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Old 06-12-2010, 06:59 AM
 
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I'm sure a similar thread was started, but I don't feel like using the search function. I spent a small fortune on balls, mice, etc and I thought it would be nice to share what some of your cats like. Someone mentioned a homemade scratchy thing out of sandpaper. I want to know about low cost/high output toys for my new furball which comes t o d a y! I will post pics of him tomorrow. He's a cute tabby with white paws kitten and I think we've pretty much decided to name him Willow.
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Half of a business reply card crumpled into a ball- light enough for the cat to launch it easily on his own

The 'ring' from the top of a gallon milk jug

Odd one- the fur from the other kitty pulled off using the Furminator and squished into a ball.

If you get your cat litter in the five gallon pails, the long strip of plastic you pull off to unseal it is almost like one of those 'fishing pole' toys.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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An empty cardboard box.....I've made cat houses from cardboard boxes, by cutting windows in them. One time, I made a cardboard box train by cutting holes in the sides and the tops, and tying the boxes together with twine. My cats had a riot until the boxes got to a point I had to throw them away.

A plastic tie wrap.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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When my cousin comes to visit she brings a couple of balls of knitting yarn rolled up into a little ball, about the size of a golf ball. They really attract my little guy who bats and chases them around the house. They unroll as he chases them and it's amazing how much yarn is in one of these balls. I find it wound around all the furniture legs. I wind it back up and not long after find it unwound again
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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Second the plastic ring from plastic jugs! Also cardboard boxes and paper grocery bags.

Another fun toy is a piece of fleece, approximately 1" x 5", with a knot tied in the middle. The kits love to toss it in the air, grab it and run .....
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:22 AM
 
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When my cousin comes to visit she brings a couple of balls of knitting yarn rolled up into a little ball, about the size of a golf ball. They really attract my little guy who bats and chases them around the house. They unroll as he chases them and it's amazing how much yarn is in one of these balls. I find it wound around all the furniture legs. I wind it back up and not long after find it unwound again
Please tell your cousin to be very careful. Cats have been known to actually chew off yarn and swallow it, making for a possibility of having an intestinal blockage. When I knit my afghans, yes, my cats LOVE to play with the balls of yarn, yet I am there supervising!
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:31 AM
 
Location: In a house
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The drawstring from my old sweatpants, double-knotted at each end to prevent fraying. This is the snake. And my cats chase it around the house, attack it, kill it, drag it to me as a gift, then I grab it, ball it up, toss it to the other room, and the hillarity repeats itself til they get bored.
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: I'm not lost, I'm exploring!
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I know I'll get slammed for them having sharp potential edges and what not... but best home-made toy yet?

....bottlecaps
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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Mine have liked hair bands, the cloth ones, milk rings, corks. My friend has peacocks and gives me a few feathers once in awhile, the cats love when I bring out the feathers to tease them with.
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Norton, Massachusetts
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I also use milk jug lids, hair bands and similar objects. Favorite all time for the cats is half a sheet of paperolled up a little and twisted in the middle with a shoelace tied in the middle.
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