DIY Cat Toy Using a Toilet Paper Tube
Cat toys are expensive. Make this free cat toy out of something you'd normally just throw away—an empty toilet paper tube.
If you're just tossing the empty toilet paper tube anyways, what do you have to lose?
It only takes five minutes, plus it's such an easy project that anyone old enough to use scissors can make it.
Craft a Cat Toy With a Toilet Paper Tube
Here are the steps necessary to craft your own cat toy using a toilet paper roll:
- Clean off the toilet paper tube
- Cut a slit in the tube
- Cut even more slits
- Repeat on the other side
- Splay out the tabs
- Let your cats have fun
By following these six easy steps, you'll have a new toy to introduce to your cat fairly quickly, and without having to spend money!
To make the cat toy, you'll only need two things:
- Empty cardboard toilet paper roll
You can also use empty sections of wrapping paper tubes and paper towel rolls (once you're done playing lightsaber with them, of course).
Step 1. Clean off the Toilet Paper Tube
If there is any toilet paper left on the empty tubes, peel off as much as possible. Some brands are easier to clean than others.
Step 2. Cut a Slit in the Toilet Paper Tube
At one end of the toilet paper tube, use the scissors to cut about an inch long slit into the tube. Try to make it as close as possible to parallel with the side of the tube.
Step 3. Cut More Even Slits
Make another inch long slit into the toilet paper tube, parallel to the first, but about a quarter-inch over.
Then, next to the first two slits, cut more. Each should be about one inch long and about a quarter-inch apart. Go all around the base of the toilet paper tube.
Try to keep the slits as even as possible.
Step 4. Do the Same on the Other Side
After you finish that end of the toilet paper tube, flip it over and cut the other end of the toilet paper tube into tabs as well.
Step 5. Splay Out the Tabs
After the ends are all cut, splay out the ends of the toilet paper tube. Each end will look like a wheel with spokes.
Step 6. Let Your Cats Have Fun!
Toss the toy to the waiting kitties for them to enjoy. Each cat responds differently. My Imp likes to rip them to shreds. My Yuba likes to wallop them across the kitchen floor. And my William just likes to claw at them after I bury him in all his new toys.
They may bat it around or carry it, but all cats seem to love it.
Imp and William With Their New ToysClick thumbnail to view full-size
Even Rabbits Like This Toy
A Cheap, Easy Way to Entertain Kitties
Since the cat toy is free and easy to make it's super simple to make a ton, enough to tire out even the most active of kitties.
This is also a great project for a classroom, as it's easy enough for even fairly small children to make. It teaches kids to recycle and care about animals, plus it's great for their hand dexterity. All the kids need are safety scissors and empty toilet paper rolls. Even if the children don't have pets, the toys can be donated to the local animal shelter.
Homemade Cat Toys
Cheap or free
Possibly dangerous materials
You know what you used to make it
Cats refuse to play with them
Cats love them!
Make More Homemade Cat Toys
- Make Your Own Homemade Cat Toys
Homemade cat toys are super easy to make and way more fun for your cats than expensive store-bought toys. On this page you can learn how to make all sorts of homemade cat toys.
- Free Ring Cat Toys from Toilet Paper Rolls
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. Make these and recycle while you're at it.
- Make Your Own Cat Trees, Towers, and other Cat Structures
Cat trees, condos, and scratching posts can be some of the most expensive items you ever buy for your cat, yet they really enrich the lives of our feline friends. It's far cheaper to make your own and then you know it's safe.
Yuba Playing With His Homemade Cat ToysClick thumbnail to view full-size
What do you think of this project?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2011 Alisha Vargas