Unique Cat Toys: Homemade Cat Toys to Make from Household Items
I'm branching out from my usual topics here to touch on another favorite subject of mine: cats. I have had cats since I was five years old. The cat featured in the photos in this hub is my sweet lady cat Angel. Over the years, I've watched cats play with many different kinds of toys. There are a few store bought toys that have been popular, namely foam balls, catnip mice, and flat scratching posts (for those with claws). But many favorite toys have been items that are not marketed as cat toys. Here are a few that I've witnessed first hand. If anyone has others, please feel free to add them in the comments section.
Q-tips: I discovered that Angel liked Q-tips when I dropped one accidentally, and she batted it away before I could pick it up. After playing with it for a few minutes, she hid it under a DVD shelf so we couldn't take it away from her. Like most cats, she has to be in the right mood to play with them and prefers to do so when she thinks that we aren't watching.
Hairbands: I've known very few cats that did not go crazy for hairbands. I've had hair long enough to tie back since I was little and always have hairbands around. One cat growing up would steal them and put them, along with other toys and favorite items, in her food bowl. One of my college roommates had a cat who would run into my closet any time I left the door open because he knew where I kept them in there. Angel likes to steal them out of my suitcase when my husband and I are getting ready for a trip.
Laundry baskets: This isn't so much of a toy as it is a weird fascination. I don't know if it's because they're plastic, which many cats prefer, or for some other reason. Angel gets excited when I do laundry and have the baskets sitting in the living room. She loves to sit with them and to work her paws through the holes, even though she doesn't have claws. I've known other cats that enjoyed various aspects of laundry baskets and laundry time as well.
Woman Displaying Clothing Her Cat Has Been Stealing
Great Cat Toys
Kitten Loves His Spool
Plastic packing pillows and plastic bags: If you've ever ordered from Amazon, you know what plastic packing pillows are. They also make wonderful kitty pillows. Many cats also enjoy sitting with plastic grocery bags.
Spider rings: I haven't had one of these in years. They are still available here from Oriental Trading. A cat I had growing up went crazy for them. We would throw one on the floor for her, and she would bat it around with her paws like it was a ball.
Grape stems: I've seen cats play with grape stems in a similar fashion to the spider rings. They are slightly springy when they bounce. Because they have irregular shapes, the bouncing is erratic, which just adds to the excitement of the game.
Empty thread spools: If you sew, save one of your empty thread spools and give it to your cat sometime. The cat may think that it's the stupidest thing in the world and completely ignore it, but it could become a new favorite toy. My brother's girlfriend's cat will hook his paw around one and shoot it across the room.
Plastic milk rings: If you drink milk that comes in a plastic container with a ring, save the ring for your cat. This is another great toy for batting around the room or simply carrying around. If they start disappearing, your cat may be stashing them somewhere. Have fun trying to find the hiding place!
Wrapping paper: Angel loves presents of any kind because she loves the wrapping paper. She loves to sit on it or sit right next to it. Lots of cats will also burrow in it, toss the balled paper around, etc.
Ribbons/bows: The excitement of present time continues for cats with ribbons and bows. Some cats will chase a long ribbon if you pull it around behind you. Bows are fun to bite or even tear apart.
Anything on the floor: If you couldn't already tell from the pictures, Angel loves to sit on or with almost anything that's on the floor. We allow her to sit on any of our furniture, but she would still prefer to sit on the floor with a pile of books than to curl up on a pillow on our bed. She gets frustrated when the floor is exceptionally clean.