Tuesday, June 14, 2011

new toy

Playtime for Cats: Activities and Games for FelinesI got the idea for this new toy from Playtime for Cats: Activities and Games for Felines by Helena Dbalý and Stefanie Sigl. I love this book because it has many great simple cat toy and game ideas.



This toy is made from a bunch of toilet paper rolls and an old tissue box.

A string or ribbon is threaded through two holes on the back so that it can be securely attached to a piece of furniture. I used a piece of string as it was easier than fighting Nahum for ribbon (Nahum loves string but he goes bazerk over ribbon!) I used a hot glue gun to attach the tubes together and to the sides of the box so nothing moves around. Be sure to start with the string or ribbon because trying to install it after the tubes are glued is a pain (learned that from experience!) I had to sequester myself when making this toy because the dangling string was too much for Nahum to resist - putting this all together with him attacking and pulling on it was too much!



The basis for this game is simple. The cat must figure out how to extract the treat from the tube by using their nose, eyes and paw. They can see and smell the treat in the tube but to get it they must figure out which tube to stick their paw into to pull it out. I loaded the toy up with a handful of dry nuggets and immediately the fun began.


This toy really appealed to Theo, since he is so driven by food. Nahum was also interested. Willow and Rose enjoyed playing with the string on the back! They would have played more with the toy if Theo didn't hog it. Maybe next time I will let them each take solo turns with it.


The tubes are just the right size for a paw, even one as big as Nahum's!






With my cats, this is a single use toy - they mangled it! We all had a full morning of fun. It cost virtually no money and about five minutes of time.

Nahum likes posing with his treasures.

15 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Gees, we wish our human wasn't so lazy. Maybe she should save great ideas like this for the winter--that would give both her and us something to do! LOL.

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  2. Cool Idea !!! and look like a smart fun toy !!
    I must tell mom to make one for me !
    Thanks for the idea..It's awesome !!!
    xoxo

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  3. I read that you have an insulated and heated kitty home outdoors for your Oliver. Please tell me where you got it as I am looking for one for my Chauncey. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Alicia, I don't have your email so I'm not able to email you a response, hopefully you get this! I built the two insulated and heated homes for Oliver. If you live near me, I'd be happy to build you one if you buy the materials. Feel free to email me for more info.

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  4. great idea!
    I'll do it for my wonderful cat.

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  5. love this!! I am definitely going to make this for my kibbies

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  6. Love this!!~so will my kibbies ~ going to make this for them~thanks for the wonderful fun toy

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  7. Great Idea!. Alternately you could cut up a couple of Paper Towel tubes to do the same thing.

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  8. Guess where I saw your picture.. made me smile to see it

    http://www.simonscat.com/Blog/2013-08-22/Craft-Your-Cat-a-Gift/

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    1. Yes, very exiting!!! So wonderful too, because Simon's Cat is great! It's fun to hear you recognized Theo pulling food out of the toy.

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  9. Thanks for sharing the toy and showing the book it came from. I am going to my library today to borrow their copy.
    Love all your photos...and miss all the kitties we took in while we lived in the country, that have since passed of old age. Our young ones are 8, 9 and 10. We live in the city now, so keep everyone inside.
    Tracey

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  10. I think I must be missing something, but I don't understand where the string goes or what it is for.

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    1. The strings are on the back of the box and they are used to secure the box to a sturdy piece of furniture. You can see them in the second picture. The toy needs to be secure so the cats can paw at it without it moving a lot.

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  11. My babies will LOVE this! I think it will make a great addition to the cat condo I'll be making after our move. I'm going to make it out of a wood frame (covered will carpet to match) and pvc piping. Thanks for the fantastic idea :)

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    1. Wow, that sounds awesome! I would love to see a picture of the final product. One thing to consider, you might want to make it so the PVC pipes can be removed from the wooden frame for cleaning - the nice thing with PVC is you could run it through the dishwasher.

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