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4 Ways to Show Your Cat Some Love

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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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Selected by Laura Drucker, TAILS Editor

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6:49PM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

TY for the ideas with the toys

1:14PM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

thank you from Peppermint and Lucy.....although they are already spoiled and well loved....

7:39AM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Thanks for the article and sweet pictures.

2:25AM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

Thanks

12:59AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

So amazing!

9:49AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Thanks for sharing !! :)

2:40AM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

I have all 4 & more.
Thanks

4:57PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

I also show we love her by getting her something very special to eat like fresh prawns .

4:55PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

I show her we love her by cuddling & kissing her I know she tells me to bugger off sometimes in her tongue but I just cant help loving her .

9:03PM PST on Mar 5, 2014

Thank you.

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