But I’ve been busy anyhow with music camp and work. Here’s another picture of Jumbo, now Dexter. Jax and July have their forever homes too, but not with people I know and Jet is still waiting.
So, pandering to the google search terms that have shown up, here are some hints for homemade cat toys. Anything that can move is a toy for cats; the challenge is to have them play with the acceptable toys, not the things you wanted to keep away from them. If you are silly enough to collect cats and priceless antiques, the antiques should be in enclosed display cabinets. Power cords are another thing: if they are too attractive, tape them down, put them in conduits, coat them with lemon juice, hide them behind boards and furniture.
Pencils left on a desk are a good toy, until they land on the floor. Some kittens will chase them around the room, but most cats won’t. Marbles and ping pong balls travel well. Small nerf darts are good, and can be stuck to mirrors or windows for an added challenge. Plastic drinking straws are apparently great to chew on and to bat about, They are good whole or in roughly one inch sections. The short sections can be strung on yarn or on old guitar, gamba, or cello strings. Long pieces of yarn or string on their own can be swallowed and tangle up the gut, requiring surgery to remove, so use them only under supervision. If you knit, take extra care to keep your yarn secure, for your sake and the cats’. Old violin strings can be used, but are rather short, so it helps to thread one through the end loop of the other. You can sew bells, feathers, or other toys on the end, or make a yarn tassel. Attaching a stringy toy to a stick allows more interesting motions.
A half of a sheet of crisp paper, crumpled into a ball makes a great toy. Some cats prefer aluminum foil balls. Bubbles are fascinating for a while.
Toy mice are fun, but your cat does not care if they look like mice. You can take a scrap of cloth, sew all but one inch shut by machine, stuff it with wool or synthetic stuffing, or bits of old socks, and maybe some catnip. Some cats would like dirty socks for stuffing, if you don’t mind. For some cats, a sweaty shirt is the best present ever.
Towels and chairs have a lot of possibilities. You can make caves with climbable walls if you attach things well enough. Clothes pins will let go, but some clips are more secure. You can sew straps to the edges of an old towel and tied it securely across the rungs of a chair or vertically on the side of a stool. Consider the weight of the cat: what holds a kitten may topple with a cat.
Cardboard boxes are great. When no cats are in it, you can cut windows and doors (leaving the flap on or not). Just chewing the cardboard edges was one of July’s favorite activities.
Clothes hangers can be hung on each other, maybe with some tie-wrap securing them together, to make a sort of mobile. Toys can be attached at various points.
For more passive entertainment, a fish tank with a lid (and fish) is good. Snakes and crickets are also fun to watch. Ipads and the like have apps for cats.