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10 Cat Toys to Make Your Cat Love You So Much

10 Cat Toys to Make Your Cat Love You So Much

Our feline friends have a reputation for being aloof, but the cat people out there know that cats have a complex inner world. It’s a common misconception that cats don’t need love and attention.[1]

It’s true that cats sleep about 16 hours per day, but when they’re awake they need plenty of mental stimulation.[2] Bored cats find ways to entertain themselves with or without your help, and despite their small size, they can be quite destructive. The issue is aggravated if you have to be away from home for long periods of time, or you’re too busy to play with your feline friend.

At Lifehack, we know all about what it means to be busy people who love cats. We’ve handpicked 10 awesome cat toys and products to keep your feline entertained when it’s awake and pampered when it’s asleep.

1. Petcube Play: Interact with your cat even when you’re away

    Amazon customer rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars (546 reviews)

    Best for: busy owners, playful cats

    If you’ve ever wondered what your cat does when you aren’t home, the Petcube Play provides you the opportunity to find out. It not only enables you to see and hear your cat, but you’ll also be able to play with it.

    The Petcube Play connects to your smart phone via an app. You can talk to your cat throughout the day, and if you see that your kitty is bored, you can control the built-in laser toy from your phone.

    Petcube Play: Pet Camera with 1080p Video, 2-Way Audio, Night Vision, and Laser Toy, $199.00

    2. WANTi Cat Toy: Interactive and automated remote-controlled cat toy

      Amazon customer rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (11 reviews)

      Best for: playful cats, felines who grow bored of their cat toys easily, busy owners

      Some cats seem to get into almost everything. They’re hopping on the counters, knocking over the trash can, or stomping on your keyboard while you’re trying to work. Cats who are energetic and easily bored need to have lots of play options in order to stay out of trouble.

      The WANTi has six different play modes, which gives you the freedom to vary your cat’s play routine every day. Each mode (ball tracking, spinning, batting, slithering, remote control, and wiggling) consists of a different attachment and style of motion.

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        These cat toys are perfect if you need to keep your cat occupied for a few minutes. The WANTi can be set to run for 10 minutes, which is a healthy amount of time for burning off excess play energy. You can set it and forget it, or you can use the cute paw-shaped remote control to shape the movement from the comfort of your chair.

        WANTi Cat Toy – Interactive and Automated fun with Ball, Wand, Feather and Remote control, $69

        3. Interactive Cat Tunnel Toy: A brain game and a hunter’s hideout

          Amazon customer rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (298 reviews)

          Best for: people in small living spaces, cats who love brain games, cats who love agility exercises

          Cats like the security of an enclosed space, they love sneaking up on prey, and they loathe being bored. The Easyology Pets Cat Tunnel satisfies all of these needs.

          Your cat may get a mental workout figuring out the best way to crawl through this tunnel, but you can up the ante by attaching several of these tunnels together to form a maze. The tunnel material is durable enough to withstand sharp claws, and it’s easy to store if you need to clear your space.

          Interactive Cat Tunnel Toy- Best for Playful Cats And Kittens – Fun Cat Hideaway with Tunnel Attachments- SOFT and 100% Pet Friendly – Extra Large Pet Tunnel, $15.97 (originally $29.99)

          4. Satisfy Prey-Drive: SmartyKat Skitter Critters Cat Toys Catnip Mice

            Amazon customer rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,423 reviews)

            Best for: cats who like to hunt, catnip fans, environmentally conscious owners

            Your cat needs to hunt, and while it may think it’s doing you a favor by leaving a mouse corpse on your doorstep, you may not always appreciate the gesture. Skitter Critters by SmartyKat are the perfect size and shape for simulating the hunt. Cats love batting these around the house, carrying them in their mouths, and (if they’re generous) depositing them somewhere where you’ll see their gift.

            While not all cats love catnip, those that do will experience 10-15 minutes of rambunctiousness followed by the need for a nice long nap. Environmentally conscientious owners should know that these cat toys are filled with stuffing made of 100% recycled plastic.

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            SmartyKat Skitter Critters Cat Toys Catnip Mice, $5.14

            5. Meowfia Premium Cat Bed Cave: A cat’s hideaway

              Amazon customer rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (230 reviews)

              Best for: cats of all sizes and ages, chronic cat-napping, sneak attacks, and environmentally-conscious consumers

              We know that our cats spend most of their time asleep. They’ll curl up in any old cardboard box, but this Cat Bed Cave by Meowfia seems much more comfortable. Whether your cat is an energetic kitten or a senior citizen, they could make use of this cat bed.

              I love the idea of a cat cave because it satisfies our felines’ instinct to find a secure place to rest. This bed works well for sleepy cats, but it’s also a great hiding spot during play. The Merino wool is an eco-friendly alternative to chemical-soaked synthetics. It is easy to clean and cozy.

              Meowfia Premium Cat Bed Cave (Large) – Eco Friendly 100% Merino Wool Beds for Cats and Kittens, $54.99 (originally $79.95)

              6. Keep a Strict Feeding Schedule with the Feed and Go Automatic Pet Feeder with Built In Webcam and Wi-Fi

                Amazon customer rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (235 reviews)

                Best for: busy pet owners, cats who need several meals throughout the day, cats with special dietary considerations

                When you work long days, it can be tough to keep your cat on a good feeding schedule. Free-choice feeding can lead cats to become obese because they’ll overeat, and it can make it tough to see if they have a good appetite.

                Feed and Go’s Automatic Pet Feeder allows you to dispense meals, medicines, and snacks from afar. The dish connects to Wi-Fi, and it allows you to monitor your pet from a built in camera using your smart phone. There are six compartments in the feeder, and you can set the food to disburse on a schedule.

                This feeder could also be helpful if your cat has an illness which requires you to feed it multiple times per day.

                Feed and Go Automatic Pet Feeder with Built In Webcam and Wi-Fi, 18 L x 16 W x 3 H-Inch, $187.49 (originally $199)

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                7. Armarkat Cat-Tree Furniture Condo: Plenty of places to perch and scratch

                  Amazon customer rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (3,730 reviews)

                  Best for: felines of any size and age, cats who love to sit up high, cats who love to scratch things, decor-conscious owners

                  Some cats love to climb, and when they don’t have an appropriate place to do this, they can get into trouble. At 52 inches high, the Armarkat Cat-Tree Furniture Condo gives cats a great place to perch, scratch and hide.

                  The soft faux fur on the the platforms and the sisal on the posts gives cats a place to relax and satisfy their urge to scratch. Many people are reluctant to spring for a kitty condo because they are worried about sturdiness. One customer addresses this kitty condo’s stability:

                  My 26 pound Maine Coon/Bengal mix LOVES this. I was nervous to buy at first, because of the sheer weight of my big boy. Not only does he love this tree, he never has any issues ever with his weight on it. I think he may actually like me more because of this cat tree.

                  In addition to providing a variety of scratching and sleeping options, we like this Cat-tree because it looks nice. Some cat furniture can clash with your decor, but this one looks sleek. It’ll serve it’s purpose without dominating the room.

                  Armarkat Cat tree Furniture Condo, Height -50-Inch to 60-Inch, $52.52

                  8. Channel Their Destructive Habits: Bergan Turbo-Scratcher Cat Toy

                    Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (5,741 reviews)

                    Best for: cats who love to scratch, cats who love to chase cat toys, owners who want a cost-effective way to manage an unwanted behavior

                    Scratching is a natural feline urge that tends to get them in trouble. Bergan’s Turbo Scratcher keeps cats entertained and offers them a place that they can claw to their heart’s content.

                    The 16″plastic base has a replaceable corrugated cardboard scratch pad at its center. The outer ring of the base is a channel where you can place a small ball. Cats love nudging their toys around in the ring or pouncing from the scratch pad.

                    This is such a simple and cost effective tool for keeping cats from tearing up your furniture. The replaceable centers, which are much cheaper than a new sofa, enable you to give your cat a satisfying scratching surface without having to invest in a whole new scratcher every time they wear out their old one.

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                    Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy, colors may vary, $9.34 (originally $10.99)

                    9. Cat Craft 3-Tier Cat Climbing Tree

                      Amazon customer rating: 4 out of 5 stars (412 reviews)

                      Best for: cats who love to climb, felines of all ages and sizes, owners with limited space, design conscious consumers

                      Avid climbers will enjoy Cat Craft’s 3-Tier Cat Climbing Tree. This tree will accommodate ceilings up to 9 feet high. The white piece at the top ensures that this cat furniture remains stable and safe to use.

                      This model is slim and sleek, which means it’s less likely to take over your space than some cat trees. The neutral colors and soft carpet make this an unobtrusive addition to a cat-lovers home. This is a safe alternative to climbing your curtains.

                      Cat Craft 124003 3-Tier Cat Climbing Tree, $39.02

                      10. Take Ball-Batting Up A Notch (Or 2): Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy

                        Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,079 reviews)

                        Best for: playful cats of all ages and sizes, cats who are easily bored, owners who prefer to keep cat toys contained in one area

                        Stepping on cat toys in the middle of the night can be almost as thrilling as stepping on wayward LEGOs. Ouch! The Tower of Tracks by Petstages allows pet owners to contain the fun while still giving cats a chance to work their brains.

                        This tower comes with three different types of balls which stay secure in their tracks. Cats love batting and chasing the balls around the tower, and this model is big enough to support more than one kitty’s urge to play.

                        Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy, $13.99

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                        How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                        How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                        Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

                        “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

                        But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

                        Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

                        1. Always Have a Book

                        It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

                        Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

                        2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

                        We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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                        Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

                        3. Get More Intellectual Friends

                        Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

                        Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

                        4. Guided Thinking

                        Albert Einstein once said,

                        “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

                        Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

                        5. Put it Into Practice

                        Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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                        If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

                        In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

                        6. Teach Others

                        You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

                        Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

                        7. Clean Your Input

                        Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

                        I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

                        Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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                        8. Learn in Groups

                        Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

                        Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

                        9. Unlearn Assumptions

                        You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

                        Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

                        Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

                        10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

                        Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

                        Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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                        11. Start a Project

                        Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

                        If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

                        12. Follow Your Intuition

                        Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

                        Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

                        13. The Morning Fifteen

                        Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

                        If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

                        14. Reap the Rewards

                        Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

                        15. Make Learning a Priority

                        Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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