5 Fun Cat Toys You Can Craft at Home

By:- Everyday PETS
December 1, 2017
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That pile of cat toys sitting in the corner…

Each one represents a victim of your cat’s whimsical likes and dislikes. That toy that came with a she’ll-love-it guarantee, well…it just didn’t suit her!

The good news is that you know your cat better than anyone else. And that means…who else is more qualified for picking out that perfect cat toy than you?

To help you please your picky Princess or finicky Finnegan, we’re giving you 5 fun cat toys you can craft at home. Use this guide as a springboard to modify our instructions and make them your own. As you read, you may even come up with your own ideas!  

Here’s what you can expect…

#1 Why you should spend your time crafting the DIY toy in the first place. You don’t want to waste your…er…your cat’s time on a boring toy.

#2 Exactly what you’ll need to put the toy together. (Don’t worry! You won’t have to order electronics from China for these projects.)

#3 How to craft your toy. We’ll take you step by step through what you need to do.

Let’s get started!

Cardboard Tunnel

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There’s the old adage that says, “Curiosity killed the cat.”

You know how true this is. Why else does your cat explore beneath your bed or try to open the door to that room you’ve closed off?

If you want to please your kitty, you can score a home run with this DIY cardboard tunnel.

Materials

  • 8-10 cardboard boxes of different shapes and sizes
  • Durable scissors
  • Razor blade
  • Duct tape

Instructions

#1 Find a large space for building your cardboard tunnel, such as an open living room or a bonus room. On the floor, arrange the cardboard boxes in the shape you want your tunnel to be. (Some options include an L shape or square.)  

#2 Attach the boxes with duct tape. If you’re attaching a box with a smaller width to a box of a larger width, you’ll need to get creative: Tape the flaps of the larger box shut. Then, take your razor blade and cut an opening for the smaller box to slide into.

#3 Add some fun touches for your cat. For the ends of the tunnels, leave the flaps of the boxes untouched. This will create flap doors for your curious feline! Cut holes into the sides of the tunnel, allowing light in and a place for your cat to peep out.      

Catnip Balls

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This simple DIY toy will allow your cat to have fun with this herb without spreading it all over your carpet! Just follow our instructions below.

Materials

  • Fresh catnip
  • Pair of socks
  • Scissors

Instructions

#1 Take the pair of socks and your scissors. (You know, that pair of socks Fluffy ruined when he was constantly pouncing on your ankles as a kitten.)    

#2 Cut the socks just above the ankle.

#3 Fill the toe of the socks with the fresh catnip.

#4 Tie a knot in the socks so that the catnip stays put. Use the scissors to cut the remaining material above the knot. That was painless!

Ribbon Chaser  

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Instructions

  1. Take the drill, and drill a hole through your dowel. The hole should be big enough to let tIt’s amazing how your intelligent cat gets so much amusement out of…ribbon.

This fun ribbon chaser allows you to replace your ribbon once your cat has defeated it and ripped it to shreds.

Materials

  • Durable ribbon (5-6 feet long) 
  • he ribbon slide through.  
  • Thread the ribbon through the dowel.
  • Knot the ribbon once it’s through the hole. (Or tie the end in a beautiful bow to please Princess.)
  • Replace the ribbon as often as needed!

Wheeled Mouse  

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What’s more fun than a mouse that moves? Put a speedy twist on an all-around favorite for cat toys. And put your nephew’s abandoned race car you found under the couch to good use!

Materials

  • Dark sock
  • Stuffing
  • Ribbon (5 inches long)
  • Small-sized toy race car
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

#1 Cut the toe of an old sock off.    

#2 Fill the toe of the sock with stuffing.

#3 Sew the open end of the sock so that the shape resembles an oval. This is now your “mouse.”

#4 Cut a small hole at one end of the mouse and thread the ribbon through. Tie a knot at the base of the ribbon.

#5 Glue your contraption on your repurposed race car. If you want to hide the race car from sight, you can wrap around the sides a strip of sock material. (Be sure you glue this on, too.)

#6 Let that mouse roll!

Scratching Wall

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Materials

  • 2 foot x 1.5 foot piece of plywood
  • 2.5 foot x 2 foot piece of thick carpet
  • Stapler
  • Wall stud finder
  • Drill
  • 2 Screws

Instructions

#1 Drape the carpet over the piece of plywood so that one side of the plywood is completely covered.    

#2 Staple the remaining carpet on the back of the plywood.

#3 Important note: You may want to see if your cat takes to the scratcher first. Try propping it up on the wall so she can test it. (But be sure that it won’t slip when she uses it and that it won’t scratch your wall.)  

#4 Use the wall stud finder to find a place where you can attach the wall scratcher.

#5 Drill the cat scratcher into the wall, using the two screws.

See how easy it can be to make your cat a toy? That’s what Everyday Pets is all about…

Everyday Pets is here to make pet ownership a little bit simpler—whether that’s choosing a pet food, making a medical decision, or selecting the perfect DIY cat toy!  

Be sure to shop the EveryDay-Pets.com store for wholesome cat food for your feline! (He’ll need it after he’s done playing with your DIY toy.)