Do you know that cat behaviorists have concluded that one of the best ways to psychologically help cats in getting rid of fear and fury is by engaging them with toys? Toys keep them busy and make them more active. Depending on how fascinating the toys purchased are to them.
If they’re (toys) exquisite and creatively designed, then it’s easy for them to get obsessed with it, you know why? Because cats are one of the curious domestic animals.
But you can help your cat to control these attitudes by making toys available. Toys can be the gem, but they all cut across a variety of prices. In other words, although they’re cheap yet the cat can quickly get rid of them by piercing, dismantling or eradicating them.
Now come to think of it, even if you’re purchasing the cheapest at 0.50 cents and it only takes your cat two weeks to get over it. That means $1 goes out of your account each month, right?
So, think of how much a year. Over $12, right? That’s a lot of money right. However, leverage on this information to know how to make a homemade cat toy with the non-essential properties around you.
With the help of this tutorial, you’ll be able to save some money. Apart from that, you can sustainably suspend the fury of your cat by utilizing this knowledge to create handcrafted/homemade toys in the absence of the company-manufactured ones.
However, this article will be enlightening five homemade cat toys that you can easily construct in a short period. Also, it gives you the opportunity to opt from the most easy-to-make ones.
5 Things to Consider about How to Make Homemade Cat Toys:
1. Homemade Toilet Paper Roll Cat Toy
There are quite numerous numbers of designs you can do with toilet paper. However, we’ll be considering the making of Ring ball only.
It might look weird but trust me; your pet would love this although the only con about it is that it can quickly go into extinction. But you know the joy about it? It’s fun making such a creative design. So, let’s quickly get down to work.
- Materials to Make Available:
An empty toilet paper, ruler, marker and scissors.
Get your ruler and measure 0.25” vertically on the TP. That should result in 4 rings (you don’t have to cut it, leave it at the cylindrical shape it’s mostly being found). Once you’re done, begin to insert each ring into a single ring. Then you’re done. That’s fast right?
2. Feather Cat Pounce Toy Cardboard Cat Palace
This cat toy is just as a cat charmer. However, it’s still a toy because cats can again play with it alone without the assistance of any handler. This is made possible because of the jingle bell that is added to it. So, if you need a toy that can be used the same as a charmer, then this is the right choice to make. So, let’s consider the instructional method of doing it.
- Materials to Make Available:
2 Wool felts (1/2 yard), tape rule, jump ring, jingle bell (smallest size), satin cord (1 yard), sewing machine, scissors, and a pressing iron.
- Get one of the two wool felts of separate colors and grip the tip with the scissors in the other hand.
- Position the chosen wool felt and measure 25cm and cut it.
- Cut out 10 (L) X 3 (B) cm from each of the sides. Cut it discreetly in such a way that you’re excluding rectangular portion from each side, and the middle part is left alone. The left portion should measure 5 cm.
- Now it looks like a square bat with a handle that’s 3 (cm) high, right?
- Evenly fold both sides of the handle to determine the center (fold it from each of the hand, not the 5 cm that’s facing you).
- Measure 1.2cm on both .sides, right at the point where the handle is connected to the square part of the wool felt.
- Now take it to the sewing machine then fold it that the two ends of the cut part would meet at the center. Spray adhesive glue (if you have one), then sew it.
- Now, you can trim the sides so that the square part would look like a semi-oval.
- Then begin to cut with your scissors on both sides (the trimmed part). In other words, cut from the end of the bottom almost to the middle and stop. Do the same on the other side. Make it like a feather.
- Get the other wool felt of equal weight but different color.
- Do the same just as you did to the first, but only make it shorter than the first.
- Use your hot pressing iron to straighten the creased part.
- Fix the jingle bell to the jump ring and pass it from the handle of both feathers. Ensure that it stops at the end of the handle.
- Use the satin cord to bond the handle of the two feathers.
- Grasp the satin cord on one end, and the bell would jingle while the feathers are ready to fly.
3. Petal Neck Collar
This is a toy that restrains the movement of your cats. It’s in a flower’s petal shape and mostly fixed to the neck. Apart from the fact that it’s decorative, it slightly blocks their visibility. If at all you want to make your cat solely sit on a spot, this is what you need to make that happen.
- Materials to Make Available:
Grosgrain ribbon, 16 X 16 inches wool felt, a blade or a retractable knife, sewing machine, adhesive spray, pencil/marker, tape rule, get a compass and Velcro.
- Position the wool felt on top of a plain surface.
- Place your long ruler on it and make a borderline of 0.5 mm both at the top and the base.
- Why we’re not providing you with a particular measurement is that our details may not be perfect for the size and breed of your cat. However, you can intuitively choose measurement on your own.
- Evenly divide the wool felt to at least 12 cut-outs. And ensure that a pencil is used to detach it.
- Now, suppose the measurement from the base of the borderline to the top is 4 cm, and the distance from one end of a demarcated line to the other is 4 cm, here is what to do (other measurements also are not exempted).
- Now, extend the measurements by 0.8. That is, you soon find another line both beside the borderline and the demarcated line
- Get your compass with a marker/pencil that has solid graphite in it. Make sure that the pen is tightened to the compass.
- Divide the compass and position the pencil on one end and the pin on the other end. Now, use the tip of your fingers to hold the crown of the compass firmly. Raise the pencil from the fixed point, but the pin remains fixed.
- Now, increase the leg of the compass where the pencil is fixed. And gently twist your fingers that’s gripping the crown in a clockwise direction. To make a mark at the top and beneath also. Make sure that the curved mark formed at the top is parallel to the one at the base.
- Adjust the length of the compass to its former position by placing the pencil where it was before.
- Now change the position. Place the pencil here the compass was fixed and the pin where the pen was attached, yet maintaining the same length (4.8).
- Increase the length of the compass to the height you extracted it to in the initial. Then twist the tip of your finger anti-clockwise, then you’ll find out that each of the lines crosses each other.
- Now, bisect the crossed line into two passing a straight line from the top to the base.
- Do likewise to the borderline by passing positioning the pin to one end and the pencil to the other end and making sure that the length of the divided compass is 4.8. Then the marking would be at the flank. However, we advise that change the direction of the wool felt for conveniences.
- Once you’re done, run a straight line from the top to the base, targeting the curved edge. Now, you’ll see that it looks like we just divided an orange into four equal parts.
- However, you’ll notice that it has divided the 4.8 into two equal parts.
- Now, place the pin in the middle where the four lines meet.
- Increase the length of your compass from the point the four lines meet to one end of the 4. I mean the line before the 4.8 that we’ve used throughout. Then make a circumference by twisting the crown anti-clockwise or clockwise depending on the direction you’re facing.
- You’ll notice that the top and the base seem cut-off. Get your ruler and rule from the end of the (4) line before the last line to the middle. Perform the same to the other line. It would look like an equilateral triangle
- Now, you’d have to trace it out by using the retractable knife.
- Use the sample and place it in the space of the others and cut out the other 11 pieces of the same shape.
- Get the adhesive glue and apply it to the rectangular part of the cut-out shape.
- Spray the same on the space you’re about attaching it on the ribbon.
- Make sure that the cut-out shape is distinctly close to each other. I mean, ensure that they overlap each other.
- Apply the adhesive glue to where it should be on the Velcro and stick it together with the ribbon
- Leave it for a couple of minutes.
- You can now enjoy the use.
4. Homemade Cat Toys Made from Socks
This is a homemade cat toy that you don’t even have to spend a dim. All you’ve to do is capitalize your creativity on the instinct of the cat by making them feel they are attacking a prey. Sure, you can use a sock to do this. Check out the steps.
- Material to Make Available:
Insert your hand inside the sock, and make some smart animalistic move with your hand inside the stockings. You can do that for a couple of minutes. So that it would keep them wondering of what animal that could be. Then after some time, secretly remove it from your hand and knot it at the middle.
You will be marveled how your pet would trap the knotted portion down with its rear paws and use the other hands and its mouth to deal with the sock as though it’s prey. It’s just beautiful playing with their intelligence using this method.
5. Computer Mouse Cat Toy
This is one of the most comfortable cat toys that you can easily construct. You can quickly get a mouse that’s out of use to make this happen. The fact that it’s not made of fabric makes it dependable for use as you’d hardly find your cat gnashing its teeth against it.
Of course, all it has to do is pounce on it and run after it when it’s kicked. So, let’s find out how you can construct this:
- Materials to Make Available:
Screwdriver, obsolete computer mouse, glue gun, retractable cutting knife, and wire.
- Pick up the computer mouse and the Philip screwdriver to unscrew the mouse.
- Ensure that the inside is bright.
- Use the retractable knife to cut the wires into four separate part. Making the length of the cut wires is not a compulsory factor here.
- Insert one of the cut wires inside the mouse and tie it up to one of the ends (this would serve as the tail).
- Seal up the mouse by screwing back the removed bottom. But ensure that two screws are left behind.
- Now, glue the three wires to the middle of the mouse, right at the center where you click the cursor. This would serve as the whiskers.
- Use the two screws for the eye. All you have to do is glue; each of them to the side.
- Then, introduce your cat to it and see the result. Of course, your pet will appreciate it.
This is how to make homemade cat toys within a short period. The benefit of this is that you can save money at least to some extent. In other words, you can choose whether to buy a toy or not as you can now do it all by yourself.
The writer has discreetly chosen from materials that we use on day-to-day activity to produce great distraction for pets in other to buffer their fury and make them live a safe life around us.