The 10 best: Pet Products

Help your cat look cool with this scratch pad
Help your cat look cool with this scratch pad
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1 FroliCat Twitch – £19.95 from gizoo.co.uk

This is a simple yet effective way of keeping felines entertained while you’re out. Just stick it to any flat surface and attach the spring and toy, so it dangles mid-air, teasing your cat. This automatic entertainment system can be set so the toys swing side to side for 10 minutes, or another mode which turns it on at intervals throughout the day.

2 Cat scratch – £15 from suck.uk.com.

Cats scratch furniture to mark their territory and get a bit of exercise too. But to keep your sofa looking the way it was intended, invest in these scratch decks. Not only a way to ensure maximum entertainment for your moggy but you should be able to take some comical snaps of your feline spinning the moveable turntable too.

3 Remote control micro mouse – £9.99 from Pets at Home.

Want to indulge your moggy’s mousing instinct, but don’t want the mess? This remote controlled mouse will provide both of you with hours of entertainment.

4 Dog Casino – £33.99 from companyofanimals.co.uk

This is an ingenious puzzle game for dogs – and it’s quite entertaining for pet owners, too. Load up the sliding trays with your dog’s favourite treat, then your clever canine should begin to paw at the trays and pull them out to retrieve the contents and tuck in.

5 Rotastak maxi tunnel of fun – £44.99 from argos.co.uk

Bright tunnels and plenty of rooms make this the perfect pad for little rodents.

6 Wiggly Giggly Jack dog toy – £5.99 from amazon.co.uk

This hard-wearing tug toy lets out an appealing giggle when it’s played with – so much nicer than a squeaky toy.

7 Hyper Flying Duck – £8.99 from firebox.com

Forget throwing tennis balls, this year it’s all about flying ducks. Launch it by hooking your thumb under the beak and pulling back the tail rope section – then release.

8 Game for cats – free to download at ipadgameforcats.com

This pet app is outstanding, and is sure to keep your feline entertained for hours. The free version allows cats to chase an on-screen laser and then you can upgrade to a mouse-chasing version.

9 Fit Fur Life treadmill – £2,535 from firebox.com

A little over the top and a royal price tag too, but this contraption will provide any pooch the daily regime of exercise.

10 Babble Ball – from £6.99 at firebox.com

When it is touched, the Babble Ball talks or makes animal sounds, making it great fun – and a good companion – for dogs. There are more than 20 different audio sounds to entertain your pet.