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Best Chew Toys for Cats and How to Make Them

Updated on April 30, 2020
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Donna has been a cat parent and writer for many years and her passion is to share her love for cats with others.

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The Sock Fish!

Good Afternoon, my friends, Today we are going to talk about what are the Best Chew Toys for Cats and How to Make Them. Your cats will love these DIY toys because they are fun to make and on top of that it doesn’t cost a thing! Homemade cat toys are simple to make and the items you need you might have lying around your house. It won’t take you no time at all. Just gather up a few things and let the fun begin!

Let’s get started, shall we?

I’m sure we all have socks that don’t have mates because the clothes washer ate them once again. Right? What can anyone do with just one sock? Well, normally I would just wear one of each color, but there are some of you who toss them out! Which is cool!

Stop! Hold on!

Let’s use those single socks to make cat chew toys now doesn’t that sound like fun? Well, what’s cool about this is that it takes 5 minutes once you gather all the items and then grab your cat and let the fun begin!

Items You Will Need:

Everyone has missmatched socks!
Everyone has missmatched socks! | Source

Mateless Socks are Lonely

  • Mateless sock – (different textures would be fabulous!)
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing for the sock!
  • Catnip or bells

That’s it! I just made some for Sammie and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I gathered the items together and Wala – ten seconds flat and I was done! Just kittening around my friends!

Fill It Up!

For an extra treat stick some catnip in the sock before you close it up!

Let's Make Some Noise!

Fill the sock with something that makes noise or put some catnip in it for a more pleasurable experience for your cat and then put bells inside to make noise when she plays with it and once you get tired of all that noise you can open it up and take out the bells for quiet playtime. Either way, your feline will have so much fun!

Fringe the Ends

By cutting them into thin strips!
By cutting them into thin strips! | Source

Sammie Loves the Sock Fish

She played for at least an hour and boy was she in kitty-cat heaven and she was so happy “Mama got me some new toys… purrrfect” says, Sammie Mae,

Catnip Mouse Cat Toy – Fun to Make!

If ya know how to sew, this is the way to go!
If ya know how to sew, this is the way to go! | Source

Time to Shine for Those Who Sew

If you’re a great seamstress have I got a cat toy that you can make in a day and if you have dress shirts that the hubby or your sons don’t wear anymore you can turn them into catnip mice! (the shirts not humans)

This isn’t too difficult to make and the directions are rather simple and the only thing I added to this project was putting catnip inside the mouse when you stuff with cotton balls or filling from the fabric store.

Make sure to embroider the ears, nose, and eyes and secure a bell at the end of the tail because we all know that cats love to make noise and this enhances their pleasure with this cat toy!

DIY Cat Toys by 87Beamara

Be Creative with What You've Got

Sammie loves to play with crumpled paper!
Sammie loves to play with crumpled paper! | Source

Crumpled Paper vs Mice Toys

See the mouse I bought in the lower left-hand corner? She’d rather play with crumpled up tissue than those mice and she picked up the tissue and carried it around the house and she rolls around tackling it and I swear she acted like a kid in a candy store!

She had so much fun that she tired herself out and now she is taking a nap under the couch!

DIY Cat House

Yay! Our own club house!
Yay! Our own club house! | Source

An Old Box and An Oversized T-shirt.

How do you make a cat cave you might say? Well, I made a cat cave for my stray cat outside because he gets really cold at night especially during the winter months and he has used it for a year now although he used to go inside it until one night I noticed he was laying on top of it!

He is very comfortable, he sleeps on it nightly during the cold spells we get here and it keeps him off the cold patio floor with lots of padding to keep him warm.

Items you need:

  • A box (choose the size you want)
  • A very large t-shirt, I used a 3XXX that I had bought for my son and I had bought the wrong size so I used those. (he wears large oops) used one to wrap the box and the other two to line the box.
  • Blanket/towels, throw blankets that never get used, and some old towels.

I Love Cat Fishes - She Says!

She played with this sock fish until the tide came in hahaha
She played with this sock fish until the tide came in hahaha | Source

Naptime!

Playtime has come to an end and to sum up our day we first made some toys for our furry children ranging from stuffed fish to cave hideouts with everyday ordinary things all it takes a little imagination and patience to make them and I had so much fun making them while Sammie plays while I was making them! Fun times!

I find myself looking around the house for other items to make into toys

Haha… watch… you will too!

Have you ever made cat toys before please feel free to leave directions in the comments below because we would love to see them!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Donna Rayne

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    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      10 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Thank you very much, Sonia!

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      SDB 

      10 months ago from Australia

      Some creative ideas Donna.

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      11 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Thank you Flourish and William for your sweet words. Let us know how your fish socks turn out Flourish!

      God bless you both,

      Donna Rayne

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      That’s good use for those list sock mates. I have six cats and grow fresh catnip that I freeze dry for them. I will be doing this for them tomorrow!

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      William Kovacic 

      11 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Some great ideas here, Donna, but I think I'll just the toys Thanks for sharing.

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      11 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      T- I agree! It was fun trying to stuff the fish because kept wanting to play with the stuffing paper haha it was too much fun!

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      The Logician 

      11 months ago from now on

      This article is terrific! You know what they charge for basically the same thing in pet stores? A lot more than this would cost. And what a great pass time for the kids.

      Nothing is more fun to watch than kittens playing with their toys.

    • Donna-Rayne profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Rayne 

      11 months ago from Sparks, Nevada

      Ms. Pamela, sorry for your loss and I thank you for your sweet words. I hope you get a kitty soon!

      Blessings,

      Donna Rayne

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think the cat house and the socks are such a good idea. I don't have a cat right now as mine passed away in Nov. We have not gotten another one yyet. I think the catnip is the secret to the cats loving that toy. I want another cat and I really like this article.

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