‘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
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.
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.
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!
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.