Your cat needs stimulation, so it’s off to the pet store for you to buy them yet another toy. Cue the same repeated cycle: your cat is excited about the new toy for a few days, then they grow incredibly bored.
Are you ready to change things up a bit? Instead of constantly dropping money to keep your cat entertained, why not go the DIY cat toys route? It’s really not that tough, and your cat will love you for it. Whether you want to make homemade cat toys, beds, or more, you’ll need inspiration. Check out these video DIY Tips
Make a window perch.
All you need is an old tray, pillow, shelf brackets, and some screws. Even though the kitty will never tell you, he/she will love you for it. You’ll know because this is where you’ll always find your kitty basking in the warm sunshine and spying on the birds.
Bring the outdoors to your indoor cats with plants.
Plant some oat, rye, barley, catnip, and wheatgrass in a window planter. Follow directions on the plant seeds as some require complete darkness to sprout. When it’s ready, set the planter next to a window. Your feline will love nibbling on the greens. Plus, it’s good for them.
Mount a wicker basket to the wall.
Find the perfect spot by considering a place and height where your cat likes to sleep. Get a short wicker basket and fasten securely to the wall using at least 4 heavy duty wall mounting screw/nails and wall supports. For larger baskets and larger cats, you’ll need additional screws. Add a comfy cushion for the comfiest chill-out lounge your cat has ever seen. This is such a brilliant idea plus, cheap, easy, and cats love it.
Convert a storage box into a cat litter box.
Do you think those covered cat litter boxes are expensive? Here’s a money-saving alternative. Get a 25-gallon Rubbermaid Roughneck storage box. Using a marker, draw an opening on one end. Carefully cut out the opening with a utility knife. Fill the box with cat litter. Place a piece of carpet near the opening to catch excess litter.
I recommend a cat tree
You know what a cat tree looks like: it’s a sprawling, often wooden structure covered in rope and carpeting. Your cat may even already have one. If not, why not take the “tree” in cat tree literally with this DIY project? It’s recommended you choose juniper tree branches for their looks and durability. You can either buy the tree branches at a craft store or cut them down yourself (but make sure you have permission to do so first!). After some staining and finessing, voila! Your cat will love it.
Save money making toys for your cat with a DIY cat wand. It’s recommended you use a dowel rod for the wand itself. Otherwise, you’re free to add whichever creative touches you want, such as pieces of felt, paper, or whatever other material gets your cat going. Wrap some felt around the dowel where your hand will go for hours of comfortable playing. Here’s a hint: to engage your cat for the first time you introduce the wand, rub some catnip on it. That will get your kitty ready for some thrills!
Another easy one is a hammock
Give your cat a taste of the good life by making them a cat DIY hammock. They’ll sit in the lap of luxury with little effort on your part. You only need a cardboard box for the base (make sure you can get one without your kitty claiming it!) and an old cloth for the hammock. With some cutting and tying of the cloth on both sides, your cat will be ready to spend their days judging all us humans from their new perch.