Four Essential DIY Homemade Cat Toys to Give Your Feline Friend
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Four Essential DIY Homemade Cat Toys to Give Your Feline Friend

Read on to learn which homemade cat toys to give your best friend.

‘Tis the season for giving! And nothing is more unique than creating your own gifts for your furry family members. Without a doubt, the holidays are a special time of year to bond with your cat. So why not consider incorporating homemade cat toys during playtime? We sat down with Trupanion pet program manager J Marmol to learn more about homemade cat toys and the importance of cat enrichment during the holidays.

Homemade cat toys for your furry family member

a homemade cat toy, like a yarn ball or feather string toy can provide hours of fun for your feline!

1. Feather string toy

Whether you have a kitten or adult cat, string toys are a fun way to interact with your best friend. Also, when you add on items like bells and feathers it helps the enrichment experience. For example, different textures and sounds provide mental and emotional stimulation. Fortunately, “feather string toys are easy to make, and you can add different accessories to enhance the fun,” says Marmol. Consider double knotting an assortment of strings for a versatile play session. Further, feather string toys can be dangled on furniture, placed in a cat carrier, or put in your bag while on the go.

2. Scratching post

Cats love to stretch and scratch. Additionally, cats scratch for a variety of reasons, from playing to sharpening their claws. Consider adding a scratching post to your cat-friendly living space. For instance, “you can make an easy scratching post by wrapping a coarse string around a piece of tubing, wood, or even a box,” points out Marmol. Plus, a homemade cat toy, like a scratching post, can help curb poor behavior cues or be an outlet for unwanted stress.

3. Treat puzzle toys

If you have a curious kitten in your home, a treat puzzle toy would make a great addition to your homemade cat toys collection. Puzzle toys allow your feline to learn, explore, and work for their special treat. For example, “a puzzle toy can be made with sturdy cardboard and glue,” states Marmol. In addition, you can design the size and style with your cat’s interest in mind.

4. A simple box

Have you brought home new toys for your furry family member and all the wanted was to sit in a random box or bag? This season consider gifting your feline a plain box. Chances are they’ll sit and sleep to their heart’s content! As all cat owners know, “an empty toilet paper roll, crinkly bag, or crumpled receipt provides hours of fun,” inserts Marmol.

from a simple box to a treat puzzle toy the options are endless on homemade cat toys.

The benefits of creating your own homemade cat toys

When you design your own homemade cat toys it allows you the opportunity to be creative and personalize the present for your best friend. Also, you know what the toys are made of which may help prevent your pet from eating something toxic. Regardless, whether you buy your cat’s toys or create them yourself you should always be mindful of your pet’s behavior. If your cat appears off or if they’ve ingested a piece of their toy, seek the medical care of your veterinarian.

Providing your feline handmade cat toys gives them a variety of choices to play, engage and interact with you and the entire family.

Homemade cat toys give your feline the chance to explore, play, and have fun

Give the gift of a homemade cat toy this season. It gives them a personalized interaction that’s made from the heart. Whether your adventurous Main Coon cat likes string or your Domestic Medium-Hair cat appreciates a good scratching post, your feline can have fun and bonding time rolled into one!

What are some of your favorite homemade cat toys?

To discover more about cat behavior, read on to learn about Five Critical Cat Behavior Changes and How to Help

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