Cat toys are a must have item for any self-respecting cat household as they keep our cats entertained, stimulated and also exercised. We all know that everything is going up in cost but we also know cats like to play. Making cat toys on a budget is a fantastic way to save money and still keep your cats and kittens happy.
Some owners lavish their pets with expensive toys that don’t get played with and that’s perfectly ok. Some cats have a favourite particular toy which may one day come to the end of its play suitability and need replacing. In this article I will give you some tips on how to entertain your cat on a budget and even for free.
Pipe Cleaner Spiders
These are without a doubt a favourite for my cats. On sale at shows for under £1.00 each they are a cheap way to keep your cat entertained for hours. I would advise buying a few as they get lost easily and tend to be carted all over the house. You can also make your own spiders with some pipe cleaners and wool. Not only that but the cost of the pipe cleaners and wool you can make lots and lots for just £1.00.
I own Siamese as do many of the readers of this article and Siamese love to play fetch. What cat doesn’t like a good old game with a ball? If you have run out of balls there are some very inexpensive and even free ways of making them from household items. Simply screw up a bit of paper or tin foil and watch your cat have hours of fun. Alternatively you can buy pompoms from your local craft shop and even in the kids craft section of the supermarket. These are much cheaper than buying pompom cat toys in the pet shop and are exactly the same.
Seriously have you ever had issues with your cats getting inside your cardboard packaging and shoe boxes etc? They love them and the best thing you can do is cut some holes in a cardboard box, seal it back up and watch the hiding and jumping going on. However watch out for swiping ninja paws on your way past.
I advise sterilising any feathers before you give them to your cat. There are many cat toys which contain feathers of various sizes and colours but your cat will be just as happy ‘killing’ a feather you find out on a walk. The bigger the better usually and Pheasant feathers make an ideal toy for your cat.
Cheap Cat Toys
Many pound shops and 99p stores do animal products including cat toys and packs of toys and they last well considering the cost of them. Cats are not bothered where you buy your toys from as long as they are fun to play with.
You can also find some very talented toy makers on social networking sites who make toys designed for cats and these are usually very high quality for the price so make sure you explore all your options.
The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy playing with your feline friend and don’t worry about how much it costs. Cats could not care less if the toy costs £50, 50p or indeed £0 all they want is something and/or somebody to play with.
Let me know of any money saving toys for cats and kittens either made at home or sourced at a good price in the comments section below.
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