Opening up your home to an animal need is a very rewarding (and educational) experience. Cats need to stay busy, so having the right toys that will keep them active and mentally stimulated is very important. Ferals and semi-ferals take a while to come out of their shells, but they still need to have fun! Most ferals are active at night when it’s “safe” and quiet, so purchasing toys that won’t keep you up at night is very helpful!
Here are some of our favorites:
If you could only get one toy for your cat, this would be it! This toy’s center gives your cat a great place to scratch on (and it’s replaceable: Bergan Turbo Scratcher Replacement Pads, 2 Pack). You can swap out the ball to one that lights up, too. If your cat likes catnip, add it to the scratching area to entice them to use it.
If I have a foster who isn’t very playful at first, this is the first toy I give them. Some cats take a few days to figure it out, but I have heard a lot of positive feedback after a few days when I recommend this one! This toy is made from light plastic, so it’s relatively quiet, and the multiple movable balls on it keep cats entertained longer than most interactive toys. I originally got this as a gift for my first bottle baby named Tang. He and my adult foster Inara had a blast with it! You can easily add even more fun by dropping catnip toys in the center for them to fish out.
This food tree is great for kittens or cats who need to work for their food because they’re on a diet. You can put their kibble meals in it or you can drop tasty treats that they have to get out with their paws.