Toys Your Pet Will Adore Sew Much
Summer is often a breeding time for boredom. If you have kids, they're bored. If you don't have kids, you're bored. Your boss is bored, and your mom is bored (which means you're getting even more calls than usual). But there is one member of the household that is so easy to delight, there's really no excuse for him to be bored. Cat, dog, hamster, whatever, your pet is entertained by the slightest distraction. Chew toys, chasers, and challenges are all toys your pets will adore. Sew much of these projects, glue, cut or tape others, depending on toy, and pet size. So here are some toys your pet will adore sew much! And who knows, maybe it will even keep you amused.
The best and most enticing toys for cats involve catnip. This is said to be the wacky tobaccky of cats because of its appearance and the zany way it makes cats react. Some cats will suddenly drop to the floor, and roll around in it, some will turn feisty, and others will get very mellow. Responses may vary according to personality, but no one really knows for sure.
Catnip toys- You can choose whatever size and shape you prefer. Socks and squares are easy, and any size will do, but smaller than five or six inches is not recommended. Trace or draw (Mittens and Shadow don't care about your artistic ability) the shape or pattern onto a piece of material, and, leaving a small seam allowance, cut out shape. Repeat. Sew the two pieces together entirely minus an inch or so for stuffing. Turn right side in, and fill with either a mixture of catnip and edible beads or entirely catnip. Sew up the rest, and let the fun begin!
Mouse on a string- Again this can be done with any shape and size. Draw, cut and sew as before. Stuff with padding, cotton, or any soft material. Close up toy, and attach a piece of string, yarn, or ribbon to the toy. Tie the other end to something non-movable, and allow the toy to dangle. You don't want it attached to something that your cat can pull down on top of itself. A variation of this idea is to attach the other end of the string to a stick so you can control and direct movement of the toy. Dangle it in front of Tiger's eyes, and watch him dance, run and chase like never before. Add a bell for further enjoyment.
Frisbees and bones are nice for a few minutes, but in the end the same thing happens. They end up as gnawed and disfigured lumps of drool. Dogs like to chew. So the only really good toys for Fido are chew toys. These shouldn't be expensive, either. Old slippers, blankets, and sweaters make the best chew toys (they've probably already been broken in before they were given up as toys). For a feisty toy, place kibble bits into a small piece of clothe (for fun you can make these fire hydrant, mail man, or car shaped), and sew all around to close entirely. Watch as Rover goes wild on this toy, anxious to get at the hidden treasures. Note: Don't use this toy when he's hungry. That's not fun, it's cruel.
You can also use a soda bottle for the same idea. Fill with rocks, beans, or kibbles, and put the cap on. A good idea is to place the bottle into a thick tube sock, and tie into a knot so the plastic doesn't get chewed up.
Birds love to nibble, chew and shred things with their beaks and feet. Tissue paper, shoelaces, and anything with bristles will keep those fine-feathered friends entertained for hours. Anything wooden, old children's blocks, yarn spools, or spoons, can make a great bird chewy toy. Here's a creative way to recycle that solitary glove that has lost its partner. (The heavier material the better). Put different goodies (a cork, a wooden button, a plastic bead) into each finger of the glove, and sew up the top. Punch a hole through both sides of the glove and hang it up by a string for Tweety to enjoy.
Paper towel or toilet paper rolls are fantastic hamster toys. Cardboard mazes are also great fun. Take a large piece of cardboard as the base. Then cut strips of cardboard and tape or glue them down to the base in different directions forming your maze. It's a good idea to draw this on paper first.
Note: Pet toys are often more dangerous than they're worth. Inspect a toy before you give it to your furry friend for sharp edges, loose pieces, non-edible dyes or materials, or choking hazards. Even toys that are safe on the onset, with time, can become hazardous. Periodically, check that toys are still suitable for your cozy companion.
Try one or try them all. Either way, you can bet that these are toys your pet will adore sew much!