I’ve been a cat owner off and on for over five years. My first cat, Bitch Cat (she was nicer than she sounds), taught me that not every cat is stubborn, moody, and distant. Bitch Cat was pretty obsessed with me, to be honest.
I had Bitch Cat while I was in college and sometimes I closed the door to my bedroom so I could get some homework done without her doing her usual distraction bit — you know, walking on the keyboard, laying on my arms, the usual cat stuff. She would then proceed to sit outside my room and meow for hours. It was the worst.
When I got little miss Marnie in February of last year, I thought I’d hit the cat jackpot. She liked me a lot, but she didn’t demand attention all the time. After moving, though, I realize that I was wrong.
Really, really wrong.
Now that Marnie doesn’t have two other humans and two other cats to divide up her time, she wants my attention pretty much 24/7. I am now having to try and find ways of keeping her occupied. Thus, this post.
Here are what I’ve found to be the most successful cat toys.
1. Hair bands
I’ve founds hair bands to be one of the — if not the — most effective cat toy. I don’t even have to initiate the playing with this one. I’ll have a hair band sitting on my bathroom counter being all nonchalant about its lack of use and then BAM! It never sees Marnie coming.
Needless to say, I lose hair bands pretty frequently.
2. Pieces of string
Pieces of string are great, but you have to engage with the cat in order to get the best use of it. I use this method when I want to tire Marnie out so she doesn’t wake me up wanting attention. You just have to drag the string across the floor like a snake. Kitties go nuts.
3. Anything with crinkly plastic
Because of the sound I guess? Idk.
4. “Cat TV”
Windows are great for cats. I call this “cat TV” though I can’t take credit for that great term. My roommate in Virginia has this magnet of a cat looking out the window and the magnet says “kitty TV.” I thought that was great.
Anyway, back to windows. Windows are great because cats will be enthralled with nature for extended periods of time. It really is like they’re watching television. Sometimes they get really into it and start meowing, kind of like when I was watching “Nashville” last week and cursing Juliette Barnes for her ridiculous behavior.
5. A box
Boxes are such easy cat toys. You don’t always have them around, so cats seem to regard them as this precious gift. They are good for sits, for hiding, and for scratching.
So those are, in my opinion, the best cat toys around. Basically what I’m saying is that it’s useless to waste money on cutesy toys at the pet store because your cat will likely be unimpressed.
Unless there is catnip in said toy. In which case the results may become a little less predictable.
Cat nip is my honorable mention for this list. Here is a video from my apartment in Virginia of the cats on cat nip… I call it “You’re Not You When You’re High.” Enjoy: