The perfect toys for kids who love cats

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If you know a kiddo who already knows that they’re a “cat person,” keep reading to find out what the best cat toys for kids are this year!

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Cuddly cat toys for kids

Features: This set comes with a kitten friend that you can accessorize. It includes a unicorn horn, butterfly wings and a bell collar (for the cat). Plus, you can decorate the pet carrier with metallic stickers.

Features: This set includes one carrier, one plush kitten, bottle, food, food bowl, rattle, wrist cuff, and shampoo bottle.

  • Ages:  2-8 years old.
  • Skills: Fine motor skills, creativity, literacy, empathy.
  • Notes: This cat corresponds to the Disney Jr. Show T.O.T.S., where animals go to be cared for before moving to their “furever home.”

Features: This ballerina kitty cat is machine washable!

  • Ages:  18 months-9 years old.
  • Skills: Empathy, comfort, managing emotions, language skills.

Features: Feed this kitty the included treats, take it for a walk and she will poop  them out!

  • Ages:  4-7 years old.
  • Skills: Empathy, fine motor skills, gross motor skills.
  • Notes: This cat is great for children who in the thick of repetitive play and/or fascinated by the bathroom (as many children are). Note that to “walk” the cat, it moves on little wheels. These wheels work well on tile and hardwood but not on carpet. This cat requires 2AAA batteries, which are not included but can be purchased separately here.

Features: This adorable soft kitty has “new best friend” written all over it.

  • Ages:  2-7 years old.
  • Skills: Empathy, comfort, managing emotions, language skills.

Hands-on cat toys for kids

Features: This vet set comes with everything the animal-lover you’re shopping for will need to take their new cat & dog friend to the vet, including a pet prep pad, exam table, bath tub, and office. The small dog and cat figurine are made to be decorated with the included markers. Once they’re done, the markers wash right off, so they can design them over and over. Children can rinse and scrub them in the included station, sink, or even bath tub. Once they’re done, the vet station folds up and is great for on-the-go.

  • Ages:  3-7 years old
  • Skills: Fine motor skills, empathy, creativity.
  • Notes: These figurines are pretty little, and so this toy is best for children who are over 3 years old. Some reviewers note that, while the vet station folds up, it isn’t made to be a stand-alone carrying case (as it may come open). But, since it’s self-contained, it does fit easily in a suitcase or backpack.

Features: This digital camera comes with a detachable, water-resistant shock cover that’s perfect for cat lovers. It has selfie and video functions and is perfect for children who are interested in learning about photography.

  • Ages:  3-10 years old.
  • Skills: Photography.

Features: This cat doodle pad can be reused over and over again! It’s great for on the go– restaurants, road trips, waiting rooms–you name it.

  • Ages:  2-12 years old.
  • Skills: Fine motor skills, creativity, literacy.
  • Notes: This uses batteries to light it up, but they come included. Reviewers note that the pen is not attached so it is easy to lose, but it comes with an extra pen.

Features: This vet comes with a lab coat, stethoscope, and kitty!

  • Ages:  3-9 years old.
  • Skills: Empathy, comfort, managing emotions, language skills.
  • Notes: The manufacturer label recommends this toys for children 18 months and up, but since it comes with small accessories, I recommend waiting until a child is 3 before getting them this.

Features: This book is chalk full of information about cats and kittens. It is a perfect guidebook for cat-lovers to learn about habits, breeds, and characteristics.

  • Ages:  3-9 years old.
  • Skills: Literacy, language skills.

Features: In this cooperative game, players join Pete the Cat to work together to get missing cupcakes. It is for 2-4 players, and children do not need to be able to read to navigate the game.

  • Ages:  3-5 years old.
  • Skills: Language skills, problem solving, imagination.
  • Notes: This is a wonderful game for young children, but not advanced enough for children over ages 5 or 6.

Features: This hands on set includes 2 miniature toy cats, 1 toy cat tree with platforms, cat basket, and staircase.

  • Ages:  3-7 years old.
  • Skills: Empathy.
  • Notes: This set is made by Terra by Battat, which has a whole line of hands-on toys that are perfect for animal lovers. Check out their other options here.

Features: This Fuzzikins camper set comes with a camper van and three cats that children can decorate with markers over and over. Once they’re done, they can be rinsed with soap and water and the marker will come off. It also includes stickers that children can use to decorate the van.

Features: This cat-themed game allows children to use deductive reasoning to problem solve. Reviewers note that it’s not violent or “too grown-up,” but just right for 8-10 year olds.

  • Ages:  8-10 years old.
  • Skills: Problem solving, cooperation, deductive reasoning.
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