making cat toys

Do-it-yourself cat toy

How to make healthy happy  In the meantime, it is quite clear that cats are conquering the world. From global Instagram cat celebrities to cat cafes, to enough cat-themed accessories to clothing an army, Our cat-like friends have wrapped us around their paws.

 

My cat, Jax, is no exception — he is the boss in our household. Now he has even made me make my cat toys!

It's THE LOOK. You cat people know what I mean. How can I refuse? If your cat has also given you a lot of THE LOOK, it probably means that he wants you to learn how to make homemade cat toys. In this case, you are lucky, because I have three modern, stylish, and simple DIY cat toys for you: a puzzle box, a catnip sock and a magic wand toy. Your cat will love these toys because, well, they mean playtime. And you will love them because they are cheap to make and pretty enough to show off in front of all your crazy cat friends. Read on to find out how to make these inexpensive DIY cat toys! JUMP AHEAD How to Make a Stylish Cat Food Puzzle Give your kitten a little extra work for her treats with this homemade cat food puzzle that's pretty enough to leave out. It comes together quickly, with just a box, a basic plumbing kit from the hardware store, and glue. Put treats and toys in the compartments and hide some of them behind crumpled pieces of paper.

Your cat will love to “hunt” for its food while trying to figure out how to get the goodies!

Simple wooden box (a sturdy cardboard box for storing photos would also work well. Decorate the box as you like 🙂 PVC pressure couplings in different sizes or other robust and transparent glue Note: So that my PVC couplings all fit, I took the box to the plumbing aisle and made a dummy directly in the store. No extra pieces!

cat playing with catnip mouse

Step 1 Remove the crate fittings, if any, and decorate the crate.

(here I kept things simple by painting half of the box white). Then arrange all PVC couplings in the box.

 

If there is text printed on the couplings, you can hide it by turning the text so that it points to another coupling.

 

Step 2 Add glue to the bottom of each coupling Step 3 and glue it in place. That's it!

Once the box is dry, your cat will have a new puzzle food that will challenge her hunting instincts.

 

How to make a catnip sock for cats

Have you ever noticed that cats love to kick their “prey” while playing with their hind legs?

This toy is extra long so your cat can kick away! The catnip filling makes it a guaranteed hit with your furry babies.

All you need to make this simple homemade cat toy is a knee-length sock, dried catnip and a fibre filling,

So it is also an inexpensive cat toy.

 

Materials 

Knee highs Catnip fibre filling scissors leatherette lace or other cord or other clear, strong adhesive.

 

Step 1: Cut off the foot of a knee-length sock and part of the cuff if necessary.

(You want the final toy to be slightly shorter than the length of your cat's body).

 

Step 2 Tie one end of the sock firmly with a double knot. For extra security, you can put a small swab of E6000 on the underside of the knot.

 

Step 3 Fill the sock with fiberfill and catnip. I have found the easiest way to distribute the catnip

was to be evenly distributed over the sock, spread a bundle of fibre filling and sprinkle catnip over it.

Then push the bundle of fiberfill into the sock. Continue until the sock is filled.

 

Be generous with the catnip – you want the kitten to smell it all over the fabric, and dried catnip will from its sealed container lose some of their potency.

 

Step 4 To finish the homemade catnip sock, tie the end as before and add a dab of glue under the knot.

Is an excellent idea to use old socks that are too worn for your feet. Your cat will love to pounce on its cuddly new prey and kick it!

How to make a modern magic wand toy from wood and leather

The classic magic wand toy is given a modern twist in this simple do-it-yourself model with the help of synthetic leather fabric.

Just grab a dowel, string and glue, and you are on your way to another fun homemade cat toy for

Your cat to knock around!

cat with toy in paws

Materials

Wood dowel Leather lace Faux or genuine leather, fabric or Cotton twine scissors or other clear Strong glue Step 1 Cut a piece of imitation leather approximately hand width.

This creates the “handle”. Wrap the fabric around one end of the dowel and fix it with glue. Wrap the fabric tightly around the dowel and apply a bead of glue every few turns.

Cloth pegs or staples can help hold the fabric in place while you let the glue dry for a while.

Minutes before continuing.

 

Step 2 When the leatherette handle is dry, turn the dowel over so that you work with the other end.

Cut a piece of cotton string slightly longer than two feet and glue one end of the string to the plug.

 

Step 3 Cut an 8″ long piece of imitation leather string to wrap around this end of the plug.  Glue the end of the lace to the plug and then wrap the string tightly and evenly around the plug,

Apply more adhesive every few revolutions. Cut off the end of the tip and fix it with another swab of glue.

 

Step 4 Next, you make the tassel toy. Find an object that has approximately the length of the final tassels.

The object can be anything;

Place the end of the cotton string with an approximately 4″ extended tail on the object. is used to Attach the tassel to the magic wand. Wrap the leather tip around the item about 20 times.

Tie the end of the Cotton firmly together.

Tie a string around the lace threads with a double knot. Turn the object upside down and cut the lace threads. Collect all tassel pieces so that they hang down in the same direction. Then tie them together with another piece of cotton string. Step 5 Finish the toy by wrapping the string around the “head” of the tassel several times. The end is put under the loops and secured with a glue dot.

 

You have just made another simple do-it-yourself cat toy for your cat.  Save this do-it-yourself for later! Now that you know how to make homemade cat toys, let's talk more about how to actually play with your cat! What do cats like to play with?

Maybe you have just come home with a new feline family member, or you would like to give your current companion of the kitten lost this extra pound by playing more with her.

 

If you learn a little bit about how cats like to play, you'll both have fun playing in no time!

What types of toys do cats like?  In the animal kingdom, playing is all about practice.

 

For predators like cats, it means practising hunting. Kittens learn to hunt by watching and playing with their parents, as they stalk and attack each other.

Our domestic cats do not need to hunt because their food comes from a can. But they do not know that! Cats still have a strong hunting instinct, and they love to play to hone their skills.

This means that cats like toys that resemble “prey”. Depending on the personal preferences of your cat, it can be like the hunt for birds, mice, insects or all three.

To find out what kind of prey your cat prefers to hunt, try playing with a toy that moves or sounds like a bird. The magic wand toy shown above is perfect for this. See how it reacts when you move the toy like a bird. Then try one toy that moves like a mouse and one that moves like an insect.

Does it react more to one or the other? If you have never done this before and have not sure what to do, watch some nature shows of big cats hunting and see how the prey moves and how the cats react!

 

Try to bring your cat's toy to life as other prey. Your kitten will love to “hunt” the toys. Puzzle toys

are also wonderfully suited to inspire your cat to play. While this type of toy does not move, your cat must

use your senses to find out how to get the goodies.

This is like trying to hunt a small animal that has hidden.

Which toys do cats hate?

Many household items are fun, free cat toys, such as crumpled up pieces of paper, boxes, and toilet paper tubes. But did you know that cats hate tin foil? They despise the noise it makes, and the texture under their paws.

The same applies to sticky surfaces, like double-sided adhesive tape. (By the way, this means that these two items can be great training tools!)

You should also avoid playing with your cat with toys that make loud noises. And some cats have more individual preferences. My older cat, Champ, loved wrinkled paper, but was afraid of just about everything else!

 

Why do cats like boxing? Every cat owner knows that there are times when the packaging is better than the gift, at least in the opinion of the cat! As far as animal behaviourists could find out, cats like boxes for a few reasons: A cardboard box is a great hiding place. Cats feel safe in small, hidden spaces, but still offer an escape route. Cats like to avoid conflicts, and for households with several cats, boxes can be a “do not disturb” signal to the others.

Cardboard boxes are insulating, and cats prefer a warmer average temperature than we do. (Also, why does the cat like to sleep on your laptop!) Do indoor cats need unique toys? Cats that go outside have on average a shorter life expectancy than cats living indoors: 2-5 years compared to 13-17 years!

 

But cats that live outdoors get MUCH more exercise and mental stimulation than cats that live indoors.

To compensate for this, indoor cats should have a rich domestic environment, including toys that

their need to hunt.

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