10 Well Designed Cat Toys

10 Well Designed Cat Toys

Elizabeth Licata
Mar 7, 2012

Last week we looked at dog toys that actually look cool, at least until they're all gummed up and gross. But we can't forget the cat people (including yours truly). Personally, I think cat toys are cuter than dog toys to begin with, maybe because they're smaller or maybe because they're less likely to be all slimy. But even among the vast variety of already cute cat toys, there are some standouts. Read on for some exceptionally cool-looking cat toys that range in price from accessible to outlandish.

• Adult Cat Tree House — Cat Palace $1,099
The ultimate aspirational toy for the cat one percent, this tree house is six feet tall and weighs nearly 90 pounds. If you have room in your house and your budget for this leafy fabulosity, congratulations! For the rest of us, perhaps some DIY is in our future.

• Van Gogh's Ear — The Modern Dog $8
For arty cats, this catnip toy is shaped like Van Gogh's ear (or maybe just any ear. I admit I don't know what Van Gogh's ear looked like and could not pick it out of a lineup of ears). Of course, it's organic.

• Cat's in Style Scratch Post — Marly Gommans $491.80.
Holy cats, this scratching post is almost $500! This post from Dutch designer Marly Gomman's Cat's In Style range is absolutely gorgeous, but probably just for fat cats.

• Ultimate Scratching Post — Smart Cat $46.64
Oh thank God, a more reasonably priced scratching post that still looks pretty good. Painting the base and top black gives this sleek post a more stylish look.

• DIY Menswear Mouse Toy — Martha Stewart
Leave it to Martha Stewart to DIY mouse toys out of fine menswear fabrics. A nice gabardine mousie is all the rage this season. Check out the instructions online for step-by-step photos and a downloadable pattern.

• Plaid Mice — Martha Stewart $3.99 for two
Don't want to make them yourself? These are full of catnip and you can buy a two-pack for less than five dollars.

• Maki Sushi Takeout Box — Jake and Micah $24.95
Jake and Micah make organic felt cat toys filled with catnip, like these delicious looking sushi rolls. They even have hand rolls!

• Cattino Kitty Condo — Cattino $149
This combination cat perch and scratcher is made in Cincinnati and has hammocks for two cats, but you know they'll both pile into one.

• Bacon! — The Modern Dog $8
Why do dogs have all the fun with their bacon strips? Nobody doesn't like bacon. This googly-eyed strip is cute fun and stuffed with organic catnip.

• Play-N-Squeak Mouse Hunter — Our Pets $4.97
I'm not going to lie, I actually hate realistic mouse toys because I'm invariably convinced the cat has caught a real mouse whenever I see them. (My cat is also a sadistic little jerk who likes to put them in my shoes). If you're more into realism, this squeaky mouse looks just the part.

(Images: 1. Cat Palace, 2. The Modern Dog, 3. Marly Gommans, 4. Smart Cat, 5. Martha Stewart, 6. Martha Stewart Pets, 7. Jake and Micah, 8. Cattino, 9. The Modern Dog, 10. Our Pets)

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