Why buy cat toys

@dawnald (84213)
Shingle Springs, California
September 24, 2009 11:20am CST
when there are so many free ones lying around the house? Things that cats love to play with: those plastic rings from the top of milk bottles cardboard boxes plastic bottle tops strings and ribbons (but watch out for cats that like to eat them) paper bags shoelaces This morning I was stretching and I saw my daughter take the scissors to the cheerios box that she had just finished. Turns out she was cutting the tops off and making a cat toy. It was a double wide box (two sacks of cheerios inside) and when she was done, they had a great time going in and out of the box. What 'toys' do your cats find around the house? And what goofy things do they do with them?
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@fifileigh (3620)
• United States
25 Sep 09
my cat likes paper bags. cuddling with me. the window. mirrors. opening cupboards and snooping inside. closets. climbing bookshelves and blinds and curtains. but the only things that i bought him that he really likes to play with are scratch boards, scratch post, cat bed, and cat tree. from past experience with my late cat, she liked anything that belonged to me and has my smell on it. those shiny ribbon christmas bows, yarn, blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, boxes.
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
My cats like to go into the shower after we get out and walk around and get wet feet!
• United States
12 Oct 09
empty kleenex boxes..toilet paper rolls..balled up paper..hair ties.. shoestrings with shoe still attached. the one cat likes to put his front paws in the kleenex box and slide across the rug.
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 09
Oh that would be funny to see!!!
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• United States
12 Oct 09
i keep telling my bro to get a video camera..the clowns i got here would probably be youtube famous overnight.
@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 09
probably!!!
@rusty2rusty (6758)
• Defiance, Ohio
24 Sep 09
I don't have a cat..but when I did I bought one of those cat toys that look like a fishing pole. It was so much fun to play with the cat with. The kids knew it was the cats toy. plu sthe cat knew he could go to town and have a blast with that toy without anyone topping him.
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Sep 09
WE have some of those too and the kids and cats have a blast with them...
• China
25 Sep 09
I have a cat toy just like yours.It looks like a fishing rod with a plush fish in the end.My cats love it very much. As long as I come up with the rod ,they rush to catch the fish. Sometimes they fight for who can catch the fish first.What fun!
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
Mine too but with a feather at the end rather than a fish!
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
25 Sep 09
Cats are a lot like children, you buy them expensive toys and they play with the box! My cats like to run off with my hair ties (you know those things that you use instead of rubber bands...they love the ones that are made out of stretchy knit fabric.) I haven't found their hiding place yet, but I figure they must have between 60 and a hundred of those things stashed some where! Khuay (the little fiend in my avatar) loves to shred the last few paper towels on the roll. He loves to shred paper and cardboard boxes too. Also if I have little pieces of fake fur laying around they will haul them off and play with them by the hour. Buy cat toys? I bring home a toy or two that I think they might like and they won't touch it with a fifty foot pole. The dogs end up playing with it and eventually either eating it or leaving the soggy little pieces all over the house. Oops, there is two toys they love. Bill my BF bought one of them for them for Christmas one year; it was a cat nip mouse that rattles. It now looks rather like a piece of cat poop now...I haven't the heart to toss it out. The other is a Ken doll head that they found after my daughter and her family moved out. They love it and will make sure that when they finish with it they leave it so it looks like a mouse laying on the floor.
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• United States
25 Sep 09
they must have between 60 and a hundred of those things stashed some where! LOL Just like with my cats and the milk rings behind and under the fridge and stove. When I finally decided to tackle the space under our bookcase headboard, you wouldn't believe the hair ties, barrettes, game pieces, puzzle pieces, pens, penciltop erasers, marbles, etc. I found there. I got the most evil looks from my 2 younger cats, Tigger and Simba, while cleaning it all out along with the matted up cat fur. It was THEIR stash and they hated what I was doing. lol
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
When you DO find the stash, it will probably be all chewed up and nasty! Our youngest cat, Jason, loves socks. He picks them up in his mouth and walks around with them. If they are rolled up, he bats them around. After I do the laundry and before the kids put it away, the socks in the baskets are not safe.
4 Mar 10
Moomin has a real thing for *attacking* my partner's socks. He will grab them and bat them around before picking them up in his mouth and dragging them around. He also likes playing with the toilet roll and I have caught him pulling it to pieces before now
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Mar 10
My cat Jason has a thing for socks too...
@habichuelo (3101)
• United States
8 Feb 10
EXACLYYYY!!!!!!!!,,why the hekk wasting money on stuf for the cat when sometimes people dont have their own deodorant.... #$%&%^
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 10
and deodorant is so important!
• United States
27 Sep 09
Boy do I agree with you on this one 100%. My momma kitty Sky will sit and wait at you feet when she see a new gallon jug of milk come in the house. She has to have the red ring tie that binds the top to the jug while in shipping. But once that seal is broke and you don't need that ring she needs it on the floor so she can have hours and hours of fun batting it aroung and carring it in her mouth room to room, ON of just let one of the others try to get one of her prised rings and there will be a war in the house. I have spent all kinds of money on traditional toys but the stupid funny things like the milk ring are her favortie so why spsnd the money.
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Sep 09
I say give the cat what she wants, save the money, maybe one day you can buy yourself something nice!
@dolfin (71)
• Australia
26 Sep 09
I think my cat's a snob! He won't play with homemade toys, only store-bought ones. Sigh... I have tried giving him paper balls, bits of string, cardboard rolls etc but he turned up his nose at EVERYTHING, until I gave up and purchased a cat toy from the pet store. He accepted it immediately and plays with it everyday! And if it accidentally goes under the sofa where he can't reach it, he will meow and meow until I get it out for him!
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Sep 09
That's hilarious! Must be the king of the cats! :-)
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I can soooooo agree with you here, dawn. Even though catnip toys can be made at home with a little sewing and some scraps of felt and dried catnip. Shoot, you can even grow the catnip and dry it yourself. My cats go through catnip toys weekly so I'm constantly making new ones. Got too dang expensive buying them on a weekly basis. All 3 cats, even the 10yr. old one, attack them with tooth and nail till they are just blobs of felt. lol Move any appliance in our kitchen and you will find at LEAST 13 bottle caps or plastic milk rings under/behind them. My daughter learned quick to play with her marbles in her room with door shut or she loses half of them. (sorry lori about Tigger taking yours) Tigger loves to ambush her marbles and will sneak up and scatter them before anyone can stop him. My recycle bin gets raided regularly as well for toys to play with. lol Tigger's the culprit yet again there. I swear, for a feral cat, he gets into sooooo much mischief it's unreal. He's tamed but will never completely lose his feral ways. Ya know what, though...I wouldn't trade him in for all the money in the world. -falls off chair after being pushed- grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr........TIGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
I don't have the time or the inclination to make things myself, but great idea! lol on the marbles...
@hotsummer (10809)
• Guam
25 Sep 09
people don't give toys to pets. it is the first time i have heard of it. ha ha. anyways, you give me idea to buy or make toys for my pets
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
In this country, there are lots of pet toys that you can buy in pet stores!
• United States
25 Sep 09
My cats love those milk rings. Any kind of little stuffed toy ends up in the water bowl for some strange reason. Crumpled up foil or paper and empty boxes are always a winner. I grow catmint fresh so they have an endless supply of that. Good topic thanks!
@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
My cats like all of those. Nothing ends up in the water bowl though except some bits of food occasionally!
@schzyx (1)
25 Sep 09
Cats are not really easy to handle especially when they want to eat or play.. but why buy cat toys? because same as humans we need to buy toys when were still baby's for us to be satisfied, same as cats because they are living this. so they needed to be satisfied also.. Cats touch things inside the house and even break it. to refrain it from happening better just to make them satisfy rather than spending more money for the damages..
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
Well you do have to be careful about leaving breakables where cats can knock them off, that's for sure! One year my daughter bought me this glass rose with a light underneath for Christmas and almost the second I had it out of the box, one of the cats had knocked it over and broken it!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
24 Sep 09
I can't agree with you more. You should see all the cat toys I bought just lying on the floor untouched, the kitty condo I bought last year...do my darlings play with them.......nope...instead, they like snoozing in a cardboard box I fixed up, like chasing crumbled up paper, bat around my pens or that cardboard empty roll of paper towels..so nope have resolved NOT to buy toys for my "poor" deprived darlings.
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
lmbo poor deprived darlings hahaha
@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
24 Sep 09
we picked up a box at Sams and the cats are loving it, its only open on one end so the cats get inside and then do the "trap door spider" coming out to attack other cats
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
trap door spider lol
@jugsjugs (13038)
24 Sep 09
I always buy cat toys for my cat at Christmas other than that they have woolen pom poms that the children have made or even a card board box with a ping pong ball in it that they hit around the box.I find the most basic things that are free to make as they have more fun for hours.
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Sep 09
I buy cat toys when the kids beg me. :-) They do love ping pong balls. I wonder what happened to the last ones that we had...
@savypat (20244)
• United States
24 Sep 09
I don't buy cat toys, I knot an old sock or make a ball out of left over yard on a string, a brown paper bag will entertain for hours.
@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Sep 09
Yes, it will!
@katsmeow1213 (28887)
• United States
24 Sep 09
My cats don't do much playing anymore. They're 8 and 6 years old, so not really ancient but I guess they think they're too old to be kittens anymore. They used to play with the plastic off the milk gallon. My older cats does love to sleep in boxes. Plus some of the other things you mentioned like strings and such. However I used to buy them those fuzzy mice, they loved those. I stopped buying them though when the cats ripped the fur off the mouse within moments of opening the package!!
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@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Sep 09
My two 7 year old cats don't play so much any more either, though they do still chase each other around a bit. They have to be induced to play. But I also have a three year old cat and one who is 14 months old and they can get pretty rowdy sometimes!