A nice DIY project using boxes involves making a nice fortress for your pet. If you’ve got more than five boxes to spare, stack them up in a way that your cat can use as a perch, or a tumble-down fort. It can amuse the cat for hours, and isn’t at all difficult to make either.
► Take the hat and stuff it with rag strips or cotton.
► Sprinkle some dried catnip on it.
► Sew or glue up the ends to make it look like a nice, plump mouse. And you’re pretty much done.
Don’t worry too much if your ‘mouse’ looks more like a blob. Your cat really doesn’t care, as long as it’s stuffed with catnip.
P.S. Not all cats care as much for catnip, but the ones who do, really seem to enjoy it.
So, you need to bring home a wooden stump or a log, measuring about 3 feet tall―basically, your cat should be able to stand on her hind legs and be able to use it comfortably. Now, use sisal rope and wind it all over the log, covering it entirely. Fix this securely to a wood plank so that it doesn’t topple over. And thus, a fine scratching post is ready to use.
Alternatively, you can also use a wide piece of cardboard and wind the sisal rope around it to make a nice little scratching pad. This toy calls for zero carpentry skills.
You also have the option of putting empty toilet paper rolls to good use by using the same technique. Just cut them in half, and tightly glue the yarn onto the tube. This rolls around nicely just as a ball would, and your cat can have some real fun.
Do remember to remove the ribbon when you’re not home, as cats can get tangled up in them, and in the worst case, get strangled.
When it comes to your pet’s toys, every parent will have different rules and safety precautions of their own. Some are anti-plastic, some are anti-strings; the bottom line is that, it is your responsibility to provide your cat with the right kind of toys to keep her entertained and mentally stimulated.