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Unconventional Cat Toys

There was an article recently in our local paper about a pre-school teacher who had to deal with so many budget cuts, she couldn’t afford toys for her kids. Rather than complain, she visited local merchants and obtained several different sized cardboard boxes (empty). She also bought colored pencils, markers, crayons and scissors and turned her kids loose with the “toys.” They surprised her and built boats, castles, haunted houses and even a dog house.

My cats have a lot of toys but sometimes, they turn to everyday objects and find their own entertainment. The following is a list of their favorite unconventional cat toys.

  • Plastic Straws
  • Empty spools of thread
  • Paper towel roll
  • Ink pens
  • Plastic tabs off of milk jugs
  • Old phone books
  • Eyeglasses
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Refrigerator magnets
  • Q-Tips
  • Old feeding syringes (I think there is a revenge factor in this play)
  • Ping pong balls
  • Binder clips
  • Clothespins

So if your budget can’t afford cat toys at the moment, take a look around the house. I would bet there is something fun and safe available for kitty to play with or she will probably find her own. Who knows what is lurking inside that junk drawer that would make an excellent cat toy.

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