Anyone who owns a Bengal cat knows just how active they are and how important it is to make sure that their inquisitive and active behavior is satisfied. Because of their intelligence they can become easily bored and that can lead to behavior that might not be the best. This is why it's important that you have a good supply of toys that not only will keep them occupied but also intellectually challenged. Here we will go over the following topics:
- Why Your Bengal Cat Needs Plenty of Toys
- What to Look for When Buying Bengal Cat Toys
- Our Top Picks for the Best Toys for Bengal Cats
Why Your Bengal Cat Needs Plenty of Toys
Toys for your Bengal can be one of the best assets that you as a pet owner has available to them. Toys are very important in your Bengal cats life from kitten hood all the way through adulthood. The reason they are so important is that they stimulate your cat physically and mentally.
Even though it's true as a kitten most often they won't need any help finding ways to have fun however, it's still important that you schedule regular play time with them and continue it even after they've grown up. This type of interaction is a wonderful way to socialize your kitten and to stay close to them after they've become adults.
Toys play an important part in their health also. When they are kittens toys will help keep them out of trouble, even as adults the same can be said. They also provide them with exercise which will help keep them from becoming overweight and then later on in life developing health problems like diabetes for example.
The reason why it's so important to make sure that you have plenty of toys on hand for your Bengal cat is to make sure that you have a large enough selection to choose from. You want to make sure that you rotate their cat toys periodically so they don't become bored with them. It's important that the toys they have to play with will stimulate them so that they don't lose interest and try to find something else to entertain themselves. This something else could be something you don't want them to play with.
Here's a video showing a Bengal kitten playing with one of its favorite toys:
What to Look for When Buying Bengal Cat Toys
Safety of your cat toys should be the number one priority when you are buying toys for your Bengal cat. For instance, if any of their toys are starting to show any signs of starting to wear out you should get rid of them so you avoid the chance of them swallowing any small pieces from that toy. This can be very serious and even lead to surgery to remove these pieces of toys.
Some experts often recommend that any toys that have eyes, ribbon, bows, small bells, or even twine be removed from the toy because there could be a possibility that these things could be swallowed, especially with regards to kittens. However, if you want to keep these things on or in the toys, it is highly recommended that these are the toys that you choose to use when you and your cat are playing together so that you can closely monitor the safety of the toys. Another thing to remember, even though the cat teaser toys are extremely popular with pet owners and cats alike, these are toys that you should never leave alone with your Bengal cat, there is the possibility that when you are not around the string the toy is attached to could get wrapped around their neck or leg and could possibly cause death.
Finally, the toys that you pick for your Bengal cat need to be sturdy and should be able to hand the abuse that your Bengal cat can give them. You don't want them playing with a toy that will be destroyed in just a couple of days after you've purchased them.
Our Top Picks for the Best Toys for Bengal Cats
After going through a variety of toys and reviewing them, we've put together a list of our personal top five favorites that we hope will help you find the right cat toys for your own Bengal cat.
Below you will find our top five choices of the best toys that are available for Bengal cats that may ideal for their activity level, curiosity, and intelligence.
Friends Forever Cat Toys Variety Pack, 20 pieces
ABOUT: The Friends Forever cat toy variety pack includes 20 pieces and this is the #1 brand available at both Petco and Petsmart. There are plenty of options with these toys and something in the batch is sure to keep your Bengal cat busy.
FEATURES: The Friends Forever cat toy variety pack includes 20 pieces and this is the #1 brand available at both Petco and Petsmart. There are plenty of options with these toys and something in the batch is sure to keep your Bengal cat busy.
PROS: With a Bengal cat, one of the best ways to keep them interested is with numerous options. One of the more frustrating things as a Bengal cat owner is buying 3 different toys only to find that your cat only likes one of them, or none at all. This cat toy variety pack takes care of that and gives your Bengal plenty of options.
CONS: Although you get a lot of variety with this product, the reality is that every toy in the bunch isn't going to be perfect in terms of construction. It's not a common issue, but one that you should be aware of.
Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy
ABOUT: This cat toy has a great three level design that offers stimulation for your cat with three different balls to help keep their minds working on how to remove the balls that continue to go around the three different tracks. It's a toy designed for your cat to play by themselves or to also play with you at playtime.
FEATURES: It’s brightly colored and has three different levels of tracks with three different colored balls with different designs on them. This is an interactive toy that should keep the interest of your Bengal cat because the balls moving around the tracks are meant to stimulate their senses and excite them as they bat at the balls while moving around the tracks.
PROS: Brightly colored and has more than one ball as compared to similar toys on the market, this means that there is more going on to keep the interest of your Bengal cat. This toy seems to be sturdy and it has non-skid pads on the bottom of it so that it won't slide all over the place when you cat plays with it.
CONS: There has been some concern about this toy due to the fact that when you look down into the tower of the game you see shadows of the ball and this might peak the interest of some cats and there is concern that cats might get hurt if they try to go after the shadows they see.
Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy
ABOUT: This is a simple toy in design but is meant to give cats hours of fun trying to bat the ball around the circle without them being able to figure out how to remove the ball. For an extra bonus, it also has a scratching pad on top in the middle of the ball action.
FEATURES: This is a toy that is meant for cats to occupy their time on their own. It has a narrow channel where the small ball of the toy can be nudged with your cat’s nose or can be shoved and batted by their paws. The ball can't be removed by your cat and should keep them wanting more in order to try and figure out if they can remove it. It also has a nice scratching pad on top where they can blow off some steam and save on your furniture. It also includes catnip, a nice added feature.
PROS: Tends to be very entertaining for most cats and can give them hours of fun while you are away. It's durable and should hold up to any abuse cats might dish out. It also includes a non-skid base so that it doesn't slide all over the place. There is nothing you need to do but put the ball in and place on the floor and let your cat do the rest. Simple yet offers plenty of mental and physical activity for your cat.
CONS: There are some concerns that some cats are able to finally figure out how to get the ball out of the toy.
Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy
ABOUT: This little cat toy is made in the USA and seems to be a popular choice for a lot of cat owners. It's designed to give cats and their pet parents some great healthy playtime together. It's also often recommended by vets for its safe design for our cat.
FEATURES: Has a safe design and is meant for interactive play with cats and their pet parents. It has a spring steel wire that has rolled cardboard at the end of it that cats seem to find irresistible. It's simple in design with nothing harmful attached to it or anything that needs to be put together before playing with your cat.
PROS: Simple design. Cats seem to love the spring action and are attracted to the cardboard toy attached to it. Safe for all cats of all ages. Very inexpensive.
CONS: Only concern seemed to be that the toy doesn't last very long with some cats.
GoCat Da Bird Pull Apart Rod and Bird Cat Feather Toy
ABOUT: This always seems to be a cat favorite and this one is no exception. It's an attractive and enticing toy meant to encourage the hunting instincts of your Bengal. The rod comes apart easily for storage when not playing with your cat.
FEATURES: This teaser toy has some realistic feathers attached to the rod that gives a flight like motion and prey appearance for your cat. This is something that can easily activate any cat’s natural instinct to stalk and hunt. Gives you lots of opportunities to have fun with your cat as you control the motion of the toy to peak their interest. It's set on a swivel and the feathers look and feel like real wings of birds. It has a two-part pole that is easily taken apart for quick storage when not playing with it.
PROS: It's colorful and attractive and does encourage cats to exercise and practice their hunting skills. It is made from quality material such as flexible fiberglass for the wand and durable nylon string that the feather toy is attached to. The wand is a nice length of 36” and the string is an additional 32” long.
CONS: There have been some issues with some of the wands splintering at the end where pet owners hold it when playing with their cats.
After taking time to review these five different toys, it's our conclusion that the top pick out of them all would be the Friends Forever Cat Toys Variety Pack. Each of these toys all have their own good qualities and charms that put them on our list to begin with. However, the Friends Forever Cat Toys Variety Pack is our personal favorite because it tends to meet all the criteria that we think Bengal cat owners may be looking for and has over 20 pieces, which is great for the pickiest of cats.
This little toys are safe, easy to play with and gives you the opportunity to enjoy special playtime with your Bengal on a personal level.