10 Easy, No-Sew DIY Cat Toys: Make Cat Toys Out of Household Items

by Monika
DIY cat toys - How to make cat toys out of household items

Is your kitty having a boring day? Do you want to keep your cat entertained and happy with something simple and inexpensive? I am sure you’ll find something suitable for you and your cat here, among these 10 simple and easy DIY cat toys. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on different cat toys – cats are happy with even the simplest little things that they can push around.

Lately, the DIY fever caught me too – I am spending too much time on Pinterest, I guess! So after making my first cat DIYs – cat treats and a cardboard playhouse I am planning on making my own cat toys. Until I do, I want to share with you some of the awesome DIY cat toys from other bloggers. These toys can be made out of household items and they don’t require sewing or anything too complicated.

Take a look at the following cat toy ideas and learn how to make cat toys out of household items, using simple and basic things that you most probably have in your house right now!

1. DIY cat toy balls

DIY cat toy balls

These balls are so cute and work great for entertaining the cats. Your cat will probably enjoy tossing the balls all over the place and catching them.

See the instructions for this cat toy at Baby Savers blog.

2. No sew, no glue cat toys

No sew no glue homemade cat toys

If you don’t have any glue at hand, or don’t want to end up with your hands glued together, you can try some of these 3 adorable cat toys that don’t require anything more than a few fabric materials and a knitting wool.

You can see video instructions for these cat toys at Southern Mom Loves.

3. Pom-pom wand cat toy

DIY pom pom cat toy

Get crafty and make this joyful and colorful wand with lots of pom-poms attached that will keep your cat busy and entertained while she tries to catch them all.

See how to make it at Think Make Share.

4. Cat puzzle toy

DIY cat puzzle toy

This is one of the easiest and simplest cat toys you can make at home. All you need is an empty toilet roll and a few cat treats or kibble.

You can see the exact instructions at Staying Close to Home blog.

5. DIY feather cat toy

DIY feather cat toy

For this cat toy, all you need is a stick, a string and a few feathers that will grab your cat’s attention.

You can see the instructions for this cat toy at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom blog.

6. T-shirt cat toy

DIY cat toy made of old t-shirts

I have a closet full of clothes that I no longer wear but I never know what to do with it. I give some of it to the red cross for the people in need but some wardrobe is just not even usable anymore. If you have a similar problem and you want to put your old t-shirts to use, here is one great idea for a t-shirt cat toy!

You can learn how to use your t-shirts to make this cat toy at Muslin & Merlot.

7. Felt cat wand

DIY felt wand cat toy

This is another really easy and cheap DIY cat toy. It will cost you maybe 3$ and all you need are a few basic things such as a stick, a tape, felt material and a glue.

You can see the instructions at Girl Gone Mom blog.

8. Cat toy made of wine cork

DIY cat toy made of wine cork

This simple cat toy is made using wine cork and a knitting wool, and you’ll need some tools such as a hammer and a nail. When the toy is finished, you can start swinging the toy around and entertain your cat.

You can see the instructions for this toy at The Links Site.

9. Cut toilet paper rolls cat toy

Toilet paper rolls cat toy

Make these simple balls out of toilet paper rolls. One ball is made out of one toilet paper roll so you really don’t need a lot of materials to make this one.

This interesting cat toy idea is from Red Ted Art.

10. Toilet paper rolls cat toy

Easy cat toy made of toilet rolls

This is so simple and easy but I would never come up with it by myself! It really doesn’t get any simpler than this. All you need is a tape and 15 empty toilet rolls – in my house we spend this much toilet paper in a week or two, especially now during the cold season, so we don’t have to wait too long to make this cat toy.

This creative cat toy is made by Doodle Cats.

I hope you’ve found an interesting idea for a DIY cat toy among these and that you’ll put your hands to work and make an awesome cat toy that your cat will adore!

Let me know which one you made and how did it go!

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Jasper January 26, 2019 - 6:05 pm

My cat just takes all the stuffed toys and tears them apart. He does not play with them. I throw them for him to catch and play and he just looks and waits for me to get it again. How do I stop him from destroying everything?

Monika January 27, 2019 - 6:24 pm

Maybe destroying toys is his way of having fun? Since he is tearing apart every stuffed toy, I would try switching to different types of toys – something more durable and not made of fabric so it should last longer. You could also try teaching him not to destroy toys. For example, when you see him tearing the toy apart, take it away from him as a punishment. With time, he should understand that destroying toys is an unwanted behavior.

Esme July 19, 2020 - 3:46 am

yeah, I agree with Monika Try A string with a fake ball/ rubber mouse or something at the end of it!!
Also, a lot of cats don’t like/ know what to do when they catch/get something that you through!


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