10 Simple Homemade Cat Toys That Make Great Holiday Gifts

You love your cat like family right? That means you want to provide the best toys to keep them happy. Every year the Black Friday rush seems to get crazier and crazier, with people lining up even on Thanksgiving day. Here are ten ways to make DIY homemade toys that your cat will most definitely love. That way you can spend quality time with your family instead of spending your Friday rushing to crowded stores looking for toys that have sold out.

1. The Irresistiball

Most pet stores sell packs of plastic toy balls, but the problem is you have to keep buying them. It is very easy for them to get lost behind couches or under the bed, which means more money out of your pocket. Instead, all you need for this toy is one toilet paper roll. Cut it into 4 pieces and then the follow the video tutorial to see how to piece it together into a ball. It is super simple and a great way to recycle old toilet paper rolls instead of just throwing them out.

2. Tassel Toy

In brand name stores you might see very elaborate cat toys, but no matter what, they usually are made with some type of string. Really all you need is some basic yarn to make your cat happy. This toy is also a money saver because you can use one ball of yarn to create multiple toys, versus buying one toy and then misplacing it. All you’ll need is a ball of yarn, scissors, and a small stick, with this tutorial using a chopstick. It will take you only ten minutes at most.

3. Cat Tent

A tent for your cat is a really great DIY because it serves more than one purpose. It’s not just a place for playing, but it also can be a space for sleeping. For this project you’ll need an old medium sized t-shirt, cardboard, coat hangers, safety pins, and something to bend the wires with. This project is a little more complicated so be sure to give yourself time, but your cat is sure to appreciate it. You can have fun with it and choose a t-shirt with a cool design and decorate the outside. Add some bedding on the inside and you have yourself the perfect tent.

4. Fun Box

Next time you get a package delivered, don’t throw out the box! Why you ask? Cats don’t care about what you actually bought, they just want the box. This is the cheapest toy out there because all you need is a cardboard box and some scissors. Cut holes in the box big enough for the cat to poke their head through and then put some small holes for them to stick their paws out of. Cats love to hide and then attack so a great idea is to take some toys, such as a string or a ball, and play with them through the holes while they are in the box.

5. Puzzle Toy

Create your very own puzzle toy with only a box and some plastic cups. This is a great toy, not only because it’s fun for your cats, but it’s also a learning exercise where your cat has to try and figure out how to get the food. Follow the instructions so your cat can play this brain game and get treats at the same time. It’s great because your cat is not just given a treat right away, but they have to strategize in order to get it.

6. Party Maker

The party maker is probably the most convenient toy to make because it involves something you already own for your cat–cat food. Instead of throwing out your empty bag of cat food or cat treats, take scissors and cut the bag into multiple strips. Follow the video tutorial to see how to tape the strips to a cardboard tube, which you can easily get from a coat hanger. Once taped, your former food bag is transformed into a toy your cat won’t be able to resist.

7. Sock Snake Toy

It’s a fact–at some point your socks will go missing. It happens to everyone, and then you’re left with one lonely sock. Instead of throwing out any old socks lying around, you can recycle them as toys. This toy is simple to make, all you’ll need is one sock and some tissue paper to stuff it with. If you’re feeling creative, you can even take a needle and thread to create eyes and a mouth and give it the real snake effect. It’s also extra fun for your kitty if you decide to add a bell or catnip.

8. No Sew Kitty Knots

This is the perfect toy for anyone who can’t sew or just doesn’t have the time. All you’ll need is one single item, fleece. These kitty knots are extremely cheap and fast to make. You can make a whole bunch of them at once and create a little jar of knots ready at your whim. For a bonus you can even add some catnip inside them. Since all you will need are the scraps, try going to the local art supplies store to see if they have any extra scraps they can give you for free.

9. T-shirt Toy

Making this toy is a bit intricate as you have to do lots of cutting and braiding, but in the end you will have a strong and sturdy toy that your cat can use for a very long time without it tearing. Take an old t-shirt and cut it into multiple strips. Afterwards, follow this tutorial so you can learn the special way to braid the toy together so you’ll have a thick end for your cat to kick its feet at and then a string at the bottom. It may be a bit tricky, but this toy might last you longer than any store bought one.

10. Stuffed Mouse

For those who are crafty, this is the perfect homemade toy. You could easily go to the store and pick up a mouse toy, but not only is this way cheaper, it will also feel more special giving it to your cat knowing you made it yourself from scratch. You’ll need some fabric–preferably grey to resemble a mouse, buckwheat to stuff inside, and a needle and thread. You can add some catnip inside, as well, for an added treat. Even if you aren’t the crafty type, it’s great to still give it a try!

Do you have any ideas for homemade cat toys? Let us know and leave a comment below!