How to Make Free or Cheap Cat Toys

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It's fun and easy to make homemade toys. These toys will keep your kitty playing for hours. And if your cat is a real tiger that tears up her playthings, it's cheap and simple to make more cat toys. Whether you make a noise maker or a soft toy, you can help kitty entertain herself for almost nothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty 35-millimeter film canister
  • Paper clips
  • Sock (clean and without holes)
  • Pillow stuffing or polyester filling
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Cat nip
  • Pencil
  • Twine or yarn
  • For the noise maker toy, open up a clean 35-millimeter film container.

  • Place 4 or 5 small paper clips inside the container.

  • Close the lid securely. Give the toy to your cat and watch him chase and bat the noise maker around the floor.

  • Recycle an old sock to make a softer and quieter toy. Open the top of the stock and begin stuffing with pillow filling. You can get pillow stuffing material at a crafts store, a sewing goods store or in the crafts section of a big box store. Or for an even cheaper toy, open up an old pillow and use some of its stuffing.

  • Use the eraser end of a pencil to get the filling in those hard to reach spots.

  • Sprinkle in some cat nip with the filler while you are stuffing the sock.

  • Whip stitch the top of the sock closed. Knot securely so that your cat can't get the contents out.

  • Give the sock toy to your cat and watch her play. Or for variety, tie a piece of twine or yarn around the sock and trail it around behind you. Your cat will get plenty of exercise.

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