16 Common Household Items Cats Like to Play With
Are you tired of spending money on toys your cat doesn’t like? Maybe your cat likes it for a few days but loses interest after a while. What if you stopped buying cat toys and instead started using items you already have around the house? You’d get your money’s worth in more ways than one.
Nobody wants to waste money on toys their pets don’t play with. Instead, check out our list of 16 household items cats often like to play with.
The 16 Household Items Cats Like to Play With
Leave a cardboard box on the ground and wait. A cat will be in that box in a matter of minutes—if not seconds. Cats love concealed spaces, and boxes offer a tight enclosure that acts perfectly as a mini cave, helping your cat feel safe and secure.
Take it to the next level by stacking boxes and building a kitty fort!
2. Bottle Caps and Ping Pong Balls
Bottle caps and ping pong balls are lightweight and easy to flick around the floor. Ping-pong balls are amusing because your cat can chase them faster than bottle caps.
Get involved with your cat’s playtime and toss a bottle cap or ping pong ball on the floor. It’s a great time for everyone involved!
3. Stuffed Animals
Some cats, kittens especially, will grow an attachment to a stuffed animal and carry it around the house. You can find all kinds of cat-sized stuffed animals with hidden pouches where you can hide treats and cat nip.
4. Bed Sheets
Have you ever finished making your bed, then stopped to see a lump under the sheets? That’s your cat. Go figure.
Like boxes, bed sheets provide a flowy enclosure that’s soft, warm, and filled with your scent. Plus, they’re just plain fun. We suppose it’s similar to playing in a bed sheet fort. And who doesn’t love a bed sheet fort?
Rugs are sturdy and fibrous, yet light enough to lay under and bunny kick. Rugs also mimic grass, which is why your cat scurries to the carpet at 3 AM to vomit. Take our advice—don’t spend too much money on rugs if you have cats.
6. Wine Corks
Like bottle caps, wine corks are small enough to bat around the floor and chase. The only difference is that it’s easier to bite into a wine cork. Watch out for cork crumbles.
We’re certain you want to keep your mattress intact. Still, cats go bananas for mattresses. They’re basically giant cat trees—easy to climb, scratch, and perfect for nesting.
Some cats love shredded paper because of the wispy effect when it catches wind. For some cats, it’s like chasing a bug. Again, be sure to supervise your cat while playing with paper, as you don’t want them to ingest it.
9. Toilet Paper Rolls
When you do run out of toilet paper, save the rolls. They’re perfect for hiding toys and snacks and are safe to chew. They’re also lightweight, making them perfect for chasing around the house.
10. Ice Cubes
These are a bit messy but make great summertime toys, especially on the slick kitchen floor. Plus, you can flavor the ice cubes with tuna and chicken juice. Your cat will have a blast and a tasty treat all in one.
11. Running Water
It’s a cliche that cats hate water, but some cat breeds love water so much that they’re willing to hop in the shower with their owners. Turn on the faucet occasionally or buy your kitty a water fountain for Christmas and watch their curiosity come out.
You can hide anything in an old sock, giving your cat a fun hunting experience. Hiding their favorite treats inside also gives them plenty of mental stimulation while they try to remove them.
Laundry bags, paper bags, and coffee sacks are excellent options for extreme cat entertainment. If the bag is strong enough, you can pick it up and take your cat for a ride. Coffee sacks are best because they’re fibrous and easy to scratch and chew. However, don’t let them consume any beans or grounds. And use bags that don’t have handles, to avoid your cat getting their head caught in the handle loop!
14. String & Rope
String and rope perfectly resemble slithering prey, ready to be captured at a moment’s notice. Be careful, though. A thin string can be very dangerous if your cat swallows it, so you should always supervise them during playtime, and put string and rope out of reach when you are not around.
Cat lasers are cheap and easy to find, but it’s challenging to find a quality cat laser that lasts. Still, cats can’t get enough of the red dot!
Plants naturally enrich a cat’s life by offering a taste of the wild outdoors. Distribute some cat-friendly plants throughout the space, and your cat will immediately fall in love.
Household Items to Avoid
Several household items double as fun cat toys, but there are a few that you should avoid giving to your cat.
- Plastic Bags: If you’re not careful, plastic bags will suffocate your cat and tear it to bits. The tiny pieces can be eaten, which isn’t healthy for a feline.
- Thin String and Yarn: String and yarn can become choking hazards and cause GI blockage if ingested. Stick to thicker, stronger fabrics instead, and always supervise them around string.
- Toxic Houseplants: Plants will affect your cat differently depending on the plant. Some cause mild stomach upset, whereas some can be fatal. Research the plant before bringing it home.
- Jewelry: The sharp edges and gemstones can destroy your cat’s insides. If you see jewelry on the floor, don’t hesitate to pick it up and put it away before your cat snags it.
- Aluminum Foil: Aluminum foil is thin and easy to tear, so your cat may ingest some of it. Avoid offering aluminum foil as a toy.
Some household items should be avoided, but there are several items you can offer your cat without concern. Save your money on expensive cat toys and start DIYing for fun kitty entertainment!
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