10 Best Homemade Cat Toys For Your Feline
All cats are built to chase and hunt. As a cat owner, you will be doing your fur-balls a great service by providing them indoor-play opportunities and toys that can satiate their instinctual urge to hunt a pseudo prey. If buying new cat toys from a pet shop isn’t on your agenda, how about using common household items to entertain your feline friends?
So your kitty has a brand new innovative toy without you having to loosen your purse strings. Tune in to the list below for novel cat toys at a zero cost:
- Empty Paper or cloth bags: Shopping bags can be turned conveniently into something your cat can lay/hide in. But remember to chop off the handles and get some breathing holes before making a bag available to the pet so that the kitty does not get stuck in them. To make the experience more fun you can add some cat food to set off a harmless hunt.
A note of caution: Do not offer plastic bags to your cat.
- Cardboard Boxes: Felines love to hide in cardboard boxes to feel cozy and safe. You can place a few boxes adhered together and cut out doors/windows to create a little cat house. Scatter some chunks of cat chews around to healthily busy your furry buddy.
- Plastic bottle caps: A light object that can be flicked is of great interest to a mouser. It will like to toss it around and then chase it, unleashing its predator trait.
A note of caution: Avoid metal caps, their sharp edges can hurt the pet.
- Dry Leaves: Fallen leaves when filled in a cardboard box add a touch of the outdoors to an indoor plaything. Leaves bring with it the scent of nature and an unusual texture. Partly fill a box with dry/fallen leaves to increase its appeal.
- Plastic bottles: Cats enjoy smacking and scraping plastic bottles. You can fill an empty bottle with sand and permanently seal the gap with glue.
- Balls: Ping pong or golf balls can be used to initiate a chase. Running behind them is a great form of work-out for your kitty.
- Cardboard tubes: Toilet paper and paper towel tubes can be converted into treat dispensers. Cut out holes just big enough for a piece of cat treat/kibble to slip out. Fill the rolling tube with treats and seal both its sides with a tape. Voila, food puzzle toy is ready to be served; it will offer to the pet mental as well as physical stimulation and satisfy its hunting needs. A couple of empty tubes stuck together & an edible item placed right in the center is another amusing toy that will without doubt charge up your cat.
- Used Socks: Your used sock can be a big comforter to your home-alone pet cat. Your smell can help comfort and reduce the cat’s stress when you aren’t around it. You can also fill your sock with cat nip and tightly close the open end; the result will be one euphoric kitty!
- Ice cubes: These are ideal for summer months. Throw some on the floor , your kitty will have a gala time sliding on them. Let your cat’s craziness unfold by freezing catnip, fish oil or chicken broth in ice cubes.
- Newspaper: Newspaper pages can be left on the floor for your cat to shred. It will also enjoy laying and rolling on them. Paper can be crumpled into a ball that your cat can chase. Some cats look forward to a game of fetch and will bring back the ball to you.
Do-It-Yourself cat toys are the purrfect answer to creating an indoor environment that is both stimulating and healthy for a domestic cat. Daily playtime helps a cat to relieve stress and release energy. It helps maintain healthy weight and prevent unwanted behavior in felines. Your Kitty’s happiness actually has no price tag with these entertaining & safe DIY toys!