If you are looking for a quick and easy cat toy to make, give these a try:
Be sure to take the pom pom away if yarn strands start to come loose. Then just make them another one. :)
I make lots of cat toys to hang on walls where I can see them play. I won't let them have string toys by themselves, as they can eat the string.
These are the pictures of the latest ones I have made.
The laser lights may be fun for you, but they frustrate your cat's need to catch something. These toys make it feel as if they can chase something that is moving and grab at it and bite at it.
Cats need to have toys to chase and play with. One of my favorites is a rolled up ball of paper.
The one with yarn is a six pack plastic circle cut out and I take the yarn and tie it onto the circle. I then take the yarn, and make a loop around one finger, bring the yarn under the circle and through the circle and then the other end goes through the loop I made. it is hard to describe but easy to do.
The other is lids from milk containers, and a little plastic tub lid. I put the little milk lids in a scoop that comes out of a Slimfast like tub, and put the lid of the milk into it. Then I take scissors and poke two holes into the milk lid. I then put double yarn through the plastic lid and tie a knot with the yarn. There are two holes in the plastic lid. Then I put the yarn through the two holes in the milk lids and tie a knot there and then on and on.
I like the way these look, and I am going to make a big huge mobile of lids before long, just to hang up.
The third is toilet paper rolls cut into strips and then tied together to make a rattly thing. You have to interact with the cat to get her to play since they are hung on the wall.
My cats seem to love this and come to my "wall" at least once a day to play.
By Anne from Marengo, OH
Editor's Note: Do you have any frugal kitten toy ideas? Post them here!
By Angi from Spokane, WA
By Cheryl from Trinity, NC
For the pros, yes, they are much less expensive than buying toys. Especially if you are sure to buy only toys that are safe for the child or pet. Plus, there's nothing like our imagination for coming up with some fantastic new ideas! And how many of us have spent our hard earned money on a toy only to have the child or the pet toss the toy aside to play with the packaging?
As for the cons though, you have to use a lot of common sense when making these toys. Here are some examples:
One toy I made for my cat was a plastic cup with a screw on lid (I used a sippy cup I got from the dollar store, but a hollow ball would work just as well, maybe even better). I cut out some small holes around the sides, then put a few pieces of cat treats inside. He has a ball chasing the cup around the house. Once in a while a treat will escape from a hole and he'll get to munch on it before tackling it again!
One rule of thumb that is best to follow when making toys for pets is that if you would not give it to your infant baby, don't give it to the pets. This goes also for plastic eyes or other pieces that can be chewed off and choked on or pieces inside the toy that can be ripped or chewed out. So please use some common sense when making homemade toys, for not just your babies but also for your pets. Remember that they, like babies, put everything in their mouths and chew on everything.
By cricketnc from Parkton, NC
So I picked up a packet of similar feathers at Walmart for $1 and glued them together like Da Bird using Elmer's glue. When they were dry I tucked them into the little red plastic tip in the toy with a dab of glue, after I pulled the mangled feathers out.
The next day we were back in business. Be careful what glue you use. Some glues don't allow you to pull the mangled feathers out (ie. Gorilla glue) for replacement. Six months of fun for $1 is my idea of a good cat toy.
By lizzyanny from Seattle, WA
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