With a lot of people stuck at home over the last few months, many of us have a lot more time on our hands. Heading into the summer holidays, many kids won’t be going back to school until September and even that could be on a part-time basis. This means a lot more time to play with our cats! If your cat’s getting bored with their usual assortment of toys, here are some ideas for DIY cat toys that you can make at home!
Toilet roll toys
At The Insurance Emporium, we’ve learnt some handy tips from our good friend Mr Benn on how to be more green. What better way to help the environment than recycling things like toilet rolls rather than throwing them away? This video has some great ideas for things you can make out of toilet roll. Our favourite is number 5. Simply put a cat bell or other noisy object inside the roll, then fold the outsides of the cardboard inwards to create a toy your cat will love to pounce for! You could even hide treats inside to entice your feline friend.
DIY puzzle toys for cats
With all those online deliveries we’re getting, we also love recycling our cardboard boxes! There are a variety of different cat puzzle toys to try making yourself, but we love this one from Jonášek The Cat. We may be a little biased though, as he’s adorable! For this particular toy, you’ll need carboard, glue, adhesive tape, and something to cut cardboard with. Then you can put a ping pong ball inside for your cat to chase or hide treats for them to hunt!
Cardboard box cat houses
Creating a cardboard box house for your feline friend can be as easy as cutting some holes in your old cardboard boxes! If you want to go all out and have several cardboard boxes lying around, you could even try building a cat tree. Arrange and stack your boxes and mark where you’ll need to cut the holes. Then, you can start cutting holes in the boxes and secure them together with glue. You could even paint them if you’re feeling extra creative!
Cat wand toy
Making your own cat wand toy is simple! All you need is a wooden dowel, and something to attach to it. Drill a hole in the dowel, tie some string into the hole, then glue or tie something for your cat to chase! You could use something like a feather or a bell to add some sound to get your feline friend interested. If you’re wanting to add a little colour, why not use some ribbon instead of the string? You’ll find some great ideas for DIY cat wand toys on Pinterest!
Catnip sock toy
This one’s so easy, anyone can do it, and it’s a great one to get younger children involved with! All you need is an old sock, and some catnip. Pour some catnip into the sock, tie it tightly shut, and voila! You’ve got a new cat toy! You can even use some of the tips for the cat wand toy to make it more interesting. Drill a hole in some dowel and tie some string around the sock to make a catnip cat wand. Put a bell in the sock to make it more interesting for your cat!
We hope these homemade cat toys can help keep you and your feline friend entertained! If you share your home with a four-legged friend, you might want to think about taking out insurance for your cat. At The Insurance Emporium, our Cat Insurance can include Standard Benefits like cover for Vet’s Fees up to £8,000*. Then, you can customise your policy with our range of Optional Benefits. You could even get up to 30% discount^! Head on down to The Insurance Emporium for more information.
* Vet’s Fees cover up to £8,000 available on lunar and calendar monthly Lifetime Gold policies.
^ The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-Pet Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies, or one premium payment on annual policies.
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