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Homemade Cat Toys

By Stacey Brecher

Homemade Cat Toys

Short on cash, but still want to entertain your cat? Get creative with a homemade cat toy. Kevin Kelly, author of Entertaining Your Indoor Cat: 50 Fun and Inventive Amusements for Your Cat, advises that “cats tend to get bored with the same toy after a while, and instead of constantly buying new, pricey gadgets for them, use something simple from around the house, like a tinfoil ball.”

According to Kelly, other items from around your home that make great cat toys are “any piece of string or ribbon that you can dangle or drag across the floor -- empty cardboard boxes, empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls -- and hallways and doors for playing hide-and-go-seek.” For the curious cat, open a cardboard box, lay the box on its side, cut a hole in the top and set it on the floor. Dangle a string with a ball or feather attached to it through the hole for your cat to swat at.

The toys you make for kittens and for older cats should differ. “Kittens are fascinated by new, simple toys -- pulling a piece of string across the floor can keep a curious kitten happy for hours,” says Kelly. “Adult cats get bored more quickly, so hiding little toys in new places for them to discover can be fun, or constructing differently shaped cardboard tunnels are good options for the jaded adult cat.” He also recommends tossing ping-pong balls into the bathtub; cats love the clattering sound.

Use caution when making toys for your cat. Avoid sharp or small, easy-to-swallow objects. Swallowing string can be very dangerous to cats, so always supervise your pet during playtime.

Stacey Brecher is a freelance writer. She has contributed to Animal Fair magazine, and her blogs have previously appeared on The Dog Daily. 




Posted on February 19, 2012

Antonio says: I also find play time with my ktities important to their schedule. Sometimes they like to run around or play with noisy toys in the middle of the night. To diminish this activity, I set aside some time before I go to bed to play with them for 15-20 minutes. This gets the energy out of their system and they know it is bed time because I try to keep the time consistent each day. It increases my odds of getting a good night's sleep.

Posted on February 18, 2012

Maya says: My cat dlieskid all the toys we bought, and we got plenty. He does love chasing elastics when we throw them in the air, though, and never tried swallowing them. It's just not good to leave cats unsupervised with elastics around. In general, the best bet when it comes to cat toys and games is to try different things. Cats have different personalities and what works for one may not work for another.

Posted on August 16, 2011

Sharon Cohen says: Great tips by Kevin Kelly.

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