Toys may seem like just a fun thing to give your cat, but they are essential for your cat’s development. Most cats sleep most of the day, and when they are awake, they are natural hunters that instinctively crave play! Play can keep you from being bored and destructive, give you an opportunity to bond with them, and help them remain active and their brains sharp.
Make your toys and save money and the environment. You would be surprised at how many things you throw away that can repurpose as a cat toy.
1 Paper towel or toilet paper rolls
It can’t get easier than this! You have an endless supply; they require almost no work except to hand to your cat, and you can make them more interesting by putting treats inside and folding down the edges.
2 Cat scratchpad for the door
This one is a little more complicated but rewarding in the end. A plus for being visually appealing! Head over to Designsponge.com for step-by-step instructions to create this DIY cat toy.
3 Feather toys
Cats love feathers, wands, and toys because they engage their hunting instincts. If your cat pines to prey on birds when looking out the window – this may satisfy her longings.
DIY Feather Wand Tutorial
4 Cat dancer toys
These are easy to make, and you can be creative by incorporating a range of materials. Cat dancer toys keep your cat engaged, active, and entertained for a good while. You can use catnip, faux leather, pom-poms, and more.
5 Crumpled paper
Don’t recycle that piece of paper! Crumble it up and watch your cat have a ball with it. Nothing more to do!
6 Cardboard box
Another Amazon delivery? Give your cat the box. Cats love boxes as a hideout, a safe place, a way to have me-time in a multi-cat household, and a warm spot to lounge.
7 Paper bag
The same thing, open the bag lay with the opening on the floor – let your cat enjoy. Just remember to remove any handles that they can get caught in.
8 Mouse toy
This may take some sewing to achieve, but it is worth it. Appealing to their hunting skills and using catnip to attract them to the mouse – this toy can entertain your cat for hours.
Toys that aren’t safe for your cat
- Pieces of loose string, yarn, ribbon – they can swallow these and get them caught in their intestines and possibly require surgery to remove
- Rubber bands – same as strings
- Plastic bags, bubble wrap, or packing peanut – they can suffocate or swallow these
- Tiny beads – avoid allowing them to have these or purchasing toys with them – they could swallow these