This spring we found a little kitten– and kittens are wont to do, she is growing up and is full of energy. As a first-time kitten mom, I’ve been learning a lot. Like–Cat toys are a total racket, am I right?! I don’t understand how a plastic wand with some feathers cost $5…must be the up charge for traveling across the globe to get into our supermarkets. Hrmmmph. I digress.
I’ve also been learning a lot about how to raise a well-behaved feline friend. According to my new favorite show, My Cat From Hell, depleting excess energy through play is a great way to ensure they avoid destructive behavior like clawing furniture and hunting your hands and feet. This show is a great resource for learning the best practices on kitten-rearing. You can find it on Animal Planet, check your local listings.*
The animal behaviorist, Jackson, almost always recommends three things:
1. Make a path up high so your cat can maneuver around a room without touching the floor. (Height = Confidence)
2. Take your cat on walks.
3. Use toys to give your kitty exercise and good play time to direct all their energy in a positive way.
Yesterday I made three super easy, incredibly simple cat toys from things I found around my house. Seriously, here’s what I used:
Toy 1: Mouse Fishing
– a dowel
– a piece of string
– a safety pin
– a toy mouse (got a 6 pack for a $1 at the discount store)
Toy 2: Feathered Friend
– a dowel
– a feather decoration leftover from a craft project. Check the feather boa aisle of your local craft store.
– some masking tape
– some pretty scrap ribbon
Toy 3: Buttoned Bobber
– a dowel
– some string
– a champagne cork
– a button
– some yarn from an old sweater’s repair kit
– a hammer & nail (to make a hole in the cork)
– a needle (to thread the cork)
Check out the step-by-step video on how to make Toy 3:
*Disclaimer: Animal Planet doesn’t know who I am. They’re not giving me any money. I just sincerely think this is a great show.