Ridiculously Easy Homemade Cat Toys

Our tabby on the prowl.

Cats are one of the most common companions in America and around the world. The Egyptian goddess, Bast, is famous for her iconic connection to felines, and our kitty friends have been a source of lore
for centuries.

It can be challenging to keep them entertained, though. When they get bored, they’ll find ways of entertaining themselves, and usually destruction follows in their path. So, here are some extremely simple ways to keep them entertained when you can’t spring for new toys or don’t want to come home to a mess at the end of the day.

Boxes
This one might seem like a no-brainer to veteran cat owners, but keeping a small collection of boxes available for your cats to hide or play in will keep them occupied for a while. After we go to Cosco and get the huge boxes of soda cans, we leave the boxes out for the kitties to explore.

I’ve found that leaving two or more out usually works pretty well with our adorable demons, because they seem to think the box they’re not hunkered down in must be better. It’s especially fun to have the openings of the boxes face each other.

Another good idea is to move the boxes every few days, or swap them out for new ones, so the cats always have new scents and environments to explore.

Plastic Containers
Put paperclips or something else that’s small and hard into empty pill bottles or tic-tac cases. This makes for some great rattling toys for the cats to bat around. The combination of the noise and the way the thing skitters entices kitty to give chase and wear themselves out when you can’t pay attention to them.

However, it’s a good idea to put them somewhere the cat can’t get at them at night, unless you’re a deep enough sleeper to ignore the noise they make. Put them in the above boxes for fun surprises.

Left Over String or Yarn
Tie a span of string to any sort of stick, like the knitting needle I used in the above video, for a quick toy for kitty to chase and leap at. Khan isn’t two years old yet, so he’s very young and has massive amounts of energy, but that doesn’t mean I do. You can also tie something to the end of the string to make a ‘fishing pole’ type of toy as well.

Some cats like to eat string, which can cause deadly blockages in their intestinal tracts, so be careful to keep it out of their reach when you’re not around.

As much as we love our cats, sometimes they drive us nuts, but a few basic additions to keep them occupied will make it a little easier to handle some of their more annoying quirks.

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