If you’ve ever lived with cats, you probably know how much fun they can have with a paper bag. Here is a list of some of the other common household items that make excellent cat toys.
• Plastic Eggs- Fill them with unpopped popcorn kernels, peppercorns, dry beans, grains of dry rice or coins. These are great for visually impaired cats, and all cats love the sounds.
• Empty Cardboard Rolls- Pull treats or toys through the opening or place them inside the roll. Your cat will have fun chasing the rolls or swatting at the toys inside.
• Crinkled Tin Foil- Crumple up a sheet of tin foil to provide an interesting change in texture and sound from a cat’s usual ball toys.
• Rope/Cable/Tubing- To make string-like toys that are safe for unattended play, use materials that are thick and short, such as mountain climbing rope, bicycle break cables (with caps on the ends) and flexible plastic tubing.
• Drinking Straws- Look for straws in colors that contrast your flooring. Brightly colored straws are very popular with kittens!
• Driftwood/Firewood- Both are excellent, natural scratcher options that can last for decades.
• Corks- Corks are loads of fun to chase, and they also absorb scents. Store them in a bag of catnip for a few weeks to make them an even more enticing toy.
• Tissue Boxes- Place toys or treats in side to make these recyclable options irresistible to curious cats. Most pet supply stores carry studier, ready-made holey boxes.
• Finger Puppets- These toys are especially fun when filled with catnip and sewn shut. Be sure the puppets don’t have loosely attached beads, buttons or other baubles. Also, painted features should only contain non-toxic paint or fabric dye.
• Wrist Watches- Offer your cat your old, broken watch before throwing it out. Cats love them because your scent is on the band.
• Pom-Pom Balls- It is important to select balls that are too large to be a choking hazard. You can store pom-pom balls in catnip for an extra treat.
What other toys have your cats found around the house? Share with us in the comments or on Facebook!
Find more ideas about homemade cat toys here.
This blog post was written by guest blogger Kari Kells, a professional pet sitter and pet parent to Raggedy Andy, Emma and Rumi. Read more tips and advice from Kari on her blog.
Did you know two-thirds of cats are susceptible to the effects of catnip? Whether they smell it or eat it, catnip can put your favorite feline under a spell.
The plant is not dangerous and even has been used in the past to treat humans for headaches and upset stomachs. Cattime.com even has tips for growing your own.
We do want to share a word of caution from our friends at the ASPCA®: Some cats become very excited when smelling or eating catnip, so be careful about petting or rubbing your cat until you know how she responds. When cats get overexcited, they can sometimes bite.
Read more from the ASPCA about cat toys.
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