I can almost bet that if you whipped out your phone right now, there would be a few games on it. You've probably amassed at least a console or two in your time. Maybe you've even indulged in a couple of gadgets. But what about your kitty companion? Think he can't appreciate the complexities of modern technology? I wouldn't be so certain. Although basic playthings should be a staple in any feline-loving household, high-tech cat toys are beginning to pop up all over the place. Not only are they neat for us, but they are also pretty fun for our frisky friends. After all, they do all of the things that their regular toys do, but in more novel, exciting ways. In this article, we'll look into five really cool toys to help update playtime.
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Top Five High-Tech Cat Toys
Teaser toys can be a lot of fun, but with the traditional manual style, it's pretty easy for you to lose steam well before your kitty does. That will never be a problem with this handy little hi-tech cat toy! Set on a quadrangle base are two brightly-hued feathers that, when activated, randomly rotate. With one feather on top, and one partially hidden along the bottom, your feline friend will have a couple of options, which will help keep things interesting. If your cat is a vigorous player, you can let this toy run indefinitely; if he poops out pretty quickly, you can let it run through a 15 minute cycle; or, if his style of play is more sedate, then you can just let him gently swat at the inert feathers.
- Easy to set up and maintain.
- Sturdy design with non-slip mats on the legs.
- Keeps your cat playing long after you would have worn out.
- As with manual poles, the pole on this toy might be a little too thin for very aggressive players.
- The bell on the feather toy might be disturbing for especially shy cats.
- The toy can be removed, which is a pro if you ever want to switch it up, but a con if your kitty likes to steal and hide his toys.
This is one of those rare cat toys that can appeal to both you and your kitty. For your cat, this thing is a fast-moving, prey-like contraption that will get his little body moving and his brilliant brain entranced. On the human side, it can not only help you learn a bit of coding, but will also keep your feline-themed playtime interesting, as it comes with a constantly updating stream of games. The beautiful thing about this is that, in addition to being just a really neat high-tech cat toy, it can help the pair of you truly bond over playtime. I mean, the possibilities are practically endless when you have a gizmo that can be so frequently changed around.
- Numerous games and options that can keep playtime really interesting.
- Can be used by you even if your cat doesn't care for it.
- Durable design is capable of withstanding some vigorous activity.
- Hard plastic design lacks the realism of other cat toys, so it may require a bit of creativity to grab your cat's interest.
- If you don't know and are unwilling to learn coding, your game options might be a little limited.
- This toy may need regular calibration to keep it going in the right direction.
If you're a fan of laser toys, you may very well love this handy high-tech, hands-free option. This groovy little contraption is part laser toy, part robot! Unlike the standard lasers, this particular plaything points an eye-safe laser from a small plastic body that rolls gracefully across the floor. Although the body itself appears to move fairly smoothly, the light moves around in an unpredictable, tail-like fashion, thus keeping your kitty on his toes. What's more, this toy has an automatic shut-off at around 10 minutes, which not only saves battery life, but also helps keep the toy from growing stale too quickly.
- Stays low to the ground to keep solo play safe.
- Keeps your kitty engaged, even when you can't be.
- Easy to set up – just pop in the batteries, turn it on, and let it roll!
- As with most laser toys, this one might only be interesting for short bursts, and might even become frustrating if you don't give your cat something that simulates “caught prey.”
- Works best on hard surfaces, so if your home is mostly carpeted, your play space will be very limited.
- Though not incredibly loud, the sound of gears might be intimidating to more sensitive cats.
I've said it a million times, and I'll say it again – I love multipurpose cat toys! And as far as multiple use high-tech cat toys go, you cannot beat this little number. I mean, scratching post, laser, and teaser toy... all in one? Fabulous! But I've raved far too long, let's get to the details. The post itself is made up of three 11.8 inch woven sisal post pieces. All three posts are designed to be used together, but you can easily put up a single post and set the other two aside as replacements when the first one wears out. Next, there is the detachable toy. This thing spins at fast, slow, medium, or random speeds, thus keeping things interesting. On one side of the toy, there's that familiar laser pointer that can be adjusted to your cat's preferred height. On the other side, there is a short wand with an enticing feather teaser toy that can easily be replaced or swapped out at any time.
- This toy can be configured to please just about any feline.
- No batteries necessary; can be charged with USB power sources, like laptop or power bank.
- Made of durable materials and sturdily designed.
- If your cat isn't a vertical scratcher, this might not appeal to him quite as much.
- Requires some mildly fiddly assembly.
- Random mode shuts off automatically after 15 minutes, which may or may not be a problem, depending on how energetic your cat is.
This is one of those high-tech cat toys that just... looks like a futuristic toy! And frankly, unlike other RC mice, this thing works like a futuristic toy. All right, so maybe that's a bit much, but the truth is that it definitely has a lot of newer features that blow other mouse-style playthings out of the water. For instance, instead of just moving backwards and forwards, it can go in pretty much any direction you point it in. Next, it boasts three auto settings, and also comes with an app that lets you stay in control. Finally, it has a number of handy features that make playtime a little more efficient and effective. For example, it has several sensors that allow the toy to navigate the room, re-orient itself after a flip, and check the position of its enemy - that is... your cat!
- Reacts to your cat and its environment, making play smoother and more realistic.
- Comes with a ton of neat features.
- Made of very sturdy materials.
- Though rechargeable, batteries may die out pretty quickly.
- The sound of this toy may make sound-sensitive cats nervous.
- There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using the app.
As you can see, high-tech cat toys are really getting advanced, and if you personally love new technology, there's a pretty good chance your kitty will too!
So what do you think – is gadgetry the way of the future, or are normal cat toys a better bet? Tell use what you think in the comments!