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How to Make Cat Toys: Our Favorite Tutorials

How to Make Cat Toys: Our Favorite Tutorials

While it might be easier to go to the store to buy cat toys, it’s also far more expensive. Not to mention there isn’t a guarantee that your pet will even like playing with the toys you choose. For this reason, more cat owners are starting to research how to make cat toys.

You would be surprised to learn that there are dozens of ways you can repurpose things around the house and turn them into cat toys. The best part is that it will likely take a few minutes and requires little to no experience. Below are our favorite tutorials for creating different types of cat toys.

How to Make Cat Toys

1. Catnip Yarn Balls

If you’re looking for a good toy that your cats will definitely play with, these catnip yarn balls are ideal. They’re easy to put together and will give your pets hours of entertainment. Not to mention, they’re also a great toy for dogs who love catnip as well!

What You’ll Need

  • Wiffle balls
  • Yarn
  • Catnip
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

How It’s Done

1. Using the holes in the wiffle balls, tie one end of the yarn to the ball. You can then begin wrapping the rest of the yarn around the ball. It’s important to leave one hole exposed.

2. Take the catnip and put it inside of the wiffle ball through the last hole. Then, use the remainder of the yarn to finish wrapping the entirety of the ball. Make sure that there aren’t any exposed holes of the wiffle ball. If so, use the second roll of yarn to secure the holes.

3. Using a hot glue gun, secure the last end of the yarn to the ball. If you prefer not to use glue, you can tie the leftover yarn to the wrapped pieces. Once this is completed, you can let your cat play with their new toy for hours.

2. Soda Box Cat Toy

This is the perfect example of repurposing items that you already have lying around the house. It’s also one of the simpler tutorials on this list that you can do with the whole family.

What You’ll Need

  • Soda box of your choosing
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Decorative tape
  • Feathers
  • Paper towel tube
  • Two pipe cleaners

How It’s Done

1. Once you have an empty soda box, use the hot glue to close whichever end you used to remove the soda. You’ll want to create a fully sealed box.

2. Using scissors, cut the panel off one of the longer sides of the box. At this time, you’ll also want to use the scissors to begin cutting the paper towel roll. Measure the paper towel roll against the height of the soda box. Cut the roll accordingly.

3. Using your hot glue gun, add glue to each end of the paper towel roll and glue it vertically inside of the soda box. This will act as a support box for the toy.

4. Taking the scissors again, cut randomized circles on the top of the box. However, make sure you avoid the paper towel roll. At this time, you can also cut the sharp ends of the bamboo skewers off and protect the ends using your decorative tape. You’ll want to cover any potential sharp ends that could harm your cat.

5. Fold the pipe cleaners in half and then wrap them around the bamboo skewer. You might have to secure them at the ends using your decorative tape. You can then take the hot glue gun and glue feathers to the outside of the wrapped skewer.

6. Now that you have the toy constructed, it’s time to play! Maneuver the skewer through the holes on the soda box so that the feathers pop up through the holes. Your cat can then chase the feathers and attempt to grab them with their paws.

3. DIY Cat Wand

It’s easy to find cat wands in a pet store, but what if you were able to make your own at home? This DIY cat wand tutorial is an easy way to make a classic pet toy using some of your old clothes.

What You’ll Need

  • Three small bells
  • One wooden dowel
  • Multiple scraps of fabric
  • One roll of twine
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors

How It’s Done

1. The first thing you’re going to need to do is to decorate the dowel. This is the handle that you’ll be using for the wand, so you’ll want to make sure it’s attractive to your cat. You can transform the wooden dowel by using your chosen twine.

2. Taking one end of the twine, wrap it around the entirety of the dowel, leaving about 12 inches hanging off at the end.

3. Using the fabric glue, secure the twine to the dowel. You can also tie the twine to the stick, whichever you prefer. The end goal is to make sure that the material doesn’t unravel.

4. Using the scraps of fabric, tie them individually to the end piece of the twine. You can then take the three bells and attach them to the fabric scraps that you’ve chosen.

5. It’s time for play! Now all you have to do is wave the wand in front of your cat and they’ll be enticed.

4. DIY T-Shirt Toys

As another fantastic way to repurpose old clothes that you have around the house, these T-shirt toys are sure to be a hit. Additionally, you can make plenty of them to share with your friend’s cats as well. This is our favorite way to learn how to make cat toys because it takes less than five minutes!

What You’ll Need

  • Two T-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

How It’s Done

1. Cut rectangles out of your chosen shirts, creating 3”x10” shapes. You’ll want to make approximately six rectangles and set them aside.

2. Working with each individual rectangle, stretch the shirt tightly. This will cause the fabric to roll onto itself, which is exactly what you want. Combine as many strips together as you’d like, tying them into a giant knot. Make sure you pull the knot tightly.

3. The final step is to trim the ends, and then your cat will be able to play with their brand new toys!

Final Thoughts

There are a variety of ways to make cat toys; all you have to do is get a little creative. With the help of these user-friendly and family-friendly tutorials, you’ll have plenty of ideas. It’s time to stop spending hundreds on store-bought toys when you can make them on your own!

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