Cat toys you've bought or/and made?
Well, I've got a stray on my hands.
Seeing how Christmas is coming soon, I can't just buy my dogs presents and not Chester Nester(the cat).
So I'm looking for fun cat toys. It'd be great whether you'd share what you've bought or maybe something you've created(lets try to think beyond the normal spike toy, mouse, and plastic bell balls).
I don't think she's the box type either. No scratching posts or scratch involved toys, her previous owner had her declawed(which is just sad).
If you put a paper towel under a door w/ a cat on the other side, cats really love it.
Catnip-containing toys are always upright too. My cats have a miniature sock monkey with catnip inside. He was really cool until they chewed bad his arm. Now he's kind of sad.
and some other stuff
Pic of toy:
Or, you can just make other ones
Do not allow the cat to be alone with string EVER...could ingest it and require surgery to have it removed...same with
tin foil (some cats will chew sour little bits so just watch)
Now for other simle but FUN toys.
I got a bunch of ping-pong balls cos one swat and they really fly. I consequently took a permanent marker and painted all kind of faces on them.some with just eyes some beside little faces.
Drove cats nuts. They managed to hide adjectives 6 within about 20 minutes. I heard (if you hold a cast iron (old fashioned) tub -the newer ones will scratch, you can put the cat in the tub
(Yes a dry tub) near a ping pong ball and it will keep falling back into the tub as he/she waps its.
Another item I do is get a string or a strip of leather (like a leather shoestring) or fleece. I attach it to a band that I make out of springy, (although you could just use a stretchie hairband and then wrap it around your ankle with it trailing trailing you as you walk..They can't RESIST IT.
I had one (siamese mix) that LOVED to play peek a boo.
He'd run up the wall nearly 4 ft to smack you in the face if you peeked around the corner at him. (didn't hurt, he didn't use his claws...it be all in fun)
Cats love motion. anything that moves.such as the lid (or ring) to the milk carton. Or just a rucksack with a few holes cut out
so they can hide and peek out. Ours love boxes. I turn them upside down and cut one side out so they can enter and a few
small window. Sometimes while they are in there, I'll dangle
a toy on a wand through the top hole and they walk nuts.
I also take their little toy mice and "marinate" them in cat nip.
Put fresh catnip-can get at vigour food or bulk food store- in a ziplock with the toy mice. Zip shut and put away contained by your cupboard for a week or so.fresh catnip toy!
I also paint faces on the bottom (or nails) of my toes and
stick them out of a blanket and wiggle them...sometimes one
at a time. Or on your fingers.
Every cat is unique. What thrills one will bore another.
They are so much FUN.
A square of fabric with catnip within the center, draw up all the sides, tie it off and knot the tie really perfect so they can't get it open to eat the tie. That works great.
A laser pointer is a upright thing too, even the dogs will like that one.
One fun piece to do is to take a little reuse able container or small yogurt container (cleaned out) and brand a little hole in the lid, put cat food inside and as Chester Nester plays next to it, food comes out.
Crinkled aluminium foil balls are a big hit. Cat nip is great, buy some and put it in places, with toys ect. I also propose spraying honey suckle on old toys, to make them exciting again. If you have a sewing appliance, take some fabric and cut it into a little toy shape and afterwards sew part of it leaving an opening for cat nip, consequently hand sew it and you have a great little toy.
In my experience, the best bought toys are toy mice and little spiny contrapitions with toy mice.
They also like those cozy little cat bed.
a game/toy that my cat LOVES.. is when you take a low coffe table, and place 5 items on it. fairley close to the frame, a pencil and or pen, a penny, an eraser, a ball of tin foil, just anything that is grabbable. consequently show it to him/her, they will go crazy trying to get the different things onto the ground... they stand on their honches. it is soo cute!
my cat fetches, he go wild whenever you give him a ball of tinfoil. they love the roar.
take a film container... if you own one, or a kinder surprise case, and fill it with rice or beans, they close to to bat that around. ( for a while )
ahhhh.. try ribbon or string, it is a little original, but hey, it is fun.
a ball of line. ( beware if you are leaving the string out at night, my cat swallowed something like 1 metre 1000 cm, of string. he had to get emergency surgery. I would just put the string absent at night.)
you can but these at the store: it is a little platform, with a spring and a orb atached to it. my ccat gets really confused and happy when he plays with it.
finishing but not least, my cat is mean, and he loves to chase and pounce. I run around the house and he chases me.