Clever Homemade Cat Toys

If your cat is bored and you’re looking for a way to entertain him, there are many ways that you can use household items to create a new toy! This is an inexpensive way for you to express your creativity and give your cat a new toy to play with.

  • Toilet paper roll toy – To make this toy, take an empty toilet paper roll and cut slits all around the sides, about 1-2 inches up, to create tabs on either side of the roll. Then fold all of the tabs out to a 90 degree angle. Now your cat has a new toy to bat around! (For pictures and more detailed directions, read the full instructions)
  • Empty boxes – Many cats love empty boxes, and the great part is that they are so cheap and easy!
  • Pill bottle – Take an empty pill bottle and be sure to clean it out. Put a couple of dry kibble or treats inside and replace the lid. Your cat will enjoy batting around this noisy toy.
  • Soda bottle cap – You can make a great toy out of a soda bottle cap (you know the kind used on 2-liter soda bottles?)! Just drill a clean hole through the center and thread a piece of string through the hole. Tie a knot on the end so that the cap will not come off. Hang the other end of the string from a doorway or high place so that your cat can bat it around.
  • Old sock – There are many things you can do with those old socks with holes. You can fill it with cat nip and sew up all of the holes. You can also stuff it and sew up the holes, tie it to a string and drag it around the house to bring out the hunting instincts of your cat.

Have you ever made homemade cat toys or do you have any ideas that weren’t listed here? Share them with us in the comments!

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

4 Responses to Clever Homemade Cat Toys

  1. Joanna says:

    My kitty’s favorite toy is a brown paper bag.

    Also, I made him a game out of a shoebox. Tape the top on and cut out a small hole (just big enough for a paw to reach in) on each of the four sides and one or two at the top. Put one of those flashing/light up balls inside and it’s loads of fun!

  2. Heather says:

    Love these ideas! It’s always great to find cheap ways to entertain your pets because they deserve new toys but buying them at the store is expensive! I’ll have to remember the old sock idea – I just tend to throw away my socks when they get too worn.

  3. Goddess says:

    I tried all those homemade toys but my cat is not interested in them. She loves ping pong ball the most that she plays it like a football player.

  4. Robert Brown says:

    The sock filled with catnip has been the only thing that has worked. My cat gave me a very disinterested look when I proudly displayed the bottle cap on the string, and if he had eyebrows, I am certain one of them would have been raised in shock that I dared taunt him with a pill bottle shaker.

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