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Great Cat Toys

(And They're Free)

Disclaimer: You will notice that some of these toys have a “sports” theme. I’m not particularly a sports fan — but apparently my cats are. Even the most harmless toy can pose a danger to the “special” kitty who insists upon being accident-prone — so players and coaches beware.

  • The Humble Toy — A Paper Ball: Crumble a sheet of paper into a ball that can be easily carried in your kitty’s mouth. Roll towards kitty. Another option. Hold on palm of your hand and flick it in an arc. This is especially appreciated by cats with a desire to compete in the World Soccer Championships.
  • The Las Vegas Version of the Humble Toy — A Ball of Tin Foil: For the kitty who likes a bit of sparkle in their life.
  • The Sporting Toy — A Single Kibble: A good game of kibble hockey will have your kitties choosing teams and needing a goal keeper. My own cats have been known to spend literally hours chasing an errant kibble around the house. I have found stray kibbles under my bed, on top of the television and inside my shoes!
  • ‘Ears A Favorite Toy Of Mine — A Q-Tip: My cats are totally fascinated whenever a Q-tip falls on the floor. And it makes no difference whether it’s an unused ear swab or one that has been poked into dark places. It becomes a great plaything. Do they think it’s a kitty—sized baton and they have plans to lead a marching band?
  • The Bathroom Toy — An Empty Toilet Roll: Obtain an empty bathroom tissue roll. Tape up one end of the tube. Place a small handful of dry cat food into the roll so that they rattle. Tape closed the other end of tube so the kibbles can’t fall out. You can also use an empty pill bottle.
  • Cat in A Sac — An Empty Paper Bag: Take a large paper bag. Cut 1—2 inch holes in each corner of the bottom and in the middle of the sides. Place on the floor. Do not laugh too loudly as your cats take turns hurling themselves into the bag.
  • The Box Boy Toy — or the Joys of an Empty Box: Similar to the paper bag, a box placed on the floor will soon entice your cat to play hide and seek — or seek and destroy. Make the holes either big enough for the cat to get through or very small (paw—sized), or else the cat may get stuck in one of the holes. This is funny but inconvenient.
  •  Come Blow Your Nose — The Kleenex Box: For the more ambitious: close up the box, but add a small hole for the cat to enter. Also you can add smaller, paw—sized holes and put toys or treats in the box. Cats love to stick their paws through any opening.
  • I Have Writer’s Block, Where’s My Pencil?: Cat’s cannot resist a pencil or pen on your desk. Beware cats who like to chew… or one’s who have something they can write about you that might be embarrassing.
  • The Clean Sweep — Cleaning the Floor: Several of my cats like to help me sweep my floor. I assume some may think they are helping with the housekeeping. Others see themselves as part of a curling team and are helping the broom do its job. Personally I think they are just trying to make my life difficult.

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