Upcycled Engagement Items for Cats
Does your cat need a $250 exercise wheel? $20 motorized mouse? $30 play tent?
With trendy cat toys dominating social media and new kitty products emerging constantly, it can be difficult to decide which enrichment items will benefit your cat without breaking the bank. Worst of all, many cats seem to have a radar for expensive toys and steer clear of anything worth more than the receipt you received after purchasing it. Even the most technically perfect toy with feathers, lights, chirping noises, scratch pads, and catnip can go unnoticed by a finicky feline, and every cat owner knows the sigh-inducing sight of a brand new toy being passed over for the box it was packaged in!
When you’re a foster parent cycling between litters, the price of toys can become an even bigger issue. While Southern Pines Animal Shelter provides foster parents with toys for their kittens, many will want to spoil their itty bitty kitties with tons of enrichment op-purr-tunities. (And when your fosters have such adorable faces, who wouldn’t!)
It is an unfortunate reality that many kitten and cat toys will go unused in most homes, and because they are made of unrecyclable plastics, bleached and dyed feathers, batteries, and cheap fabrics, they hurt the environment even more than our wallets. The good news is that cats don’t always need the newest, most expensive toys, and as a general rule, the less effort put into a plaything, the more interesting they find it. Use this to your advantage by upcycling household items into fabulous feline fun.
From bubbles to boxes, here’s our list items that can be recycled, repurposed, or homemade for your cats to create the ultimate toys!
While the toys listed above can be easily upcycled from household objects, there are a few items that pose health and safety risks for our feline friends. You'll want to leave these items out of any DIY cat toys:
Our list might be over, but there are tons of household items that present fantastic upcycling opportunities for the crafty cat-owner!
What was your favorite toy idea on our list? What is your genius upcycled cat toy idea? Share your thoughts below!
8/26/2021 01:34:05 pm
Thank you so much for posting these wonderful ideas!
6/17/2022 01:53:00 am
Giving an enhanced indoor environment full of satisfied boosts will lay the footing for a happy, healthy cat. Cats live contented, delightful lives indoors and keep away deadly diseases and dangers that take over outside. The average existence of an outdoor cat is 1 to 3 years. That stretches to 15 years for indoor cats. Wild cats roam since they need food, water, and safety and, if not sterilized or doctored, always have the desire to mate. Offering your cat with a variety of toys that you change out regularly can assist to keep him contented. Play with or pet your cat in various rooms. Plan at least 15-30 minutes of cuddle and fun time with your kitty two times a day. Talking to your cat and giving him plenty of friendly boost or quick strokes will increase to set your bond. Sterilization or castration is important. Maximum cat owners will do anything to make sure that their most-liked feline is happy and healthy. Sometimes this means annoying the lively furball with DIY cat toys which is an economic, innovative way to amuse your cat while directing your craftiness. Not only does making your own fun and thrifty cat toys can save you money but it permits you to recycle everyday household items.
8/4/2022 11:14:19 am
I tend to overspend for my pet sometimes, thanks for the blog!
8/31/2022 01:00:13 pm
I liked how this post shared that the price of pet toys can become a bigger concern. That's probably why my friend wants to take online furniture upcycling coaching. I should advise him to go for it so he can be resourceful.
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1/25/2023 03:27:27 am
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