My Favorite Cat Toys and Cat Products 2022
Every few years, I like to look back at some of the best cat toys and best cat products I’ve used or reviewed, and there have been a lot! But this will help give you an idea of the full spectrum of cat products available.
Whether you’re a first-time cat owner looking for helpful ideas or someone who has owned cats for a long time and is looking for new ideas, these are some of the products I’ve really liked over the last year.
And remember to visit our shop where you can pick up these items.
My Favorite Cat Toys
Yeowww! Catnip Banana
This is my favorite cat toy of all time because it was the one my childhood cat Rags would play with; he was gifted this toy when he was 15. And he kept going back to it again and again.
The banana-shaped canvas toy is packed with 100% organic catnip. Catnip is very safe – even if it bursts open, the cat could eat it and be fine (actually, it would improve their digestion). It’s always good to have cat toys that you don’t need to worry about – there’s no synthetic filler here which could lead to problems if your cat gets into it.
Every cat we’ve had since Rags has loved the Yeowww! Catnip Banana too, which tells you how good it is.
Purchase the Yeowww banana!
This is a great cat toy made up of two rug pieces. The top layer has holes and connects to the bottom layer with Velcro, creating spaces inside that you can fill with toys, treats, or string for your cat to paw at or dive into, busting through the holes.
I love how stimulating the rug is and how much it encourages cats to play. It’s also made from a durable material, and you can reconfigure the rug whenever you want to mix things up. You can even create bigger bumps in the top layer where your cat can hide, giving them a fun place to relax or stalk from.
Purchase the Ripple Rug.
Blackhole Catch The Tail Cat Toy
This is an updated version of a toy from a few years ago called the undercover mouse. A motor moves a wand in a circular or random motion that pokes out from underneath a circular cover made from a material similar to umbrellas, so it’s a fun texture for cats to pounce on. The wand resembles a mouse tail, and my cats love to play with it and try to catch it.
It’s a much-improved version since the old toy would often become useless as the cat could pull the wand off from the motor, which shouldn’t happen now. And there’s a second option too. This one has a different wand that doesn’t use the cover but instead spins feathers around, which could be great for a kitten.
Purchase the Blackhole Catch The Tail Cat Toy.
Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy
I particularly like the dual purpose of this toy. It’s a plastic ring with a ball that fits in the groove around the edge. So your cat can chase the ball as much as they want to without it escaping and rolling around your floor. And in the middle, there’s a scratcher, which helps your cat release emotions in a safe space without damaging your furniture.
It combines the fun of chasing the ball with the relief of a scratchpad, so your cat can enjoy it in multiple ways.
Purchase the Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy.
Nina Ottoson Dog Brick
While initially designed for dogs, the Dog Brick is a great toy for cats if you want to stimulate them when they’re hunting for a treat. It’s made up of sliding pieces covering recesses where you can place the treats and removable plastic bones wedged to stop the sliding spaces from moving.
The idea is that your cat must work out how to dislodge the plastic bones and remove them before sliding the blocks around to find the treats. It’s excellent for mental and physical activity and can keep your kitty entertained for hours, provided they’re motivated by food.
Purchase the Nina Ottoson Dog Brick.
Rompicatz Winged Bug Teaser
RompiCatz makes some excellent wand toys, and their winged bug teaser is no exception. The ‘bug’ is designed to look like a flying insect with four large colorful wings. It’s not only visually appealing to your cat, but it sounds great, too. As you wave the toy through the air, the wings will gently crackle as they flap, and when your cat pounces, there’s a satisfying crinkling sound that they’ll love.
It’s connected with a string, meaning you can drag it around on the floor or bounce it through the air, giving you many different play options with your cat.
Purchase the Rompicatz Winged Bug Teaser.
Rompicatz Adjustable Wand Toy
The RompiCatz Adjustable Wand is slightly different because it lets you mix up playtime with various toys. You can choose which one to buy with it – the crinkle ball, the mouse, or the bug – and they’re interchangeable if you want to add a bit of variety. The bug and mouse toys are made with real animal fur, which makes them look and smell very interesting for your cat, while the crinkle ball will make some satisfying sounds.
You can also adjust the string length, so you can have it long when you want your cat to pounce on it along the floor or keep it short to lead your cat around, perfect for motivating them to climb a scratching post.
Purchase the RompiCatz Adjustable Wand.
My Favorite Scratchers and Beds
PurrFur Scratch Pad (and Long Scratch Pad)
These products are designed very simply, but they’re so effective. They consist of a flat scratch pad made from corrugated cardboard, resting on a flat surface with legs. It looks like a piece of Ikea furniture in that it’s modern but simplistic, which means it always looks great in your home.
The scratchpads are reversible and replaceable, though they last a long time in my experience. And the pad doubles as a platform where your cat can relax and sleep, especially the Long Scratch Pad, which is big enough for a Ragdoll to stretch out without hanging over the sides.
Purchase the PurrFur Scratch Pad
Felix Katnip Tree Company Scratching Beam
I love the clever idea behind this scratching beam – someone used their head when they designed this. It’s a horizontal scratching beam that’s elevated off the floor. This means your cat has multiple options for scratching it, either along the top, the sides, or underneath.
If you’ve got a cat who likes to flop over and scratch on its side or back – just like Trigg – then it’ll love that it can lie next to this beam and scratch away in comfort. It’s a robust design that is easy to assemble and will last a long time.
Purchase the Felix Katnip Tree Scratching Beam
Bowsers Pet Bed
While initially designed for dogs, this high-quality pet bed is perfect for Ragdoll cats if you buy a small one. Of course, you might find similar-looking pet beds for a much lower price, and this is quite an expensive item, but that’s because it’s so well made. So I wouldn’t recommend a cheaper alternative.
They’re luxurious and comfortable for your cat and made using processes that don’t involve harmful chemicals or substances. The covers can be washed too, and the only downside is that it’s quite the magnet for cat fur, but it’s easily fixed with a vacuum.
Purchase the Bowsers Pet Bed
Necoichi Cozy Cat Scratcher Bowl
This is a popular product because of all the photos of Floppycatters with their cats sitting in these bowls. It’s a product I love to gift to cat owners myself. It’s a concave scratching bowl where your cat can sit and relax, scratching away at the corrugated cardboard surface. It’s reversible, too – pop the cardboard out, flip it over and push the center down to shape it into the bowl.
The outside is made from good quality wood, which keeps it nice and sturdy, so your cat can sit happily without tipping it over.
Purchase the Necoichi Cozy Cat Scratcher Bowl
PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge
This is a modern scratcher that doubles up as a lounger. It has a figure-8/infinity shape design and is big enough that your cat can comfortably laze on it and relax. Also, with the raised ends on either side, it’s effortless for them to lie there and scratch without standing up. This makes it a relaxing place to unwind and burn off some scratching tension.
It’s double-sided, so when one side shows wear, you can flip it over, and it’ll work just as well, making it a long-lasting product. And you can choose from two colors, a walnut brown or grey, so you can pick one that’ll match your home décor too.
Purchase the PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge
Scratchy Ramp 2.0
Another great two-in-one product is a combination of scratchpad and ramp. Because it’s on an incline, it’s easy for your cat to scratch with all four paws, and it’s inviting too. In addition, the scratchpad is removable, and the mat itself is replaceable, so you can keep using it for years without having to replace the entire ramp.
As a ramp, it’s perfect for younger cats as a jumping-off toy. Still, it’s even better for helping older cats with mobility issues reach higher places they can no longer comfortably jump to. It arrives fully assembled, too, so you can set it up and let your cat enjoy it immediately.
Purchase the Scratchy Ramp 2.0.
Cat Bowls & Food
PawNosh Cubby Bowl Glass Pet Bowl
Glass pet food bowls are some of the best options – they don’t harbor bacteria like plastic and are solid and easy to clean. These pet bowls from PawNosh are made from recycled glass, and they’re stunning – there’s a blue, green, or orange option and all look fantastic.
They’re dishwasher friendly and designed to hold 5 ounces, so they only take up a small amount of space. The only thing to be aware of is that cats are more sensitive to light and reflections, they might need a little encouragement at first to use it, but that should soon be solved.
Purchase the PawNosh Cubby Bowl Glass Pet Bowl
Dr. Catsby’s Cat Food Bowl
This bowl is designed with a gentle, low curve, intended to be whisker-friendly. Because your cat’s whiskers won’t touch the bowl when they eat, it’s more comfortable for them to use. In addition, it’s a high-quality but lightweight stainless steel material. Because its metal, it’s great for avoiding cat acne or zits and preventing bacteria build-ups.
It has a non-slip silicone mat on the bottom, too, so it won’t be pushed all around the room when your cat is eating. For ease, it’s dishwasher friendly, though since it’s metal, be careful removing it once the cycle is finished.
Purchase the Dr. Catsby’s Cat Food Bowl
DYBEN Pet Can Covers
Silicone can covers are a great way of keeping wet food fresh in your fridge; this product from DYBEN is one of the better options. They’re universal, which means they should fit any small (3oz), medium (5.5-6oz), or large (10-12oz) can due to their flexible shape.
They’re dishwasher friendly and can withstand high and low temperatures without warping. They are also slightly elasticated, making it easier to fit them onto a can. And they are, of course, non-toxic; They won’t harm your cat’s food.
Purchase the DYBEN Pet Can Covers
Whole Life Pet Treats
A breeder recommended these treats because they’re so close to what cats would eat in nature. Although they’re a little expensive, they are excellent quality – it’s worth ordering a sample before you commit to a large batch to ensure your cat likes them.
They’re single-ingredient freeze-dried treats with cod, turkey, liver, salmon, and chicken options, all produced in the USA. They’re human-grade, and a healthy treat you can feed your cat without feeling guilty or worried about what they contain.
Purchase the Whole Life Pet Treats
Adored Beast Apothecary Products
These health supplement products help tackle several common cat problems naturally and calmly. They help to soothe various symptoms affecting the gut or improve the function of your cat’s organs.
It’s obvious how much the company cares about its products and animals – they’re highly selective about where they source ingredients. So you can trust that your cat is only getting the best quality support from their products, and that’s why they make my list.
Purchase Adored Beast Apothecary Products
Photonic Health Multi-Light
This clever tool lets you give your cat red-, blue- and green light therapy. This can help improve your cat’s health, promoting cell healing and accelerating recovery from injuries or sicknesses.
I love how much information the company provides – they’ll even offer free customer support if you’ve bought a similar product from a rival manufacturer. If you follow the steps, it’s a comfortable and easy treatment that can benefit your cat’s health.
Use Photonic Health Coupon Code FLOPPYCATS to receive $25 off. The $25 off coupon code is valid on orders of $200 or more.
Purchase the Photonic Health Multi-Light
Cat Grooming Tools
Safari Cat Shedding Comb
This is an essential product in my home. It’s a rare comb that Charlie will happily let me use on his head, neck, and mane despite usually hating being groomed. It’s got rounded teeth of different lengths to tackle your cat’s hair better and is a simple tool for managing any mats on a day-to-day basis.
While different cats will need and prefer different combs, I use this one as my go-to option for everyday use. Considering how much the cats tolerate it compared to others.
Purchase the Safari Comb
First developed as a product for horses and now recommended for cats (and dogs), the EquiGroomer is another favorite. It has a slightly curved soft blade with tiny teeth that will collect a lot of fluff from your cat’s body, helping to remove any shedding.
It’s effective and gentle on your cats too. I’d suggest using it outside because of how effective it is – you will gather quite a bit of fur. Also, while the tool will gather as much as possible, some will fall off, so doing it outdoors makes the cleanup more effortless.
Purchase the EquiGroomer
This is an excellent tool for managing your cat’s claws. Rather than being a simple clipper, it has different sizes to suit different cats, with a small hole that your cat’s claw should be poked through when clipping.
This clever design means you never need to worry about cutting the quick – the part of the claw that contains the blood vessels and nerves that would hurt your cat. Because only the cuttable part of the claw will fit through the hole, even the most nervous cat owner can attend to their cat’s claws without having to trouble a groomer.
Purchase the Zen Clipper
Cat Litter Items
Litter-Lifter Litter Scoop
The single best litter scoop I’ve ever used, and I would genuinely describe it as life-changing! The Litter-Lifter is so simple and yet so effective in the job that it does. Rather than having straight or square tines, it has triangular tines, which helps encourage loose litter to fall through the gaps instead of getting trapped.
You only need to give a gentle shake when scooping litter. But then, it’ll fall through, making the whole process much faster and easier and saving you money. So, if you added up the cost of all the clean litter you’re binning with a regular scoop, it’d quickly amount to a couple of bags, while this scoop will last a very long time.
Purchase the Litter-Lifter Litter Scoop
Litter Genie Cat Litter Box
My favorite litter box. This is an excellent product that’s easy to use. It has high sides that prevent litter scatter and comfortable handles that make it so easy to lift the whole thing and pour it away if you need to.
It’s silicone, so it’s lightweight, but the size of it means it’ll stay secure and in place when filled with litter, and it’s effortless to clean too. So overall, it’s a comfortable space for your cat to use that’s super simple to maintain.
Purchase the Litter Genie Cat Litter Box
Blackhole Cat Litter Mat
Any good litter box needs a litter mat to catch any loose litter. While the better litter trays will stop most litter scatter, you can’t stop every last bit from escaping. What’s great about this mat is it has holes that the loose litter will fall through.
You can then separate the top and bottom, making it easy to pour the litter back into the tray, ready to be used again. So it doesn’t just keep your home tidy and free of loose litter but also helps prevent waste.
Purchase the Blackhole Cat Litter Mat
Dr. Elsey’s Unscented Ultra Clumping Cat Litter
This is my favorite cat litter, and I’ve used it for over 20 years. It’s an unscented, clumping clay litter, and everyone I know that uses it loves it. It works well in standard and automatic litter boxes because it’s hard clumping, so the clumps stay together.
It’s unscented, which is much better (and I would prefer scented litter was taken off the market). In addition, it has a finer grain, making it softer on your cat’s paws when climbing into it. It’s also hypoallergenic, so it’s suitable for cats who are typically allergic to corn- or wheat-based litters.
Purchase the Dr. Elsey’s Unscented Ultra Clumping Cat Litter
Cat Hair & Odor Removal Tools
Lilly Brush Be Forever Furless
This is an effective brush for removing cat hair from furniture, including cat beds. It does work on clothes, but less effectively. There are no replacement parts like there would be with a sticky roller; it just works well when brushing down chairs or sofas.
It’s best to use it before you vacuum. In doing so, you’re getting rid of the fur first without clogging up your vacuum, leaving that to have better access to any dirt and debris once the fur is out of the way.
Purchase the Lilly Brush Be Forever Furless
OXO Good Grips FurLifter Pet Hair Remover
This is my favorite pet hair remover for clothing. It does an outstanding job on different fabrics. It is excellent for using daily to get rid of fluff on whatever you’re wearing. It’s one-directional, so you must follow the arrow and brush in that direction to capture the fluff.
When you’re done, you pop it back into the holder, which collects the hair. You can push it in and pull it straight back out to keep using it, and the hair will be left in the holder. Then you pop the bottom off and can pull out all the gathered hair, ready to put in the trash. So simple.
Purchase the OXO Good Grips FurLifter Pet Hair Remover
Fizzion Pet Stain & Odor Remover
I love this cleaner product – I’ve used it for years, and it’s great for tackling stains and odors. For example, I’ve found it’s effective at removing diarrhea and cat vomit stains. First, mix a cleaning tablet with water in a spray bottle. Then spray it onto the stain and dab it dry.
It’s worked on all the different cat vomit types I’ve encountered. Once done, it leaves a clean and fresh smell, helping eliminate any marks and nasty aromas and keeping your home comfortable and pleasant.
Purchase the Fizzion Pet Stain & Odor Remover
Cat Lover Gifts
Photo Blanket from Canvas Prints
This is the softest thing I’ve ever felt. It is a custom blanket printed from a photo you would send to the company. The print quality is excellent – the blanket will look precisely like the picture. It’s a soft blanket made from polyester that you could use as a throw, on a bed, or to wrap yourself in on a cold day.
It’s cool and makes an excellent gift for the cat lover in your family – fire over a photo of their kitty. You’ll get this super-comfy large blanket that is snuggly and looks terrific.
Purchase a Custom Blanket
And that’s the list – don’t forget to watch my video where I talk about all these products. Also, please check out the individual reviews on my website for each, where I discuss them in more detail.
Finally, once you’ve picked your favorites, head to the store page to find links where you can buy all of these products for yourself, and let me know which ones you love.
Super pawesome & fabulous info, Jenny honey! TYSVM for sharing! Very well done! Lurve all the items I already have from this list and I still need to get that marvelous ripple rug! (Just have to find room for it!) 🙂 <3
Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!
Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3
Thank you!! Yes, the Ripple Rug is a great one!