11 Best Cat Toys for Kids (Just Too Cute!)

If you need help finding that perfect gift for your little cat fanatic, look no further! We searched high and low to bring you the best cat toys for kids of all ages.

With all the viral cat videos assaulting us on social media daily, it’s obvious cat popularity is soaring. There is also a strong probability that you have or know a little one who is absolutely obsessed with these cute balls of fur. Purrfect!

The following is a list of our favorite cat toys for kids, along with what we love about them and what to watch out for.

Our Top Picks

#1 Manhattan Toy Nursing Nina Cat

Editor's Choice

Safety/Choking Hazard: No
Batteries Required:
N/A
Age Appropriate:
Ages 3+

Nursing Nina cat (check price on Amazonis an excellent way to teach your littles about mommas nurturing their babies. Nina is made of soft microfiber and embroidered facial markings. She comes with three baby kittens who attach to her via magnets to nurse.

What We Love

We love how you can use this toy as a learning tool for a sometimes delicate subject. It offers children a realistic view of how mothers feed their babies. How sweet is that?

Watch Out For…

The whiskers are course and oddly misshapen depending on how the cat was placed in the box.

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#2 FurReal Kami, My Poopin’ Kitty

Safety/Choking Hazard: Small “food” pieces
Batteries Required: 2 AAA Included
Age Appropriate: Ages 4+

Of course, I’m giggling because this FurReal Kami cat (check price on Amazoneats and poops! In all seriousness though, is there a better way to teach kids about the responsibility of taking care of a real pet than with this one? Essentially, your child can feed kitty a treat, take him for a walk, and he poops.

What We Love

(Giggling again!) We love that he makes these sweet kitty sounds while he’s eating or pooping!

Watch Out For…

Feeding kitty too much can clog his system, just like in real life! (Is it bad that I’m giggling again?)

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#3 Joy For All Large Plush Cat

Best Plush Companion Pet

Safety/Choking Hazard: No
Batteries Required: 4 C Batteries Included
Age Appropriate: Ages 5 Months +

This life-like plush cat (check price on Amazoncomes with VibraPurr technology making it sound and feel like a real cat purring. It is both motion and touch activated and makes realistic cat noises and movements. This cat easily comforts and calms anyone who is distressed (terrible two’s, anyone?) Voted the “Best Plush Companion Pet” for its true-to-life actions, this cat can offer great training for kids who want a real pet.

What We Love

We love that, unlike real cats, it’s hypoallergenic. Your child can cuddle up with this cutie all he wants without the sneezing and itchy eyes!

Watch Out For…

You can sometimes hear ticking and the mechanical noises when the cat moves or “meows.”

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#4 FurReal Friends Bootsie

Best FurReal Plush Cat

Safety/Choking Hazard: Bootsie’s Snack Fish
Batteries Required: 4 AA Batteries Included
Age Appropriate: Ages 4+

Bootsie (check price on Amazongave our littles lots of laughs. She has both motion and touch sensors for interactive play. She has an unpredictable personality, just like a real cat making her a great way to get your kids used to one. Sometimes she is happy, but she will definitely let your littles know it when she’s mad!

What We Love

We love that Bootsie has a personality! Though it’s mostly sunshine and rainbows, sometimes she gets annoyed, just like our real little ball of fur.

Watch Out For…

The included batteries only work in DEMO mode, meaning that Bootsie might not perform all her intended functions until new batteries are installed. Also, be sure to put Bootsie to bed at night. If she is left out, say near the bathroom door, you may get quite the scare during your late-night bathroom run!

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#5 Jelly Cat Board Books “If I Were A Kitty…”

Best Baby Touch and Feel Book

Safety/Choking Hazard: No
Batteries Required: N/A
Age Appropriate: Ages 4 months +

This adorable touch and feel cat board book (check price on Amazongives us all the, well, feels! It comes with a short story and touchable textures geared for babies. There is a cat face on the front of the book and a fluffy tail attached to the back of the book.

What We Love

We love the fun colors and textures for tiny baby fingers to feel. The cat tail off the back of the book is an added bonus.

Watch Out For…

Be careful to not let your baby suck or chew on the book. The ink can bleed and the pages will swell!

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#6 Aurora World Fancy Pals Pet Carrier

Best Cat Toy for Girly Girls

Safety/Choking Hazard: No
Batteries Required: N/A
Age Appropriate: Ages 3+

This won “Best Cat Toy for Girly Girls” (check price on Amazonbecause it is all things princess! It includes a pretty pink purse adorned with ribbon and tiny jewels. Inside the purse sits the soft princess kitty complete with crown. Your little girl will love carrying this kitty around everywhere she goes.

What We Love

The kitty is super soft and adorable and the purse is the cutest thing!

Watch Out For…

This is WAY smaller than it looks. Both the purse and kitty fit into an adult’s palm.

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#7 Cat Carrier with Four Meowing Kittens

Safety/Choking Hazard: No
Batteries Required: Included
Age Appropriate: Ages 3+

This cute little cat carrier (check price on Amazon) has four differently colored kittens inside of it! When your littles squeeze them, they meow. They are super soft and ideal for littles to cuddle up to.

What We Love

We love the soft material the kitties are made of and their adorable little “meows.”

Watch Out For…

This is smaller than it appears, about the size of a small tissue box. Also, the batteries are built-in and cannot be replaced.

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#8 Feed the Kitty Game

Best Cat Game for Kids

Safety/Choking Hazard: Yes, small game pieces
Batteries Required: No
Age Appropriate: Ages 4+

Feed the Kitty Game (check price on Amazon) is a great gift for your little (board) gamer! Two to five players begin the game by divvying up the wooden mice. Each takes a turn rolling the dice. If they land on an arrow, you must pass one of your mice to the player on the left. If they land on a sleeping cat, you do not lose any mice. If you roll a cat bowl, you must put one mouse into the cat bowl. The last player with mice wins!

What We Love

We love the simplicity of the game for younger players that want to be a part of family game night.

Watch Out For…

This game is rated for ages four and up due to the small pieces that could be choking hazards. However, it seems a little too simple for many four-year-olds to enjoy for long. Let’s not forget that this game can last longer than a game of Monopoly.

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#9 Melissa and Doug Giant Siberian Tiger

Safety/Choking Hazard: No
Batteries Required: N/A
Age Appropriate: Ages 3+

This gorgeous white Siberian tiger replica (check price on Amazon) is huge! The colorings and markings are realistic and its fur is made of a soft polyester. You little one will love cuddling up to this during naps, at bedtime, or even while watching TV.

What We Love

At over five-feet tall and 61 pounds, we totally love the large size of this guy! He’s a great cuddle buddy for your child and it can mimic your presence in her bed. You know, so she doesn’t feel the need to use her impeccable ninja skills sneaking into your bed in the middle of the night. That doesn’t just happen to me, right?

Watch Out For…

The biggest complaint we can find is that the nose appears drawn on with a marker, and his head is stuffed with a hard Styrofoam.

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#10 GUND Kiki’s Delivery Service “Jiji” Cat

Best Movie Character Toy

Safety/Choking Hazard: No small parts
Batteries Required: N/A
Age Appropriate: Ages 2+

Perhaps you loved the Japanese-animated 1989 film “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” or you’ve introduced your littles to it. Either way, this Jiji cat (check price on Amazon) makes a perfect tiny companion for anyone who loves the movie, or simply loves Jiji’s cute face!

What We Love

Jiji is super soft, has a good weight to him, and is absolutely adorable!

Watch Out For…

If you’re expecting a large beanbag cat, Jiji is not it. He fits easily in an adult’s palm or a jacket pocket.

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#11 Melissa and Doug Toby Cat

Safety/Choking Hazard: No
Batteries Required: N/A
Age Appropriate: Ages 3+

Toby cat (check price on Amazon)has a colorful flower-patterned body with a striped tail. Made of super soft butter fleece and a squishy feel, your littles will want to cuddle up on Toby all the time! He could easily become a life-long companion!

What We Love

We love Toby’s colorful patterns and soft feel. What impresses us the most is that he is machine-washable. That is a super mom-score right there!

Watch Out For…

We couldn’t find much to complain about with Toby. Unless you think it’s a bad thing that your kids no longer play with him because you’ve claimed him for yourself, not that I would know what that’s about.

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Buyer’s Guide

What to Look for in Kid’s Cat Toys

It helps to start by deciding what features are important to us in our children’s toys. With so many toys made by so many different companies, the decisions can be overwhelming. We have compiled a list of important toy features to help guide you along.

✓ Safety I feel like I should say “duh,” here because I think, as parents, we subconsciously rule out the toys that look like they come with a high injury probability. Toys with small parts seem like an obvious “no, thanks,” especially when you have younger kids who are prone to choking on them. Other safety hazards include sharp edges, projectiles, and harmful materials.

✓ Batteries Batteries and I have a love/hate relationship. Obviously, I love what they are capable of—running my little ones’ toys. On the other hand, I hate having to make sure I’m always stocked up, or I’m desperately searching for them. So, it is important to know if the toy requires batteries, what type of batteries, and how many of them you will need.

✓ Age Appropriateness If a toy is not age appropriate, it will simply not be used. Older children will quickly bore with toddler toys. Likewise, younger children are not ready for advanced featured toys and will likely abuse them.

How do Your Kids Benefit from Playing with Toy Animals

From babies, kids benefit from owning toy animals. Babies learn to feel different textures and sometimes chew or suck on toy animals. As your child grows, these toys continue to be effective learning tools.

Toddlers, developing and expressing emotions, are able to practice these emotions on their animals. They also start to learn animal names such as cat, dog, or bunny. Toy animals can also be a bedtime companion to snuggle.

Older children still benefit from having toy animals. This can help them learn to take care of a real pet. They can also begin learning about where animals live and their classifications. This video examines, in depth, the important benefits of toy animals.

And the winner is…

Our vote for “Best Overall Cat Toy” is…drumroll…FurReal Friends Bootsie (check price on Amazon)! Though we truly loved most of these toys, Bootsie won out for overall cuteness and cat-like personality. Unlike the other plush interactive cats on our list including Joy For All Plush Cat and the Animal House Cat Carrier, Bootsie displays all the moods a cat has.

We also think Bootsie will appeal to more age ranges as long as you don’t let the super-littles have her toy fish treat. The Feed the Kitty game, “If I Were A Kitty” book, and Fancy Pals Pet Carrier with Princess Kitty are all geared to really young kids and would most likely not hold the interest of older kids.

The remaining plush cats including Melissa and Doug Toby Cat, Manhattan Nursing Nina, Melissa and Doug Siberian Tiger, and GUND Jiji cat are amazing cuddle buddies but lack the cuteness factor of Bootsie and her moods!

We hope our list helps you find the PURR-fect gift the next time you’re shopping for a cat-loving little one! See what we did there?!

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