Advantages Cheap, fun and practical.
Disadvantages Your cat will still play with the sweet wrappers!
One of the great things about being a cat is that you can play with almost anything, and you are less likely to be told off than the children you live with! How many times have you told the cat off for licking the sofa or putting a toy in their mouth?One of the irritating things about having a cat is that you can spend £6 on a well made jingly, squeaky, catnipped toy, and she will still play with the sweet wrapper on the floor!
One of the good things about making your own toys for them is that it costs less, so it doesn’t matter as much if they get ignored!There are toys on sale for cats that are simply fur balls on a bit of elastic.
Easy to make…
Ask for the scraps of fur from your local fabric shop, (they will usually get them free).
Double the elastic over and twist the two parts together knotting at the bottom and leaving a loop above the knot above.
Screw the fabric up into a ball and stitch it carefully – the more time you spend making the ball the longer it will last.Thread the ribbon or the elastic through each ball of fur.
Add a few bells inside the balls if you fancy something that will really get your cats’ attention – you can pick these up at a fabric shop too (20p – 60p depending on size).Or you could thread your spare buttons through the end of the ribbon, they make a nice noise too.
If you’re cat’s a little too old for toys really, but you still want to play – spray the toy with some Catnip spray for around £1.50. That will soon get them going!Truffle was kept happy for hours with my effort – until she found that sweet wrapper!
Make sure that everything you stitch or glue is secure especially when using thread, the last thing you want to come home to is a strangled cat!
There are a few pointers to remember if you are going to make your own toys for them though:
Don’t use anything small that they could swallow or choke on, if you do make sure that it is secure – and remember that a cat’s play can be quite rough.Check the toy regularly for any wear and tare just encase anything has come loose.
While you are making the toy keep the cat away! – Loose string is a great thing to play with, but not when you’ve got a needle in your hand!
Cut out four equally sized triangles, of least a metre in height, from some study cardboard. The bases of fruit trays are great and you can pick them up for free at any nice supermarket.Score down one side of each triangle about a centimetre in – these will be the flaps to stick each triangle together.
Using a triangle as a stencil cut out four triangles of carpet. Any old scraps will do, but ribbed ones seem to be the favourite of the pyramids that I have seen on sale.Cut out a hole from the base of one triangle big enough for your cat to get through, so your monster can hide inside.
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