Holiday Toy Buying Guide

Kermit The Frog shopping

Have you ever stood in an aisle at the store just staring at the rows and rows of toys wondering “What would Lady like to chew on”, “Which toy would Bo chase”?  Or maybe “ What toy here is going to last longer than five minutes for Tank?”

Well here you go!  A toy guide from our staff to you.  These are toys our CVT’s, Doctors and Receptionists have used, tried, loved or hated.  Keep in mind that each toy rating a personal opinion and may work differently with your pet.  Each of our pets play differently and we know yours do too!

Information provided is based on facts and opinion.

Cost range =  $0-$5        $5-15        $15-25        $25 & Up

Durability Rating =  1-10        1 = Fell Apart       10 = Like New

Fun/Interactive Level =   1-10      1 = Never play with      10 = Favorite Toy

Ease of Set-Up = 1-10       1 = Just give to pet      10 = Assembly/Tools  required

 

Dog Toys

Toy Name:  Starmark Treat Ringer (Horseshoe, Lightbulb and Bone shapes were purchased)

Purchased:  Online  Horseshoe shaped treat dispensing toy

Cost:    $5-15

Durability:  9

Fun/Interactive: 1

Ease of Set-Up:  2

The challenge level was not appropriate.  All three of my dogs were able to get the Treat Rings off of the treat ringers within a few minutes.  I feel like the toy is made well and will be durable but the treat opening is too wide causing the treats to come off to easily.  I feel that I would spend more money replacing treats than I had expected.

Tested by:  Diana


Toy Name:  Foobler Treat Ball

Purchased:  Amazon  Dog toy that holds treats

Cost:    $15-25

Durability:  5

Fun/Interactive: 10

Ease of Set-Up:  1

Flint loves his Foobler.  The Foobler keeps him busy and entertained while he is in his kennel.  He smashes and rolls it to get all the snacks out.  This is a good toy for busy dogs.

Tested by:  Diana


Toy Name:  Orka Flyer

Purchased:  Pet Store  orkaflyer

Cost:    $15-25

Durability:  8

Fun/Interactive: 10

Ease of Set-Up:  1

I have an Australian Shepherd who loves to play Frisbee.  Due to her herding breed, I thought it would be a perfect activity for her.  When I bought the regular plastic Frisbee’s they would break within a very short time and due to it being so light, it would take a while to fly down for her to catch it.  I decided to try the Orka Flyer which is very durable and is made of a non-synthetic material.  She absolutely loves it!  It is long lasting even if used on a daily basis.  I definitely recommend this product for pets who love to Frisbee or catch.

Tested by:  Krissy


Toy Name:  Nylabone

Purchased:  Farm & Fleet and Chewy.com  Hard Nylabone round ring

Cost:    $5-25

Durability:  8

Fun/Interactive: 8

Ease of Set-Up:  1

Nylabones have been my go to chew toys.  They are durable and have been safe for all of my dogs.  They are able to chew small flecks off, but have never had issues.  I have many sizes and shapes that I rotate after washing them in the dishwasher.  They think they are getting new toys all the time!

Tested by:  Tristene, Stephanie, Dr. Lee


Toy Name:  West Paw Design Zogoflex Tux

Purchased:  Chewy.com  Orange rubber dog toy

Cost:    $15-25

Durability:  9

Fun/Interactive: 10

Ease of Set-Up:  1

All three of my dogs showed great interest as soon as I brought it out, and they still love it!  They especially love it when I stuff it with Peanut Butter.  This product is guaranteed by the manufacturer, dishwasher safe and keeps them busy for long periods of time.

Tested by:  Stephanie


Toy Name:  West Paw Design Zogoflex Būmi

Purchased:  Chewy.comDog toy shaped like an S

Cost:    $5-15

Durability:  9

Fun/Interactive: 9

Ease of Set-Up:  1

The shape of this toy has been irresistible!  It’s great for tug-of-war between 2 dogs or dog and human.  It’s stretchy but durable and soft enough for their mouths.  My dogs love to shake it and toss it around in the air.  This toy is dishwasher safe too.

Tested by:  Stephanie


Toy Name:  Jolly Ball Tug-N-Toss

Purchased:  Online  Jolly Ball with handle

Cost:    $5-15

Durability:  7

Fun/Interactive:  5

Ease of Set-Up:  1

 

I bought this toy for my tough chewers who love to play with oversized toys.  They loved it!  The handle was slowly chewed off, so watch for small pieces.  Once they got the handle down to a nub, it is more challenging to play with as they cannot pick it up well.  They love to toss this around & then chase it with their feet.

Tested by:  Stephanie, Tristene


Toy Name:  JW Holee Roller

Purchased:  Chewy.com  Blue ball with large holes

Cost:    $5-15

Durability:  9

Fun/Interactive: 9

Ease of Set-Up:  1

This toy is great for dogs that like to play fetch or for those that like to be chased.  They are collapsible and flexible.  It is durable enough to withstand a game of tug-of-war!

Tested by:  Stephanie


Cat Toys

Toy Name:  Homemade Treat Puzzle

Purchased:  Grocery store or may already have at home  Tupperware with holes in it for treats

Cost:    $0-5

Durability:  8

Fun/Interactive: 10

Ease of Set-Up:  6

My cats will play with this puzzle all day and night (if it’s not picked up at night).  They stick their paws through the holes and push it down the stairs to get the treats out.  It took a little time for them to figure out how to get the treats out, but now it’s their favorite toy!

Tested by:  Tristene, Jessica, Julie


Toy Name:  Fun Kitty Egg-Cersizer Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser

Purchased:  Amazon Egg shaped treat dispenser

Cost:    $0-5

Durability:  10

Fun/Interactive: 10

Ease of Set-Up:  2

My cats know exactly what this toy means!  They both love it and play with it together when I leave for work.  It was very easy to get them to figure out how it works too.

Tested by:  Julie, Tristene, Jessica, Echo


Toy Name:  Crinkle Balls

Purchased:  Online  small balls that crinkle

Cost:    $0-5

Durability:  6

Fun/Interactive: 8

Ease of Set-Up:  1

This is an old favorite and also a toy we currently include in our Kitten Kits here at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic.   Each cat tends to have a different objective with the ball.  Some pick it up with their mouth, some bat it around & others stalk it.

Tested by:  Diana, Jenna, Tristene, Jessica, Mary, Desiree


Toy Name:  Rattle Mice

Purchased:  Pet Stores  Toy mice

Cost:    $0-5

Durability:  9

Fun/Interactive: 8

Ease of Set-Up:  1

Another old favorite!  My cats get new rattle mice every year in their stocking.  They love to play with them and carry them around in their mouths.  They seem very durable but do get lost under the couch easily.

Tested by:  Tristene, Jessica, Desiree, Diana


Toy Name:  Catit Senses Feeding Maze

Purchased:  Online  Tall maze that dispenses food or treats

Cost:    $5-15

Durability:  6

Fun/Interactive: 8

Ease of Set-Up:  7

La Crosse Veterinary Clinic purchased this for a weight loss demonstration.  Quite a few staff members took this home to try it out with our own cats so we received reviews across the board. Cats love to hunt & work for their food and this toy will help satisfy that primal instinct.  It may take a bit to figure it out, but once they realize that food is the result of their efforts, your cats will be all over it.

Tested by:  Tristene, Julie


Toy Name:  Cat’s Meow

Purchased:  Gift  Automated cat toy

Cost:    $5-15

Durability:  5

Fun/Interactive: 8

Ease of Set-Up:  6

I received this toy from my mother.  My cats had very little interest in it, but  my dogs loved it!   The end of the wand fell off shortly after we started using it, but we attached something else easily.  Also, if the cats get too excited with it, the cover can easily get moved uncovering the wand that moves around.   I passed this toy onto another family member with a kitten in hopes they would enjoy it.

Tested by:  Tristene, Desiree


 

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