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6 Easy Cat Toys that You Can Make at Home

I thought I'd share some of my ideas on how you can easily create some terrific toys for your cat with objects you probably already have in your house.

When I try to create some homemade fun for my cats I take into consideration how much they love to explore and use their senses. So I create toys that are based on the basic "hide and seek" idea. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Put a ping pong ball or a walnut inside an empty tissue box. Your cat will have fun pawing at the ball. Use a rectangular tissue box and not the square ones so your cat will have more room to bat the ball around.
  2. Make your own catnip-filled toy with a sock. In my house, we have one of those sock-eating dryers so I often end up with socks that have no mates. If the sock belongs to one of my young children, I fill it with dried catnip, stitch up the opening and then offer it to my cats. The small sock is the perfect size.
  3. A cardboard box makes a great discovery toy. With small boxes, cut some holes in it them a little larger than your cat's paw. Tape the flaps closed and then toss some toys inside such as small fuzzy mice, ping pong balls, Mylar balls, or even some dry cat food or treats.
  1. If you have a large box, cut the bottom out and make a play tunnel for your cat. If you have several boxes, put them together and make a little adventure land for your cat. Hide toys or treats in the corners of the boxes.
  2. If you play guitar and have an old extra guitar string, you can make a fishing pole-type toy. Secure a small toy to one end (fuzzy mouse, a feather, or whatever other small, lightweight toy you happen to have), and then create a little handle for yourself by duct-taping a Popsicle stick to the other end.
  3. Paper bags can be an endless source of fun for your cat. Make tunnels by cutting the bottoms of the bags and taping them together.

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About Pam Johnson-Bennett

Pam Johnson-Bennett is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and best-selling author of seven books on cat behavior and training. Pam is one of the most well-known experts on cats and a pioneer in the field of behavior consulting. Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, LLC, a veterinarian-referred behavior practice in Nashville, TN. Her website is

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