10 Best Catnip Toys That Will Blow Your Cat’s Mind!

I’ll confess that when I buy cat toys for Hillary, I usually find something from the pet store that looks reasonably cute. I’ve even been known to grab a couple from a grocery store or drug store shelf. Heck, I even make my own no-thrills cat toys.

Hillary is usually pretty happy with these — although the fact that she promptly “loses” them underneath the couch may be a big hint that she’s ready to upgrade to something that better fits her impeccable sense of style.

Beyond your neighborhood pet store, there’s a whole wide world of truly amazing handcrafted catnip toys. My own mind was blown by the selection from artists on Etsy.com, and so I’m sure your cat’s mind will be blown too.

10 Best Catnip Toys

1. Fortune Kitty, Family Size

This obscenely cute set of toys comes disguised as a Chinese takeout container. Each “fortune cookie” cat toy comes with its own fortune. You can even choose from an assortment of sayings, such as “You’re the best” and “On the move.” This is by far the best-selling item available on Etsy from seller Kim Grant, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Price: $11. Note: Kim has several more kinds of mind-blowing cat toys. I have my eye on her bacon-and-eggs toy, which was featured on the Animal Planet show Must Love Cats.

2. Toilet Paper Plush

From the mind of Sallianne Norelli comes this toy designed to look like toilet paper. Let’s say your cat is evil and enjoys unrolling the toilet paper in the bathroom… Now your cat can have her own darn roll. Let her have at it. The four squares of T.P. can easily be reattached via the Velcro strips. Felt design with real cardboard roll inside. The catnip is sprayed on. Price: $10

3. Pot Leaf Cat Toy

We all know catnip seems to get Kitty stoned. This toy takes the wacky-weed idea to a whole new level. Even the name calls to mind the stoner culture: “Meowy Wowyy.” Here’s what you get: a baggie containing a catnip-stuffed embroidered pot leaf, plus a second toy that looks like a lit blunt. So put on a Marley album and watch your cat’s brain melt. Price: $12; ships from the San Francisco area.

Related: Send These LOLcats to Kitty Rehab, Quick!

4. Zombie Parts

Careful readers of Pets Adviser will know that I’m a big fan of the zombie-inspired TV show Walking Dead. So it’s probably no surprise that I think zombie-inspired cat toys are pretty cool too. If your little kitty has a taste for flesh, consider getting a whole set of scattered body parts:

  • The human heart with veins and blood spray (Price: $7)
  • Three fingers (Price: $16 in the colors of your choice)
  • And, finally, a charming detached eyeball on a bloody cord (Price: $7).

From the demented mind of Bixbies, in New Jersey. Note: Save on shipping by using coupon code GIMMEFREESHIPPING.

5. Sea Monster

It came… from the sea! Your cat can’t miss this bright blue toy with “whirly, swirly” ribbon tails. This grinning sea monster is whimsical and magical. Filled with long-lasting organic catnip. Price: $6

6. Fish Taco Cat Toy

What feline doesn’t love a good fish taco? Loaded with lettuce, tomato and cheese — and a big slab of bright blue fish. Tuna? Doesn’t matter… your cat will go bonkers when you offer her this fleece toy, from Sew Strange Creations. Price: $6.50 (I also like Sew Strange Creation’s hilarious lobster ravioli send-up!)

7. Pac-Man

Retro video game fans can kick it old-school with a Pac-Man duo, based on the most influential video game ever. With this two-toy set, your kitty gets a yellow Pac-Man figure to smack around, as well as Pinky the ghost (Pinky was the fastest of the four ghosts). Price: $5; ships from Canada.

8. Shrimp

It’s a fact: Cats love shrimp. This shrimp won’t stink up your house. It’s handknitted with fringed pink Peruvian highland wool — and is stuffed to the gills with organic catnip just before it ships to you. Other colors available. Price: $5

9. ModShakers Rattle Toy

If your kitty is anything like mine, she likes a little noise to go with her catnip toy. A little rattle inside? Driver her crazy. Lucky for us, the good folks at Modern Cat have created a stylish soft rattle toy filled with catnip. You can choose from several styles of mod fabrics. A portion of proceeds goes to charity. Price: $7

10. Ssslappy Snake

There’s something about long toys that drives cats bonkers. They can hug the toy with their bodies and bite it into submission, and for extra measure kick up their back legs. The 100 percent wool Ssslappy Snake, measuring 10 inches long, is plump, colorful and sure to blow your cat’s mind. Price: $9

How did I do? Are these toys you might buy your pet? Have you seen any that I’ve missed? Tell me about it in the comments. Oh, and please share this post!

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  • Mollie Morrissette

    I wish they were refillable, because nip goes stale so quickly. But I LOVE that you picked Etsy artists! Have you heard about Etsy for Animals? I support their work 100%! I did an article about them at Christmas time: it was really cool. Check it out: http://poisonedpets.com/2011/12/17/artists-helping-animals-top-santa-paws-really-really-really-nice-list/ .

  • PetsAdviser

     Whooops! Just saw this comment sitting in the “moderate” pile for the past week. Sorry about the delay in getting it posted. :)

  • http://www.petsadviser.com/ David Deleon Baker

    Hi Mollie, thanks for showing me that article. Very cool. We’ve gotta do more stuff like this.