DIY: Make your own cat toys!
Cat owners know only too well: every little object that's left lying around is a potential cat toy. It just needs to be light and springy (and it certainly helps if it smell irresistible too!). So why buy expensive cat toys when they are so easy to make at home? You can be as creative as you wish, and a homemade cat toy makes the perfect gift for your cat sitter!
Photo: Sunny Ripert
What you'll need:
- dried catnip (also known as catmint or catswort, can be purchased online, from a nursery or from a pet shop)
- fleece, felt or other material that doesn't easily fray
- a wooden stick
- feathers (available from art and craft stores)
- empty toilet rolls
- sisal string
- a needle & thread
Toys containing catnip
The key to an alluring cat toy is catnip. It's a minty herb containing oils that an adult cat finds irresistible! Many store-bought cat toys also contain dried catnip. It's completely safe for cats and they love it! So, fashion "pockets" from pieces of fleece and then fill them with catnip. You can optionally wrap the toy up in sisal string. Whilst you can come up with all sorts of fun shapes, such as a mouse or heart, it's just as easy to keep it super simple. Just take a rectangular piece of fleece and pop one teaspoon of catnip inside. Then roll the fleece up, tie a knot in it and hey presto! Watch the tutorial here
Catnip (Latin name: Nepeta)
Small, lightweight balls that can be readily batted around are ideal for your cat! For this you can use either a rolled up piece of paper or a ping-pong ball. Alternatively you can make a ball from an empty toilet roll. Simply cut small rings from the toilet roll and then fashion into the shape of a ball. You might choose to place a rattling bell inside to make it even more exciting for your cat.
A teasing wand will awaken your cat's hunting instinct! All you need is a simple stick, a piece of string and some feathers. Just tie all of these together and then dangle and drag temptingly in front of your cat! Of course you can also let your creativity run wild and use other materials. Tip: pop to your local market where you'll find all sorts of fluffy fabrics, feathers, bells, buttons and other items that make cat toys extra fun.
Already made your own homemade cat toys? We're curious about the results :-) Show your creation at Instagram! #Pawshakeau