3 Reasons You Should Invest In Catnip Toys For Your Kitty

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on July 10, 2017

Cat lovers know that it’s imperative to keep our kitties’ minds occupied. Not only does it keep them happily busy and out of trouble, it’s absolutely vital to their mental and physical health.

Catnip toys are a great option if you’re looking for something to keep your cat’s body and mind busy, providing multiple levels of entertainment. If your feline enjoys indulging in this plant, here are 3 reasons you should invest in catnip toys!

Sushi Box Cat Toys, available at the iHeartCats store

1. They excite the senses.

Fun-shaped catnip toys tap into several of your kitty’s exquisite senses, particularly her keen sense of smell. For felines that are affected by catnip, the scent sends them into a euphoric state where they can’t get enough of the stuff – or from the toy that it’s coming from!

Sushi Box Cat Toys, available at the iHeartCats store

2. They encourage exercise.

Not only does a whiff of catnip make your kitty happy, it gives her a burst of energy! While enjoying the plant’s “high,” your cat may roll around, bat her toy, or get a case of the “zoomies”! Also, a toy this intriguing will get her attention when you want some one-on-one playtime with your favorite feline. All that movement is great exercise, an essential part of a healthy and long life.

Digital Box Cat Toys, available at the iHeartCats store

3. It’s a healthy way to show your cat you love her.

One of the ways we show our pets love is by giving them treats, which can backfire if they become overweight. Instead of showering them with high-calorie goodies, pull out the catnip toy to send them into bliss!

The affects of catnip only lasts for about 10 minutes, and won’t excite your kitty again for at least several hours. So, pull catnip toys out during special play times and put them away once the euphoria fades. Treating your companion to happiness-inducing catnip is a fun and active way to show her how much you love her!

Digital Box Cat Toys, available at the iHeartCats store


Get a box of fun-shaped catnip toys at the iHeartCats store and rotate them to keep your kitty interested. Each purchase provides a toy to a shelter cat through Project Play, and playful pets are more likely to get adopted!