Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving the Planet One Cat Toy at a Time BONUS GIVEAWAY!

Mon, Mar 9, 2009

Books, Giveaways, Green Design, Toys

It all started when Holly Tse adopted Furball, a tiny little bundle of energy who never slept but only wanted to play. To keep her sanity, Holly searched through pet stores for cat toys to entertain the crazy little guy. Finally she began to craft her own cat toys from recycled and discarded items. Holly points out that there over 60 million cats in US households and that reducing the resources and waste used to make toys for these cats would certainly have a positive impact on the environment. So she decided to compile her years of experience in making greener cat toys and share them in Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving the Planet One Cat Toy at a Time.

All of the toy ideas in the book are classified into one or more of five different play categories:

  • Catch – Toys that encourage kitty to leap straight into the air and pretend like she’s snaring a bird.
  • Chase – These toys are meant to be thrown across the floor, like a mouse scurrying away.
  • Stalk – Interactive toys designed for you to move, like a mouse rustling in the grass, so kitty can practice sneaking up on her prey.
  • Wrestle – These allow kitty to test her strength as she grasps the toy in her paws and jaws and bunny kicks the stuffing out of it.
  • Lazy Cat - After kitty has played good and hard, she may still want to take a lazy whack at these toys.

Each idea is marked with the difficulty level and estimated time to make the toy. You’ll find ideas for toys made out of everything including packaging, household objects, craft materials, office and school items, and even old clothing. With toys like the Candy Rocket, Tubular Tubes, the Whipper Snapper, and the Kitty Broomstick, you’ll have just as much fun making the toys as kitty will have playing with them. You’ll also enjoy Holly’s tips for greening your kitty’s lifestyle.

Make Your Own Cat Toys is available at Amazon.


One lucky winner is going to receive a copy of Make Your Own Cat Toys! To enter, please leave a comment on this post with your tips for making greener choices for your cat. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on Sunday, March 15.

We’ll also be giving away 20 rats from Cat Livin’ in the same drawing, so don’t miss out!

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355 Responses to “Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving the Planet One Cat Toy at a Time BONUS GIVEAWAY!”

  1. 201

    What a great book! Probably also fantastic for crafting items to sell to raise funds for local shelters – help your local homeless felines!

  2. 202

    i would love to win this book.
    the title alone has inspired me to make my own cat toys. so far i have made a bunny-kick-sock. i just got an old sock and filled it with the other sock and some catnip.
    and i have made a toy out of an old shoestring and 3 candy wrapping papers (the plastic kind that make that lovely crunchy sound). they love chasing after it :)

    eva, ezra and aurum

  3. 203

    Huh! I’d never thought to look for a cat-toy-related book… Scampering off to the library website now…

  4. 204

    I am already going to make the birds on the other post. I would love this book

  5. 205

    We’re always looking for ways to go green around here. For our cats, we give them the plastic rings from our milk containers (they love them), we created a cardboard scratcher from old boxes (using the instructions on this site), and they love hiding out in our reusable grocery totes. But I love to make things with my hands, and this seems like a great way to reuse old items around the house for our cats’ enjoyment.

  6. 206

    oooh, rat toys.

  7. 207

    My cat loves an old sock filled with catnip and some crinkly paper. Tying a piece of string to a dowel and dragging it around is always a loved as well.

  8. 208
    Mike Wheeler

    Awesome idea for a book. I have to get this for my girlfriend. She loves being crafty and looks for cat toys everywhere she goes!

  9. 209
    Carolyn Tobin

    Great book idea! My kittycat would be in toy heaven :)

  10. 210

    perfect for a broke recent grad! sign me up!

  11. 211

    Great Book!

  12. 212

    What a great idea!

  13. 213

    It does seem like kitties often choose the simplest of toys- a string with a paper fan butterfly is a favorite, as is any lid or ring that falls off milk or soymilk. ;D

  14. 214
    Margaret Zavora

    I really like this opportunity! Margaret

  15. 215
    Mary Wightman

    Oh my gosh this looks like a great book! My 6 kitties are more excited than me! :-)

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  17. 217

    My cats love toys! The best toys are always the ones that are simple, cheap and unexpected lol. Every time you buy the store bought kind with the bells and frills, they get tossed around – into a corner and forgotten. But a scrinched up paper sales reciept or a q-tip means hours of fun. Pixie loves paper balls the best, she will even fetch and bring back the ball for as long as you can stand throwing it for her haha.

  18. 218

    My cat like to play with the wrappers from reese’s peanut butter cups miniatures. Easy to carry around the house and lightweight enough to bat under furniture.

  19. 219

    Now that’s giving back to Mother Earth – making your own cat toys

  20. 220

    What a great idea! Looks like these ideas are easy and could involve kids too.

  21. 221

    This sounds awesome. Even a scrap of fabric tied into knots is just the best toy for a cat . . and DIY toys are the best to indulge the new toy habit.

  22. 222

    Such great ideas in this book!

  23. 223

    always making the cat toys and shopping for the cool, preferably handmade cat toys. thanks!

  24. 224

    Linking old twist ties together in a chain seems to be a favorite toy for our cats.

  25. 225

    What a fun book to own !

  26. 226

    i’d love to make some toys for my cat!
    what a great book!

  27. 227

    I would LOVE to experiment with the toys in this book. We’ve spent an embarrassingly large amount of time and money buying toys that our cat merely sniffs at and walks away from.

  28. 228
    Liz and Cassie

    Blanket-lined grocery boxes are great beds for both cats and dogs. The blankets can be washed easily and the boxes recycled. Cassie (da kat) has 4 boxes that she uses as hiding spots, and her brother (da dog!) has an equal amount (4) as beds…even one on the balcony to catch those rays of sunshine (when we get them!)

  29. 229

    I would love to learn how to make my own cat toys! My cat already made his own toy… the empty tube from the paper towels- he loves it!

  30. 230

    I would love this book :)

  31. 231

    what fun my punkin will enjoy these if we win

  32. 232

    We would LOVE to take a look through this book and try out some of the make-your-own toys. We’ve spent an embarrassing amount of money on silly toys that our cat just ignores.

  33. 233

    DIY is definitely the way to go. my cat loves batting around old toilet paper rolls and the like. [and hiding out in boxes, of course!] awesome!

  34. 234

    fantastic book idea, gotta check it out

  35. 235

    I think that making your own cat toys is a great way to recycle and please the cats!

  36. 236

    My cats would love this.

  37. 237

    My kitties like bottle caps (sometimes they stick them in my shoes and boots), long pieces of grass with the frilly seed head on top, and of course, paper bags and cardboard boxes.

  38. 238

    This book is such a fabulous idea!!!

  39. 239

    My only two green tips that I can think of right now are feline pine (I realized just how bad kitty litter is for the environment thanks to modern cat). Out of three cats, I think only one doesn’t like it, so even if you just switch out one litter box, you’re still helping. I also “recycle” milk jug rings into cat toys, they love them!

  40. 240

    I can’t wait to see this book! I’ve made a few things for my fur kids and would love more ideas!

  41. 241
    Sandra Pohlman

    Sounds like a good book!With my nine recued cats there are never enough toys!

  42. 242

    Looks awesome !

  43. 243

    love the ideas

  44. 244

    Can’t wait to start making my cat’s new rats.

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  46. 246

    Looks interesting book. my kitties would have field day lols

  47. 247
    Ima Peccable

    Gomez and Chewy want me to win this for them!

  48. 248

    I can’t believe I forgot to enter to win this book!!

  49. 249

    what an awesome book!

    greener living tip: i just decided to stop using plastic litter box liners… sure it’s a little harder to clean up, but as frequently as you change the litter box, it’s worth it to *not* use that plastic.

  50. 250
    Rhonda K.

    Anyone look up the video? It’s of a girl showing a toy she’s made for her cat… absolutely adorable!


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