While enticing your kitten with toy mice and feather wands is part of the fun of having a new pet, there are plenty of toys for older cats out there, too. Your senior cat may snooze more nowadays, but there's no reason to give up playing altogether.
In fact, playtime is highly recommended for your cat's mental and physical health. The staff at Vetstreet noted, "It's often too easy to assume an older cat is satisfied with a day of leisure, but that's not fair to your cat, who may just be waiting for you to entice him to play." And the right combination of toys can help older cats stay alert, active, and happy well into their senior years.
The key is to find toys that are the right shape and texture for more fragile teeth; free of anything that can cause a stomachache; and tame enough that your kitty won't hurt itself while playing. It's best to keep toys soft (yet stimulating) and within a contained space if possible.
Though laser lights and ping pong balls aren't the best for aging felines, here are five great toys that are just as fun and adhere to the guidelines listed above. Your cat will thank you later!