Just like human kids, our cats need lots of playtime for optimal health too. These 15 fun homemade cat toys will not only improve your cat’s health, and your bond together, but will bring some joy into your life too!
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- Are homemade cat toys better?
- 1. Easy T-Shirt Cat Toy
- 2. DIY Self-Petting Station
- 3. DIY Cat Scratching Post
- 4. DIY Cat Wand
- 5. Kit Tea Catnip Cat Toys
- 6. Feathered DIY Cat Wand
- 7. All Natural Cat Toys
- 8. Easy Crochet Cat Toys
- 9. Furry Felines Homemade Cat Toys
- 10. Homemade Catnip Sock Cat Toys
- 11. DIY Soda Box Cat Toy
- 12. Fluttery Feather Cat Toy
- 13. Cat Scratcher Magazine Rack
- 14. Knotted Ball Cat Toy
- 15. Easter egg hunt
- + 1 – 16. Dollar Tree Wreath Frame Cat Toy
- Which of these homemade cat toys is your favorite?
Are homemade cat toys better?
Story time. You’re at the pet store or (our favorite) Chewy.com looking for the perfect cat toy.
You look through all the different types of toys. You try to put yourself in your cat’s paws and figure out what they would find irresistible!
You’re excited. You’ve picked out “the perfect toy” that you just know will be an instant hit!
You get the toy home, give it to your cat, and get this un-approving look:
They might even add insult to injury by ignoring the toy you lovingly picked for them and become obsessed with the box it came in! 😀
Such is the life of a cat mom or dad.
Cats can be very peculiar when it comes to their preferences; whether it’s food, toys, attention, or anything else.
If yours are anything like ours, you might find that they’ll go through cycles. Some toys might be ignored for months on end and all of a sudden be the ‘go to toy’ for the next little while.
Many cats may have a favorite toy that they ‘bond with.’ In our home, it’s furry rattle balls. Pips goes crazy over them and loves to play fetch!
(Based on the reviews, he’s not alone!)
Store-bought toys aren’t always the best, though. They can be expensive and could be a waste of money if your cat never gives it a second bat of the paw!
Making your own homemade cat toys has several unique benefits:
- You know what the toy is made of
- DIY cat toys can save money
- It’s easy to discover what kind of toy your cat likes
- They are handmade with love
- You can make it exactly how you want
If you’ve always wanted to try making homemade cat toys but didn’t think you were crafty enough, think again!
This list of of DIY cat toys has something everyone can make, guaranteed!
Kitty boredom, obesity, and many behavioral problems can all be helped by adding extra playtime into their day.
Why not play with something you made just for them?
These homemade cat toys will help keep your cat healthy and your budget happy too. Plus, who doesn’t love being creative?
1. Easy T-Shirt Cat Toy
This is such a fun idea! If you love upcycling & easy crafts – these no-sew homemade t-shirt cat toys from Muslin & Merlot are going to be a winner!
Here are the supplies you’ll need according to her post:
- 2 or 3 t-shirts
- Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter (preferred but optional)
That’s it! 😊 Told you these were amazingly simple!
My tip: Add in some catnip to the knot. It’ll make these simply irresistible!
2. DIY Self-Petting Station
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- A 12 inch by 12 inch wooden base
- A 14 inch by 14 inch fabric
- 2 new toilet bowl brushes
- A 1” by 1” wooden cube
- 1 staple gun
- Wire cutters
- 1 drill
I never knew toilet bowl brushes could be so fun!
3. DIY Cat Scratching Post
Save your furniture, friends!
I love what people can come up with! If store-bought cat scratching posts are leaving you feeling uninspired – you won’t want to miss this DIY!
Change the color and style to make it all your own!
For more details, head on over to “Make A Cat Scratch Post That’s Actually Not Ugly.”
4. DIY Cat Wand
This DIY Cat Wand is a cat toy classic! Even lazy cats who aren’t big on playtime get excited about this one.
Our Dizzy can be hard to please when it comes to cat toys, but she sure loves these! (she has an awfully violent play style though, ha ha!)
Supplies you’ll need:
- 1 wooden dowel
- 3 jingle bells
- Multiple fabric scraps
- 1 roll of Baker’s twine
- Fabric glue
5. Kit Tea Catnip Cat Toys
As a cat mama herself, Marti says that her cats find these irresistible! If you have a kitty who goes wild for catnip – they should absolutely love these too.
Plus, look at her container! I love this idea!
6. Feathered DIY Cat Wand
If you love simple and fun, this is one of those homemade cat toys you won’t want to miss.
With a variety of feathers, pom poms, and easy to find supplies, you and your cat could be playing together tonight!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- waxed thread (or string)
- leather lace
- pom poms
- hot glue gun
Want to give it a try? Visit The Merry Thought for more details.
7. All Natural Cat Toys
I adore this one and think you will too!
Today, I have a fun DIY tutorial for you today that will give your furry feline family members a treat that will not only entertain, but will be free of poisonous rubbers and harmful chemicals.Larissa from Prodigal Pieces
Best of all, Larissa says these fun pieces can be made into almost any design you like and are simple to make!
Here’s what she says you’ll need:
- hollow papier mache shapes – I used fruits and vegetables, you can use any style you want
- craft glue – either school glue,or wood glue (I found using a tiny amount of hot glue makes this go faster)
- 6 yds/18ft. of colored twisted paper (aka paper twist)
- sesame seeds
- drill and drill bit
- optional extras: toilet paper tube, rubber bands
Visit Natural Cat Toys You Can DIY Easy for more details on how to make them!
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8. Easy Crochet Cat Toys
Can you crochet? Then I’ve got the most adorable homemade cat toy for you.
Cats love toilet paper rolls. Add yarn and a bell…you’ve got your cat’s new favorite toy!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Medium weight yarn
- Crochet hook (5.00m H hook)
- Toilet paper tube
- Needle and thread
- Darning needle to weave ends
Visit Jamey at Dabbles & Babbles for more information!
9. Furry Felines Homemade Cat Toys
Unless you have a hairless cat, you’ve already got the main ingredient for this toy: your cat’s fur!
I’ll be honest with you. When I first saw this, it seemed like a joke. But it isn’t!
If you’ve got a shedding cat and a brush – this is a homemade cat toy you can do. No skill required! 😀
I told you! You never know what your favorite feline will be fascinated by!
10. Homemade Catnip Sock Cat Toys
Kicker cat toys are all the rage in our home. Our cats grab them when they’re frustrated, hyper, or bored.
It’s a great way for cats to get their energy out in a way that doesn’t involve tearing up something of great value to you!
These homemade catnip socks from Marlene at Curbly are adorable, easy to make, and are guaranteed to be a huge hit with your fierce felines!
Here are the supplies required according to Marlene:
- Knee-length socks
- Fiber fill
- Faux leather lace or other cord
- E6000 or other clear strong glue
11. DIY Soda Box Cat Toy
It’s like Whack-A-Mole but way more fun with your cat!
Supplies you’ll need according to Cuteness:
- 12-pack cardboard soda carton
- X-acto knife
- Glue (or hot glue gun)
- Bamboo skewers
- Crafting feathers
- Decorative or duct tape
- 2 pipe cleaners
- Paper towel tube
Find the written tutorial here or watch video below!
12. Fluttery Feather Cat Toy
Bright colors, dangly things, ringing bells — it’s cat play Heaven.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Jingle bell
- Satin cord
- Jewelry jump ring
Looks like fun? Get the instructions here.
13. Cat Scratcher Magazine Rack
Tired of cats tearing up your furniture? Why not DIY a piece of furniture that’s for you and your cat?
No promises that your favorite feline won’t knock over all your books, magazines, or what nots because … well, they can!
Haven’t you noticed what great fun it is to knock things over and watch them fall?!?
You will need:
- 2 pieces of birch plywood – 24×10″ each
- Jigsaw or hacksaw (optional)
- Medium grit sandpaper (i.e. 120 grit)
- Fine grit sandpaper (i.e. 360 grit)
- Natural sisal, jute, or burlap rope
- Staple gun & staples
Interested in building one? You can find more directions here.
14. Knotted Ball Cat Toy
Cats love having toys and scratchers of varying heights. It gives them a chance to exercise and stretch their muscles.
If you notice your cat likes grabbing for things above them, they’ll probably love this super simple homemade cat toy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Knit shirt
- Fabric scissors
This DIY might be simple but it’ll be hard not to smile watching your cat enjoy what you just made for them.
Go here to learn how to make it.
15. Easter egg hunt
You know those plastic Easter eggs that split open in the middle? You guessed it! Hide a jingle bell, treat, catnip, or other cat-safe rattle material inside and watch your kitty go crazy!
I think this one would be a lot of fun to do with the kids or grandkids!
You can’t always be home for playtime and this toy will keep them entertained while you are away.
+ 1 – 16. Dollar Tree Wreath Frame Cat Toy
Ok, ok! So I fibbed! I found another homemade cat toy that I had to add to this list. I love Dollar Tree DIY’s and this is no exception.
“Track toys” as I call them keep your cat entertained for hours!
Here’s what you will need to make this one:
- 2- 14″ wire wreath frames
- 1 pack of jingle bell cat ball toys
- 1 pack of zip ties
- something to cut the zip ties with, like wire cutters
You won’t believe how easy this is to make. Find the instructions here.
Which of these homemade cat toys is your favorite?
There you have it, friends! DIY cat toys you can create on any budget and any craft level skill!
Still need ideas? Here are 20 more homemade cat toys to spark your creativity and your cat’s wild side!
Will you be making any of them? Have you created your own homemade cat toys? What was it?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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