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 to give you an idea of the full spectrum of different cat products that are available to buy.
Whether you’re a first-time cat owner looking for ideas on things that might be useful, or someone who has owned cats for a long time who is looking for new ideas, then these are some of the products that I’ve really liked over the last year.
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My Favorite Cat Toys
Yeowww! Catnip Banana
This is my favorite cat toy of all time because it was the one toy that my childhood cat Rags would play with. He was gifted it when he was 15 years old and he kept going back to it again and again.
The banana-shaped canvas toy is packed with 100% organic catnip which is really safe – even if it bursts open the cat could eat it and be fine (it would actually help 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 got into it.
Every cat we’ve had since Rags has loved the Yeowww! Catnip Banana too, which just tells you how good it is.
Purchase the Yeowww banana!
This is a great cat toy made up of two pieces of rug. The top layer has holes in it 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 made from a durable material too, 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 could hide, giving them a fun place to relax or to 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. Basically, a motor moves a wand in a circular or random motion that just 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 with 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 really like the dual purpose of this toy. It’s a plastic ring with a ball that fits in the groove around the edge, that your cat can chase as much as they want to without it escaping and rolling around all over your floor. And in the middle, there’s a scratcher, which helps your cat to release some emotions in a safe space without damaging your furniture.
It combines the fun of chasing the ball with the relief of a scratchpad, and so your cat can enjoy it in multiple ways.
Purchase theBergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy.
Nina Ottoson Dog Brick
While originally designed for dogs, the Dog Brick is a great toy for cats if you want to provide them with stimulation when they’re on the hunt for a treat. It’s made up of sliding pieces that cover recesses where you can place the treats, and plastic removable bones that are wedged in place to stop the sliding spaces from moving.
The idea is that your cat has to work out how to dislodge the plastic bones and remove them, before then sliding the blocks around to find the treats. It’s great for mental and physical activity and can keep your kitty entertained for hours, provided they’re motivated by food.
Purchase theNina 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 way 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, which means you can either drag it around on the floor or bounce it through the air, giving you a lot of 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 a variety of toys. You can choose which one to buy with it – either 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 really satisfying sounds.
You can also adjust the length of the string, 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 really simply designed but they’re so effective. They consist of a flat scratch pad made from corrugated cardboard, resting on a simple flat surface with legs. It almost looks like a piece of Ikea furniture, in that it’s quite modern but simplistic, which just means it always looks great in your home.
The scratchpads are reversible and replaceable, though they last a long time in my experience anyway. And the pad doubles as a platform where your cat can just relax and snooze, 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 how clever this scratching beam is – someone was clearly thinking 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 their side or back – just like Trigg – then they’ll love that they can lie next to this beam and scratch away in comfort. It’s a robust design that is easy to assemble and will last for a long time.
Purchase the Felix Katnip Tree Scratching Beam
Bowsers Pet Bed
This is a really high-quality pet bed that, while originally designed for dogs, is perfect for Ragdoll cats if you buy the small size. 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, and 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
I know this is a popular product because I see so many photos from Floppycatters with their cats sitting in these bowls, and 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 – just pop the cardboard out, flip it over and push the center down to shape it to the bowl.
The outside is made from a good quality wood, which keeps it nice and sturdy, so your cat can sit happily without tipping it over.
PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge
This is a really 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. With the raised ends at either side it’s really easy for them to lie there and scratch without having to stand up, making it a really relaxing place for them to unwind and burn off some of that scratching tension.
It’s double-sided so when one side is starting to show wear you can just flip it over and it’ll work just as well, making it a really long-lasting product. And you can choose from two colors, in a walnut brown or grey, so you can pick one that’ll match your home décor too.
Purchase thePetFusion 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 really easy for your cat to scratch with all four paws and it’s inviting too. 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 toy for jumping off, but it’s even better for helping older cats with mobility issues to reach higher places that they can no longer comfortably jump to. It arrives fully assembled too so you can set it up and let your cat enjoy it right away.
Purchase theScratchy 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 in the same way plastic does, and they’re really solid and easy to clean. These pet bowls from PawNosh are made from recycled glass and they’re absolutely 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 don’t take up a huge amount of space. The only thing to be aware of is that, because 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 thePawNosh Cubby Bowl Glass Pet Bowl
Dr. Catsby’s Cat Food Bowl
This bowl is designed with a gentle low curve, which is 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. It’s a high-quality but lightweight stainless steel material and again, because it's 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, and for ease, it’s dishwasher friendly, though since it's metal just be careful removing it once the cycle is finished.
Purchase theDr. Catsby’s Cat Food Bowl
DYBEN Pet Can Covers
A silicone can cover is a great way of keeping wet food fresh in your fridge, and 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, whilst also being slightly elasticated which makes it easier to fit them to a can. And they are, of course, non-toxic so won’t do any harm to your cat’s food.
Purchase theDYBEN Pet Can Covers
Whole Life Pet Treats
I was recommended these treats by a breeder because they’re so close to what cats would eat in nature, and I agree they are really good quality, although they’re a little expensive – it’s worth ordering a sample before you commit to a large batch, to make sure 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 really healthy treat you can feed your cat without feeling guilty or worried about what they contain.
Purchase theWhole Life Pet Treats
Adored Beast Apothecary Products
These health supplement products help to tackle a number of common cat problems in a way that’s natural and calm, helping to soothe various symptoms affecting the gut or improving the function of your cat’s organs.
What’s clear is just how much the company cares about their products and animals – they’re extremely selective about where they source ingredients from, 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 which can help to comfortably improve your cat’s health, promoting cell healing and accelerating recovery from any injuries or maladies.
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 – and if you follow the steps then it’s a comfortable and easy treatment that can really 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 one of the essential products in my home – it’s a rare comb that Charlie will happily let me use on his head, neck and mane despite absolutely hating being groomed normally. It’s got rounded teeth of different lengths to better tackle your cat’s hair, 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 can definitely recommend 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 has a slightly curved soft blade with very small teeth that will collect a lot of fluff from your cat’s body, helping to remove any shedding.
It’s really effective and gentle on your cats too. I’d recommend using it outside because of how effective it is – you will gather up a lot of fur, and while the tool will gather it as much as possible some will fall off, so doing it outdoors means the clean up is easier.
Purchase the EquiGroomer
This is a really great 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 that 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 to encourage any loose litter to fall through the gaps instead of getting trapped.
This means that when you’re scooping litter, you only need to give a gentle shake and it’ll fall through, making the whole process so much faster and easier, and saving you money too – if you added up the cost of all the good litter you’re binning with a regular scoop, over time it’d easily amount to a couple of bags, while this scoop will last you a very long time.
Purchase the Litter-Lifter Litter Scoop
Litter Genie Cat Litter Box
My favorite litter box, this is a really good product that’s easy to use. It’s got high sides that manage to prevent any litter scatter, and comfortable handles that make it so easy to lift up 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 really easy to clean too. Overall it’s just a comfortable space for your cat to make use of, that’s super-simple to maintain.
Blackhole Cat Litter Mat
Any good litter box needs a litter mat to catch any loose bits of 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 really easy to pour the litter back into the litter tray ready to be used again. So it doesn’t just keep your home tidy and free of loose litter but it’ll also help prevent any wastage.
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 really well in normal and automatic litter boxes because it’s hard clumping so the clumps stay together.
It’s unscented, which I think is much better (and would rather scented litters were taken off the market) and it has a finer grain which makes it softer on your cat’s paws when they climb into it. It’s also hypoallergenic so it’s good for any cats who would normally be 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 a really effective brush for removing cat hair from furniture, including cat beds. It does work on clothes, but not as effectively. There are no replacement parts like there would be with a sticky roller, it just works really well when you’re brushing down chairs or sofas.
I find it’s best to use it before you vacuum – that way 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 a really good job on different fabrics and is great for using daily to get rid of fluff on whatever you’re wearing. It’s one-directional, so you just need to follow the arrow and brush in that direction to capture the fluff.
Then, you just 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 just pop the bottom off and you can pull out all the gathered hair, ready to put in the trash. So simple.
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. I’ve found it’s really effective at removing diarrhea and cat vomit stains – you just need to mix a cleaning tablet with water in a spray bottle and spray it onto the stain, then dab it dry.
It’s worked on all the different types of cat vomit I’ve ever encountered, and it leaves a clean and fresh smell once done, helping you to get rid of any marks and nasty aromas and keep 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, and is a custom blanket printed from a photo you send in. The print quality is excellent – the blanket will look exactly like the picture, and it’s just a really soft blanket made from polyester that you could use as a throw or on a bed, or just to wrap yourself in on a cold day.
It’s really cool and makes a great gift for the cat lover in your family – just fire over a photo of their kitty and you’ll get this super-comfy large blanket that just looks amazing, and is really snuggly too.
Purchase a Custom Blanket
And that’s the list – don’t forget to watch my video where I talk about all these products, and check out the individual reviews on my website for each one too where I talk about them more in detail. Once you’ve picked your favorites, head over 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 too.