I’m not a big fan of the Scaring Cats With Cucumbers viral video trend for all of the reasons I listed in this article. There’s no reason to scare your cat witless with a cucumber when you can get plenty of amusing reactions simply by using safe toys. Below are four of my favorite toys for playing with my own four cats. They don’t run any risk or running into a wall or slamming into something with an uncontrolled jump because I scared them. Instead, we have lots of fun together with safe feline playthings like these:
My cat, Farquaad, could make a great viral video with Tiger Teasers. He’s absolutely in love with their Lion Lures, to the point of dragging them downstairs every afternoon, then back upstairs at bedtime. I’ll hear the “click clack, click clack” on the wood stairs as he drags his Lion Lure up, and somehow he manages to wail/sing a kitty hunting tune while doing so. He can’t settle down in bed with me until he’s dragged his “prey” in there, too. On their website, the Tiger Teaser folks say that their Lion Lures “…appeal to a cats natural hunting instincts and senses and allows for an appropriate outlet for the natural prey drive.” Farquaad is living proof that’s true.
The Cat Dancer is a classic, and its name says it all. While my cats don’t drag it around like prey, they love to stalk it, leap at it, and bat wildly at the flailing cardboard lure. It looks like such a simple toy, but there’s something about the way the cardboard moves on the end of the wire handle that kicks a kitty’s hunting mode into overdrive.
Temptations Snacky Mouse
What cat doesn’t love a toy with a pay-off? All of my cats are addicted to Temptations, and even Bolt the dog likes to sneak in for a few. I like to make the kitties work for their treats with the Temptations Snacky Mouse. I stuff it full of treats, and they go to work batting it around to get all the goodies out. I love how it keeps them busy and makes them use their minds and agility to tip the mouse just right to get their rewards.
Yeowww Catnip Toys
My cats are all certified catnip addicts, and their favorite catnip toys by far are Yeowww brand, also known in my house as “cat crack.” The expression on Farquaad’s face as he guards his Yeowww banana pretty much says it all. The catnip holds its potency for a good, long time, although my cats get the toys pretty gross due to excessive chewing and drooling.