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Keep your cat sharp by adding a small challenge to its environment
The idea came from an article my mother read somewhere about how to improve the life of your cats by making their environment more interesting. (I live on the 3rd floor, so no garden for my fuzzballs) Of course anybody could have come up with the idea by his/herself. It's so simple.

The idea is that the cats use their paws to get to the goods.
Put this somewhere in your home and at irregular intervals put some treats in there so the cats stay interested and inquisitive.

Posted by Maladignia from Amersfoort, Utrecht, The Netherlands • Published See Maladignia's 84 projects »
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  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your supplies.
    You can use as many toilet rolls as you want. The more rolls, the bigger the structure.

    (Sorry for the messy background)

  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start by gluing some toilet rolls together to form the base.
    You can use clothes pins, like I did, to keep them pressed together.

    I chose to have the middle one stick out a bit.

    You can secure the rolls with some tape if you think that the glue won't withstand your kitties furious attempts to get to the goods.

  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add another layer of rolls. (Here you can see the tape I used for reinforcement)

    Be creative in how you place them.

  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 4
    Step 4

    And another layer...

  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 5
    Step 5

    For the top layer I decided to put some rolls sideways. This turned out to be a good idea because the last treat in the topmost roll did not come out when Lina turned the whole thing over.

  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 6
    Step 6

    To weigh down the toy I bought some new shoes and took the lid of the box they came in. (Yes, I needed to shoes too, not just the box) :p
    I first covered it with a piece of paper to hide the brand.

  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 7
    Step 7

    Then put on the toilet roll piramid and glued it together.
    Optional: use some tape to secure it further.

    You can of course paint or otherwise embellish your kitty toy. I chose not to.

  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 8
    Step 8

    Laugh about your bored cat that has already taken over the shoe box itself.

  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 9
    Step 9

    Here's the piramid with some treats and an acorn in it.

  • How to make a pet toy. Free Cat Toy - Step 10
    Step 10

    Put on the floor and watch your kitties explore and enjoy the challenge.

    The shoe box lid makes sure the whole thing can't be tipped over, but just slides across the floor.

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Sandra M.
Sandra M. · Nancy, Lorraine, FR · 1 project
so gonna try this with my overweight cat who eats way to much so now he will have to work for his food Happy
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
awesome idea!!!
(hey gaaf, super tof idea van jouw!!! moest wel lachen om je verhaal over die schoenendoos.LOL
hey dank voor je werkbeschrijving en het delen!!!, xxxx)
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*Witchy Rachie*
*Witchy Rachie* · Holon, IL · 70 projects
OMG, I trial-ran this toy idea with one toilet paper roll and a cat treat... and Oreo is such an idiot that all she did was stick her nose inside the roll and walk around that way, wondering why she couldn't get the treat!!!

Epic fail-kitte...h. xD
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*Witchy Rachie*
*Witchy Rachie* · Holon, IL · 70 projects
Woohoo!! Oreo will love this..... and I'm sure that while I make it, she will try to eat my glue. (She's not so smart....)

What a good idea!!
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Joi A.
Joi A. · 5 projects
Ha! This is perfect! I have a stash of toilet paper rolls that I saved for seed starting that I haven't done yet! I'll use some to make this!
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