Kittens are usually easily amused with simple toys like a piece of string or a paper bag., but often require more sophisticated toys as they mature into adult cats. Here are some of the best electronic cat toys on the market today. Bear in mind that not every cat will respond the same way to a particular toy. A favorite toy for one cat may well be ignored by another. The best way to find the right toy is to experiment with lots of different types of toys.

SmartyKat Hot Pursuit

The Smarty Kat Hot Pursuit Electronic toy replicates the movements of hidden prey with erratically moving wand under a concealing fabric barrier. The concealed action of the lure fascinates cats and encourages healthy activity through play. The toy require 3 AA batteries, and is equipped with a four-speed controller that lets you customize the action and two replaceable wand attachments for playtime variety. The plastic wands and base are made from recycled plastic. All SmartyKat products are tested to child safety standards and come with a SmartyKat satisfaction guarantee.

SmartyKat’s Hot Pursuit electronic motion toy mesmerizes cats by replicating the erratic movements of hidden prey. The two interchangeable wands flit and zip, unpredictably changing directions with only a teasing bit visible from under the durable fabric cover. This fascinating movement encourages healthy activity through the fun of play, and the four speed controls allow you to customize the action for your cat. SmartyKat gives pet parents the best of all worlds: innovative products, stylish designs, environmental responsibility, and exceptional value with a variety of toys to meet a cat’s need for play, scratching, wellness, rest, and fun! A member of the Worldwise family of pet products, SmartyKat is grounded in the principles of pet safety, customer satisfaction, and environmental responsibility. SmartyKat products are designed to meet or exceed all applicable safety standards. They are then tested against those standards to ensure they meet our strict quality and safety requirements – ensuring they’re safe for all members of your family. SmartyKat offers a complete satisfaction guarantee. If a customer is dissatisfied with a SmartyKat product for any reason, they will replace it or refund it.

pros:

· Most cats love it

· Variable speed control

· Fairly inexpensive

· Comes with a complete satisfaction guarantee

cons:

· Changing batteries requires screwdriver

· Could be more durable.

· The feathered lure is easily shredded after a few weeks, replacements are not yet available.

· If the cat holds the lure down for a while, the motor turns off. Then you have to manually turn it back on.

Catit Senses 2.0 Wellness Center

The Catit Senses 2.0 Wellness Center is catnip relaxation center offering 360 degrees of relaxation and grooming possibilities for your cat. The product measures 19.8 by 17.9 by 6.1 inches and weighs about 1.4 pounds. It combines the old Catit Massage Center and Comfort Zone with a few smart upgrades, based on direct user feedback. The Wellness Center includes a wide variety of brushes, textures and massage ridges to help your cat relax and groom themselves. Thus, it provides head, neck face and body massage for both small and large cats. All of the features are easily accessible from all sides to suit any cat’s personal preferences and grooming habits.

The ultimate in-house catnip spot, simply spray the product with catnip and let your cat enjoy themselves! The Catit Senses 2.0 Wellness Center contains a gum stimulator (Refills available separately - #43158, dried catnip, 2 self-grooming brushes, an ergonomic base with massage ridges, a broad cushion, a multi-purpose massager and an anti-skid ring.

To keep your cat interested, you need to change their toy set-up often. Catit Senses 2.0 is the only cat toy series that allows you to create new and exciting setups for your cat, quickly and easily! Each toy was designed to activate and stimulate your cat’s unique senses, all in one fresh, green style to match any home interior, no matter the arrangement. The Senses 2.0 Wellness Center is great individually or in combination with other Catit Senses 2.0 products.

pros:

· Does not need to be plugged in

· Popular with cats who like to rub against things

· Cats love to chew on the little knob

· Easy to clean

cons:

· The laying area is too small for many cats

· Not as popular with cats who don't enjoy catnip

· Plastic is a bit flimsy

Moody Pet Fling-Ama-String

The Moody Pet Fling-Ama-String toy is a multi-award winning, battery-operated string-flinging machine. It won the Editor's Choice Award in Cat Fancy Magazine and Best New Product of the Year at various pet product shows around the world. The toy offers non-stop entertainment for every age and type of cat.

No cat can live on sleep and food alone. They need a little Fling-Ama-String too. This action-packed toy hangs on any standard door knob. One end of a long, brightly-colored, silky cord (string) is sewn (with an industrial strength sewing machine.) onto a white elastic “conveyer belt” which is constantly rotating. The string flings in and out for kitty’s non-stop amusement. Cats can bite, paw, claw, pull, and ultimately STOP the string. As soon as they let go, the string automatically starts to rotate again and again and again. The toy has 2 speeds for the frisky or faint feline. Just turn it on, take a seat, and watch kitty go. Fling-Ama-String snafu or need a replacement part? Go to moodypet.com Fling-Ama-String Tips and Troubleshooting for more information. Moody Pet sends out FREE replacement parts for the life of your toy. Please supervise your cat at all times when playing with this toy.

pros:

· Easy to assemble - no assembly required

· Cats love to play with it

· Free replacement parts for the life of the toy

cons:

· Requires 3 AA batteries - not included, and uses them up in about 15 minutes.

· Constant supervision required - some cats might try to eat the string. Even when the unit is turned off, clever cats will figure out how to get the string out of the plastic case and eat it.

FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy

The FroliCat BOLT is an interactive laser for cats. It measures 3 by 3 by 9 inches, and weighs 8.8 ounces. It provides endless entertainment with automatically-generated red laser beams that even the laziest cat will enjoy.

Simply hold BOLT in your hand or place it on a flat surface, turn it on and watch your cat pounce, chase, and bat at the exciting laser patterns. Use it in automatic mode where it generates random patters or in manual mode where you can control the action. The laser automatically shuts off after 15 minutes in either mode and also includes a manual on-off switch.

pros:

· Cats love it

· Easy to operate

· Automatic shut-off

cons:

· Requires 4 AA batteries (not included)

· The motor is a little noisier than expected, so it takes a while for the cat to get used to the sound

SmartyKat Loco! Motion Cat Toy Automated Activity Toy

The SmartyKat Loco! Motion is an interactive cat toy that doubles as a feline exercise machine. Chasing the erratically moving, fluttery feather toy provides physical and mental stimulation, and is just plain fun! This battery-operated toy lets you control the action with adjustable speed controls and is programmable for up to two hours of continuous play. EcoAdvantages: Made with 50% recycled post-consumer plastic. Made with natural undyed feathers.

pros:

· Automatic shut-off after 15 minutes

· Very durable (more durable than it looks)

· Very entertaining to cats who enjoy unpredictable movements

Adjustable speed control

cons:

· Noisier than one would expect

· Base is easily pulled over (apply weights to counteract this)

Petsafe Pounce Toy, White/Yellow

PetSafe Pounce is an automatic, rotating, hide-and-seek cat toy. Marshal Maus is an electronic mouse who zips around the circular path, zooming forward, reversing direction, hiding under obstacles, and occasionally twitching back and forth. The unpredictable movement stimulates your cat's natural instinct to hunt, chase, and pounce on prey.

pros:

· Automatic interactive toy

· Provides random movements

· Multi-speed control

· Equipped with a timer

cons:

· Uses AA batteries (not included)

· A little predictable - better for kittens

· A bit flimsy in construction

PetSafe Pounce Pet Toy
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OurPets Catty Whack Electronic Motion Cat Toy

The Catty Whack is the unpredictable game of hide and seek where instinct meets play! This interactive toy is specifically designed to encourage independent play for cats of all ages! Cats love the original electronic RealMouse sound and the erratic movement of the feather keeps your cat guessing as it randomly dashes and darts in and out of the six mouse holes. The feather wand and the electronic RealMouse sound mimic prey in the wild, stimulating your cat’s natural hunting instincts and leading to plenty of purr and pounce action! Cats love chasing the erratic movement of a feather wand as it darts in and out of the mouse holes. Interactive hide and go seek action game with genuine electronic Real Mouse sound. It is a great visual stimulation and exercise.

pros:

· Cats love it

· Clever design

· Easy to set up

cons:

· Uses 4 C size batteries (not included)

· A bit flimsy in construction

Generic V3 Version Cat's Meow Moving Undercover Mouse Electronic Cat Play Toy

The Generic V3 Version Cat's Meow Toy is an irresistible cat toy that provides fun exercise for cats of all ages. It helps to stop clawing and scratching. The Peek-a-boo wand mimics a scurrying mouse, and it randomly changes speeds and directions to keep cats entertained. The mouse tail moves in random and unpredictable directions that appeals to your cats hunter-prey instinct.

The technology has been significantly improved, and is more stable than previous versions . This includes the electronic circuits and product mold design.

This model features a 30 minute automatic stop function, 4 LED,3 Speed settings, Slip clutch to protect gears, and is made of durable rip stop nylon (23" diam.), making it the perfect gift for every cat lover.

It requires either 3 C batteries, or one "BL-2600" Li-ion battery powered.(batteries not included

Package included:

1 x Cat's Meow Toy Version V3
1 x Durable 23" skirt
1 x Mouse wand
1 x Manual

pros:

· Takes either 3-Cs or the optional rechargeable battery pack

· Equipped with 30 minute automatic shut-off

· Cats love it.

cons:

· A bit noisy

· A tad flimsy

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