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The 10 Best Homemade Cat Toys

The 10 Best Homemade Cat Toys

Feeling crafty? How about a little DIY cat entertainment? Homemade cat toys are an inexpensive, creative way to keep your cat amused—and they can be way better than anything you buy in a store! We put together a list of the 10 best DIY cat toys you can make at home from around the web.


In no particular order, here are 10 easy DIY cat toys you can make from household items.

1. Homemade Catnip Yarn Balls

The classic yarn ball, reimagined. Now you can create a yarn ball that won’t unravel and that’s infused with catnip to keep your cat transfixed! All you need is glue, catnip, yarn, and Styrofoam balls to create these irresistible homemade cat toys. See the tutorial.

2. Homemade Toilet Paper Roll Cat Toy

Don’t toss the tubes from your toilet paper rolls – save them to repurpose as cat toys! Use toilet paper rolls, a hot glue gun and your cat’s favorite treats to create anything from a cool sphere to a rattle or treat puzzle. Find out how.

3. Feather and String Cat Toy

For a more elegant craft – try making these felt feathers with bells attached. And if your cat isn’t a fan, they’re beautiful enough to use as décor! Make your own.

4. DIY Whack-A-Mole Cat Toy

Have an extra soda or cardboard box laying around? Turn it into a whack-a-mole game for your cat! Just a few added craft supplies and you’ll have the perfect toy for some DIY cat enrichment. Here’s how.

5. Sock Toys For Cats

Finally, a use for all those lone socks who’ve lost their mates. Your cat will flip for these crinkly fish sock toys! Get DIYing.

6. Cardboard Cat Palace

Take your cat’s love of a good cardboard box to the next level by using one to create the ultimate cardboard cat house. Add extra boxes to make it multiple stories! See the tutorial.

7. Cardboard Mouse Cat Toy

These fun toys combine two cat classics—mice and cardboard. Just download the template, break out the cardboard and scissors, and voila! Hours of cat entertainment. Get the template.

8. Super Simple Pipe Cleaner Cat Toy

This pipe cleaner cat toy is so simple, your kids can make it! All you need are a few pipe cleaners—the shinier the better—and your cat will be entertained for hours. Learn how.

9. Felt Emoji Cat Toys

Looking for something softer? Try these fun emoji cat toys you can make out of felt! Fill these expressive toys with catnip to really get your furry friend going. Check it out.

10. Menswear Mice

When it comes to the best things you can make for your cat at home, this adorable mouse toy may take the cake—it’s a classic. It’s the perfect use for all those old shirts and suit jackets that don’t fit anymore! Check it out.

We hope these homemade cat toys get your creative juices flowing. We’d love to see the fruits of your labor! Post your own homemade cat toys on the World’s Best Cat Litter™ Facebook page or share your creations with us on Pinterest or Twitter!

29 responses to “The 10 Best Homemade Cat Toys”

  1. niagchris246 says:

    Omg! This is the worst instruction video I have ever been bored witless by! I want instructions on how to make cat toys from old socks. I don’t need a lecture on how to play with my cat, and I don’t need to know how to tie a knot it a sock!!! That’s it, a five minute video on how to tie a knot in a sock! Thanks for wasting my time.

  2. dgokiurg says:

    this is the worst sight ever i sat own with my cat and i was playing with her butt she wasnt interested at all thanks for all this rubbish

  3. P.Feerer says:

    Thanks for your post. I found some of the crafts fun and easy to do with my kids. All we needed were the pictures for the ideas. It really helped our cat on this rainy day, and we had fun as well.

  4. Deb says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for the awesome ideas using the tissue paper rolls. These were so easy and my cat LOVED them. She has terrible anxiety and refuses to leave my bedroom so she’s in one small room all day everyday. I’m just trying to find ways to stimulate her, so again thank you.

  5. loltrollmole says:

    hahha so true i was like what next then she tied a know and i was like that it okay

  6. jackson wright225 says:

    Don’t get any

  7. Olivia says:


  8. kittywitty says:

    Thanks for the ideas I loved them!!! My new kitty will love coming home to all these great toys she is supper active.

  9. Rachel says:

    Well, you didn’t have to do it. It was your decision, so start acting like it. It’s not really their fault your cat wasn’t interested; you’re the one who wasted your own time.

  10. Rachel says:

    Well, the toy was a knot in a sock. Obviously some cats like it, so it’s not useless. And if you had just skipped through the video or just stopped it it wouldn’t have “wasted your time.” You’re the one who decided to look at it.

  11. Hadley Taylor says:

    Great Blog ! Really,I like your blog so much and thanks to share this wonderful information about cat toys. it was very informative and helpful, Thanks !!

  12. Doron Wolffberg says:

    Wow some great ideas here… Going to put it on my site

  13. teewears says:

    even my cat knew better than that .carry on –

  14. Kathy Henning says:

    Thank You for this Free web sight, I learned a lot.

  15. Kathy Henning says:

    stop complaining,

  16. Jay Vander says:

    UUUmmm where are the instructions to build the cat transit system? Nothing on this page and nothing on the build it link.

  17. World's Best Cat Litter says:

    The link to the cat transit system is at the end of the description. Here you go:

  18. Alexander says:

    I must not be crafty enough either. Found these toys called CatTamboo that look pretty cool. I’m thinking of trying them out as an alternative to the usual stuff since I like fly fishing and they are similar.

  19. Alexander says:

    We made these in a montessori class at my son’s school where we had supplies and had to invent a new product. We made ours a little different using yarn. It was fun and worked!

  20. Pure Kitties says:

    lol. i didnt find this very helpful either. if your looking for some decent tips check my site out at

  21. Danny Bates says:

    Stop playing with your cat’s butt. They don’t care for it.

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  23. GLUEis#1kitty says:

    I’m always surprised at how rude people can be when they are not face to face. If someone goes to the trouble to make an instruction video, if I don’t like it I just move on. I have better things to do than insult strangers who are trying to help me out.

  24. Sharon Kabuya says:

    those were pretty cool idea’s!

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  26. Ben Jones says:

    Some amazing ideas here some good inspiration from too!

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