So you want to delve into the world of cat toys, but have no clue where to start. Cats are picky. We get it, and the thought of going to all the trouble of picking a new toy for kitty just for them to ignore it is frustrating! The issue is that cats€”like humans and dogs€”need stimulation and exercise to stay healthy. Some cats are naturally energetic, and that€™s great! But with age, that energy can start to fade, so it€™s important to encourage regular play. Needless to say, that€™s where toys come in. But how do you pick what€™s best for your feline companion? Step one is easy. Watch your cat! Do they love shoelaces and string? Do they go nuts over cellophane wrappers? Pay attention to objects your kitty is naturally drawn to; AKA the things you€™re constantly scolding them for chewing. Every cat has their own, unique preferences on what they consider to be a toy, so take that into consideration. Wand toys are great places to start. We suggest the Curlz Teaser Cat Toy by Kong. What€™s great about this particular wand toy is that it's more than just a bit of string tied to a rod. The "dangly" part is a stretchy, springy curl which adds in a new level of fun, and attached to the end are boa feathers to make it extra enticing! What's most important, though, is that this toy encourages social behavior. It might be surprising to some, but even the most aloof cats can be more drawn to playtime if it involves you! Plus, it€™s pretty tough to ignore something that€™s being dangled in front of your face. That being said, if wand toys aren€™t working, then you can always step it up a notch with every cat parent's secret weapon: catnip. Catnip infused toys work wonders for drawing your kitty in. Our customers' favorite is the Yeowww Banana! When you think of cats, bananas might not be the first thing that come to mind, but it's more about the shape. The rounded shape is great for your cat to grab and "rabbit kick"! Plus, it's stuffed with irresistibly potent, 100% organic catnip. But what if the wands and the catnip don€™t work? Is it hopeless? Is your cat doomed to do nothing but lie around and sleep??? No! It€™s just time for a little bribery. That€™s right, folks. We€™re talking treats. We have yet to meet a cat who says no to their favorite snack, and there are actually products that will make them have to work for it a bit. For kitties new to puzzle toys, we like to point them in the direction of the Catit Play Treat Spinner. Simply place a few treats inside and let your cat do what they do best: knock it over! The inside has puzzle-like "barriers" and the bottom is similar to that of a toy top, which encourages kitty to use their paws and their brain to figure out how to get to the treats within. It can also be used as a slow feeder for cats who get a little overexcited about their food. The silicone cover is easy to remove and the toy itself is a snap to clean. For those of you who have picky cats, older cats, or cats that are a little (or a lot) on the lazy side, remember to be patient. You might find the perfect toy right away, or you might have a little trial and error, but toys are about more than spoiling your kitty. They€™re about keeping them healthy, happy, and stimulated so they can live their best nine lives.