The Best New Pet Gear
Nothing beats a new toy. But pets can be as particular about their playthings as you are about your shoes. These fun options were the paws-down favorites.
Tennis-Ball Stick, $9
If your dog loves tennis balls but can't seem to catch them on the fly, try this fetch stick―an easy-to-chomp toy made of tennis-ball material with a bonus squeaker inside.
To buy: Air Kong fetch stick, petsmart.com for stores.
Triangle Fetching Disc, $14
Forget the plain old Frisbee you got at the company picnic. Your discriminating pup will no doubt prefer this nylon-and-rubber fetching toy. It's sturdy enough to stand up to outdoor play but easier on teeth and gums.
To buy: Floyd fetching toy, cheengoo.com.
Rough Toy, $10
Made of recycled fire hoses, this tough toy is virtually indestructible. It even floats, so you can play fetch at the lake or the beach. After a few sessions, toss it in the dishwasher.
To buy: The Jilly Bean by Katie's Bumpers, bigpawdesigns.com.
Catnip Toys, $11 Each
Slip a bag of catnip into one of these leather toys and tie up the end. The scent will drive kitty bonkers, and you won't have to follow her with the vacuum. The irresistible bells and strings make these a must-pounce.
To buy: Auburn Leathercrafters cat toy, collarsandmore.com.
Fruit and Vegetable Chew Toys, $7 to $15 Each
These mint-flavored produce-shaped toys, which can be filled with treats, got howls of approval from the canine panel. And every purchase supports the Planet Dog Foundation to help train assistance dogs.
To buy: Orbee-Tuff produce toys, planetdog.com.
Cat-Toy Box, $30
Search and destroy is George's M.O. Hide multiple toys and treats in this wooden box and let your intrepid tabby go wild. One tester's cat went crazy poking her paws into the holes trying to catch a ball.
To buy: Peek-a-Prize by SmartCat, esmartcat.com.
Organic Animals, $19 Each
A satisfyingly squeaky plush toy will delight your dog for hours. And you will feel good, too, knowing that it's made with organic cotton and natural plant dyes.
To buy: SimplyFido organic pet toys, trixieandpeanut.com.