When you get home, does your cat greet you with a welcome ritual in which he rubs against your legs?
It is good to be welcomed this way and most owners take the opportunity to pamper their cat. In fact, the cat does not rub only against people and animals that live with him, but also against objects that are in his environment.
During the ritual, there is an important exchange of odors that serves to create a common and familiar smell among all the individuals who share the territory. When rubbed, it is not a demonstration of affection in the human sense, but it is still a behavior that cats do only with individuals who are part of their world and who give them a sense of security.
On today´s edition of Pet DIY Ideas we make a Self-Petting Station where your cat can rub whenever he wants 🙂
- Brushes (not too stiff)
- Adhesive tape
How to make:
- Place the hinges on the brushes
- Place the brushes into a chair using, for example, adhesive tape
- It can also be used to hide cat treats and is a great for sensory stimulation!
In today’s edition we add another piece to “Cat Town”, a playground for cats built from cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials. Follow the town growth in the next editions … piece by piece! 😉
How to do:
- Draw two circles in the box with, for example, a round object to build a tunnel
- Cut the circles for the box openings for cats to enter
- Seal the box on top and bottom so that only the cutout openings in the box are available for the cats to enter
- Finally decorate the box with fabric according to your preference. Note that for modular projects, at the end of which you will join the boxes, you can only take care of the visible faces of the box
- And the time has come for the cats to approve it 🙂
In this edition we added a toy to join the “Cat Town” 🙂 A toy suspended from a roll of disposable paper! See how it’s done!
- paper roll
- Cat toy
- Fabric yarn
- decoration material (optional)
How to do:
- Make a hole in the paper roll
- Cover if you want the paper roller with decoration fabric for example, keeping the hole open
- Make a hole in the cat toy and insert a yarn to hold it
- Finally, place the yarn on the paper roller, making sure to knot on each side of the paper roll.
The toy will be added later in the assembly of the “Cat Town”. Stay tuned!
We start today in our weekly Pet DIY Ideas a project called “Cat Town”, a playground for cats built from cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials. Follow the town growth in the next editions … piece by piece! 😉
- Paper box
- Pillow or blanket
How to do:
- Cover the paper box with the fabric according to your taste
- Draw and cut an opening in the box for the cats to enter
- Place the cushion or blanket inside the carton box
- And most importantly … present the box to the cats 🙂
We suggest another idea to entertain your cats and to entertain yourself while preparing the toy 😉 How long have since you made a pom pom? Do you still remember? It’s very simple and the result is always cute for sure!
- wool of various colors
How to do:
- Draw two circles on the card and cut out the middle one. You can make various sizes for various pom poms
- Join two circles and begin to fill them with wool, skirting the paper circles with the woolen yarn
- After being filled with wool, cut the wool from the sides
- Slightly open the two circles and insert a woolen yarn in the middle. Give a tight knot. Remove the paper circles
- You can make one or more pom poms of various colors and sizes and add to the yarn
- Finally, you just have to hang it for example on a door of your house 😉 And let the cats explore and have fun …
Today in Pet DIY Ideas we propose a classic cat toy to entertain your cat. Something as simple as a stick never loses its appeal and catches the attention of all cats. Try it 😉
- Stick that can be a wood stick, a bird perch or other material
- Magazine or newspaper or tissue strips
How to do:
- Cut the paper (or fabric) into strips
- Attach with tape glue the strips to the stick
When you buy a new toy for your dog, is he initially over enthusiastic and then loses interest in it? It is normal for this to happen, on the one hand because most toys require owner interaction to become interesting, such as throwing a ball. On the other hand, all animals like new things to explore!
An easy way to make your pet’s life more fun is giving a toy for your pet to play and than taking it back, instead of leaving it always at his disposal. Alternate the toys that you leave for him to play. In that way, when you return to give him a toy it becomes again “a new toy” 😉
A second suggestion is to improvise new toys with recyclable items that you have at home! In this edition we use only a plastic bottle and an old sock (already chewed on previous explorations)!
- Small plastic bottle
- Old sock
- Some dog treats
How to make:
- Put some dog treats inside the plastic bottle
- Put the plastic bottle into the sock and close the ends
- Now shake it and throw it to your dog to catch … and let him have fun!
Cats are extremely curious and natural explorers! This week we created some games and toys for cats (but also for other animals) from paper rolls of disposable toilet paper.
Something so simple and easy to do and they have fun for hours … We also, watching them play!
To start you just need:
- Some paper rolls;
- Newspaper or magazine sheets (optional);
- Cat treats;
- Support boxes for the paper rolls, such as: paper or metallic box, variable size box.
How to do:
- Cut several strips of a paper roll and join them in ball shape;
- You can put a newspaper/ magazine sheet inside to hide cat biscuits;
- Cut the edges of a paper roll into several strips and place a newspaper/ magazine sheet inside with cat treats hidden;
- Put several paper rolls, cut into variable heights, into a box with cat treats on the bottom, for the cat to pick them up;
- You can use various shapes, of various sizes and materials as paper rolls container. Use your imagination and the materials you have available at your home;
- Finally, dispose the differents toys for your cats to play and have fun also seeing them solve the puzzles 🙂
“Curiosity killed the cat”? Yeah, cats love new things. They are natural explorers. Any new object is interesting for hours. Sometimes simply changing something from one place to another is a reason for fun! Today we propose a simple idea to create another fun place for your cat with some objects that you already have at home.
Here is the description of how to make an igloo from an old t-shirt and some clothe hangers.
- 2 wire clothes hangers
- 1 t-shirt
- 1 blanket or cushion
How to do:
- Use the clothes hangers to form an igloo-shaped structure
- Lay the structure inside the t-shirt, closing the sleeves and the back. Only the collar should remain open. Put a blanket or cushion on the bottom
- Now just let the cats explore and have fun …;)
Dogs need both mental stimulation and physical exercise. Unfortunately, many pet families tend to focus on giving their dog physical exercise and neglect to provide their pet much needed mental stimulation. Dogs lacking mental stimulation will get bored and find ways to “amuse” themselves with undesirable behaviors such as excessive barking, whining, tail chasing, chewing (on things other than dog toys), and digging holes in the backyard or your favorite carpet. When excessively, there are some manifestations of stress due to lack of mental stimulation!
We leave you with a very simple and quick food toy suggestion to do with everyday objects that you have in your house or can buy in any supermarket at low cost. Teach your dog how to play this game and have fun!
- Cake mold
- Kid toys or play balls
- Dog treats
How to do:
- Put the dog treats inside the cake form
- Place the toys on top of the dog treats
- Help the dog initially to realize that if he removes the toy from the cake mold, he will get the treats! Quickly he will learn how to play this game
- This puzzle can be adapted to any pet by adjusting the toy size, type of treats and other features that are relevant.
Warning: This toy should only be used with vigilance! It is important that you are present for safety. The goal is also to enable a greater interaction with your pet and spend a few fun minutes together!