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Best toys for kitten obsessed with playing fetch?

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SucculentSoul Wed 01-Jun-16 22:39:08

We have an almost 5 month old kitten who is obsessed with playing fetch with hair bobbles. He can go for hours and even woke me up last night dropping a bobble on my face for me to throw for him. I was thinking about trying to expand his repertoire a bit.
So far I have tried a dangly feather toy thing, that was a no and balls also a no. He also hates anything with bells on. Any ideas of something that will spare me from hours of repetitive bobble throwing?

RJnomore1 Wed 01-Jun-16 22:43:38

Laser pen?

TheGirlOnTheLanding Wed 01-Jun-16 22:45:48

We always had great success with the little foil bows you stick on presents - light enough to bring back in kitten mouth, not too light that you can't throw them a good distance. Also rolled up foil and biscuit wrappers.

DramaAlpaca Wed 01-Jun-16 22:46:45

Ours used to like fetching a ball made from scrunched up kitchen foil. He'd chase & fetch for ages, it was so cute. Sadly he'd outgrown fetching by about six months.

MrsSpecter Wed 01-Jun-16 22:50:31

Get a pet fly. My cat will follow and torment a fly for days.

SucculentSoul Wed 01-Jun-16 22:55:43

Oh no I hope he doesn't out grow the fetching! It's really sweet(apart from when he wakes me to play). Thanks for the ideas. I'd forgotten all about laser pens, that might be a goer!
I'll leave the windows open tomorrow to see if I can entice a pet fly to come and play wink, I do like the idea of a cat toy that requires no human input.

SlinkyVagabond Wed 01-Jun-16 22:57:36

Sweetie papers. Our cat used to do it only with them. They were called flickies as you had to-well, flick them. And of course there is another bonus to them. grin

RedOnHerHedd Wed 01-Jun-16 22:59:09

We had a pet fly today.
BigCat murdered it though. It seems he wasn't fond of the new pet.

Simbathegingerlion has mini mice toys from pets at home and tesco that he fetches me and lovingly carries around the house to cuddle.

tabulahrasa Wed 01-Jun-16 23:00:22

My fetch player liked those little cloth mice you get as well as hair bobbles.

Btw, have you tried brandishing the bobble and then instead of throwing it slipping it on to your wrist instead...completely confused mine every time, for 12 whole years, lol

MrsSpecter Wed 01-Jun-16 23:00:58

My old cat loved playing with the plastic rings from round the milk carton. Didnt have to throw them for him though.

I'm wondering if there is a self service cat toy throwing device. I have seen them for dogs.

dodobookends Wed 01-Jun-16 23:17:46

Wine corks, scrunched up silver paper, those little twist-tie sandwich bag things, walnuts - one of my previous cats had a secret hidden stash of Christmas decorations he'd pinched off the tree. Every now and again one would turn up, and he'd be batting it round the kitchen floor to his heart's content.

cozietoesie Wed 01-Jun-16 23:24:40

I'm afraid that that best toy is probably called a person, Succulent.

(Firstcat trained me at a young age. grin)

LineyReborn Thu 02-Jun-16 00:31:47

Agree with wine corks.

IHeartKingThistle Thu 02-Jun-16 00:34:43

Oh definitely scrunched up foil or even better, shiny paper that has had something minty in it!

Our cat LOVED a tin foil ball when she was wee and would fetch it back for ages. She's 17 now and hasn't fetched for years, but will give a foil ball the occasional shrewd glance when she feels like it grin

abigamarone Thu 02-Jun-16 11:25:00

I bought a pair of shoe insoles that I had to trim down, the tabby likes to throw the trimmings in the air to catch them. I put them in a drawer in the living room and he worked out how to open it and drag them out. Keeps him happy for ages.

cozietoesie Thu 02-Jun-16 11:27:37

That's true. smile Hiding things and letting them discover them seems to be much more satisfying.

bertsdinner Thu 02-Jun-16 20:20:59

Small, soft bouncy ball? My old cat used to fetch it back for me to throw again.
Cat I've got now loves me to throw his ball, he doesn't fetch it but runs around like crazy after it.
He likes his toy mouse too, runs around the house with it in his mouth.

TroysMammy Thu 02-Jun-16 22:03:00

My recently departed cat loved the bouncy mousey from Pets a Home. It had a different squeak to his other toys. It cost £4 and attached to the door frame and it was thoroghly mauled in a few days.

He also loved a squeaky feathered bird also from P@H. He would carry that everywhere and drop it in his food bowl as a hint to fill it up.

abbsismyhero Fri 03-Jun-16 18:52:26

my cat who played fetch loved shiny silver money tinfoil balls the rings off milk and a small cat sized treat ball he also had a toy called a cat charmer which was a long strip of fleece on a stick

CrazyDuchess Fri 03-Jun-16 19:16:39

Mine also loves foil balls!! It's crazy!!

timtam23 Fri 03-Jun-16 19:41:16

The pom-poms that you get in kids' craft sets, my cat used to rush around with a big pink one clasped in his jaws grin

PunkrockerGirl Fri 03-Jun-16 19:49:26

Another one suggesting foil! Dcat (sadly no longer with us) would spend hours retrieving a small, rolled up ball of silver foil. We'd throw it, he'd fetch it in his mouth, run back and drop it at our feet. You could see his body quivering with anticipation waiting for us to throw it again smile <happy memories>

TroysMammy Fri 03-Jun-16 20:15:09

One of my cats used to like playing with the plastic used to hold cans of pop/beer together. He would find them outside and bring them home.

Another cat would love playing with Celebrations chocolate wrappers after I had eaten the chocolates. I used to find loads under the sofa.

ChaostheCat Fri 03-Jun-16 20:46:16

Our kitten (coming up one year now so not really a kitten) has a small mouse toy which rustles slightly which he he loves playing fetch with. He will also play with it quite happily on his own. He also likes screwed up receipts and, if we ever buy one, lottery tickets. He can tell as soon as you get it check what's going on, I also take as a sign that it's not a winning ticket!
I did buy him a paper ball and this was the result grin

anotherbusymum14 Fri 03-Jun-16 20:49:56

Ours loves bubbles but you have to blow them for him.

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