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4 Ways to Show Your Cat Some Love

  • December 10, 2012
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4 Ways to Show Your Cat Some Love

There’s no better time than the holiday season to show your kitty just how much you care. Check out these easy-to-make entertaining toys and treats to keep your cat happy and engaged, whether you are at home or away.

1. Turn everyday items into fun toys:

Cats are predatory animals by nature. They also have extremely keen eyesight, even in low light, so shapes and noises excite them. And as you probably know already, it doesn’t take much to engage them!

- Rescue an empty toilet paper roll or paper towel tube from the recycle bin. Loop some string, feathers, fuzzy toys, bungee cords, or other scrap items through it, or cut holes and tie them on. Be sure to attach everything as securely as possible.

- Turn empty plastic bottles into intriguing chase toys. Remove any labels, put bells or LED lights inside, close the top securely, and watch your cat go crazy!

- Paper bags and cardboard boxes—either on their own or filled with exciting trinkets such as crumpled paper or pingpong balls—can keep cats busy for hours. Be sure to remove any tape or staples, and never use a plastic bag.

- Use a stick, wooden dowel, or any other sturdy rod as a “fishing pole.” Attach a heavy duty piece of string to the end. At the other end of the string, secure feathers and other fun, creative lures such as bells, crinkly balls, or even a stocking stuffed with catnip. When you can’t be there to hold the pole, get creative and attach it to a doorknob or elsewhere so kitty can bat at it to his heart’s content.

2. Perfect perch:

In case you haven’t noticed, our feline friends love being high up. Creating a custom kitty condo requires a bit of effort, but the extra time is worth it. Measure the area where you want to hang the perch (such as the wall or a window), and cut a piece of wood to size. You can have this done at a big box home improvement store. Purchase a scrap of carpeting bigger than the wood—a remnant should be perfect. Wrap the carpet around the piece of wood, folding the corners neatly, and stapling it to the underside of the wood. Install brackets on the wall or window, and secure the piece of wood, checking to be sure it will hold your kitty’s weight.

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8:30AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Having just brought home 2 tiny kittens and a geriatric, sick mama cat from a rural mountain shelter we visited on vacation to our household of 4 kids, 3 resident cats (who are not so welcoming right now!) and 2 friendly dogs (yes, I know I'm nuts): These are some great ideas! Having some new toys to help integrate the very playful kittens into the current Cat Kingdom may help them be accepted. Not sure yet how to help Mama Cat be accepted by the group; she's still too frail to play. Still lots of growling and hissing from the resident Hissy Sisters.

1:08PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014


11:06PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Cats do NOT need greens or veggies in their diet! They are NOT omnivores; they are strick carnivores! For authoritative advice on feline diets by a veterinary specialist, Lisa A. Pierson, DVM, go to her web site

10:06AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

I love cats! This is a great article. Thank you.

2:24PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

Forwarded to those who will be interested and need to see it. Thanks for posting

1:58PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

I love my orange cat

4:24AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Some purrfectly good tips that many cat purrsons already engage in.

The cat that owns me loves it when I use scissors to cut tiny 'frills' in a toilet paper roll at both ends of around two inches long, she bats the roll around and then carries it off in her mouth.

7:20PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014


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10:34AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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