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DIY: Interactive toys for cats

grey long haired cat putting box inside holes in cardboard box

Want an easy way to keep kitty entertained when you can't be playing with them? Make food puzzles in just a couple of minutes by following this super simple DIY guide!

By Justine Seraphin

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Most indoor cats don't get enough enrichment on a daily basis. This can make them feel bored and stressed, which can rapidly lead to lots of behavioural issues! There are, of course, plenty of toys on the market that you could purchase for your feline friend, but you could also make your cat's toys yourself!

The following toys will stimulate your cat's hunting instinct and are sure to bring out their playful side. Plus, they're super easy and cheap to make!

DIY cat feeder toy

You can't get much easier than this to make a feeder toy - and you'll definitely have everything you need in your house already!

Cat feeder toy: What you'll need

  • Cardboard tube from toilet paper roll
  • Dry cat food

How to make a cat feeder toy

  1. Get a cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll
  2. Fold it at the bottom
  3. Put a handful of dry cat food inside the tube
  4. Fold the other end of the tube
  5. Place it on the floor in front of your cat - they'll know what to do!
gato juguete con tubo papel higienico
Your cat will love their new toy ©Wamiz

If this new enrichment item is just a little too simple for your cat, why not try the following DIY? It's also a food puzzle, but it'll be a bit more of a challenge for your kitty.

DIY interactive cat puzzle toy

If your cat is ready for the next level feeder toy - this is the DIY for you.

DIY interactive cat puzzle toy: What you'll need

  • Cardboard box
  • Pencil
  • Cutter
  • Paper
  • Small toys
  • Dry cat food

How to make an interactive cat puzzle toy

  1. Seal your cardboard box with tape
  2. Draw circles on the top of your cardboard box
  3. Cut these circles out using a cutter
  4. Place a variety of toys inside (e.g. pom poms, bells, balls of paper, catnip, etc.)
  5. Add in a little dry cat food

Voilà! It's as simple as that! Your kitty will LOVE playing with their new puzzle game!

gato jugando con su puzzle
Puzzle feeders are great for keeping your cat busy! ©Wamiz

⏰ Preparation time: The cat feeder toy will take you less than 30 seconds to make. The cat puzzle toy will take around 2 minutes.

💡 Wamiz tip: Some cats are noise sensitive, so if this is the case for your pet, don't include bells in their puzzle toy. Instead, replace these by soundless items such as pom poms or balls of paper. In any case, choose a shallow box (such as a shoebox) for the puzzle toy. If the box is too deep and your cat isn't able to reach any of the treats or toys, they may feel frustrated - which is not the point of the game! Give them a chance to catch their "prey"...they'll love this game even more!

📈 Wamiz cat rating: 10 out of 10 for both toys! Both were a big hit for Bibou, one of the Wamiz team's cats. He can't stop playing with his new toys!

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