closely followed by the dynamite stick.

4. Interactive Toys for Pouncing, Chasing and Biting With You!

Best Interactive Cat Toy Ever!

Cats love to play with their people. Toys for you and your cat generally include feather toys but I have found an improvement on the common feather wand.

Jackson Galaxy’s AIR Prey Copter Wand has:

  • A telescoping handle so you can reach out to really play with your cats but the toy is easy to put away for storage and doesn’t take up a lot of space.
  • A button to push to automatically reel the string back in when you are done playing to prevent tangles.
  • Best of all it has the feathers positioned so they move like helicopter blades through the air and spin on their own as you move the toy around.
  • Don’t get the other version that is just a feather toy. Make sure it is the AIR Prey Copter Wand

This design is brilliant and adds a great dimension to the toy that you don’t get with any other feather toy. I LOVE this thing. Some of the feathers finally got broken on mine but I have 4 cats all of whom get very rowdy and turn into real predators at play time. This toy lasted very well considering the amount of abuse it got. It still works but the feathers do not spin like they did before. Now it is more like a regular feather toy.

Make your kitties feel like predators with these Christmas 2019 cat toys for indoor cats!!

Jessica

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33 Comments

  1. Linda

    Great ideas! They are such little individuals. One of my cats loves to scratch, jump, and chase. The other one barely moves after anything. I think the tunnel would be a great addition to their toys. Will have to see if it can be shipped to Mexico.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hi Linda,
      I think the tunnel is great, especially if you have multiple cats as they can play hide and seek with it. Even my sedate girl likes it and the two rowdy boys love to hide and ambush each other through it and play with one inside and one outside.

      Please let me know if Amazon will ship it to Mexico. I would love to know! They are very lightweight and small when rolled up so it should be pretty affordable shipping.

      Thanks for your comment,
      Jessica

      Reply
  2. Rodarrick

    Cats are characters that can be well studied and if well managed, will do a lot of things that makes them exceptional and that is the reason everyone finds them adorable and beautiful. I love cats and my cat really loves to be bossy and also hide and seek kind of play. Seriously, they are great at it and surely, thanks for sharing

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  3. Benny

    hello the thing is Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, we know how much our they love to play. this Interactive cat toys are a great way of providing a fun way for both you and your cat to play together. even More than that, they also provide your cat with mental and physical stimulation, allowing them to really use those innate hunting instincts.

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  4. Roslinecar

    I’m a big fan of cats and i love catering for them, as a pet, cats are like life companion that keeps you checked when you’re sad or depressed, my mum had about four cats before she passed and I must say she loved them like her own children. These article is lovely, i love the toys idea here, this Christmas season, your cats too deserves to be be gifted.  Its thoughtful of you to share.

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  5. Julianne

    For all the sad moments that my cat has helped me to get through in this past one year, I feel that he is deserving of a christmas git from me and that is exactly what I will give to him.He loves to hide and pounce a lot and also chase so possibly, I have the right mental picture of what to get for him directly. Thanks

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  6. Benny

    Cats are known to be generally loving and interesting as characters. Though they play a lot but they still need to be respected when it comes to their needs and wants. This is really massive here and the lst of these indoor cats toys are great and interesting to see. Thumbs up to you for sharing here. My cat loves to pounce a lot since it is an innate trait for him.

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  7. Wildecoll

    Best Christmas cat toys is a useful information, there are lots of toys to choose from in the market and it can get really frustrating trying to decide which and which to buy for you let, that’s why I appreciate the fact that you have narrowed it to the best toys I can easily choose from, the hide you is nice. The concept of categorising the toys according to their activities is helpful.

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  8. Danijel

    Hello Jessica, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I have a male cat who is 5 years old but he still likes to play and bite things in the house which is annoying sometimes. I see you mentioned dynamite stick, I think it will be a great gift for my pet, it is pretty affordable, I am glad I can replace it.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Danijel,

      Sometimes the small toys are the most used. I hope your cat enjoys the Dynamite stick as much as my boy does!

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

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  9. Stratos K

    I have a friend of mine that is an avid cat lover and I was thinking of getting something for her cats now that Christmas are around the corner. The tunnel seems like a fun one to have and I am seriously thinking about it. Anyway thank you for the suggestions. Your article came just in time!

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Stratos,

      I am surprised at all the different ways my cats use the tunnel. They hide in it, play fight through it (one cat inside and the other outside), hide and then dart out to chase another one that goes by and my fat girl lays down in it then stretches out her legs to brace against the sides and rolls over taking it with her!

      I hope you get one for your friend and her cats get as much enjoyment out of it as mine do! 

      Merry Christmas!

      Jessica

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  10. MrBiizy

    I’m so excited about Christmas being closer that it used to be and I can’t wait for Christmas! This is the time we show love and care for people around that we truly love and appreciate. It’s an awesome idea to get these cats toys to celebrate our pet friends. They shouldn’t be left behind and I find this list really helpful in achieving this goal and I am sure other people will too. I celebrate you!

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Thank you so much MrBiizy! Merry Christmas to you. I hope you get some cat toys for someone who would appreciate them.

      Jessica

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  11. Randy Levy

    This is a great post for pet lovers like me. I bought a Bergan turbo track not  long ago for my cat, and I can testify it loves it a lot. But I came across with one toy while reading your content  I would like to purchase as well, although I have never seen some around, but it seems interesting.  It is  the go pet club cat tree.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Randy,

      This particular cat tree is the best value I have seen. Every time I am at a pet food store (PetSmart, PetCo etc) I can’t help but see the large displays of cat trees. None of them have as many platforms, scratchers etc. as the Go Pet Club cat tree and they all cost over $100. A large cat tree (still not as large as this one) will be $200-$300. I just shake my head and feel sorry for the people who think they need to pay that much! I really can’t find a better deal than this particular cat tree. I even looked at Costco and they cost more and were smaller. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

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  12. Parveen

    Hey Jessica,  Thanks for helping us to find best cat toys. I found one for my lovely cat. Petstages Green Magic Dynamite Catnip Cat Energizing Toy is good for my cat. I found your all toys are Interactive and Affordable. You are doing best for cats as well as their lovers to choose the best toy for their cat. 

    Thank you

    Parveen

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  13. Feji ben

    Hello there thanks for this awesome article it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.i Really love cats and always want my pet cat to feel happy so I would be getting him one of this gifts so that he would feel special this Christmas season.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello,

      I am glad you found this useful. Merry Christmas to you and your cat.

      Jessica

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  14. Fran

    Hello, Jessica,

    Yes, it’s the season for cat toys, for sure!  You have come up with a good selection.  I especially like the “air prey copter wand.”  I don’t think many cats could resist that one.  I think even my old cat would like it, as he seems to go for soaring things.  

    I’ve also thought I should get some cat wall furniture.  I have one wall in my bedroom that goes up to a high open storage space. I need a ladder to reach it.  However, I could see cat wall shelves leading up to that space, and a cozy hideaway up there for the cat if he wanted to retire from the world for a while.

    Everyone should include a gift for the cat when they do their Christmas shopping.  I hope many, many of those people find your site and pick out some great gifts for Kitty.  Meanwhile, may you and your family also get what you most want for Christmas, and have an enjoyable holiday season.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Fran,

      My cats enjoy all the toys on this list. The space you describe sounds great for cat shelves leading upstairs. I am sure your cat would love that.

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

      Jessica

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  15. Son

    Me and my wife go to work 12hrs a day and my cat gets left alone all day in our apartment and he must be so bored and lonely, some of these suggestions would definitely keep his mind active. Thank you for all the ideas! I love the cat tunnel, since it’s so inexpensive I could probably get multiple tunnels and build some kind of maze for the cat to make it even more interesting. I might give that one a try and see how it works for me.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Thanks Son,

      I bought a three way tunnel for my cats for Christmas but I have not reviewed it since I have not used it yet. Instead of just one tunnel it is three connected in the middle. 

      Thanks for stopping by and for your thoughts!

      Jessica

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  16. Jake

    Hi, this is an awesome article.  I love animals and cats are no exception.  I think the cat tree is brilliant.  But would it be good for only 1 cat?

    cats definitely love to be up high and to look out the window.  They also love to play if you have the right toys.  I find that cats are suckers for good food, so if you feed them well then they will love you more.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Jake,

      My cats often use the tree one at a time so yes, I think most cats would appreciate the cat tree even if you have just one. It is a bit large for one cat if you are tight on space perhaps. There are many different sizes available but the large one is the best value. It is unique since it is such a great buy. 

      Yes, cats really appreciate their food! High quality food helps them live a long, happy life as well. 

      Thanks,

      Jessica

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  17. Anthony Hu

    Thank you for your post. It is a timely article for me. I have a young cat and haven’t bought Christmas gifts for her yet. My wife reminded me several times, but I never take time to do the research.

    Here comes your article. I like the Cat Wall Furniture. She loves to climb around. The Cat Wall Furniture allows my cat to climb around and to have high view of everything going on. Of course I will also buy the cat wall shelves to make my cat happy. 

    We already have cat tree in house and I wish that cat wall furniture will match it.

    It is kind of you sharing this useful information with us. You save me a lot of time and energy.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Anthony,

      I hope you try the cat shelves from Catastrophi Creations and you and your cats and family have a very Merry Christmas. 

      Thank you for stopping by,

      Jessica

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  18. Tim

    Jessica, I enjoyed reading about the different toys for cats , We have four cats two that are three years old and two that are just eight weeks, they are getting along really well. My daughter has a pet tree that she’s going to have the kids open on Christmas day . I personally think the cats would really have fun with the tunnel….they chase each other through a box maze my son in law made. Appreciate the insight.

    Tim 

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Tim,

      My cats really love the tunnel! They get tons of use out of it. I got them a three-way tunnel for Christmas but haven’t given it to them yet! I know it will take up more floor space however so not sure how it will work out! I am sure they will love it though. 

      Thanks,

      Jessica

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  19. Jerry

    It is amazing to see what people do for their pets, in this case cats. I did not realize that there is a whole industry behind cat toys, but, looking at your review, they are well thought about. It is quite a thing to mimic the stages of their hunting process. I did not know that cats like to choose a vantage point from which they can look around and see everything. I can see where this cat tree comes in. It will keep them quiet for a while as well. How about a small playful dog for a partner?

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Jerry,

      Yes, housecats love to be up high just like cheetahs, leopards and mountain lions in the wild. 

      A small dog might work for a cat if it is gentle, but small dogs are often very aggressive and it seems that large dogs are more often friends with cats. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

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  20. primoz pticak

    Hi! I wish I could read this post years ago, when I had my cat, simba. He was great cat, and I did have a cat tree, and it looked like the your pet tree.. he could play there for hours, hiding,hunting,playing, everything, cat trees in my opinion is a must have if you have cats. Great article, cheers,

    Primoz P.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Thanks Primoz P.,

      It sounds like Simba had a good cat tree too. I agree. They are like a part of a cat’s natural environment allowing them to be up high like a cheetah or leopard in a tree

      Thanks,

      Jessica

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