If you go to the pet store and browse around the toy section looking for something to entertain your cat, you will find all kind of toys of all sizes, shapes and colors. Most of them will be extremely expensive and let’s face it, no matter which one you buy, your cat will most likely ignore it every time.
In my experience, cats always prefer the simplest artifacts to play with, the simplest boxes to sleep in and the simplest scratch posts to scratch their claws on. So, instead of being stubborn and spending a lot of money, why don’t you just make your own cat toys?
These ones are not just really easy to make but they are made with something you always have at home: toilet paper rolls. They won’t last long, but you can always make them again and your cat will love them while they last, plus you’ll be recycling.
Just a safety note: Please make sure you remove all toilet paper so your cat doesn’t accidentally swallow it.
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1. Sunshine or broom toy.
Cats react differently to these ones. Some cats will toss them and chase them, other cats may want to tear them into pieces and some may just wallop them across the floor.
Besides the toilet paper roll, you only need a pair of scissors. You just need to cut some tabs on the edges and then fold them back. If you cut on both edges it will be like a sunshine toy, if you cut only on one edge it will be like a broom. In the first option the toy is balanced, while on the second one the weight falls on one side. Try both ways to see with which one your cat enjoys playing more.
2. Treat rattle.
In this one there is no cutting required. All you have to do is stuff the toilet paper roll with treats and fold the edges inside. Your cat will roll them around trying to get the treats out.
A more advanced version of this one will be that instead of folding the edges of the roll, you put a small ball of newspaper into each of its openings. Your cat will have to figure out how to get the treats out.
3. Mini scratch toy.
Basically you just have to stuff the toilet paper roll with a lot of newspaper until it’s really full and then you wrap it completely with sisal string. You can hot glue the string (at least just on the ends) to make sure it sticks.
Since this toy will be heavier because of all the newspaper, it won’t just fall out of your cat’s paws and your cat will love scratching it because of its texture.
4. Toilet paper roll rings.
These are very simple but cats love them. They may toss them, throw them, chase them, bite them or carry them.
To make them you just need the toilet paper roll and some scissors. Press the toilet paper flat and then cut it into rings. How wide? That’s up to you! Try to cut some thinner and some thicker and see which ones your cat prefers.
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5. Ring balls.
These are made out of the rings explained above. Cats love these because they can chase them around the house and even toss them really high since they are very light.
You just need the toilet paper rolls and some scissors. Basically you just have to cut the rings and then insert one inside the other until you form a ball. You can even add treats inside so your cat tries to take them out.
6. Pyramid puzzle (open version).
In case you want to give them a bigger challenge you can build some kind of pyramid structure out of toilet paper rolls. You can build it as a wall, as a pyramid or as any shape you want. You can even put some of the rolls sideways. It all depends on your creativity and the kind of challenge you want to give your cat.
You basically just need a lot of toilet paper rolls, a glue gun and the cover of a shoe box. Use the glue gun to connect them in any shape and put as many layers as you want. If you want to weigh the structure down, glue it to the cover of the shoe box. With the shoe box the structure will be harder to tip over although it will slide— it can all be part of the challenge. Just wait until it’s completely dry before you let your cat play with it.
And now just drop treats inside some of the rolls from time to time and let your cat figure out how to get them out.
7. Toilet paper roll puzzle (closed version).
This follows the same principle as the pyramid puzzle. The difference is that this version is closed and the structure has a fixed shape. But the point is the same: you will hide some treats inside and your cat must try to get them out.
You will also need a lot of toilet paper rolls, a glue gun and a shoe box. You just need to paste the rolls inside the shoe box. One way will be open and the other one will be closed. You can attach the box to any furniture by making a couple of holes on the back and then threading a string and tying it to the furniture.