Tabby Cat Licking a Cat ToyCommercial cat toys generally appeal to a cat’s intrinsic desires to chase, explore, solve problems, and receive rewards. Have you ever purchased a toy that you thought your cat would go bananas over, only to find it discarded and ignored within minutes? Or, even more baffling, did your cat play with the packaging instead?

You aren’t alone. That’s why DIY cat toys have become all the rage, and The Pet Experts are driving the bandwagon! This is not only better for your wallet, but homemade (or repurposed) cat toys reduces waste and benefits the environment. Win-win!

Play’s the Thing

Even if your cat is strictly indoor, he or she was born a hunter with very specific prey preferences. Some cats thrive playing with toys that glide through the air and back, while others prefer to chase, swat, and pounce items on the ground. Try out a variety of different toys to get a feel for what your cat likes the most. Any toys that don’t fit the mold can be donated to our local shelter or rescue.

Full House

Some of the best cat toys are repurposed household items. While your cat may thoroughly enjoy swatting around the white plastic seal cap from your OJ carton, this could present a choking hazard. Please watch carefully for any objects that could endanger or entangle your cat, resulting in surgery or emergency care, such as:

  • Rubber bands
  • String, kitchen twine, tinsel, or ribbon
  • Elastic hair bands
  • Plastic bags or baggies
  • Electric cords
  • Styrofoam packing peanuts

Cat Toys for Wellness

We encourage your efforts in providing opportunities to play for your kitten, adult cat, or senior cat. Beyond certain necessities, such as a scratching post or cat tree, these everyday objects tend to inspire lots of play:

  • Ping pong balls
  • Round shower rings
  • Practice plastic golf balls
  • Handle-less paper grocery bag
  • Cardboard boxes that are slightly smaller than your cat

Likewise, an empty toilet paper roll can be cut on one end into a dozen strips or more and then folded lengthwise to resemble a broom might do the trick.

Catnip Cat Toys

It’s impossible to deny the power of catnip. Fill a small sock with a plastic bag to achieve that great crinkling sound and then add a generous tablespoon of catnip. Seal the sock with a good knot and watch your cat go crazy!

Instead of Laser Tag

Cats typically love those laser pointers, but they can cause damage to delicate eyes (and it’s costs money to replace the batteries). Try casting a beam of sunlight onto the surface of a CD and aiming it down toward the floor for your cat to chase around. Don’t be surprised if your cat wants to this all day long!.

A Big Deal

Your frisky feline will thank you if you devote your time and attention to 2-3 play sessions every day. Reward your kitty with a good scratch or cuddle afterwards. The Pet Experts recommend that you rotate your stock of cat toys regularly to keep your cat inspired and active.

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