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15 Affordable Summer Toys For Very Deserving Fur Babies

by Sarah Bregel
Sarah Bregel is an editor at LittleThings.com covering entertainment, trending stories, adorable stuff, parenting, and more. She is also a freelance writer, mom of two, dog mom, feminist, and deep-breather.

We love our playful pets. They show us love all year long, and sometimes we need to show them a bit of extra affection, too!

Thankfully, it’s summertime, which means it’s a great time to get active and spend more time running around with our animal friends. The lazy days of winter might mean extra snuggles, but summer is all about fun, games, and new pet toys!

Luckily, there are so many amazing pet toys on the market. I mean, tennis balls are great fun, but these days there are just so many inventive options to choose from to keep our pets happy and entertained. You won’t believe some of these super-fun finds!

Some of them will be a workout, while others might even boost your pet’s IQ.

We rounded up some of the best pet toys for the season, so here are a few great toys that will help your pet have a ball this summer.

Doggy Activity Board

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We all know dogs are smart, but this amazing toy will actually boost your pup’s brain activity. It’s a cool doggy activity board that helps your pup remember how to open each of the secret traps. You can hide their favorite treats in each and watch how they learn to pop the compartments open!

Shop Now: Flip Board Activity Dog Toy (Chewy, $11.99)

Wobble Wag Toy

Wobble Wag Toy

This toy is so much fun! Yes, it’s a ball, but it’s not a regular ball. It’s an interactive play ball that makes all kinds of quirky sounds. The best part of this toy is that it will keep your dog entertained all day long, whether you’re there or not. That’s right! The ball wiggles and wobbles so they can totally have fun playing on their own!

Shop Now: Wobble Wag Giggle Toy (Chewy, $11.99)

Cheese Hunting Box

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Cats need some love, too! This cool toy for playful feline friends will tease your kitty cat, help them stay active, and deliver treats. It’s simple to set up, but your cat will have hours of fun chasing the mouse around and around!

Shop Now: Cheese Hunting Box Cat Toy (PetSmart, $6.59)

Cowardly Cow Squeaker

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Some dog toys are too cute not to buy! This cowardly cow falls under that category. It’s funny for humans and fun for dogs. Plus, it’s a two-in-one toy, so it’ll stick around even longer. Your pup will love the squeaker feature, too!

Shop Now: Cowardly Cow Squeaker (PetSmart, $6.59)

Pop and Play

Pop and Play

This crazy cat toy isn’t your typical game of cat and mouse. It’s an interactive motorized peek-a-boo game for kitties to have fun with for hours on end. It’s destined to be your beloved cat’s favorite toy. It works on all surfaces and is great for cats young and old!

Shop Now: Pop n’ Play Interactive Cat Toy (Target, $19.99)

Dumplings Dog Toy

Dumplings Dog Toy

This adorable toy is so much fun for dogs to munch and nibble on. Pups will love the crinkle-crackle of the dumplings. It’s a four-in-one toy, too, so it will keep them moving and having a blast all day.

Shop Now: Dumplings Dog Toy (Target, $11.99)

Tire Chewer

Tire Chewer

We all know pups love to chew, and there’s nothing better to chew on than a bite-sized tire! This dog toy is fun to toss around the park, play tug-of-war with, or just let your pup go to town munching on.

Shop Now: TireBiter Rubber Dog Toy (Walmart, $8.97)

Piggy Chew Toy

Piggy Chew Toy

This piggy chew toy is just too cute. It comes in a ton of bright colors to snag your pup’s attention. It makes hilarious grunting noises when squeezed, too. Your pup won’t be able to get enough of this fun piggy toy.

Shop Now: Piggy Chew Toy (Walmart, $4.97)


Puppy Pacifiers

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Puppies need their pacies just like regular babies! Of course, there’s a dog toy for those fresh baby teeth. The Nylabone teething pacifier is the perfect solution to soothe those puppy gums and help keep your shoes from getting the brunt of it.

Shop Now: Nylabone Teething Pacifier (Chewy, $6.12)

LickiMat

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The LickiMat is a toy with a purpose. Not only will it help bust boredom when your pets are home alone, it also helps relieve stress! They’ll have fun getting food and treats out of every nook, but it will also put them at ease, too!

Shop Now: Hyper Pet LickiMat (Bed Bath & Beyond, $6.99)

Leaps & Bounds Light-Up Ball

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There are plenty of balls for dogs on the market. But this light-up ball is fun to fetch and fun to chew. Dogs will love the fun of running, fetching, chewing, and staring at the glowing ball in amazement!

Shop Now: Leaps & Bounds Light-Up Ball (Petco, $9.99) 

Leaps & Bounds Wiggle Bug Cat Toy

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Cats are fickle beasts. But if there’s one thing they’re into, it’s catching sneaky critters! This bug toy will certainly delight your feline friend. It’s wiggly and just waiting to be pounced on!

Shop Now: Wiggle Bug Cat Toy (Petco, $4.99)

iFetch Frenzy Brain Game for Dogs

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This fast-moving game is an amazing way to train your dog! They’ll learn how to drop the ball in the hole at the top. Then they have to wait and see where it comes out! It’s a super-fun game with a big purpose.

Shop Now: iFetch Frenzy Brain Game (Petco, $39.25)

 

Giraffe Chew Toy

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This giraffe is both a tug toy and a great chew toy! Dogs love a thick rope to grind their jaws on. This one can definitely take a lot of serious gnawing. Plus, it’s super cute!

Shop Now: Giraffe Rope Chew Toy (Walmart, $14.89)

Spider Rope Tug Toy

Spider Rope Tug Toy

When it comes to tug toys, this spider rope is so much fun to play with! Tug-of-war is a pup’s favorite game, and there’s no shortage of spots to pull from here. With plenty of places to bite, gnaw, and tug, this toy will last and last.

Shop Now: Walmart (Spider Rope Tug Toy, $22.34)

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