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Homemade Toys for Your Cat

Robert is an author, artist, graphic designer, and photographer. He writes about Survivalism and Futurism.


Many Cheap Ways to Play with Your Cat

When we got our cat Lucky, we went around and bought everything new for him. We got a new litterbox, a new bed and even new cat toys. That car was crazy hard on cat toys. He would destroy them or bat them up under the washing maching. It was funny when I opened the hall closet door and found a pile of hair ties and cat toys.

After a little while we realized that buying cat toys was an expensive endeavor. I found that I could find other ways to provide the cat with toys for him to play with. I could build them from free junk around the house.

Cardboard Boxes - Will Entertain Them for Hours


Cats are very interesting to watch. Lucky likes to see what he can get into. Several times a week, he climbs up into the entertainment center and tries to find a way to get on top. He has yet to find a way. I am thinking about giving him some kind of ladder that will let him climb up on top of the entertainment center. I think that is somewhere he would love to spend his time. We will see.

The other day we had some Rubbermaid containers out in the living room. We were going through them and getting rid of stuff that we really didn't need any more and putting away everything else that we though we did need. Needless to say, Lucky had a ball jumping into these containers and inspecting every inch of them.

This week, I decided to make lucky a disposable box. Something he could play with, tear up and destroy. Then we could throw it out before we have company again. I took a box that I got from Walmart, originally going to be used for ebay stuff. I sealed both sides with packing tape, and then cut out a hole just big enough for Lucky to get into. I also added several small holes in the side for us to play with him through.

Within 20 minutes of building this thing, Lucky was already inside, and my daughter was teasing him with his toys from the small holes on the sides. This morning after everyone left for the day, I was in the kitchen , making something for my lunch. Lucky darted through the house right into the box, pushing it about 5 feet across the living room. This cat is nuts, but hey we love him.

Build a Scratching Post - So They Don't Scratch Your Furniture

If you choose not to have your cat declawed (which is the best way to go if you ever plan to allow your cats to roam outside. They will need a form of protection. If you have them declawed, they will have a harder time fending off other cats who invade their territory. I had a cat once who only had his back claws. He was mean to other animals. He was able to hold his own even without his front claws.) They will need a way to keep their nails groomed that doesn't involve scratching up your furniture. Build your own scratching post.

There are all kinds of options for these posts. Some of them you can make at home. I have seen a 4x4 mounted to a floor stand and wrapped with rope. You will have to show your fur-baby it is Okay to scratch this post, but not other things in the house.

Build a Cat Tree - They Like to be up High

A scratching post is a great place to start. If you want to get even more elaborate, you can build your own cat tree that containes places for multiple cats to lay down on and to scratch on and to hang out on. Check out some of the following videos to get an idea of what I am talking about.

Cats Chasing Lasers

This one is just obvious. Take the old laser light you have (that your not suposed to have because people were pointing them at airplanes) and get your cat to chase it along the walls and the floors. Becareful if your cat has claws. They will grab on and claw up your walls and furniture.

Tell Me About Your Cat - I want to know your funny stories

Stonecutter on March 29, 2011:

Not sure my dogs would let me have a cat but my sister has a "kitty" that absolutely adores paper bags, quite a show that cat puts on too.

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Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on February 07, 2011:

We do some of the same things with our orange cat. He loves boxes, and playing legos, doing the dishes, the laundry- actually whatever we're doing, he wants to do -:)

norma-holt on February 01, 2011:

My cats love toys and are very fond of cardboard boxes, especially the kittens. Featured this on Star

dreameater on November 28, 2010:

thanks for the tips! My cat loves the toy mice so much.

ShamanicShift on October 24, 2010:

My colleague, the Tortoise Cat, makes her own toys!

anonymous on October 21, 2010:

I am not a cat person, but I do love watching others torment (I mean, play with) their cats with laser lights and empty grocery sacks. To much fun. Nicely done lens.

cangyray on October 08, 2010:

My cat, Chili Pepper, would rather play in a box than anything else. Preferably one that it is impossible for him to actually get into. Loved the lense!

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on September 27, 2010:

I liked the cardboard box photos with your cat. We once took one of those round plastic laundry baskets (you know, the ones that look webbed with the holes all around) and put it upsidedown over our kitten. T.C. (name stood for "The Cat") poked paws through the holes, then would 'push' the basket around and around the living room while we all laughed our heads off at her antics. A very entertaining afternoon (probably moreso for us, than the cat) :-), but a fun cat playtime memory.

anonymous on September 09, 2010:

My cats really enjoyed reading your lens.

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