Giving your cat toys doesn't have to be expensive. My cat likes to play with things such as ping pong balls, empty spools, milk jug rings and bouncy balls. He likes to take his catnip mouse or a ball, and bat it around in the empty tub and chase it.
By Karen from Big Rapids, MI
Don't buy expensive cat toys! Put a marble, a couple paper clips or some dried beans in an empty prescription bottle, put the lid back on, and roll it across the floor. My cat plays with these for hours!
By Becki in Indiana
My cats have as much fun playing with a rolled up ball of old foil or paper as they do with those expensive cat toys.
By Ness from Lakeview, NY
Putting something that makes noise inside a plastic easter egg works for a cat toy.
I put a plastic egg shell on the ground for entertainment of my cat.
You can get a dowel rod and tie ribbon and bells to the end of it (or feathers) and shake it around for kitty to bat at. It is long enough that you don't get accidentally scratched while kitty plays.
Plastic grocery sacks that make crackle noises are my cat's favorite. I put a few bags into a tiny pillow case, sew it up and he plays with his toy for hours and carries it from place to place!
Nothing makes my cat happier than a paper bag.
Roll a whole walnut (in shell) on hard floors. Or any other large, round and hard nut. My two cats love them. Christmas is their favorite time because of all the holiday nuts (not my family... lol) in the house.
Hint: Spray catnip (available at pet stores) can bring life back to any cat toy.
I made my little cats some toys out of old baby mittens. I took some stuffing, stuffed the mitten and put a bit of catnip in it and sewed the top of it. I gave it to my cats and they loved it.
Pet stores have catnip flavored bubble solutions. I have yet to try that, cause it's a little expensive but I have 2 cats and they enjoy bubbles severely. It took them a while to warm up to it, but when they did, they don't stop. If you have a child, its a plus! You keep them all occupied!
My husband plays fishing with the kitties, he takes a smaller fishing pole and ties a bobber to the end of the line and then casts down the hallway and has them chase it, the cats could do this for hours.
My kitty can't resist a catnip mousey. Just a bit of catnip and some cotton balls in a piece of felt (a wool sweater that got washed and dried) bundled together with a rubber band. It lasts for a long time!
By Lynn G
I splurged on Lupe during Christmas (with the big toys), but here are her all time favorites:
The best bouncy ball, though a little more expensive, is the "molecule". It's like a bunch of little balls, or the one with 16-18 sides. They move like prey! (05/21/2006)
A cardboard box... "untra fun"! For a twist you can add some holes or roll up some paper and throw in there. My cat "loves" boxes.
You just made my year and the cats year with these cat toys. Way to go ...... 2007. Just got 2 cats Been a while since I had cats and those are the best ideas I have heard period. I like the mittens the best and the egg came second......lol So there you are we just found out the egg doesn't come first always. The best to your family in 2007""
My cats are suckers for the mini makeup brushes that come in blush compacts.
In fact, one of mine has figured out where I keep my normal makeup brushes and many mornings I have to remind her that these are mine and I have to hunt around for one of hers before she will let me continue putting on my make up.
Cats love sound. For this you will need:
-A plastic cup
If you would like, first decorate the plastic cup. Tie some bells to the string. Make a hole at the center of the plastic cup and tie the string attached to the bell into the cup. Tie some ribbons into some pretty bows for details. Shake the sound cup to your cat. I'm sure this activity will last hours.
Don't use foil for cats. If they ingest some of it, for some cats it makes them crazy. It effects their brains. We lost a cat due to this. Just wanted to share this thought.
Another good idea, tie a lace to a door knob and a feather on the end of that. Feathers just tossed on the ground is great too.
My cat sleeps and scratches in a beer box, the ones that hold two 12-packs. The single-color print ones (like corona) are the best because the paper is scratchable (boxes with more than one color are too waxy). We replace it every 1-2 weeks since he loves it so much! And it keeps him from scratching our furniture or shredding our papers. Your local beer distributor should have plenty to spare.
My cat likes those little colored mice. To make them even more fun, stick them in your catnip overnight!
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