Ten Best-Selling Pet Toys for the 2012 Holiday Season

| December 4, 2012

orange cat playing with toyPet toys are designed to engage your companion animal by working with his natural stalking, chewing or nesting instincts. Whether you have a cat, a dog or a chinchilla, here are 10 best-sellers to consider this holiday season for your furry friend or the pet owner on your Christmas shopping list.

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1. Kong Classic for dogs

At first glance, the Kong Classic is deceptively simple, but this chew toy offers several benefits that make it a consistent top seller. It’s made of nontoxic and puncture-resistant rubber, and the irregular shape creates an unpredictable bounce to keep your dog entertained. Hide a treat inside for added stimulation. It’s priced at under $10.

2. ChuckIt! for dogs

Also priced under $10, the ChuckIt! bright-orange rubber ball is advertised as durable and easy to clean. It fits medium ChuckIt! ball launchers and is designed to bounce high and float to keep your dog active and engaged while you’re out playing fetch.

3. Kyjen dog puzzles

Kyjen manufactures an extensive line of dog puzzles and hide-a-toys priced between $10 and $20. Hide your dog’s favorite treat in an interactive puzzle and keep him busy trying to figure out which compartment it’s in and how to reach it. The Hide-A-Squirrel is another popular seller that will keep your dog stimulated as she figures out how to pull squeaky toy squirrels out of a plush tree.

4. Cat Charmer

Charm your cat with an interactive string toy, one of many great items from Cat Dancer Products Inc. It’s bright and colorful, made of nontoxic materials and durable, and it lets you spend playtime with your cat or kitten while providing them with some exercise. It sells for around $5.

5. Hagen Catit Design Senses Play Circuit

Available for about $15, this motion-activated, interactive toy from Hagen will keep your cat busy and stimulate his senses. The set comes with a flashing ball, and additional tracks (sold separately) can be attached.

6. FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy

The BOLT projects random laser patterns on floors and walls that encourage your cat to stalk and chase. It can be set for automatic or manual mode and requires four AA batteries (not included). Remember, small parts are a choking hazard for young children. It sells for around $15.

7. Fiddlesticks for rabbits

Do you have a rabbit, ferret, guinea pig or chinchilla, or do you know someone who does? Fiddlesticks may be the perfect gift this holiday season. Bendable, brightly colored wooden sticks encourage your pet’s natural hiding and chewing instincts. It’s priced at about $10.

8. Wesco Pet Kabob Shreddable Bird Toy

This bird toy from Wesco, which sells for around $6, is geared toward hookbill birds and satisfies their need to chew. Made of soft wood, it’s biodegradable and nontoxic. Hang it in your bird’s cage and let him climb and shred.

9. Super Pet Forage-N-Play ladder

Priced at about $5, the Forage-N-Play ladder is advertised for companion birds like cockatiels and parakeets. Shedding paper, sisal, loofah and rope are attached to colorful wood ball caps and designed to engage your bird.

10. Super Pet 7-Inch Run-About Ball, Clear

Run-about balls have always been a best-seller for small mammals like hamsters and gerbils, allowing them time out of the cage for a little exercise and freedom. At $5, Super Pet’s 7-Inch Run-About Ball is priced right, and clear plastic lets you see your pet inside. It’s also available in other sizes.

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