Hello, my dear cat parents! It’s Ashley, your go-to cat lady and rescue shelter manager. Over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about the importance of cat toys. More toys = less scrapped furniture. However, good quality toys can be a touch on the expensive side. So, why not create some simply purrfect DIY cat toys? It’s fun, cost-effective and trust me, your fur babies and furniture will thank you!
- Cardboard Cat House: A sturdy cardboard box can easily be turned into a multi-story cat house. Cut holes, attach ramps and voila, your private condo is ready. Just ask our shelter’s resident tabby, Mr. Muffins. He loves his cardboard castle!
- Sock ‘n Catnip: Got some stray socks? Simply stuff them with catnip, tie the end and you’ll have a toy your cat will love.
- DIY Laser Toy: A simple mini flashlight from a key-chain can double as an impromptu laser toy for an interactive play session.
- Ribbon Dangler: Tie some colorful ribbons to a stick, and you have a cheap, easy to make dangler that your cat will love to chase.
- Ping Pong Ball Chaser: Place a ping pong ball in a shallow box or a large baking tray. Its erratic bounce is sure to fascinate your kitty.
- Toilet Paper Roll Treats: Got some empty toilet paper rolls? Hide treats inside, pinch the ends, and you’ve got yourself a fun puzzle toy that rewards your kitty’s curiosity.
- Crinkle Pompom: Craft paper or foil crunched into balls makes for great fun, crinkly toys. Seeing Paws batting these around never fails to amuse me!
- T-Shirt Tent: An old T-shirt, a few hangers, and a square piece of cardboard, and you’ve got a cozy little tent for your kitty to nap in.
- Feather Wand: Attach some feathers to a stick with a string. It’s a simple, irresistible, and nearly free cat toy that your cat will love to chase.
- Wine Cork Mouse: With some felt, craft paper and a wine cork, you can create an adorable, bouncy mouse for your cat’s hunting practice.
Remember, while these homemade toys can provide hours of fun, always supervise playtime to avoid any accidents. Replace any toy that begins to break down and could become a choking hazard.
Trying your hand at these DIY cat toys not only helps in fostering a deeper bond with your cat but also stirs up their instinctive hunting prowess. So roll up your sleeves and let’s get crafting. Your furry friend (and the corners of your couch) will definitely thank you for it! Until next, keep loving and spoiling your purr-tastic pals!