DIY Cat Toys

Cats enjoy playing. Playtime is a crucial component of your cat’s day, whether they are pouncing on mouse toys, chasing balls around the house, or scraping their claws on a post. But after a while, you’ll grow tired of constantly having to run to the pet store to buy new toys if your pet grows bored or ruins your most recent purchase. Making cat toys can be be enjoyable!


Here are simple 10 DIY cat toys you can construct from everyday things, listed in no particular sequence.

1. Homemade Catnip Yarn Balls

Materials: ball of yarn

There’s a reason why cats pursuing yarn are depicted in so many images. Your cat has retained its innate hunting instincts since its great-great-great-grandparents were deadly hunters. Your cat enters into full hunter mode when a ball rolls across the floor or a strand of yarn gets loose. Your cat may associate yarn with snakes, which would account for their desire to attack it.

So, if you’re searching for a simple toy to keep your feline companion occupied, a ball of yarn is a great option. Just be aware that after your cat finishes destroying its “prey,” you might need to wind up a lot of yarn.

2. Toilet Paper Roll Chaser

 Materials: Toilet paper roll or paper towel roll

Finally, a use for those used toilet paper rolls. Give them to your cat once the paper has been removed! Hopefully, you won’t even need to adjust the roll because cats enjoy chewing and tearing up cardboard. But you can always insert some catnip and fold the ends closed to increase the difficulty for your small tiger. Another option is to affix a string to one end and glue some vibrant feathers on the other. For your pet, you have a dangly, chase-worthy toy. For a larger toy, you could even use a paper towel roll.

The fact that there are countless possibilities with this toy is its best feature. You might omit the string from a dangly toy and give your kitty companion a rolling toy they can chase across the floor. When your cat becomes bored of the feathers, get out a fresh roll and glue some vibrant pom poms to it, or make some holes and insert a few bendy straws. Allow your creativity to soar!

3. No Sew Pom Poms

Materials: string, fleece, scissors

ittens are really fond of pom poms. They enjoy chewing, batting, and pounce-able soft toys. Don’t quit up if you don’t know how to sew but still want to give your cat a cute pom pom. These silky kitten pom poms don’t require any sewing expertise. You only need twine, scissors, and a piece of fleece that is a foot long and two inches wide. The best part is that you can finish the entire project in just 10 minutes.

4. Yarn Pom Poms

Materials: Yarn, scissors

You want a little more than just a ball of yarn, do you? Make some yarn pom poms. The only tools you need are yarn and scissors, and making them is simple.

5. Cardboard House

Materials: Cardboard box, scissors

our cat seems to enjoy hanging around in cardboard boxes, as you may have seen. Cats feel safer and are less stressed in enclosed areas. Therefore, if you have a cardboard box laying around, transform it into a comfortable hiding place for your pet. Make a hole in it for your cat to enter through, and place a blanket inside so they may feel cosy. Start purring now!

You could even transform that box into a nice cat house if you want to take things a step further. Spray paint the exterior or interior, cut out some shingles from construction paper, and construct a chimney out of one of the box flaps. Alternatively, you could forego the construction paper and simply paint the box.

6. Cat Tent

Materials: Medium t-shirt, 15″ by 15″ piece of cardboard, two wire hangers, tape, four safety pins, pliers

Here’s another suggestion for a top-secret sanctuary for your cat. Have a worn-out t-shirt that you’re not sure what to do with? Use it again to create the ideal cat tent! You probably already have all the supplies needed for this do-it-yourself project, and building the tent is simple. Simply adhere to the directions in this Friskies guide. Throw a soft blanket inside the tent to finish it off.

There is no assurance, of course, that your tiny tiger won’t ruin the tent you painstakingly made for them. But unless you give it a shot, you won’t know!

7. T-shirt Bows

Materials: T-shirts, scissors

Try making these absurdly simple toys out of muslin and Merlot while you’re looking for ways to recycle those old t-shirts. Simply create a knot in an old t-shirt by cutting it into a 3 by 10 inch rectangle. Cut up a few various coloured shirts, knot them together, and you’ve got the most vibrant, cat-friendly toy ever.

8. Cat Wand 

Materials: wooden dowel, twine, fabric or hot glue, scissors

Cats can amuse themselves for hours by chasing yarn balls or scratching incessantly, but a wand toy works best when you want to play with your furry buddy.

Wrap twine around a wooden dowel to create a cat wand, leaving 10 to 12 inches of twine hanging at the end. Attach the string to the dowel using glue at both ends. Now for the enjoyable part. To hang from the end of the wand, gather some colourful objects like bells, feathers, and fabric scraps. You may get ready for playtime by tying or glueing them to the end of the string. In front of your pet, dangle the toy, and watch them go bonkers.

9. Scratching Post

It’s a terrific idea to provide your cat with scratching posts so they can maintain strong claws. However, if your cat enjoys scratching, you might have to replace their scratcher more frequently than you’d want. If built properly, a scratching post made at home might be a more economical solution and last for years.

Even while this homemade cat scratcher from Dream a Little Bigger is more labor-intensive than the ordinary DIY cat toys, the effort is worthwhile.

Try rope-wrapping a traffic cone if you’re looking for something a little simpler. As the ideal rope for cat scratchers, we suggest sisal. For a lively, colourful scratching toy, you could even hot glue some pom poms on.

10. DIY Cat Tree

You might try making a DIY cat toys tree if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. For this one, you’ll definitely need to buy the materials, but you might already have some lying around the house that you can use instead, such as a basket, rope, and cardboard boxes. Additionally, you will require particular instruments, such as a hammer, table saw, and stapler. However, if you enjoy getting your hands dirty and working on a project, this could be enjoyable for you and your cat, who will appreciate having their own cat tree!

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