My cat is now almost 2 years old and with her being an indoor cat she likes nothing more than to play. Although I have purchased a number of cat toys since I got her as a small kitten I find that she mostly prefers homemade or DIY toys made from every day objects.
My cats favourite thing is any type of paper or card, as soon as I lay out a piece of paperwork or a newspaper she will sit on it. So when I recently received two parcels in the post which were wrapped in a cardboard box with scrunched up brown paper Tink quickly claimed them as her own. She loves to roll around in the boxes amongst the paper and if I throw in a few toys she will scurry around in the box trying to find them. This will keep her entertained for a good 20 minutes at a time.
She also loves toilet roll tubes which she will bat around the wooden floor and any type of hard plastic lid or wine corks. Obviously you need to be careful that your cat will not try and eat the plastic but my cat will only play with them by chasing them around the floor. This does although mean that I end up finding numerous lids under my settee when I move it to clean underneath.
Homemade pom poms or even scraps of fabric tide to some string also made great teaser toys which my cat will try and attack when dangled in front of her. I have purchased a few of the teaser toys but find that for the price they never last very long so home made ones work just as well and do not cost anything.
To make my cat work for her treats I will take a clean plastic bottle and place a few treats inside then give her the bottle without the lid to make her work to get the treats out. This will keep my cat occupied for a while as she is very food driven and goes crazy for treats.
Overall I think DIY cat toys are much more fun than ones you buy and you also save a small fortune. My cat gets bored of her toys easily so making your own means you can come up with new inventions all of the time and mostly from objects lying around the home. I would certainly recommend anyone with a playful cat to make there own toys as it is much more rewarding and fun than buying them. Furthermore an occupied cat means less destroyed furniture from scratching!
I am a huge animal lover so when it comes to keeping them happy, I will buy, make and do as much as i can that will make them happy. Our two cats came into our family 2 years ago. Harry and Phoebe. They were little bundles of playful fun and at the time every cat toy we bought for them was destroyed within minutes! So , I put my creative hat on and started making some bits and bobs for them!
You don't need to go out to get these things because I can guarantee you they are sitting in your home right now!
TOY NUMBER 1 - THE TIN FOIL BALL !!!
How To make :
Simply rip off some tin foil from a roll and scrunch it into a ball...Simple huh? You can vary the size from small to big. The cats will love it! You can do this with paper, fabric, anything you want, just as long as it is in the shape of a ball ! My cat had hours of fun playing with such a simple toy. She'd carry it around in her mouth, flick it with her paw, and snuggle it when she was tired ....awww!
TOY NUMBER 2 - THE BOTTLE BALL!!!
A plastic bottle - preferably big
Paper or tin foil
How To make :
Okay so first make the ball. You can use the tips from the last toy or you can use a different method of choice. Next get a plastic bottle , make sure it is empty and if you want you can fill it with rice or just leave it empty - but the rice is going to weight it down so it doesn't tip over. So next get a piece of string and make it about half the size of the bottle. Attach one end securely to the top of the bottle and then attach the ball to the other end. This will make a 'bopping ball' toy for the cats! The bigger the bottle the more fun it'll be for the cat!
TOY NUMBER 3 - RECYCLED TOYS!!!
An old teddy of some sort
How To make :
Not much effort is needed for this toy. Simply dig out one of your old soft toys and give it to your cat. The cat will find it very amusing !
TOY NUMBER 4 - HOME MADE SCRATCHING POST!!!
An old piece of carpet
A 'welcome' mat
Staple Gun OR Velcro strips
How To make :
Okay so I found that with my cats when they were young they would always scratch anything rough! So , I came up with this - What I did was I got an old piece of carpet that was left over from when we had ours laid and I attached some Velcro strips to the carpet and to the back of a door. This was a very successful diy toy because they'd scratch against the carpet or old welcome mat (i used carpet for one door and a welcome mat for another!) instead of the furniture! EASY!
I hope this is helpful - I found these very successful and simple!
My cats, Pepsi & Rooney love their toys but they are both very mischevious and often make up their own little games to play with toys or objects that are not intended for them or sometimes my daughter will sit with either me or my husband and make them a toy out of something or other.
One of their favourite toys are clothes pegs! They are an absolute nightmare if they managed to get hold of the clothes pegs because it becomes an obsession for them to get them, no matter where I put them. I keep the pegs in a bowl and if I am in the middle of doing a wash, I put them on top of the washing machine in the utility room, ready to take them outside with the washing basket. My cats are always the first ones in there and you can guarantee you will hear the two of them jump on to the top of the washing machine (regardless of whether it is on or not) and they will be head first into the bowl and pick them out like little puppies and carry them out of the bathroom in their mouths. They will then set them down on the wooden flooring and proceed to flick them about on the floor, chasing after them. They go absolutely crazy with the pegs and I have lost a good few because of them!
Another DIY toy they love is one that most cats love (I think) and that is a rolled up piece of paper. It never fails. My daughter is always scrunching something up for them and they sit in front of her, waiting patiently for the moment she chucks it for them to chase. Again, the go absolutely crazy with a paper ball - they duck and dive all over the place and if there is only one ball, you can guarantee one of them will pick the ball up so that the other has to chase them for it! The game usually ends when our dog strolls over, takes the paper ball and tears it up in front of them!
Discarded toilet roll tubes is another. Now, I always thought it was dogs that loved toilet roll tubes but my cats think they are the best thing since sliced bread! I have often found them rolling over and over with one of these or batting one about and chasing it.
They also really like it if you put your hand under a blanket and wiggle it about. They always dive and attack and try to grab your hand. You can keep them entertained doing this for a good 20 minutes before they realise it is your hand and not the juicy mouse they were hoping for!
My cats are also theives! They steal my daughter's Littlest Pet Shop figures and carry them in their mouths and take them for journeys all over the house! They then proceed to bat them and attack them. I don't have a clue what it is about the Littlest Pet Shop figures which they like so much but sometimes I think they prefer them to their own toys!
Boxes are another surefire way to entertain my cats. I don't know what it is about a box but it holds a whole realm of interest to a cat. Jumping in, jumping out, pouncing, tipping it over - it is like a cat playground and with two of them, it is even more fun and chaos!
You really don't need to go out and buy lots of toys for cats - they are perfectly happy with made up ones from home too and most of the time they will make their own games and toys up with little bits they find around the house.
Of all the home made toys that we have found our cats to be interested in one of the most cheap and simple things they like are boxes. Its so funny that something as simple and easy to get hold of as a few cardboard boxes, can be so exciting to our cats that they can spend hours having fun with them.
Picking a selection of boxes in various sizes means that you can use them for different fun cat based activities. One thing that we have found goes down well is taking a box at least 2 feet x 1 1/2 feet (but larger is also fine too). then cutting the sides down to make the depth of the box no more than 1 foot high and filing it with scrunched up paper, empty cardboard kitchen roll holders etc.
One this has been done, the addition of one or two light dashes of catnip onto the items you place within the box is enough to give the cats plenty of kitty cat fun for ages. We have found they love this and spend their time playing with the paper and cardboard tubes, until they eventually tire of that and end up lazing in the box and going off to sleep.
Sometimes we have altered this slightly and placed small cat treats into the boxes amongst the filling, which means that the cats have to find them. This is another thing they seem to really like about having boxes to play with. We find that a few boxes in a variety of smaller sizes placed around the home are perfect for cats to hide in too, which they seem to love doing, jumping about from one to another.
Using cardboard boxes in this way is a very cheap and simple way to enhance a cats playtime. As long as the boxes you use are clean and plain with no sellotape or metal clips left on them, they can provide a reasonably safe environment for cats to enjoy. I always check for these prior to putting a new box out for play time.
You can cut bits out of boxes and sit them upside down to make little hidey holes for your cats too. This way you can make entrances and exits and cut out windows for you cats to look out from. Our cats do like this too, but seem to prefer the boxes sat upright and stuffed with paper for playtime and with soft pet friendly cushions for nap time.
I guess I have to give cardboard boxes for cats a rating here and as they are both cheap to buy and easy to source I have to give them a 5 star rating. As with anything only trial and error will tell you if your cats are going to be a fan of this type of thing, but as quick spritz of catnip will usually get their interest going you may find its something they soon grow to love.
When we had a pair of kittens two years ago, we would get some great entertainment watching them tearing round the living room, chasing anything that moved. Despite the fact that we bought them a few toys from the pet shop, some of their greatest enjoyment came from simple things in the home. Here are some ideas of things I have used in the past for great DIY cat toys:
1: A sheet of newspaper- This is brilliant for kittens and very young cats. Try and prop up the newspaper into a tent shape to enable the kitten to tunnel underneath and hide. They will soon be rolling around on their backs tearing it to shreds.
2: Home made pompom- It is really easy to make a pompom by winding wool around a "doughnut" of two pieces of card, tying it off with a longer length of wool and cutting the wool away from the card. I used to really enjoy making these as a kid. If the pompom is attatched to a long length of wool, it can be pulled along the floor or dangled from a door handle.
3: Chocolate wrappers- Of course, you will need to eat a great big box of choccies for this one! Quality street and Roses wrappers are perfect as they have a really satisftying texture. Just build a few wrappers into a ball and throw it for the cat, or tie the ball to a bit of string and pull it around the floor. If you don't like chocolates, a ball of foil makes a good alternative.
4: Grow your own drugs- Not strictly a toy, but it will entertain your cat! Grow some catnip seeds in a small pot in the garden, and stand by to be entertained as the local cats get high and start falling over!
5: Shoe Box- Having kids, I always end up with loads of shoe boxes. Cats love them! Kittens like to hide in them, and bigger cats will have fun trying to retrieve a hidden toy from underneath an upturned box. Cats also love bigger boxes, such as the ones you get from supermarkets. They love to chew on them and claw them. You cut cut a hole in a larger box, big enough for the cat to squeeze in and out.
6: Cotton reel- Empty cotton reels are great for cats to bat and roll around the carpet as they are light and easy to manoeuvre. In fact, anything that rolls is attractive to cats, including pingpong balls that you can buy from sports shops for about 15p each.
7: A thick glove- For real heavy duty play, wrestle with your cat while wearing a very thick, clawproof glove! Our cat used to love this, and thought the glove was some sort of prey animal and went full blast trying to attack it. She did manage to get through the glove a couple of times though!
8: Stuffed sock- An old sock filled with a bit of newspaper and tied at the end makes a great cat toy. They will tret it like prey, dragging it round the floor and chewing on it. Make sure you use old socks though!
Thanks for reading. I hope this list has given you a few ideas of ways you can have fun with your cat without spending any money. x
Over the years, I have bought my 4 rescue cats an array of toys. From scratching posts that get destroyed over a relatively short period of time, wind up mice that when wound up zoom around the floor but which don't work properly on carpetted floor, to cat nip mice which my cats go crazy for, you name it, odds on I've bought it for my furry friends.
One of their all-time favourite toys though is home made, a DIY toy that is cheap and easy to recreate...
After noticing that one of my cats spent a fair amount of time in the bathroom batting at one of my bath and shower puffs, I decided to make one into a toy for him. Tying a long piece of garden twine about a metre long to the existing string handle of the shower puff was all I needed to do in order to have him going mad for it!
The string means you can drag the shower puff around and have your cats chase it, or simply throw it out to them like a fishing line and 'reel' it back in from the comfort of your sofa.
There much be something about the texture of the shower puff that cats like - maybe it's because they can really get their claws into it, and they can give it a good bite without doing themselves any damage as it's soft and chewy. I have never had any problems with them eating the shower puff, they just love chasing and trying to shred them.
Shower puffs are cheap to buy - I've seen them for 50p, plus they often come free with bath and shower goods, particularly in gift packs. I know we're never short of them in our house so I imagine most households have a spare one lying around.
So there you have it. Tie string or twine to a shower puff and you have a cat toy that many cats will love. Mine love theirs!
In my previous review for 'Jolly Moggy Catnip Mice', I mentioned the fact that shop-bought pet toys can often be completely dismissed by cats, who instead prefer a simple length of string, or a discarded box to play with. My cat's favourite ever toy is something that only cost around 20p - a real 'DIY' item which was quick to please. The item in question has provided much more entertainment than anything that has been purchased in a petshop, and happens to be simply a string of fake plastic pearls.
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Each measuring no more than three millimetres in diameter, the pearls are of the small transparent type, and sit on a string which is around ninety centimetres in length. The string of pearls can be purchased from fabric supply stores, or shops which sell costume jewelry. If you're interested in seeking out such an item for your own pet, then it's important to note the following safety precautions - firstly, you need to give them a good tug to make sure that the string won't break during rough play, and secondly you should only buy tiny beads which are too small for a pet to choke on should the string snap.
So why does the cat like them so much?
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Well, it's hard to tell - but as I type, the cat is sat on the floor, looking hopefully at me and meowing loudly, waiting for me to drop them for her. When the cat sees (or hears) the pearls, her pupils instant dilate and she'll begin circling impatiently like a hungry shark. Simply dragging the behind you as you walk will see the cat tearing after them, leaping over tables, sofas or whatever else is in her path. To be honest, the interest in the pearls is a little unusual, considering the fact that regular string seems to only be moderately played with. Once the cat has 'caught' the pearls, she sits with them in her mouth and then carries them out of the room, before coming back in and dropping them on the floor. If the cat is upstairs, the merest shake of the pearls will have her shooting down the steps to see what's going on.
As DIY cat toys go, this simple string of beads has been a revelation - no bought toy could have provided Saffy with so much fun. It's a bit unusual really - but then hey, cats are peculiar creatures.
Me and my husband have two cats which we rescued when they were very little from a rescue centre. Their names are Oscar and Digby.
Having both never actually owned cats, we went out and bought all the toys known to man, treats, and all sorts. We never anticipated the things that they would actually find interesting is basically anything you think they wouldn't.
Our two cats couldn't be more different, oscar is a tabby and is pretty lazy and loves cuddling and sitting on our laps, and generally being pampered. Digby is black and white and is extremely active and playful and enjoys anything he knows he shouldn't. A particular favourite is getting into the tv cabinet and sitting on top of the sky box like butter wouldn't melt. Despite their different personalities they do both love to play, and nothing gets their attraction more than a sweet wrapper, a bit of foil, dressing gown belts and for Digby a bog standard cardboard box. They do occasionally play with shop bought toys, but seem to quickly lose interest.
I would say that shop bought toys do serve a bit of a purpose, for gifts and the like, but they all seem to have endless tassels and extras, that always look harmful, I always think those plastic eyes they stick on are asking for trouble. I also find that a lot of toys are filled with cat nip, I don't actually know what this is, but it surely sends my two completely mental. They had a scratching post with a swinging ball and the ball was full of cat nip and they would literally cling on and swing a full circle round the bottom of the post, so I ended up cutting it off.
We have learned over the years of having our two that they will let you know what they like and what they don't. Which is why homemade toys are better, as you can give them exactly what they want. I am always appreciative of toys that people buy them as gifts, but I would never pay for them myself when a simple lace from a shoe will occupy them for hours (especially if your actually trying to tie them!)
I would say to anyone who is thinking of getting a cat and buying all the toys you can to simply wait, and see what they like. Our boys are more than happy with home made pieces of rubbish, maybe they are just easily pleased, but I think most cats are the same. They will inevitably end up playing with something you never thought possible, and it's very amusing to see what sorts of things they find interesting when you give them the chance.
Give a cat an expensive toy they are happy for minutes, give them a cardboard box and they will entertain themselves for the rest of their life!
We have two cats around the house at the moment, theres Tinker whos 5 years old, the boss of the house, hes like our own guard dog and walks us too and from our house everyday, and then theres Tails, our new little kitten, Tails and Tinker arent 100% properly introduced at the moment as Tails is still only about 7 weeks old and were not sure how Tinker will react to him yet, though they have had the odd sniff of eachother.
Tails is at that age though where he is learning his insticts to hunt and is a very playful kitten, we bought him little colourful mice and a little rabbit as well to play with, however he seems to get bored of these toys really easily and plays with the toys that I made for him myself alot more.
The toys that I have made for him are, a string with a bit of paper tied to it, then trail it along the ground and watch them chase it and hunt it down, I sometimes also hide it up higher and hang it from places so he can hunt it out and play with it in different ways.
A ping pong ball, both my cats go mad for the ping pong balls, I think its because they make alot of noise, Tails can play for hours literally with a ping pong ball, and even Tinker who looks at me like I am mad when I try to play with him loves to chase it up and down the garden, the only problem is trying to get it back of him once he has caught it and I am finished playing with them.
A simple rolled up ball of paper, Tails loves to see me scrunch it up and throw it across the room, I think again this is because it makes so much noise and gets him more excited for the hunt.
These are every cheap and effective kitty toys, so if you dont have as much money to fork out for your cat, they will love these toys just as much as the more expensive toys you buy for them.
Thankfully though Tails is still only a kitten so he only needs played with for an hour at a time before he climbs up on ur knee and demands a pat and a sleep.
I never knew our cat Darcy had a modelling career before she moved in with us, the picture at the top looks incredibly like her! When she first moved in with us I thought she was quite old as she never had any energy to play but after being fed up she regained her kittenhood and now she loves to play with anything, as long as it is not intended as a cat toy. She won't scratch her scratching post, preferring the carpet just next to it, so she obviously associates it with scratching to a certain extent!
I bought her a cat toy stuffed with catnip, which is supposed to be irresistible to cats, but she ignored it when I threw it around. So I tied it to a piece of string so it could be dragged around for her to chase. Again she wasn't interested, so now we hold the end with the toy and move the string around, which she loves to stalk and chase. She doesn't go outdoors much but will follow you outdoors when you are trailing the string behind you and run about on the lawn. It doesn't have to be string, shoelaces and tape measures are also highly interesting for her. She also loves to chase an orange net, after you have taken the oranges out of it.
As most of you know when we moved into our cottage on the slopes of the Great Orme in Llandudno last year we were adopted by a cat who we named Mew. Actually we asked him what his name was and that was what he told us!
Over the months he has received a few cat toys from my sister, friends and from us but he really has two favourites - a piece of string and any cardboard box!
A few weeks ago Dave (hubby) had been using string for something and Mew caught sight of it and began playing with it. He does have two special toys of sticks with cord attached with feathers on the end of one and a felt spider on the end of the other but no; the string is much more fun!
Dave gets the string and pulls it along the floor. Mew watches for a while then down on his haunches he goes, bum up in the air. Then with a waggle of his bum he launches himself at the end of the string as though his life depended upon it! He doesn't mind what is in the way and regularly bumps into the door or the wall but doesn't seem to even notice, such is the fun involved in stalking a piece of household string! If he manages to catch it before Dave pulls it away he'll have a chew at it as well although I can't imagine that it tastes particularly nice!
If Dave dangles the string in mid air Mew will stand up on his back paws trying to catch the end of it. He's very athletic and happily jumps and somersaults in pursuit of the wonderful string!
His other favourite is a cardboard box - any cardboard box that is big enough for him to sit in. He will happily jump in the box, sit there and look round and then jump back out but if he can get Dave or me to play as well then it all gets to be much more fun!
We put the box on its side having first cut a small hole in the corner of the base so now this hole is effectively in the side of the box at the bottom edge - a bit like the caricature mouse hole in the skirting board!
One of us then uses one of Mew's aforementioned stick toys and pokes the end of the stick slightly through the hole from the outside of the box to the inside knocking the edges of the hole to make a noise as we do so.
Again Mew gets down on his haunches, sizes up the situation, bum in the air, waggle and launch at the hole in the box usually moving the box across the floor as he does so! He twists and turns in the box with one or two paws out through the hole trying to catch whatever it is we're using to play with him.
This game then gets expanded as we tap the box with the stick and Mew goes mad trying to catch it through the hole or back through the open end of the box twisting himself in positions that a contortionist would be proud of as he does so.
Last night I foolishly got the box in which our new bathroom scales had arrived, cut a small hole in the corner of the base, turned the box on its side and waggled my finger through the hole. Yes, I know now! Mew watched, waggled and launched and I didn't move my hand quickly enough and ended up with a piece taken out of my finger and blood dripping everywhere! His paw had come through the hole and one of his claws had got caught in the end of my finger!
I couldn't be cross with him as it was my own fault so I just made sure it was clean and wrapped a tissue round it - my tetanus jab is up to date so I knew I was OK. That was the first time in nearly a year of him living with us that he has drawn blood on me. He sometimes tries to bite when we are playing but never closes his teeth hard so he obviously doesn't intend to hurt us.
He also likes to sit in the box as Dave spins it round on the floor like some sort of white knuckle - or should that be white paw - ride as Mew paws at the inside corners of the box because the movement of the box on the carpet makes a slight noise. Maybe we should take him to a theme park? LOL!
His other favourite game requires no toys at all either DIY or otherwise. He loves to stalk Dave! You may think this sounds strange but even stranger is that Dave also stalks the cat! It is really funny to watch Dave down on all fours creeping up on the cat who gets flat on the floor watching until the last minute and then runs like a mad thing across the room. He then tries to creep up on Dave but if Dave hides behind a wall and steps out at the last minute Mew has been know to leap in the air and somersault before running away! It is during these sessions that I often wonder who is playing with whom?
So there you are - all you need to keep your cat entertained is a piece of string, a cardboard box and a daft husband!
We own cats - or to be more precise, cats own us. Two strays walked into our house two years ago and begged for chicken, and somehow they never have got round to leaving. They're a pair of spoilt girls, bought everything their fuzzy hearts might desire, but we have found a couple of things that need no money at all.
1. Conkers. Holly adores these. We knew already that she liked having balls to chase about, but my kid sister had been collecting conkers, and one fell out of her pocket onto the shiny kitchen floor. The next thing we knew, a furry nutter was hurtling around, batting it about the floor.
2. Newpaper. What makes toys on strings cooler than ever? Hiding them under newspaper and making them rustle so they could be REAL MICE. This game is guaranteed to send Ivy into a pouncing frenzy as she attempts to locate and kill whatever caused the rustling. (Should not be attempted with newspaper anyone in the house still intended to read in case of causing a severe case of the sulks).
My cat Shadow has managed to mangle most of his shop bought toys. His mice all seem to disappear and he has chewed through the elastic on the dangly toys.
Here are our favourite ways to amuse him.
1 Lids. He loves the lids off bottles of juice or milk. He bats them around the floor before picking them up and putting them inside shoes, only to pounce on them later.
2 Gloves. One night, he was carrying around a pink fluffy glove and looking cute so we decided to just give him the pair. He carries and throws them under the table before pouncing on them.
3 Feet. He loves pouncing on these as we walk across the floor. He also pounces on them if we move them under the duvet.
4 Hippy Clothes. He loves chasing and pouncing to catch the ties and tassles on my hippy tops.
5 Torches. We discovered during a powercut that he loves chasing the light from a torch around the floor
5 His Shadow. No effort required here, just put the bathroom light on and he will see his reflection on the floor and go crazy trying to catch it!
My cat Jet isn't much of a''player'', he much prefers to lounge around in the sun or have a little wander around the neighbourhood. However, most evenings after I have called him in for the night he has his mad ten minutes charging round the house at full speed playing with his toys.
If any of you have read my 'Cats in general' review you will know that I'm not really a cat person and I only took Jet in after he was abandoned, despite not knowing the first thing about keeping cats! At the time I didn't really think of buying cat toys as I thought cats went out and amused themselfs however as time went on and I noticed Jet trying to play with a few of the dogs toys so I decieded to have a look around for toys for him. I went to the pet shop the next day and got him a toy mouse and a little ball with a bell in it, later that night when Jet had his mad moment he loved 'hunting' the mouse and chasing the ball around.. but over time the two toys got lost and instead of replacing them I looked around my house for things to keep Jet occupied.
Here are some ideas that I tried, and Jet loves them:
Get a small, clean sheet of kitchen foil and scrunch it up into a ball, cats are attractive to the shiny surface and it makes a lightweight ball to cats to hit around and carry.
Jet loves the cardboard inners of toilet rolls, he pounces on them and then 'kills' them but ripping them to bits with his teeth! Makes a bit of a mess but great, cheap fun for your cat.
String! The old favourite! My dog Ruby will hold a piece in her mouth and then run round the house with Jet running behind her chasing the string trailing on the floor.
One of the routes I walk with my dogs is right next to a golf course and we often find balls that have been hit over the fence, my dogs often carry a couple home with them but then lose all intrest in them once back at home. Jet however, loves them! He'll nudge them around the slidly wooden floor in the lounge pouncing in all directions trying to catch them.
Cereal boxes. Jet is around 4 years old but is still tiny and looks like a young kitten. When the cereal boxes are empty I sello-tape the tops back up and then cut a square out off the front on the box, Jet will then climb inside and stick his head out of the cut-out square. This toy may only work with kittens or small cats like Jet.
The next toy is a bit odd, it was discovered one Sunday whilst I was cooking the roast dinner.. In a bit of a rush to get it all ready before my guests arrived I dropped a carrot on the floor, and before I could bend down to pick it up Jet had appeared from no where and stole it! Following him into the lounge I saw him standing there holding this little carrot in his mouth like a dog, he then started to roll it around the floor with his paw before settling down to have a good old chew on it! He now gets a carrot every now and then as a special toy and treat! Strange little cat is my Jet..!
In my house, I have spring door stops that attach to the wall to stop the door banging on the wall.. and Jet has discovered how much fun they are if he lays there pinging them with his paws!
All the next toy needs is a bit of sunshine and a watch! Once morning I was reading the newspaper, the sun shining through the window. From the corner of my eye I could see Jet darting randomly around the room but thinking he was just having one of his mad moments I left him to it! It took me some time to realise he was chasing the reflection that my watch face was making when he sun reflected off it on to the floor!
Last but no least, empty cotton reels..simple yet so much fun!
Use your imagination when making toys for your cat, I haven't got shop brought toys for Jet in a couple of years now, he is much happier playing with the ones I make for him, and I'm happy too because they are all nice and cheap! Just make sure you supervise your cat when playing with homemade toys and check they have no removable parts which you cat could choke on!
This is actually an interesting topic to write about because cats are very difficult to entertain. Forget going to a pet shop looking at the toys and thinking I will buy for my cat she will like that, chances are they wont.
My wife has three cats all different characters, but all tempermental.
There is Bert the eldest and softest does not play with any toys we buy or even make but he will play attack the other cats and chase them arround the house.
There is daisy, she will not play with toys either, but being a loner she will not play with the other cats as she does not like any other cays or most people. But every now and then she will chase her tail.
Then there is Quito(named after a race horse) a pure white cat. Now the only toy he ever played with was a small stuffed spider attached to a stick with a elastic string. He loved this but one day it broke, well I say broke he killed it. So we went off to the shop to get another one for him. We could not get the same colour one but it was a spider he never played with it nor even looked at it.
His favourite toy now is chasing any flying insect that comes into the house, wether it be fly, bee or wasp.
The thing to remember with cats or any pets is that like people they are all different and they all like different things. Cats can be very uppity when they want and if they like it they will play with it, if they dont they will not go anyhere near it. There is no in between with them and they will not even compromise.
So my advice for what cats will play with is basically trial and error, all I know is that what you expect them to play with they wont, and they will play with what you do not expect. They do like to chase string.
One last advice is that to remember that like all members of the feline family they are hunters and so love games that involve chase and catch.
But there is one thing they nearly all love is lying on your knee and being stroked and having all your attention on them.
Toys can cost anything thing from 50p upto £5.00 and chances are they will not play with them so my advice is do not waste your money unless you are 100% certain they will play with it.
They love scratching at things and we spent £20.00 on a scratch post with a bed and do they use it ? of course they do not, they use everting else.
If you alreadt have cats you will know all this and if you do not, do not let what I have said about cat toys put you off getting a cat because in the long run theymake great little pets and my wife would not swap them for anything. In fact she sees them as family.
Thankyou for taking the time to read this and I would like to wish you all the best
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