Go Green: Make Your Own Pet Toys

You’ve seen them in the pet stores – very cute little toys that look like they cost pennies to make but cost dollars to buy. Instead of buying pet toys why not make them?

Crinkle Toys – Some cats love these things. They make a noise when you squeeze them and are big enough for your dog to carry around and hold. Use a clean and empty soda bottle instead that is wrapped up in a t-shirt that you no longer wear. Tie off the ends so the bottles doesn’t fall out of the shirt and let your dog have fun with this cheap recycled toy.

Snack ropes – Buy some sweet potatoes and make potato rings using a cookie cutter. Bake them at 250 degrees for about 2 hours on each side. The treat should be hard and dried out. Once the rings are cooled off, string them through a rope and tie off the ends. Your puppy with have a chew toy that will last a while that you can replenish every couple of weeks.

Feather Fishing Rod – This is super simple to make. Go to a craft store and get a few feathers, a satin cord, and a dowel. Cut the cord to make a fishing line, attach the feathers to one end and the other end attach the dowel. Tie the ends and you can reinforce with tape if you want on the dowel side. In about 2 minutes you have a feather fishing rod!

Cat Condo – Ok. This won’t look as good as the ones you could buy but your cats don’t care and you can always hide it when company comes over. If you have boxes that you’re not using, make a cat condo. Glue or duct tape the boxes together and cut circles between the boxes to make tunnels and doorways. Make sure the boxes are well taped together and stack them high. This works best if you have boxes of different sizes and make sure to stack them from largest to smallest.

Cat Scratcher – Many cats like to scratch and to save your furniture and your wallet, make your own cat scratcher. Get some strips of cardboard that will fit in a shallow box or a lid and glue them together so the edges are facing up, like the ones you’ve seen in the pet store. Secure the strips in the box or lid, toss some catnip on it, and you’re good to go!

What DIY pet toys have you made? Let us know.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Pet

Have a special date planned with your number one furry friend? If so, don’t forget to pick up an ultra awesome present too. Or maybe you’re dating a pet lover and want to get a gift that isn’t too “mushy” or too “cliched” for this day. If so, why not think about getting their pet a gift?

5 Great Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Pink Cadillac – A cat will be cruising in style in this playhouse made of durable cardboard. Your cat can sit in it, nap, and will look so cute and silly that twitter’s hashtag #catillac will end up trending for days.
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Dog Truffle Gift Box – They look like chocolates but they aren’t. These treats are made from peanut butter dough, oats, honey, and dipped in yogurt. They are perfect treat for the perfect dog.
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SmartCat Peek and Play Cat Toy – For the super smart cat get the peek and play. This toy encourages the predatory instinct in a cat and will keep them busy for hours. Hide some smaller toys in it, a few treats, and sprinkle a list catnip on it and your cat will think it’s the best thing ever.
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MultiPet Sock Pals Catnip Cat Toy – You know how kids like sock monkeys? Well, cats like sock mice. Soft, durable, and silent make these the perfect toy. They have catnip inside and can be batted around the house without damaging or making a lot of noise on a hardwood floor.
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Cat Pjs – These aren’t for the cat but the cat will probably end up sitting on them, cuddling on the lap of the one who wears them, and maybe loving them as much as the person who gets them. These pjs are made of brushed flannel and are great for those chilly nights. They’re also a little silly.
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5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Pet’s Mood

Is your pet acting…bored? Games of fetch, chasing a string on a stick, or that plastic ball don’t seem to be as exciting as it was a few weeks ago? Well, maybe your pet needs some new stimulus. It’s important to keep our pets happy and that means rotating toys and also keeping their interests perked. It can also mean changing routines a little bit to add some more fun to their day.

If your fuzzy buddy watches the tennis ball roll past them and gives you a look that seems to say, “…is that it?” Then maybe it’s time to think about changing things up a bit.

Here are 5 things that can boost your pet’s mood

  1. Make Meal Times Fun – This is great for any dog that eats way too fast. A puzzle toy where you can stuff treats or some food into will keep your dog busy and also slow down meal times. Your cat can also benefit from treats and food hidden in toys and in boxes. Make it fun and a game.
    The Everlasting Treat Ball is perfect for keeping your pup interested in what’s inside and also easy to clean.
  2. Turn Nothing into Something – A paper bag with the handles taken off, a box, or a tin foil ball can become new toys for your cat, rabbit, or whatever pet owns you. Sprinkling some catnip in a box, spreading a few treats inside a bag, or whatever works will perk the curious side of your buddy. Tunnels and hideaways can be made from basic household things that you may consider garbage or recycling. Let your pet play with them first!
  3. Rotate Toys – Even though we all know our pets aren’t dopey, a toy that they haven’t seen in weeks can be fun again. Instead of keeping all your pet’s toys out and about, stash a few away into a box or in the closet and rotate them. Toss out the ones that are no longer safe or good to play with, but the ones that are still good, switch them out now and then. Your pet will perk up at seeing a “new” play thing.
    The Bone Storage Bin is a great place to keep your dog’s toys separate from your kid’s!
  4. Explore New Places – Ok, well it isn’t like you’re going to travel off into a distant land but walking down a different block or adding a few more blocks to your neighborhood walk could perk your pup up. New smells, new places to pee, new things to see, it’s just enough to get their brain moving, their tail wagging, and their heart happy. So when going for walks try a new route or altering an old one.
  5. New Toys To Challenge Your Pet – Sometimes a new toy shouldn’t just be a new type of an old toy. If your dog could play outfield for the NY Yankees, then it might be time to see if s/he’s also a soccer buff. A bigger ball could be in order. It’ll make your pup have to use paws, nose, and new movements to bring that ball under control and if your pet is awesome s/he will learn how to dribble that ball back to you!

Remember to make time spent with your pets fun, light, and enjoyable for both of you.
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