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Best Christmas cat toys: From low cost to high tech

Grey tabby cat sitting by a christmas tree looking for christmas cat toys
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'Tis the season to spoil your pet! There's a whole range of Christmas cat toys out there to choose from, so we've scoured the web to find the most fun, stimulating, and exercise-inducing toys we can for your favorite furry friends. If you are wondering which cat toys are best for your cat, then we've got some inspiring ideas for you. 

Cats are notoriously choosy about what they want to play with, so it's usually best to have a couple in stock so you can hide them away and rotate them so boredom and disdain turns to curiosity and re-discovery. Of course, you don't need to splash the cash to entertain your cat, as our guide to DIY cat toys you can make at home proves, but cat toys are often so cheap, you won't need to break the bank to keep them distracted from attacking the baubles on the Christmas tree.

A great Christmas cat toy will capitalize on your cat's love of hunting, chasing, and pouncing. Whether it's a toy you want to use to play with them yourself, or one to keep them entertained while you are out of the house, we've gathered together a whole range of budget, festive, interactive, and automated cat toys to suit any budget. Go on, treat the feline in your life with our top picks. 

Festive-themed Christmas cat toys

Want your cat to have something under the tree so they can open a real Christmas-themed present at the same time as the rest of the family? Here's a couple of Christmas-themed cat toy gifts to get everyone, including your furry friend, in the Christmas mood....

Whaline 17pcs Christmas Cat Toys Stocking

What says Christmas more than a stocking stuffed with treats? Buy this 17-piece cat toy gift set and a cornucopia of Christmassy colored balls, mice, wool, feather wands, and catnip-filled playthings will await your furry friend on Christmas morning. It contains everything you need to keep them entertained throughout the holidays.View Deal

JPB Christmas Cat Toys Variety Pack 8 Pcs

Another slightly smaller multipack of seasonally themed toys here. It includes a Christmas tree, cat teaser wand, interactive toy, sisal mouse, crinkle balls ,catnip toy, and knitting wool ball. Fill your cat's Christmas stocking with these treats and your cat will be having  very entertaining Christmas day.View Deal

Budget Christmas cat toys

Not looking to spend a fortune on your Christmas cat toys? Here's a few suggestions for toys to treat your kitty with which won't break the bank...

Pet Fit For Life Multi Feather Teaser and Exerciser

Essentially a feather at the end of a mini-fishing rod, but we guarantee hours of teasing play with it. A soft handle for humans, and a well-attached feathery bundle of dangling delight for your cat, this is one toy you and your furry friend will never tire of. Especially great for kittens, as it lets them practice jumping, pouncing, and biting, and my word they look cute when they do so.View Deal

PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser

A budget cat toy that lets you combine mealtimes with exercise. Just pop some dry food or cat treats inside this dishwasher-safe ball, and watch your furry friend chase it around the room getting it to dispense food as it does so. You can change the opening size if you want to make getting at the food more challenging.View Deal

HEXBUG nano Robotic Cat Toy

An automated cat toy with a very cheap price tag, this nano robot, which drags a feather after it, will buzz around any flat surface using vibration to guide itself around obstacles. Provided they aren't put off by the buzzing noise, your cat or kitten will love to chase and trap their feathered prey to their heart's content.View Deal

Laser Christmas cat toys

Lasers mean loads of fun for your furry friend, as cats love to pounce on flitting dots of light. Here are a couple of suggestions...

PIXNOR Cat Toy Pet Laser Pointer
This automatic laser pointer, which is safe for pets, will have your cat frantically chasing around trying to catch that elusive little red dot. With three speeds, you can adjust it to suit older cats to ensure they have just as much enjoyment as those with the energy to dart around. It has a 15-minute automatic shut-off to save batteries and give your kitty a rest until they are ready for the fun to start again!View Deal

ANG Cat Catch LED Projecter

This pocketable cat LED projector will beam the shape of a fish or mouse wherever you point it. Great for playing with your cat while it chases around after it, you can choose to have a steady beam or a flashing light for a bit of variety. Simple, but very effective.View Deal

Catnip-filled Christmas cat toys

Nothing keeps a cat interested in a toy longer than catnip. The smell drives them crazy, and will keep them coming back for more... 

Petstages Catnip and Dental Health Cat Toys

Get a dual-action present this Christmas with a catnip-filled toy your furry friend will want to pounce on, which also cleans their teeth as they gnaw on it. The netting on these mice-shaped toys is designed to do the work of a toothbrush, and the catnip smell will keep them coming back for regular dental workouts.View Deal

Petstages Catnip Chase Track Red and Blue Interactive Cat Toy
This is a catnip-filled toy featuring a ball running around a circular track that's guaranteed to get your cat moving on Christmas morning. The catnip scent wafts from the central vent to help your cat discover it, while the moving battable ball will keep them there. Easy to clean and with non-slip feet, this is both a practical and engaging Christmas cat gift.View Deal

Automated Christmas cat toys

Want someone to play with your cat when you're not there? Buying your cat an automated cat toy this Christmas means there's something moving around to play with, even if you are visiting relatives during the holidays. Here are a couple of ideas...

Senneny Electric Moving Fish Cat Toy

What feline wouldn't want to play with a flapping fish? Cats love to grapple with life-size toys, and this one comes with a sachet of catnip for you to put inside it to help cautious cats get past that, do I play with this or is it going to attack me moment. Once they do get past that, pawing at it will cause the fish to move and make sounds to keep them interested.View Deal

PetSafe FroliCat Portable Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser

Cats won't be able to resist trying to catch the noses of these plastic mice as they randomly pop out of this fun cheese-shaped toy. With a 15-minute shut-off facility to preserve battery life and a play-while-you-are-away feature, this is a great one for ensuring your kitty has something to do when the house is empty.View Deal

YOFUN Smart Interactive Cat Toy

All cats love pushing a ball around, but how about one that moves by itself and changes direction randomly? With a flashing red light to attract their attention, this is one automatic cat toy your kitty will find hard to ignore, even with all that wrapping paper around to play with.View Deal

Interactive Christmas cat toys

If your plan is to get your kitty to get some exercise this Christmas period, then investing in an interactive cat toy is the way forward. Toys that react when they play with them are often a lot more engaging than static toys...

Upsky Cat Toy Roller Cat Toy

Six balls, three of which contain bells, that are pushable around smooth circular tracks, will be your furry friend's idea of Christmas heaven. A durable toy with a low center of gravity and non-slip base – this will hold up well to lots of clawing and pouncing! Perfect for your cat to play with when they are alone at home.View Deal

Catit Senses 2.0 Circuit

All the fun that comes with watching cats throw balls around the floor, without the hassle of having to retrieve them for them when they get lost. With the Catit Senses 2.0 Circuit, the balls are contained in the track, with the cat able to push them around in the little peek-a-boo apertures and then chase after them. It's configurable into 100 different layouts, so you can lay it around furniture to suit. This is one interactive toy that will never get old.View Deal

Tech Christmas cat toys

Really feel like raiding the kitty to spoil yours? Here are a couple of high tech Christmas cat toy ideas (not including the world's most expensive techie cat toy, which is, of course, the iPad):

SKYMEE Owl Robot: Movable Full HD Pet Camera with Treat Dispenser

Want a companion for your kitty to play hide and seek with when you are out of the house? Something that will tease your moggie with feathers and let them chase them round the kitchen, or an automated friend who can toss them treats, while giving you access to a moveable camera that lets you check up on and talk to your cat wherever you are? The SKYMEE Owl Robot does all of this and more, but it's so much fun that you may find yourself playing with it more than your furry friend does.View Deal

Petcube Play 2 

This is a laser cat toy with a difference; you can control it to entertain your cat with from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Okay, so the primary purpose of the Petcube 2 is to let you monitor your cat with its Wi-Fi-enabled pet cam, but if you want to use it to play with your cat from work instead of getting that spreadsheet done, this will let you do that too!View Deal

Other cat Christmas gift ideas

If you aren't sure that a toy is the right gift for you cat, there are some other ways to treat your fluffy friend. Why not get them a dedicated scratching post, a new comfy bed or a hammock to stretch out in:

Jamie Middleton

Jamie Middleton is a freelance editor and writer - or at least he is when he is permitted to by his cat Pirate, who enjoys the warmth of laptops too much to allow being creative to get in the way.