Maybe you’re tired of hearing, “But mo-om! Why can’t I have a cat?”. Perhaps you have a child that has to have everything cat. Cat designed clothes, kitty bedspread, cat posters, and cat stickers everywhere you look. Maybe a cat toy is not the real deal but these days you can get stuffed cats that mimic a real cat in almost every way.

Not sure where to start or what to look for? We’ve got your back. Here is a list of key features to look for when trying to find your child the best cat toy for them. We’ve also included a product list of every type we could find. Plush stuffed cats, electronic cats, cat squishies, and even cat games.

Our Top Picks

Manhattan Toy Nursing Nina Nurturing

Best Overall

Manhattan Toy Nursing Nina Nurturing

Melissa Doug Giant Siberian White

Upgrade Choice

Melissa & Doug Giant Siberian White

Fomansh Squishie Hamburger Scented

Best Budget Buy

Fomansh Squishie Hamburger Scented

How to Pick the Best "Cat Toys" for Kids

1. Recommended Age

Toy manufacturers give a recommended age for a variety of reasons. Some toys are designed for older children that are able to operate or manipulate the toy according to their age while others are more simplistic in nature and can be played with by younger children. There is also a choking hazard with certain toys. Toys that have small objects can be harmful to children under the age of 3, therefore keeping your eye on the recommended age is vital.

2. Type/Style

Cat toys come in many different styles and types. There are the very basic stuffed cat toys that are basically for cuddling and pretend play. On the other hand, there are some stuffed cat toys that are actually electronically operated. These ones can make sounds such as purring or respond interactively with physical movements. If you have a child that loves cats yet wants their toy to be more involved then you may want to consider a cat game that the whole family can play.

3. Size

The size of cat toys can vary quite a lot. There are some that are so small they can be squished in the palm of the hand to relieve stress, while others are perfect for your child to cuddle up close against their chest. Finally, there are some that are nearly life-sized and can take up the entirety of your child’s bed!

4. Materials

The materials can range quite a bit when it comes to these toys. Typical materials will include plush fabric, PP cotton stuffing, and accessories. If you are choosing an electronic stuffed cat for your child there will be various types of electronic components that help the toy to interact.

5. Electronics

In our electronic age there are many possibilities that can be added to a cat toy to enhance its interactivity. Some of these cat toys will respond with a purr or meow when they are petted. Some can react to positive and negative stimuli. There are even some that your child can feed cat treats to and then clean up the mess afterward!

6. Interaction

While the most basic type of interaction your child will get from these types of toys are comfort and cuddling, there are other types that you may not have considered. Children that interact with play cats can learn certain responsibilities through pretend play, as well as empathy and nurturing skills. Petting and playing with pets can also instill a feeling of calmness and are great stress relievers!

The Winners

#1

Product Nice Name

Manhattan Toy Nursing Nina Nurturing

A nursing mama cat and her 3 baby kittens that can help your child understand the importance of nurturing. The Manhattan Toys Nursing Nina Nurturing are made of ultra-soft fabric and have embroidered faces and paws. Your child can help the babies make their way to their mom who is patiently waiting to feed them their dinner.

  • You'll love: The babies attach to their nursing mother through magnets that are safely sewn within the material to provide a more realistic appearance.

Recommended age: Ages 3 and up
Type/Style : Stuffed cats
Size: 10 x 6.5 x 5.9 inches
Materials: Ultra-soft fabric, Magnets
Electronics: NA
Interaction: Encourages bonding and nurturing, Cuddling

#2

Melissa Doug Giant Siberian White

Upgrade Choice

The Melissa & Doug Giant Siberian White has been crafted with superior materials. The majestic looking tiger is beautifully designed with realistic markings and details. The tiger’s exquisite black striped fur and pads on its huge paws are sure to spark your child’s imagination.

  • You'll love: This tiger is so life-like that it will look like your child has a real-life, friendly tiger as their guardian.
  • Watch for: If you have a child that likes to take their stuffed animals to bed then you’ll want to be prepared. There to be little space left in the bed for them!

Recommended age: 3 to 15 years
Type/Style: XL stuffed tiger
Size: 65 x 20 x 20 inches
Materials: Plush material and fabrics
Electronics: NA
Interaction: Imagination, Pretend play, Cuddling

#3

Fomansh Squishie Hamburger Scented

Best Budget Buy

A set of three, durable squishies that are slow to rise which ensures that they are safe for children over the age of three. The Fomansh Squishie Hamburger Scented is designed in cute and colorful displays of a cat hamburger, coffee cup, and french fries and can provide your child with an interactive form of stress relief with a splash of fun.

  • You'll love: Life can be very stressful these days for kids. These toys can provide a way for your child to relief some of that stress by manipulating and squishing them in their hands.
  • Watch for: These toys are not recommended for children under the age of three.
Recommended age: Ages 3 and up Type/Style: Interactive hand toys Size: 7.2 x 6.4 x 3.1 inches Materials: Environment-friendly PU foam Electronics: NA Interaction: Stress reliever, Pretend play

#4

Winsterch Kids Cat Stuffed Animal

The Winsterch Kids Cat Stuffed Animal is a plump and white fluffy stuffed cat that has an endearing face with pink nose and ears, and gentle black eyes. Its long and fat tail is 11.8 inches in length and is sure to bring delight to your child as they cuddle their new pet.

  • You'll love: This cat is just the right size to be used not only as a toy but as a comforting and huggable pillow as well.
  • Watch for: The cat is made with long fur and may shed loose bits initially. This can be remedied by shaking the cat off and brushing with a lint roller.

Recommended age: Ages 3 and up
Type/Style: Plush stuffed cat
Size: 10.24 x 9.05 x 11.8 inches
Materials: Premium quality plush, PP cotton
Electronics: NA
Interaction: Pretend play, Cuddling

#5

Gamewright Feed The Kitty

The Gamewright Feed The Kitty is a fast-paced game where you roll the dice to avoid losing your mice. The object is to stop the kitty from eating your mice for dinner. If you roll a sleeping cat then you can sneak by. Rolling an arrow means you get to pass to the left. If you roll a bowl then it’s time to feed the kitty! 

  • You'll love: This fast-paced game is a great boredom buster for when you don’t have time for a long game.
  • Watch for: The game has small pieces and is not recommended for children under the age of 3.

Recommended age: Ages 3 and up
Type/Style: Game (2 to 5 players)
Size: 6 x 3 x 8 inches
Materials: Plastic kitty bowl, 20 Wooden mice, Custom dice
Electronics : NA
Interaction: Develops fine motor skills

#6

FurReal Kami My Poopin Kitty

Best interactive cat toys

The FurReal Kami My Poopin Kitty interactive kitty that can provide your child with a life-like experience of raising a pet. They can feed their kitty, take them for a walk, and then clean up after they have finished their ‘business’. The cat comes with a leash, food, and clean-up bag.

  • You'll love
  • This would make a great toy for that little one in your life who wants a real pet but needs to understand the importance of taking care of one.
  • The cat makes happy kitty sounds that add to its life-like personality.
  • Watch for: This toy has small parts and is not recommended for children under the age of three.

Recommended age: Ages 4 and up
Type/Style: Interactive stuffed cat
Size: 5.6 x 7.6 x 14.1 inches
Materials: Plastic, Nylon, Metal
Electronics: Kitty sounds, Three AAA batteries required
Interaction: Teaches responsibility, Pretend play

#7

Joy All Silver White Mitts

Joy All Silver White Mitts is a realistic looking cat that is designed to mimic the comforting feeling one gets from a real cats affection. This gray and white feline has long fur that is soft and silky. It has built-in sensors that respond to motion and touch with cat-like movements and sounds such as purring.

  • You'll love: This cat responds to cuddles by opening and closing its eyes, lifting its paw, yawning, and other movements.

Recommended age: Ages 5 and up
Type/Style: Interactive life-like cat
Size: 9 x 15. 2 x 10.1 inches
Materials: Soft,brushable fur, Electronic components
Electronics: Sounds,
Movements, 4 C batteries included
Interaction: Provides companionship,
Instills calmness and comfort

#8

FurReal Friends Bootsie

Best Fur Real plush cat

The FurReal Friends Bootsie is an interactive plush and purple kitty that reacts to hand movements such as a wave of the hand or a tap on her mouth with a kitty treat. Bootsie has super-soft fur and loves to be cuddled. Her bright blue eyes are filled with personality and will change from inquisitive to cranky as her mood changes.

  • You'll love: Bootsie responds like a real kitty and even purrs when she is picked up and cuddled.

Recommended age: Ages 4 and up
Type/Style: Interactive plush cat
Size: 7 x 7.2 x 14.2 inches
Materials: Plush, Electronic components
Electronics: Sounds, Movements, 4 AA batteries included
Interaction: Pretend play, Cuddling

#9

Marsjoy Interactive Cat Robot

The Marsjoy Interactive Cat Robot is a touch controlled plush cat that interacts with your child in several ways. It can do eight movements including tumbling, crawling, bowing, clapping hands, and body shaking, as well as make a barking sound and meowing cries.

  • You'll love: An ideal toy cat for children as it will help to nurture a sense of wonder and develop curiosity, as well as teach action and reaction.
  • Watch for: While it is indicated that it may be a good toy for babies, it is not recommended for children under the age of 3.

Recommended age: Ages 3 and up
Type/Style: Interactive plush cat
Size: 5.9 x 5.9 x 11.8 inches
Materials: High quality fabric, PP cotton, Electronic components
Electronics: Sounds, Movements, 4 AA batteries
Interaction: Teaches action and reaction, Pretend play

#10

GraceOn Jumbo Squishies Donut Cat

Best Cat Toy for Girly-Girls

The GraceOn Jumbo Squishies Donut Cat is a slow rising squishy toy that is designed to relieve stress through repeated squishing with the hands. These glittery and colorfully designed squishies come in a set of four and include an ice cream, doughnut, deer, and star cat.

  • You'll love: These happy-looking squishies come in a rainbow of colors and have a pleasant fragrance.
  • Watch for: If you have pets, I’d recommend keeping these toys out of their reach. The toys have a fragrance and I can just imagine a pet wanting to know how they taste!

Recommended age:  Ages 3 months and up
Type/Style: Squishy hand toys
Size: 6.7 x 5.4 x 2.6 inches
Materials: High-quality, environmentally friendly material
Electronics: NA
Interaction: Relieves stress

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for Cat Toys lovers

Kitty Pillows

Does your child absolutely love everything Kitty? How about making some cat throw pillows for their bed? Elsie and Emma over at A Beautiful Mess have great instructions for making a cat face pillow. All you need is some felt, stuffing, and a little sewing skills.

Cat House

If you’ve got a cat as the family pet and want an activity that you and your child can do together, then how about making your furry friend a home? You can make a cool cardboard cat house with these simple instructions we found over at Happiness is Homemade.

Felt Kitties

Lia Griffith came up with these adorable felt, stuffed kitties. You and your child can spend an afternoon making up a bunch of these little fellas. Not only will you both have fun together but your child will also end up with a bundle of personalized kittens to remember the day by.

Quick Decision

Manhattan Toy Nursing Nina Nurturing – Best Overall
Teaching a child the importance of bonding and nurturing while providing them with something that they can interact with and cuddle is why we chose The Nursing Nina Cat as one of our favorites.

Melissa & Doug Giant Siberian White – Upgrade Choice
An excellent option for a child that is bored of the same old small stuffed animals and desires something a little more life-sized and realistic.

Fomansh Squishie Hamburger Scented – Best Budget Buy
If you’re a parent on a budget you may love the FOMANSH Jumbo Squishies that can provide your child with a fun and collectible form of stress relief.

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