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I am an online writer with a love for animals. I love DIY pet projects—here are some of my favorites.
These cat toys are free, easy, safe, and fun for your cat, and you can make them in minutes. Don't spend tons of money on cat toys that are demolished in minutes or ignored altogether. There are lots of free toys your kitty will enjoy that cost nothing and are safer than many of the toys in the pet store.
Cats will play with toilet paper rolls without any special effort, but you can easily make it something they will really, really enjoy and best of all, it only takes a few minutes. After you've made them a few times, it takes even less time, so your cats can get fun toys that cost nothing in moments.
Perhaps the hardest part of making these free cat toys is keeping my cat William away from them while I'm making them.
Toilet paper roll rings are his special cat toy, and he knows when I'm holding a toilet paper roll and a pair of scissors that he's going to get more of them. He'll come running from wherever he is in the house the moment he hears them start to be made, then he tries to sneak them off before I've even finished.
You can get a pile of free cat toys in minutes whenever you use up another toilet paper roll.
Question: Do outdoor Dutch lop rabbits like this toy like some of the other toys you have made?
Answer: Yep. Rabbits love to pick these up and toss them.
© 2013 Alisha Vargas
Madison Thomas on April 05, 2019:
My cat loves his new toy that he plays with ever day
CherylsArt on June 29, 2013:
I just made some cat toys from the toilet paper roll, and our cats had fun playing with them. Thanks for the tip.
agagata lm on February 20, 2013:
That's so simple and it actually works! My cats loved these! Thanks!
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Let’s begin with the simplest of the toilet roll-inspired cat toys. In fact, all you need to create this gift is a few empty toilet rolls, a pen, and some scissors. You can start by dividing the roll into thirds with a pen. Next, cut a row of incisions at either end of the toilet roll that reach the one-third mark. As you see with the top left toilet roll in the image above, your toilet roll will then have fringes. Roll it towards your cat, and voila! They’ll have an item they want to tear to shreds – which, by cat standards, is a wonderful thing. Such a trinket will not only keep them busy – it will also keep them mobile. A mobile kitty is a healthy kitty, so cat toys like this can help hefty felines to lose weight.
Image courtesy of ErinsAnimals
More every day animal crafts (aka, I didn’t know where else to fit these lovely Toilet Paper Roll Animals in) from Pinata Bats, to Doodle Owls, which will you make first?