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Make Your Own Homemade Cat Toys

Updated on February 18, 2016
Making a toy for your cat can be as simple as coiling a piece of rubber-coated wire into a spring shape. Make sure there are no sharp ends!
Making a toy for your cat can be as simple as coiling a piece of rubber-coated wire into a spring shape. Make sure there are no sharp ends!

Cat toys are super easy to make. I've put together instructions for making toys out of things you probably already have around the house, plus others to knit, crochet, or build. Spend a little time (and very little money!) making these toys and your kitty will have tons of fun!

Always Be Careful!

Toys should only be used under appropriate supervision.

Always be cautious. Strings can get tangled around kitty, buttons can come off, they can easily swallow them, and choke. Use common sense, and remember, if your cat can get himself in trouble, he will.

Crumpled Paper Toy

This may be the easiest and cheapest cat toy you can make. Just take a piece of paper and crumple it into a ball. Cats love to bat this around. Some even carry it in their mouths. My cats like to rip the toy to shreds. It makes a bit of a mess, but it's worth it to see them have so much fun.

Carrots

My cats seem to like things that have fallen off the counter. Celery pieces, leafy lettuce, kale, and carrot circles are all favorites.

The top of the list though is baby carrots. With their bright color and great shape, these little things are great for slapping around on the kitchen floor and they slide really well. Occasionally, one of the cats will carry the baby carrot around in his mouth, like some sort of conquering champion.

Give your cat a baby carrot to play with and see what they think.

Pizza Box Kitties

Cat Playing with Pizza Box
Cat Playing with Pizza Box | Source

My kitties recently made another household item into a toy for themselves. We bought one of those premade pizzas that come in a regular pizza box. Well this pizza box has a nice hole in the top so people can see the pizza before they buy it. When the pizza box is closed, that hole is perfectly cat-sized! My cats figured out that the pizza box is a super comfortable place for lounging. Small toys chucked into the open hole are great fun to fish out from inside the box.

Kitten Playing With a Wire

The above video shows a kitten playing with a piece of wire. This makes a great homemade cat toy, but if you do give your kitties a piece of wire to play with, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to bend the ends in so there are no sharp points.

No Crafting Needed

These household pieces are cat toys just the way they are:

  • Empty thread spools
  • Paper bags
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Plastic milk jug rings
  • Pinecones
  • Bubbles

Altering Household Items to Make Cat Toys

Pill Bottle Cat Toy

Many cats love to bat around a medicine bottle, but there's always the chance they could somehow get the child-proof cap off (seems like everyone but us can get those lids off) and the result could be death for your kitty.

So the best way to turn a medicine bottle into a toy is to remove all the pills and scrub the container really well. Take a couple of dry beans or a small amount of dry rice and put them in the container, then put the lid back on.

Cats love swatting this around the floor, and if they somehow get the lid off they won't get hurt.

Easter Egg Cat Toy

Take a plastic Easter egg, put a couple of beans inside, then close it up. Your cat will love batting this around the house.

Pens and Pencils

Most cat's love to play with pens and pencils. I know mine swipe them all the time. To make the pens safe for kitty, remove the ink cartridge and make sure the pen is clean before letting them have it. This is great to do with pens that are already out of ink instead of just throwing them away.

For pencils, make sure there is no sharp tip, completely unsharpened pencils are best. Also, be careful giving them pencils with erasers. Some cats will chew on these and swallow pieces. It's better if you pull off or cut off the eraser before giving it to your cat.

And of course, you can always just find a nice, clean little twig that's of similar size and shape to a pencil and give it to your cat to play with. The bonus with a twig is that it's often curved a bit and the not-perfectly straight shape can add more fun to your kitty's play.

The shape and size of pens and pencils is eternally interesting to most cats for some reason, and they'll most likely play with them for hours.

Drip Tubing Tease Toy

This homemade cat toy uses some of the tubing used for drip irrigation. About a 2' long piece of the 1/4" sized tubing is just right.

  • Use a hot glue gun to stick the end of a feather into one of the ends of irrigation tubing.
  • When it's cool you can wave the tubing around and since it moves oddly, your cats will love it.

Kitty Gym

Sometimes there's no good place to hang stuff for your cats to play with. A good idea is to take an old baby play gym, the ones that little babies lay under and can look up at and play with, and hang some cat toys from it.

You can easily pick up the baby gyms at yard sales and thrift stores, or maybe you have one laying around from when your kids were little. You could even make one out of some pvc pipe.

Some of the items already hanging can make good cat toys as well, but if they aren't interesting to your cat just take them off and add some feathers on strings and bottle caps hanging from cords. Use fairly short lengths, so there's no chance your cat can get tangled and I bet your kitty will have fun.

Crafting a Cat Toy

Make a toy completely from scratch! These ideas are easy to follow and require simple materials that most of us have at home already.

How to Make Felted Toys

Donate to Shelters!

Make a few extras and donate toys to your local animal shelter. This makes a great Girl Scout or volunteer project for kids.

Doorknob Batting Toy

Find a plastic soda bottle cap. I like the big mouthed, one-liter caps, but use whatever you have laying around.

  • Using a drill on slow speed, or you can do it carefully with a sharp nail and a hammer, poke a hole through the soda bottle cap.
  • Use thick string or a shoelace and thread through the hole in the cap. Tie a knot on the other side that is big enough that the string won't get pulled back through.
  • Hang the cap and string someplace where your cat can bat it around, just be careful that the string is short enough to not strangle the kitties. Your cats will have a lot of fun swatting the cap around on the string. They would probably be great to hang from a baby gym as suggested above.

Kitty Rag Dolls

  • Take a scrap of fabric and put a pinch of catnip in the middle.
  • Carefully fold the fabric over the catnip so it will stay in place and then tie a knot in the middle of the fabric. This holds the catnip permanently in place and forms a nice little knot for your kitties to easily grab hold of.
  • Just make sure they rag toys aren't too large. Most cats like them to be on the smaller side. You can always trim some of the excess fabric away after you've tied the toy if needed.

Making a Cat Fishing Toy

Fishing for Cats

Fishing for cats doesn't just happen in the Mississippi! Make a few of these fishing pole toys and you'll be reeling in the big ones. All you need is some sort of stick, some string, and a fun toy of some sort: a feather, a ball with a bell in it, ribbon pieces, or even a crumpled piece of paper works.

  • At one end of the stick, tie the string.
  • On the other end of the string, tie the toy.

Now wave this around making the toy seem to move like a mouse or bird, and your kitty will love you forever.

Cleo and Mendi Are Tired After Playing

Cleopatra and Mendi asleep after a long day.
Cleopatra and Mendi asleep after a long day. | Source

Cat Toys Involving Food

Treats

Cats love food and some of the best toys involve a reward once they've worked a little!

Cat Foraging Toy

  • Take an empty container with a lid, something like a small water bottle or empty butter tub. Make sure it is clean.
  • Cut a small hole on one side. It should be about the size of a quarter.
  • Put some kibble in the container, then put the lid on and toss to your cats.

As the cats push the container around, kibble will spill and they'll have lots of fun gobbling it up. Try different containers and try to find one that move nicely.

Crawfish Trap

Cats playing with a crawfish trap.
Cats playing with a crawfish trap. | Source

This is actually a crawfish or crayfish trap that I made out of a plastic 2-liter soda bottle. While making the trap, my cats decided to give me some "assistance." They kept sticking their paws inside, rolling it across the floor, and taking off with it. When I finished the project the cats claimed it as their own.

  • I used a 2-liter soda bottle, but if you're making it for cats you might want to use a 1-liter bottle instead. One of my cats seemed a little intimidated by the size. They're so cheap and easy though, you may want to just make two to see which your cat likes better.
  • Stand up the soda bottle. Cut the entire top off, about 4 inches from the top. Be careful, it can be hard to cut.
  • Take the lid off that piece and then cut the tip off, so you have a funnel shape with one end about 2" across and the other the width of the bottle.
  • Turn the funnel shape upside down and place into the other half of the bottle, so the narrow end is inside the bottle. Poke holes along the sides where the two pieces meet, then lace them together so they'll stay nested inside each other.
  • Sprinkle some cat kibble inside and roll the toy around until your cats see how much fun it is.

Toy Chest

To keep the cat's toys fresh and interesting, keep all but a couple in a toy chest. Every week or so switch the cats toys out with something else. The cats will be excited to have "new" toys and will go crazy all over again.

Kittehs Playing in Pumpkin

Kittehs Playing with Pumpkin
Kittehs Playing with Pumpkin

Hollowed-out pumpkins make fun and different playthings for the kitties. My kitties definitely enjoy a chance to play with them. One of them even enjoyed nibbling on them.

  • To turn the pumpkin into a fun toy for your cats, simply cut off the top and empty out the insides, just as you would do when carving for a jack-o'-lantern. Then cut out various-sized holes from the pumpkin. If your pumpkin is very large you can probably cut a big hole in one side for the cats to get in and out through.
  • Next, let it sit overnight so it can dry out a little.
  • The next day, use a paper towel to dry out the inside thoroughly and set it on the floor with the lid off so the kitties can play with it. You may need to tip it over sideways so they feel more comfortable playing in it and tossing noisy toys inside may get their attention and coax them inside.

Once they realize how much fun the pumpkin is they'll have a ball swatting at each other through the holes and climbing in and out of the pumpkin. You can also place a toy inside the pumpkin and place the lid back on so your cat gets to try to capture the toy through the holes in the pumpkin.

This is a very short-lived toy, remember to toss it out before it starts going bad.

What is your cat's favorite type of cat toy?

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      euna 20 months ago

      im a cat lover and thanks for alot for info

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      Vladimir 2 years ago from Australia

      A box! Give me a box!

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      EveStanley LM 3 years ago

      Thanks for the infortmative lens. I'm a proud owner of my first little kitten and I'll definitely try these.

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      teelover 3 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Jamesykai 3 years ago

      Great lense!

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      joanzueway 3 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful lens

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      Vantis 3 years ago

      I think I can give my turbo cat a little occupation :)

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      sunriseblue lm 3 years ago

      Wow this is a brilliant lens! Will definitely try to make some of these for my cat!

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      jack101010 3 years ago

      some great ideas thank you!

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      shjn3006 3 years ago

      I will initroduce for my friend and my family

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't have cats but I can share this with friends who have. Great ideas.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Revisiting this great lens to say well done for being featured! This alaways was one of my favourite cat lenses!

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      Kids can turn just about anything into a great toy, but cats, they can do so much more that its amazing. I remember our cats growing up and they could amuse themselves for hours with some of the simplest things around the house. Thank you for sharing this great lens.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I love cats, How many cats do you have?

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      myowncupoftea 3 years ago

      The boxes are a winner. When my cats get exhausted, the boxes double as beds!

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      JillMckenzie 3 years ago

      Wow. I've learn a lot.. My cat really loves boxes. Thanks for the tutorials!

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      mathew31 3 years ago

      Great ideas, my cat would love these!

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      SusanAston 3 years ago

      Love this lens. I have run out of "Likes" today - so will come back.

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      chat2vishakha 3 years ago

      Very nice post.Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial.

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      So many clever ideas and great fun for the kids to make. Loved this lens. Thanks

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      YehSha 3 years ago

      Those are really good. I'll definitely make one of those for my kittens.

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      PaulRyan 3 years ago

      Cats and cardboard boxes are always my fav. :P :D

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      Lensmaster...Cats, just like kids, enjoy the simplest toy, a cardboard box! Entertaining Lens! Congrats on a Purple Star!

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      Ted Bergman 4 years ago

      As the owner of an indoor Abby cat who is smart and energetic, I found your lens a treasure trove of information. I have also found, over the years, that writing humor about the games I have played with my cats, has been great fun. Again, thanks for your time and expertise. - Ted

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      Research_Analyst 4 years ago

      I like these tips on how to Make Our Own Homemade Cat Toys

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      agagata lm 4 years ago

      Brilliant lens! It's nice to have it all under one roof :)

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      pacrapacma lm 4 years ago

      I'm adding this lens to Pinterest. I'm thrilled to have found all this info in one place. Thanks for collecting all this information. My kids, cat, and I are going to be busy.

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      really clever lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cats love bags! Any kind of bag. Boxes come in second so all the bought toys lay around and are basically an expensive mess. Thanx for the great homemade ideas. Gonna hook me kitties up with a tree stump I think.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      Cat toys can be pretty pricey. Making your own seems like a great way to provide your cat with a large assortment of play options without breakin' the bank!

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      tolleart lm 4 years ago

      Great ideas, my cat is forever grateful!

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      TrezNafien 4 years ago

      I find this intriguing, and my cats will too when I make them some of these nifty toys. Mine tend to destroy the store bought ones in just a few hours so I have to keep finding new and better ones, this should help me a lot, thank you!

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      WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Awesome ideas for cat toys. Blessed!

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      BizLang 4 years ago

      Such fantastic ideas and I am going to try some of them out :)

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      Peregrina-JK 4 years ago

      Brilliant lens and great ideas here :)

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

      I recently made a bag toss game for my daughter's birthday and one of the cats crawled through the hole to play in the box!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      You have some really great ideas here. Blessed!

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      LisaNowatzki 4 years ago

      What a fun lens. Thank you for all your hard work!

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      SharingGreatStuff 4 years ago

      You have some great ideas here for homemade cat toys. I will definitely try some out for my kitties. It's always such fun to see them play.For me, it's a great way to relax just watching them play.

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      TriciaLymeMom 4 years ago

      so many great ideas...thanks!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      It's amazing that some of the best cat toys are the free ones.

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      i love what you have done here. good lens.

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      chas65 4 years ago

      Watching cats, especially kittens at play can be so much fun. We had a couple of kittens in our 1o,000 square foot antique store and they could play with just a simple ball for log periods of time just hitting and chasing that little ball. Some great ideas on making some toys for them.

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      xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

      Great ideas!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      To make this better, having links that have pictures of the kitty toys would be great. Because I don't if I want to make things until I can see what they look like :(

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Fantastic ideas =)

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      My cats love laser pointers the best, but ribbons (and houseplants) are favorites. We haven't had many boxes, but I'm sure they'd be a hit too.

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      softclaws 4 years ago

      This is brilliant! :) great ideas here!

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      JaneWatson 4 years ago

      LOVE IT! fun and frugal!

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      AnimalHouse 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Thanks for sharing those home-made cat toy ideas!

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      lolicious 4 years ago

      If only I was allowed to have cats in the house :(. Very good lens, keep up the good work.

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      webhostingrevie 4 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      My kitty loved to play with brooms. When I hang it up, she would jump up to reach it. so I made a small broom (grass broom) for her. She spent hours with it till it was reduced to nothing!

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      my cats want to tug all the cords in our house. very stressful but he looks cute while playing with the cord

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Wow, so many great ideas here! I think our new kitten will have lots of fun without the need to spend loads of money!

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      BradKamer 4 years ago

      I was drawn to this lens as the photo in your intro looks just like our tabby, Coby. Nothing beats the vacant cardboard box! Great ideas here. Thanks for sharing.

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      JuliaAnnPayne 4 years ago

      I love kitties

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      libely 4 years ago

      Great ideas! My kitty cat will love these :)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Excellent lens - love the approach. Pinned to my "thrifty living" and "cats" boards and blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This lens is great! I built a kitty condo for my cat and she loves it. This lens really has a lot of useful info.

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      themanlycat 4 years ago

      My cats so smart he homemakes his own homemade toys. . . Naw he just attacks the toilet paper and spreads it all over the bathroom. sigh.

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      M4creations 4 years ago

      So true, so true. The amount of money I've shelled out on toys and Loki Kitty's favorite toy is a potholder with a robe sash attached to it...

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      rooshoo 4 years ago

      My cats go crazy over boxes. Put a box anywhere in the house and they will be inside it in minutes.

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      JennyBentle 4 years ago

      Some nice ideas here!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Brilliant ideas for cat toys!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens topic!

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      Evelyn88 4 years ago

      ..feet under a blunket :D

      I think my cats will love your lens :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice toys i hpoe my cat likes them thanks for sharing

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      tudzuniverse 4 years ago

      Lot's of information Thank you!

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      You are the cat toy expert, Alisha!

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      air ambulance s 4 years ago

      The kitten in the first video is so cuuute! You have such a great idea. Nice job. Thanks for sharing. Great lens.

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      viva10 4 years ago

      I'm a cat lover and this is a great page..thanks for the info :)

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      Alisha Vargas 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @Redneck Lady Luck: Thanks for letting me know. I haven't had internet in months and sadly my lenses are suffering.

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      MarlinEleko 4 years ago

      I like putting catnip in the cat toys... drives my cats wild! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Alysha many of your photos from Flickr are not coming through so you may want to fix that issue.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great lens idea and content. Nice job, thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Some really great ideas in this lens! My cats died many years ago but I'm thinking about getting a new one from the animal shelter. And I don't like the industrial waste products that flooded the market. I don't think most of the regular toys you can buy in stores are very healthy for cats...

      Thanks for the inspiration.

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      ShilohWhenkey 4 years ago

      My cat's gonna thank you for this lens ;)

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      BillyPilgrim LM 4 years ago

      Some great info - thanks, my cat will love it!x

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      LoveToClean 4 years ago

      I've definitely purchased my fair share of cat toys that DON'T get played with... so sad :( But you've provided a HUGE list of some great ideas to try, thank you!! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very interesting lens, my cat used to pay with a ball made out of crushed paper for days.

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      TheBeautifulLife 4 years ago

      'am really big cat lover...and i really love your lens...Big like my friend:)

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      Aleayah 4 years ago

      Gonna bookmark this lens!

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      TwistedWiseman 4 years ago

      My Mimi likes to play with rubber bands as we hurl it towards her, she then brings it back to us :)

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      pcgirlsurfinnet 4 years ago

      awesome lens i am going to try some of these toy ideas for my cat thanks for the great share

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      pettitjack 4 years ago

      I also lOve cats please can you check out my lens and tell other people to as well

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      Fun and simple ideas for having fun with your cat, thanks! I just wrote a lens on one of our crazy family cats, Checkers, and he has fun with every toy, but always ends up needing the real thing, arrrrghhh, gonna try some of your ideas!

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      lauranlauran 4 years ago

      Cool

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      Awesome ideas. I'm so excited to try out some of these toys! Great lens and ideas!

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      Sfthomas 4 years ago

      Quite the handy lens.

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      LadyJasmine LM 4 years ago

      Fantastic Page :-) I'm sure it's not the first time it's been blessed, but I'll add some angel dust here.

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      LouJon 4 years ago

      Great lens. We have a cat and she does like most of her toys we buy her but her favourite toy ever has to be a simple rolled up crisp packet lol. You know when you finish a packet of crisps, some people roll the empty packets up into a ball (well i do lol). Our cat discovered one and she started pawing it round the whole house. She loves them so much, we can't eat crisps in peace now and we are constantly finding old crisp packets lurking around under furniture which she has lost while whacking them round the house :) so cute though because she just loves them

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      GeniePark 4 years ago

      I think you made a great lens. My cat favorite is small plush elephant.

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      I think my cats will love this lens as soon as I share it with them. LOL.. thanks for all the great ideas!!

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      ahlaj77 4 years ago

      Great lens! I know at times I had to get creative to make a fun cat toy for my cat. He loves string and things that move using a string! Great information btw!

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      nicole-young 4 years ago

      My cats love floss. Sometimes the best toys are just lying around the house. Great Lens : )

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      Travel_Tips 4 years ago

      the best toy is candy wrapper paper :)

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      JonTempleton 4 years ago

      makeup brushes. My cats go bonkers for them!

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      bluelobsterclasp 4 years ago

      So many great ideas! Bookmarked the page so I can work my way down the list! Thanks for a great lens :)

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      prairierprincess 5 years ago

      I love this! I have three cats and I can use many of these ideas with my own kitties. Thanks for sharing!

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      minerva19 5 years ago

      Beautifully written lens, thanks for sharing. I am so glad that I have a small dog and a cat, sense my pleasure and joy.

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      Vikki w 5 years ago

      Great toys, my cat loves them

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We took the doors off the sliding draws on my bed and put some bedding down inside, put some fabric round the wooden frame & a cat bed inside, our 3 month old Kitten Mooki loves it & sleep inside everyday :)

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      PaulRyan 5 years ago

      Awww some absolutely adorable cats!! This is the cutest lens and cool ideas, too. Love it!!!!!!!

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      spaderdabomb 5 years ago

      My cat loves boxes ahhaha. Great use of the modules, loved the lense!

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      macmaki 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens. I was just at the pet store and toys are so expensive! Great Lens and Great Idea!

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      Lemming13 5 years ago

      A brilliant lens, lots of fun ideas.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      An adorable lens - some great suggestions. Thank you.

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      HomeschooledKid1 5 years ago

      Nice cat toys! I need to try some of them with my cat!

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Very cute lens. I like the pizza box suggestion.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Excellent lens ! I find a lot of information here. Thanks.!

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      esvoytko lm 5 years ago

      I love the pizza box thing! I'm going to have to try that.

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      I love cats...very cute lens!

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      lilPinkfairy288 5 years ago

      Cute kitties. Great ideas!

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      drozer 5 years ago

      cat love toy..very good lens

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      This is great. I gave up on buying my cat toys! You've got some really great ideas here. Thanks for sharing them. :)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm looking to make homemade cat toys for the kitties at the Humane Society so I found several inspiring ideas on your page; thanks! (By the way, the make a hammock link on this page is not working.)

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      FreakyV 5 years ago from Canada

      Great ideas, thanks so much for sharing!

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      elaolaru 5 years ago

      OMG soooo inspiring lens. I'm trying to make my cat be more playful, but all she wants is to sleep all day. She's a perfectly healthy cat, so lovable and sweet, but she's so lazy. She plays around for 5 minutes, tops, then she gets tired or bored and she curls on the sofa and sleeps. i'll definitely try these ideas :)

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      wadsworth lm 5 years ago

      Wow, great job! The catnip thing is so true. We have one cat that goes nuts for it and the other has no interest.

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      CanterPR 5 years ago

      This is great. I just volunteered to make animal toys for a local shelter and my daughter is doing a similar service learning project for school. We will both be able to use this.

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      Hello, great info here, I'm gonna like you 5x

      Show me some "LIKE" back

      BTW: wanna be like buddies?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent lens, loads of information. Cats are like kids they would rather play with a cardboard box than a toy.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Amazing Lens Squidlikes!

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      My boys' absolute all-time favorite toy is a milk jug ring. They liked the new chirping birdies at Christmas, but got bored with them fast. Then...back to the little plastic ring!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Another beautiful lens! I love the do-it-yourself ideas. Thumbs up:-)

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      purpleclouds 5 years ago

      I love your lens. I have cats too and they never play with toys I buy for them, it must be home-made :))

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      I do a lot of online shopping and no matter how much money I spend on the toy nothing ever tops a cardboard box for the cat. Go figure.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great ideas!

      what about making a crochet ball with a bell inside? easy, and lasts!

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      Craftybegonia 5 years ago

      Terrific lens! You photos are also precious and the common sense advice is priceless. oh, how I wish my Lilly did not believe she's a person!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens. Great ideas.

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      cr00059n 5 years ago

      Really good tutorial on how to make cat toys. I've liked it and recommended it. Great Work!

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      scoobydeb lm 5 years ago

      Great ideas for cat toys!

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      Sensyg 5 years ago

      Tons of goodies here! My Ginger's favorite toy is balled up foil.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      How many ideas! I bet your cats don't know the meaning of word boredom;)

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      BudGallant LM 5 years ago

      This is really great. You've obviously done a ton of work on this. I've also been making my own cat toys and there's some really good ideas for more to try here. Thanks!

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      ladykida 5 years ago

      I like to ball up some duct tape sticky side out.....From old duct tape exposed to hot and cold temperature extremes and the adhesive isn't quality any longer.

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      Elhamstero 5 years ago

      My cat loved chasing a bell on a string. His favourite place to sit (other than trying to evict me from whichever chair I was on) was in a tissue box. He used to put all 4 paws in the box and then try to lie down, ripping the box open in the process. According to him, sitting in any box made him invisible, even jigsaw boxes.

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      TopToysForKids 5 years ago

      Great job on this lens, keep up the good work!

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      Bernie 5 years ago from Corbin, KY

      i like cats

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      Purr-c 5 years ago

      my cat LOVES pipe cleaners! they keep him happy for hours!

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      TheGreenHornet 5 years ago

      Growing catnip is an excellent idea! But keeping it away from the cat presents a challenge...

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      DanielTiley 5 years ago

      An original and very creative lens and topic. My old cat used to love playing with my necklace when I took it off.

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      benzwm021 lm 5 years ago

      Awesome site! I have a similar one at https://hubpages.com/animals/make-your-own-cat-toy but you had ideas I hadn't thought of!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I really enjoyed this lens and it gave me even more ideas for my owncats. The videos were great too.

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      ChrissLJ 5 years ago

      I've tried all the expensive cat toys and catnip for my cat, but his favorite is a cardboard box. He drags it into the middle of the livingroom, hides inside, and plays Little Bunny Foo Foo whenever my youngest dog walks past. After all, he must show them who's boss!

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      kjbranch77 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Frugal Bride 5 years ago

      My cats favorite homemade toys are definitely boxes and old pill bottles. I have always put coins in the bottles, but I bet the beans would work better since they are round and would roll. Thanks for the idea! I added your lens as a featured lens to https://hubpages.com/animals/natural-ways-to-get-r...

      Thanks!

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      FreelancinFran 5 years ago

      I liked all the pics :) Great work on this lens!

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      greenearthy 5 years ago

      Good lens interesting and fun. My kitty loves boxes to lay in and she loves her mouse she actually hides it from the dog.

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      EllenLarson 5 years ago

      Cool lens! Never bought toys for my cats, boxes and catnip does it!

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      jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

      I love the pillbox idea! I make toys for my cat all the time-- he's quite playful but generally loses interest in store-bought toys after a minute or two. You have quite a list of ideas here-- it should keep my cat in toys for a while.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas! I just rescued a homeless kitty a couple of weeks ago and she is so playful! I can't wait to try some of these!

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      mzkitn 5 years ago

      enjoyed reading this, got some new ideas for toys for my kitties. I already make them crocheted catnip toys and they love them. my 2 boys like to play with the rings off of milk jugs, and they usually bat it around in the bath tub..

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      emilyevans 5 years ago

      Very interesting. I need some toys for my cat and now I know what to do :)

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Very awesome and enjoyable lens :) thumbs up!

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      lucy439br 5 years ago

      Really Enjoyed Reading This :)

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      333ideas 5 years ago

      I absolutely love, love, love cats. I have two of them, and I know a lot more people who have cats. I will share this page with them. It is awesome! Please visit me at www.squidoo.com/anything-to-save-a-buck

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      Formosangirl LM 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens.

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      MustangHistory 5 years ago

      I love kitty toys.

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love the pizza box cats.

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      writer_villa 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      LinkCollection 5 years ago

      i need to get a box to my cat, thanks

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      audiocloth 5 years ago

      What a great reason to buy more pizzas. Thanks for the excuse.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      A very nice lens. I saw an article about cat toys made out of their own fur on another website. It seems like a great way of saving money and keeping fur count under control in your house! I've just created a lens that talks about some of the best cat greeting card artists I know. Hope you'll come by and tell me what you think! xx Heather

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      bames24 lm 5 years ago

      awww.... really cute cats... :)

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      HeatherTodd1 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great post...nice

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      i LOVE the lens & the vicdeos..Tomorrow while i'm at ikea I'm gonna see if theyhave a box that I can make the wack a mouse with!~

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      whitewarhorse88 5 years ago

      So funny and lovely I like it!

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      kensand lm 5 years ago

      Love your cute cats!

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      informative lens.....congrats a ton

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      Bellani LM 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks for sharing

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      kougar lm 5 years ago

      I love this lens. It is full of all sorts of great ideas for our 4 cats. Thanks!

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      crudeoilsystems 5 years ago

      very informative tips!

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      kingsrookie lm 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Im adding this to my kitty litter lens. Wish I found this sooner!

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      erioe21 5 years ago

      Great idea!

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      One of my cat's favorite toys is a used stainless steel scouring pad. He will steal one from the kitchen sink when I'm not looking. He also likes balls of foil.

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      Lucas-Kain 5 years ago

      Indeed, quite the awesome ideas! Thanks!

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      Mia Carter 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Our kitties just love boxes! We get them from BJ's wholesale club; they give them away at the entrance! We have 2 or 3 at any given time.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Lots of cool ideas for fun kitty play time! I just wouldn't recommend the wire so that they wouldn't confuse it with wire that isn't a toy. : )

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      catgypsy 5 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      WorkitSmart 5 years ago

      the empty box is an all time fav. Funny how the simple pleasures are sometimes the best.

      dee :)

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      Susang6 5 years ago

      Alisha this lens is wonderful and I am bookmarking it. Your pictures of fur-babies are adorable and your tips on cat toys are the best. I am so glad I stopped by tonight because this lens is a keeper. I am sharing on twitter and facebook...thanks for all of the ips.

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      heehaw lm 5 years ago

      wonderful tips on the toys we could give to a cat to play with.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Such fun ideas! Love your lens!

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      Teddi14 LM 5 years ago

      I love cats! I have many homemade toys for mine. Milk rings are a long time favorite.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Cute! I love cats. My cat's favorite toy is a string. I pull it, she chases it.

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      apsmacart 5 years ago

      I voted for the cardboard box because mt cats love the empty water box containers. There fave toy is a small stuffed frog and a pipe cleaner. We have two crazy cats but we still love them very much. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      beccacena 5 years ago

      Love it! This is awesome. My cats like to play with line from a weed eater, rubber bands (supervised play only as they like to eat them), curly ribbon, twist ties, in addition to most of the things you mentioned. I may have to try the cat fur toys from the video. That was hysterical! Thanks for the laughs. :)

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I have 5 cats at home and they like to play with a rope :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I know my dog loves everything that is not store bought, i.e. cans, bottles, boxes, dust bunnies.... save money... use what you have around the house! Angel Blessed.

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      brymche 5 years ago

      Great info! I am catless at the moment, but if I ever do get a cat, I will know what to do!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love your lens. I have 3 cats and am constantly looking for fun things to give and make for them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Here's an idea. I'm not sure u had it on here, but you can take soda can top thingys and hang them on a string and your cat will bat it around and play with it. You have to probably hang it somewhere though.

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      Gerald McConway 5 years ago

      Great lens and some wonderful ideas, thanks!

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      profilesincolor 5 years ago

      Wonderful Lens! Creative spirit, cool way to recycle, easy on the budget. Nice!

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      deanna6812 5 years ago

      Lots of great tips! I have three cats, and empty boxes and bags are a universal favourite. Straws is another thing that is apparently the most fun toy ever for our cats! I think I'm going to start crocheting my own cat toys.

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Good ideas to save a lot of money!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas for cash-strapped cat owners. Thanks for sharing!

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      jphillips777 5 years ago

      This is very true. Great lens

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      So fun! My cat likes to swat the grape stem after all the grapes have been eaten! He actually wants to do it BEFORE all the grapes are eaten, but that's one battle he doesn't get to win...

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      julietarot lm 5 years ago

      I love this lens. Our cat used to jump on a piece of newspaper when you pushed it back and forth under a door. The cat pictures are adorable.

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      seradis 5 years ago

      What a great lens on making your own cat toys, thanks!

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      speaktolearn 5 years ago

      My cat will love these toys!

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      I giggled so many times, because my cats like the same things that yours do, especially the big orange Tom, Dax.

      I enjoyed visiting this great lens on my Memorial Weekend Bus Tour so I left you an Angel blessing.

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      maynorkl 6 years ago

      @charliefern: I've nicknamed one of my cats Visa; because she's everywhere I want to be. She seems to have some sort of sixth sense that lets her know where I'm about to walk and she tries to wrap herself around my ankles. I'm not the most graceful thing on 2 feet as it is and I'm convinced she's trying to off me.

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      Bob Schroeder 6 years ago

      What a fun lens, great videos and pictures. Lots of wonderful ideas for toys. Great job.

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      Hi very nice lens, I have one cat but she doesn't have toys she lives out of the house. Great work all the best. I gave you 5 stars. Anna

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      momsfunny 6 years ago

      Cats are playful. Just give them anything and they will play with it. Just make sure it's not heavy or big.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Just did a lens about our cat who died at 20, and thought I would check out some of the better cat lenses. Very nice idea.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Here's what I made for my cat! He loved it! :-)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLN1sNi2Wzc

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. Great advices

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      I loved the picture of the cats in the pumpkin. Don't think mine would go for it, but it was hilarious :)

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      I001l01I02l 6 years ago

      cool lens! (: now my cats can play more than just my crochet yarn (:

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      sebastian1234 6 years ago

      Love this lens. I have a 12 yr. old cat. He stills loves climbing in boxes and playing with his toy mice.

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 6 years ago from Enid, OK

      Great Site. I added your link on my cat name site (http://www.catnamesite.com/articles-and-links/). Have a great day.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Flying by to bless some kitty lenses today... Persimews like this one too :)

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      otherlleft 6 years ago

      My cat has strange appetites (he thrills at eating radishes and raw pumpkin), and he has oddball tastes in toys, too. Thanks for some great tips!

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      charliefern 6 years ago

      my cat tries to kill me ........ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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      PandaaPaws 6 years ago

      Very cute - reminds me of my own kitty! Brilliant ideas!

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      GsniperGal 6 years ago

      Wonderful Lens! Interesting craft project...

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      I loved this. It shows a real understanding of the subject and a lot of added value. The structure and presentation is excellent. Wish I'd tackled the subject first. Lensrolling to my "World's Best Black Cat" and blessing. Nice job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome ideas, going to make some toys today!

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      aliki-m 6 years ago

      Beautiful and very useful ideas! I ll try some and let u know!

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      saraih26 6 years ago

      I,m just in luv with the brussell sprout soccer ball. My cat tries to get into my beads. Maybe a 35mm clear film case filled with beads might be a cheap, easy toy.

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      mecheil lm 6 years ago

      That helps save a lot. Cat's doesn't care about whether their branded and new, so even simple old things can be much appreciated by them. The things you said about scent are nice tricks.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Fun!

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      These are great ideas; I'll be sure to make some of these cat toys for my cats.

      http://www.jobvirtue.com

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      goatlover_and_pescetarian 6 years ago

      i don't have cats but ny friend has loads. your lens is brilliant, there is soooo much different interesting content! x

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      Nice lens - huge fun.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great fun for cats and without breaking the bank. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      Really like the homemade cat toy idea - great lens!

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      mochimo 6 years ago

      My cats love to play with anything related with cotton strings ^^

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      Jen 6 years ago from California

      I had a cat named Groceries because - you guessed it - his favorite toy was a brown paper bag. Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      excellent lens..

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      artgoodman lm 6 years ago

      My cat loves to steal my girlfriend's fuzzy socks and "make out" with them while purring. It's strange, but adorable.

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      Karen Kay 6 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Great ideas here! I can't wait to make some of these for our cat Nicky. Rolled to my one squidpaws, about Nicky of course! Thanks for sharing!

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the great ideas, I love the cat pizza boxes

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your lens. i am going to do some toys for my rabbits.

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      Applebr 6 years ago

      My cats are cork hunters:they love toss them up in the air, grab, play with then hanging in a line... If you want to make thing cuter,you can paint paws and mouse faces in those.

      Just take care in choosing a cork not too much small for not to swallowed - if the one you have is small you can glue 2 togheter.

      They also can play "fishing" corks in a bowl with water - make sure you wont mind for water spread around...

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      Frugal Bride 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Home made cat toys will save you money, and I noticed that my cats seem to enjoy them more than store boughten ones. I really enjoyed this lens! I liked it and added it to my lensroll for natural ways to get rid of fleas for cats.

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      Thank you for the ideas. If any item for cats on the market says that 99% of all cats love this... my cat is always the 1% that hates or wants nothing to do with it, so I am open to new suggestions. One of his favorite toys is the plastic ring from around the milk jug. He will toss and chase one of those for ages. He also has had a stuffed yellow bunny since he was a kitten and at five years of age still carries it everywhere he goes, licks it, cuddles it, wrestles with it, kills it and sleeps with it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my cat is exactly the same as the one in the pic

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      catbehaviors 6 years ago

      What a great lens! I'll have to try some of these! ;)

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      thegeekgirl 6 years ago

      Awesome article! I'm going to have to try some of these!

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      Winter52 LM 6 years ago

      What a great idea!! My son and daughter-in-law have a cat and I want to include her in our Christmas... making her something sounds perfect!! I might even try the catnip! What to try first!!!

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      pretty nice! I'll try to make some toys for my cat.

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      cangyray 6 years ago

      Wash a pill bottle, cut a hole in the side large enough for dry food to slowly fall out, fill with cat food and reseal. Kitty swats it everywhere and gets a treat for playing and staying active! Wonderful lense! My cat always prefers a box, piece of paper or some other recycled toy that something new and shiny!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! My cats and I loved it:)

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      i love cats, nice lens

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      aliwatson 6 years ago

      Super lens, make toys for my bunny and she really enjoys them, big pile of wrapping paper on the floor at birthdays and christmas is a big favourite

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      PirateMummy 6 years ago

      Awesome page! Well done :) My cat used to love a ball of sticky-tape - just scrunch the stuff up so that it's still really sticky, and watch the fun!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My cats love boxes. I really liked your pictures of the cats in the pizza boxes. Very, very familiar site!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I loved the brussel sprouts idea. My cat's favorite toy is a piece of string. I love all these homemade toy ideas. Thanks for putting them on a lens!

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      AmeliaKat LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for reminding everyone how important it is to have safe toys around and how easy they are to make. Kitties need exercise and entertainment as well as nice box for the important cat naps!

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      teamlane 6 years ago

      You rock AlishaV! Very good lens! :)

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      Home Interior D 6 years ago

      Wonderful ideas on this page. I have 4 cats too and it's a lot of fun making up new games for them to play.

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      FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

      Ha! My cat's absolute favourite toy is a toilet roll (...we keep the full ones away from her but she loves the nearly used up ones too...)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My 4 cats loved this lens, and they said to give you a great big star.

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      Jennie Hennesay 6 years ago from Lubbock TX

      I love cats! Mine is 16 years old and still surprises me with the things she plays with. A pencil with the end extending over the edge of the coffee table is still her favorite! Great lens and some really great ideas

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      merle30 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed the write up and articles on making the cat toys

      tips and advice on training your cat

      . I found things here that I wouldn't have thought of making. Great stuff.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Airinka: Hmm I don't know but If you go work or that stuff you should get a cat... I mean it doesn't need to go walking or stuff.. Cats can stay home by them self but its better to spend some time with them... If you go walking and stuff you should get a dog If you do both... Ermm.. Get a dog? They both get fleas and both need special care =) This are what they both need... Vet, time together, food-water, sometimes cats need bath too, and something very important-love. I have lots of animals and I have and a cat and a dog too and they became best friends... if you have another pet you should try to make them friends so they can spend time together when you are doing something else =) Its your choice! (sorry for my english if i have mistakes)

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      John M. White 6 years ago from Michigan

      My word! Cat toys everywhere! My wife's cat has nowhere that many toys, and is forever getting into anything that moves like our grandkids rubber band airplanes - cat gets to them before the kids do!

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      seegreen 6 years ago

      Great suggestions. We have two new kittens and my daughter is always making something fun for them to play with.

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      BooJeeBeads 6 years ago

      Cats are great, they can have fun with almost anything

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Nicely done. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      martialartstraining 6 years ago

      I think this is a great lens because cat toys really are overpriced and silly when i have yet to find a cat that doesn't like boxes.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great lens, featured on my new I love cat lenses

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Airinka: kitty! I love both, but personally, I think cats are easier to deal with. Since dogs go outside, they have a bigger chance of bringing fleas into your home. You can take your cat outside once in a while, but soon, they'll always want to go out...that's not good! The problem with cats is that, they are very picky of what foods they eat..well at least my cat is. And they also sleep a lot, unless you love quiet around the house!

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      fromamericateel 6 years ago

      My Isis loved Christmas ornaments...I had to make sure that I never used the thin glass ornaments, since every year she managed to pull down the tree, even though I began anchoring it to the walls.

      I bought several sturdy but shiny ornaments at the after Christmas sales, to tied her over until the next Christmas.

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      Alisha Vargas 7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks so much everyone!

      Airinka, they're both wonderful pets, which one is best for you depends on you.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      I can't decide it is better to have a dog o a cat! Help me...

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      LarryCoffey LM 7 years ago

      These are AWESOME ideas!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      WOW great ideas My kitten and my sisters kittens (Lucy lou and tigga) Just love them!!!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Your lens has been featured in my Purple Star Series. You can check out the directory to find a link to your feature...https://hubpages.com/community/purple-star-directo

      Congrats!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a fun pet lens! ~ Congratulations on the Purple Star Award!

      Susie

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      JewelRiver 7 years ago

      Not a cat fan but this is a great lens

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      Vladimir 7 years ago from Australia

      Nothing can beat a large paper bag or the generic cardboard box Take my word for it although, in my younger days, I was perhaps overly fond of batting a feather around on a stick.

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      burgesspetcare 7 years ago

      Excellent lens with great information. Keep up the good work.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      I'm so glad to find this lens loaded with so many creative ideas.

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      VeggieGeek 7 years ago

      Great lens! My kittens love cardboard boxes - I cut a couple of holes in them so they can jump in and out and they have a great time. Cheap too!

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      nuc99705 7 years ago

      I have one cat that loves rubber bands, another one that likes to curl up in a box and one that just wants attention

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      ohmydogsupplies 7 years ago

      It's a pretty good idea to make them yourself as the cats tend to tear up their toys pretty fast.

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      catspyjamas 7 years ago

      Great lens! I like the soda cap toy idea, I'll have to try that for my kitties. One of my cats loves the plastic ring off ice cream containers. Ha!

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      TheVetNurse 7 years ago

      This is a brilliant lens! As a cat-nut I loved it...

      I'll be back for more later :-)

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      My kitty agrees that homemade toys are more special because of the effort their human mommies & daddies spent making them. Thanks for the tips & toy suggestions! *blessed by an angel*

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      loganadrian 7 years ago

      really a good len. excellent information. good job

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      ttsupra 7 years ago

      Great lens lots of really interesting reading..Keep up the good work.

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      Aika 7 years ago

      aw! that is so cute! yeah, let's recycle & made a homemade toys!

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      wayfarer lm 7 years ago

      What an adorable lens! The pictures are so cute. Thanks for all the great ideas! Have to keep these cats amused.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I purchased a fishing pole cat toy out of the dollar store and my cat got about a million hours of fun out of it. Great lens, love the brussel sprouts socker!!!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      We must have odd cats -- both of them react aggressively to catnip.

      Totally love the cat gym idea!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Oh, I just adore this lens with all it's terrific ideas and resources. I've lensrolled it to Ebony, Little Black Cat - a tribute to our gone-but-never-forgotten pet companion.

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      Alisha Vargas 7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks everyone! I was very excited about the purple star and nomination!

      Ali had a ball with that pumpkin! She first did quite the handstand, then somehow managed to flip herself over, you can see more pictures of them playing in it at http://www.flickr.com/photos/alishav/sets/72157622... They really had a ball!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I could not even read the full post. Wow, what an informative lens..!! I appreciate your hardwork and thanks for sharing this with us. happyboy - SEO Experts

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful Lens on Homemade Cat Toys and your Cats. How did Kitty manage to get in that pumpkin! I wish we still had our cat. Congrats on your Purple Star and Giant Squid Awards Nomination. :)

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      My cats always enjoy toys they have created themselves. Came back to say - Congratulations on being nominated for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 7 years ago from London

      Great lemns - 5* - plus I've added it to my lensography All About Cats http://www.squidoo.com/about-cats

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Fun lens...Blessed!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      One of my cats plays with grapes, nuts (round ones like hazelnuts), and recently the chocolate "eyeballs" we had as Halloween candy. She finds them and picks them out of the bowl and plays with them all over the living room till they are lost under the couch. My other cats don't really approve of such antics though!

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      My cat loves to play with the little plastic ring that comes off the lid of the milk jug. He will play for hours with those, but his favorite toy is a stuffed yellow bunny that belonged to my daughter. He grooms it, sleeps with it and carries it all over the house. Love your lens. 5*****

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      Lloyd Pinto 7 years ago from Mumbai

      Wonderful Lens and thoroughly deserving the purple star! Rated and Faved!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Cats are like people. They are unique in their own little way and they tend to be choosy especially with their toys. My cat just loves to play with the yarn.

      Hope you could visit my lens as well. Thanks

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      admiralglass lm 7 years ago

      Best things our cats knows are bags and boxes. Top lens. 5 tars from me:)

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Really nice lens and congratulations on your Purple Star!

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      Nice! I love it. 5* and Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Congratulations on your purple star!!

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      MicheleT 7 years ago

      This is awesomeness - I gave it 5 stars!!! :-D

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      thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

      This is awesome and I love all the ideas - I have 6 cats and to be honest their favorite things to play with are bags and boxes - I make many fun Box Houses for them to play in. This lens is great and full of so many great ideas - Big Purrrrrrrs. You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Congratulations, New Giant Squid! That badge is looking good!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Purrrrrfect! Great ideas here and SquidAngel Blessings for you!

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      Good tips and some fun projects to make for your kitten. The videos were great. 5*s

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      Stephen Carr 7 years ago from Corona, CA

      Unique topic, terrific ideas! 5 stars!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hi if sew a mouse toy and put a little paint box in it with a bead in it

      your cat will love it i did it and it worked.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This lens Rocks Girl! Welcome to Team 1!!! I can tell, we are going to have a lot of fun working together!

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      dazsgeo 7 years ago

      Nice lens with great ideas on keeping little cat minds busy. I think the crawfish trap toy is a good idea and will have to try it for my fur crew.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Every time I see a cat lens I miss my cats. 5*

      If you get a chance check out my Instant Stress Management lens.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. I love how playful cats are. I have bag cats and box cats. They all all seem to love the small mice or rats no matter what they are made of it seems. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Cat-Woman

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      rydigga 8 years ago

      This is a very creative lens. My girlfriend's cats won't touch store-bought toys, but when there is a loose bottle cap or piece of string around they go nuts. My theory is that they won't touch it unless it's under a penny :)

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      My cats like a broken guitar string!

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      GreenChickens 8 years ago

      My mom puppy-sat for me one week and gave my puppy a (thoroughly washed) laundry detergent cap. He thought it was the best. Now she saves them for him and my cat.

      PS, Thanks for stopping by my lens!

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      jipock 8 years ago

      Great ideas!! 5*****

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice!, i just made my own with cloth,hot glue gun, cotton, and catnip i made mice!! my cats seem to love them im going to donate them for cats in shelters that seem bored and lonely! you guys should try it its fun!

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      kohuether lm 8 years ago

      I love this lens - so fun! In reaction to the fact that your cat likes to chase baby carrots. OMG, I understand. Mine is fond of hazelnuts. When he sees one on the floor he'll launch it and start running - he bats it against his foot like a hockey puck.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You are so right, pet toys cost way to much and most of the time my cats ignore them and play with something they found around the house.

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      whispersoftly 8 years ago

      Lots of great cat toy ideas, I will have to show my daughter with a cat.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      So many great ideas! Definitely adding to my favorites. Thanks!

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      motorpurrr 8 years ago

      Nice! cats seem to love the homemade toys better. My cat Emma had one I made her all her life(18 years). Lulu likes to collect bottle caps. Great lens.

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