I've come across a few things but can't decide. He loves cats... and animals in general. He loves playing hospital/doctor. I wish I could get a cat-hospital Playmobil set or something... I don't think he'd be interested in the Playmobil people (he almost never plays with human-looking toys!) but he'd love the little accessories. I think he'd love Magnatiles too but they are SO expensive and I'm not sure it's worth it. But he is always trying to tape his blocks together so he might appreciate building with the Magnatiles. I also ran across Calico Critters which seem right up his alley but I don't know anything about them, good or bad, and I didn't see many starter sets (where we wouldn't have to buy extra things to make it fun).
I'm open to any other ideas too! He cannot play with battery-operated toys (for multiple reasons). I prefer wood or metal but a bit of plastic is OK here. He has some sensory issues and I thought some kind of sensory thing would be cool but I can only think of a trampoline and we don't have space for that. Aside from playing with animals and hospital, he also likes playing fire, hunting (though I'm not getting him a toy gun!), construction, and anything music-related. Mostly he prefers realistic toys, and he spends a lot of his time taking real things apart. He doesn't really play independently so it would be great to find him something he might engage in alone!
OK now you know way more about my kid than you wanted to lol... any recommendations?