This article looks at some of the top electronic cat toys on the market. It examines such aspects as size, setup time, power source and length of unmanned operation. Each product is then rated on how well it engages cats according to reviewers. Cats want to be entertained, and the best electronic cat toys can motivate inactive cats, provide exercise, and improve disposition. Of course, not all electronic cat toys are worth the money, and you’ll want to research them before buying.
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7. Categories Zany Pouncing Action Ball
0.96 ounces or 27 grams
2.8 by 13 by 2.8 inches or 7.1 by 33 by 7.1 centimeters
Zany Cat is a toy that teases and taunts cats in order to motivate their instinctual pouncing behavior. There’s a teaser on the ball, and it uses the inertia of being swatted to move faster and farther. It also makes sounds in order to engage your cat. The toy does require two AAA batteries. However, while those are included, some users complained that small screws make it difficult to replace the batteries. Others warned that the fabric isn’t washable separate from the electronic housing.
6. MOODY PET Fling Ama String Cat Toy
What separates the MOODY PET toy from other string toys is that you can hang it from any standard doorknob. The silk string is fed through a conveyor belt for your cat to catch. As soon as kitty lets go, the string continues to move through the belt. This is great for cats who love to jump or stand up. This toy has won several awards, including Editor’s Choice in Cat Fancy Magazine. It’s suitable for cats of all sizes. Some users have complained about the short battery life, but cats can’t get enough of this toy.
5. Adrance Feather Tower and Ball Track
6.7 by 6.7 by 8 inches or 17 by 17 by 20.3 centimeters
Versatility helps make the Adrance Feather Tower one of the best electronic cat toys around. There’s a lot going on: multiple feathers overhead, a ball that spins around a circular track and motorized movement. It’s also nice that the feathers are replaceable, and this toy will automatically disable itself after 15 minutes. Batteries aren’t included. Some reviewers complained that the base will only push along on linoleum or similar surfaces but not carpets and rugs.
4. PETOU IQ Treat Toy with Scratch Pad
The IQ treat toy is designed to challenge your cat not just athletically but mentally by being a puzzle. Pet owners can stuff it with edible treats or the cat’s favorite small toys, such as stuffed mice. The inner base rotates so that any treats contained within rotate into and out of sight. What also makes this one of the best electronic cat toys available is that it has a scratch pad. However, some users have noted that it was thin and would wear out fast.
Instead, it is a handmade item composed of sturdy materials. Some reviewers have also mentioned that Yeowww! brand toys seem to have more potent catnip inside them compared to other brands.
3. Banzi Self-Rolling Light-Ball
2.5-inch or 6.4-centimeter diameter
What makes the Banzi light-ball one of the best electronic cat toys is that it just rolls and rolls. It will go wherever your cat goes except up stairs. The lighting on the ball is designed to attract your pet’s attention and is in sync with the movement. Banzi has designed the ball to use whatever inertia the cat provides to move faster and farther. Your cat doesn’t have to swat it hard. A common complaint among users is that the provided batteries weren’t powerful enough.
2. SmartyKat Feather Whirl
2.9 by 2.9 by 9 inches or 7.4 by 7.4 by 22.9 centimeters
The Feather Whirl is designed to motivate cats to exercise by swatting it. The target is a feather that dangles from a rigid, upright cord. The base is a multi-shelled ball that’s weighted. This allows the suspended feather to roll around your home no matter how hard your kitty swats it. The internal motor ensures that the feather moves enough to get your cat’s attention. The biggest complaint is that there’s no off-switch, so you have to remove the batteries to stop it.
1. Friends Forever Interactive Cat Laser Toy
8.5 by 4 by 4 inches or 21.6 by 10.2 by 10.2 centimeters
All cats love laser pointers, but a pet’s interest can easily outlast a pet owner’s enthusiasm and energy. The laser toy was designed as a solution. It’s diamond-shaped so that it won’t tip over. The toy offers three speeds: slow, fast, and random, but regardless of the speed, the laser pattern is random. Another thing that makes it one of the best electronic cat toys is that you can set it and forget it. After 15 minutes, it will automatically power down to avoid overtiring your cat. It does require three AA batteries, and some users complained of short battery life.
The best electronic cat toys all share some common characteristics. They’re active and unpredictable, and they don’t require much attention from the pet owner. How do you feel about these choices? Please add a comment with any personal experiences, or share any products you think we overlooked.
Have you tried any of these fun, energizing toys with your cats? Feel free to share your experiences or give us feedback about them!