Cheapest toy ever!! A tin foil ball is making my girls act like Kittens!!!

United States
January 31, 2010 7:48pm CST
Our 2 girl cats have more than their share of toys! I was just baking some cookies and waded up a piece of tin foil that didn't tear right. It was a fairly small bit so I balled it up and I missed the trash when I tossed it. But Delilah was on the mark and caught it before it hit the floor!! As soon as she started to bat it around, Cleo had to get in on the fun and find out what was going on. Not sure why I never thought of it before!! They are both playing with a tin foil ball and having the time of their lives. I think they like the noise it makes when they skid it on the tile and it sparkles from the firelight so they are in heaven with a simple super cheap toy!! Wish we could all find such simple pleasures in life!!
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@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
1 Feb 10
It reminds me or the old adage, the more expensive the toy, the more time they play with the box. It is funny how the simple things in life give so much pleasure. In this case to two cats but the same applies to humans. It is a cliché but kittens and cats with balls of wool will play for hours. One thing my pets liked was chasing a light, we had a flashlight or mirror catch it's attention and then they would chase after it until they got tired. I compare this to when humans can spend hours looking at rain fall, the waves out at sea, wind blowing in trees the simple pleasures in life.
• United States
1 Feb 10
They played with it for off and on for about 2 hours which for them is a super long time. Neither of them chewed on it, they seemed to love the sound of it skidding across the floor the most! I've heard mixed comments on the flashlight game play, I know they love it but I read on one of the Vet sites that it can actually make the animal psycho since they see it but can never catch or touch it. Not sure if that's true or not but after we read that, no more flashlight games! Thanks for sharing! Be well!
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
1 Feb 10
One of my dogs caught on that it was the flash light that made the light so when he got bored or tired he would come and rub our hands to stop. Since he caught on the others quickly learnt and I think understood it was a game, we did it a little less later as whenever they saw a flash light they thought it was playtime.
• United States
1 Feb 10
Wow! That is one bright dog you have! I wonder how he figured it out, it amazes me that our animal companians have complex thought patterns and we have no idea how they think but they figure us out fairly fast! Thanks for sharing! Be Well!
• United States
1 Feb 10
my cats have almost always enjoyed toys they "made themselves" rather than expensive ones i have bought.my current crop of cats have been having fun this week with an empty thread spool they swiped the other day once they get bored with that,i'm sure they'll be back to the paper towel roll LOL
• United States
1 Feb 10
Hmmm...I don't do much sewing so they don't have access to thread spools. But I never thought to give them a paper towel roll, not sure if they'd like that or not. Might be worth a try! I do rotate their toys else I'd be tripping over them constantly. They each have 2 toys at a time and then after a few weeks I switch em out. Sometimes it's so amazing that they like the toy better the 2nd time round! I try to wash them somewhat if possible. So maybe they like the more natural smell of Ivory soap vs new toy smell...lol. thanks for sharing ! Be Well!
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• United States
3 Feb 10
i can almost guarantee they'll love it. toilet paper rolls work too.my two boys have hours of fun with those,batting it back and forth like soccer.
@sumanadep (1230)
• India
1 Feb 10
It sure is fun for the cat. I tried a similar kind for cheap toy for a kitten in my neighboring. The toy was a simple balloon. The cat used to jump towards it and the moment it touches the balloon the balloon will go back. and if the balloon hits some wall it bounces back to the cat's face. It was fun for me to watch and surely for the cat too..
• United States
1 Feb 10
I'll bet that was alot of fun to watch and for the little kitty too! Tho I wonder what the reaction would have been if the balloon had popped! That happened once to our Dog and she was so surprised that she peed the carpet. She'd been house trained for months and months but the unexpected loud bang scared the pee right out of her! Sometimes the simplest toys are the best. I know one of my favorite toys from childhood was Lego's, I could play with them for hours..likely still could..LOL. Thanks for sharing! Be Well!
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Feb 10
I try not to let my cats have those things. I have one who'd shred it and she could get hurt doing that. But cats are cute like that though. You go out and spend money on actual toys, and they would rather play with things like string, milk rings, and trashable odds and ends. One toy my cat Chinnia thinks is a toy is the lancing device I use to test my blood sugar. However, I don't let her play with that, because I lance my fingertips with it. She's not getting her paws on that. Of course she thinks its a toy regardless.
• United States
1 Feb 10
I had wadded it up pretty good and I checked to make sure no one has been chewing on it - Happy to say not. My girls only chew on food and Delilah loves to chew on my fingers before bed if I let her. Think it's left over from her nursing days since she was so very small when I got her from the shelter. Her Mom was feral and I don't think she got enough nursing time as she likely was the runt. Thanks for the warning and I'll keep an eye out for it! Wow, you are using the classic lance to test your blood sugar? Your fingers must be awfully sore. I have seen on Tv that they have the ones that test on your arms so you might want to consider that as another option. The only thing I have to guard from the cats is the standard cardboard nail files since one of my cats loves them and steals any left unattended! Thanks for sharing! Be Well!
@LaDeBoheme (2009)
• United States
1 Feb 10
I have a cat named Delilah too! I have learned not to bother with buying any fancy kitty toys. Nah, just give the cats a paper bag or box or wadded-up piece of newspaper or yes, a foil ball and they will totally ignore that $4.99 super-duper fuzzy catnip mouse you bought them. I have also discovered long-lost foil balls or other makeshift playthings behind a bookcase or under a refrigerator or wherever months later! Cats are definitely a trip!
• United States
1 Feb 10
Aww....it's a very sweet name for a very sweet girl! I agree some of their favorite toys are not the ones we've bought them. When I was working on a cable section for the front pocket of a sweater, it just wouldn't work right so in frustration I pulled it off and put it down. I had planned to set up the stiches again when I came back from grabbing a water. BUT when I came back Cleo had it in her mouth and seemed to love it so I took it away adn bound off the stitches. It's one of her favorite toys and she hides it from the others. It reappears now and then but I have no idea where she keeps it stashed! And Delilah loves the big paper bags and can play with one for quite awhile very happily if somewhat noisily! Thanks for sharing!! Be Well!
@JenInTN (27548)
• United States
2 Feb 10
I try to find as many simple pleasures as possible...lol..Sounds like the kitties are having a great time.
@MrKennedy (1993)
1 Feb 10
Ah the simple pleasures in life are usually the best pleasures in life. Kids love to make their fun out of the most common of items. I remember the old classic cardboard box when I was young, and pretending I was piloting a space-ship or car
@cher913 (25884)
• Canada
1 Feb 10
my 12 year old has done that too. she likes to play with her kitty and will play with stuff like that too. who knew we had to spend hundreds on kids toys eh?
• United States
1 Feb 10
It works with humans too. If you give kids simple toys they won't expect so much from you and they will have fun with what they have.