This is the second of a series of posts I am writing about DIY projects that I have made for my two young cats. As I mentioned in the first post, I have gone through the process of checking about making some games for them myself. There are several ideas in the internet and it can serve as insipiration, but in the end it comes down to three things:
1. how simple it is
2. how much time it takes to make it and
3. how expensive it is.
Cats can be a lot of fun, but especially young ones like ours need a lot of games, as they get easily bored. This time I made two different games for them, one from a box and toilet rolls and one from fabric. Below I will show you each of these two games and explain the three aspects I mentioned above.
- An intelligence game made from a box and toilet rolls
Most of the games for kittens do not stimulate their intelligence and the ones that do are usually a bit expensive. With a box and a few toilet rolls, you can make a game yourself, really easily and with minimum cost!
The number of toilet rolls you will need depends on the size of the box you will use. For my box that was about 15×21 cm, I used 20 toilet rolls. I decided to stick each row of toilet rolls together but not the columns too. Like this the toilet rolls do not come out individually, but since Stella is a bit of a destroyer (we call her Räuber), I can still replace the toilet rolls in sets of four if they are destroyed.
The idea of this game is to throw some treats or snacks of the kittens inside the box and let them find a way to get them out. I avoid using the dry food they eat normally, as there is an easier source of that treat: their plates. From our kittens, Stella is really fast in understanding the games and dominates them, while Aria is a bit more timid and slow and in the end lets her dominating sister play with the game…
- A stuffed game from fabric
This is similar to the sock I explained in my previous post. It is a bit more sophisticated and took a bit more time to make it. It requires simple sewing skills.
I used a random piece of fabric I had (it was a piece of a kitchen towel I had destroyed several years ago). I cut it in a rectangular shape of about 30×8 cm. You can make it at any size you want. I folded this piece in double from the back side, ironed it and sewed it with a simple stitch (well, i think next time I will use a zig-zag stitch) . I started from the bottom side and then continued along the long side almost to the top. Honestly I am an amateur seamstress, so this project was for practising my skills with the sewing machine. The sewing can be done by hand too, but it will take a bit more time if you want it not to open the first time the cats bite it.
Once the stick is closed from the three sides and open only from the top, I started turning it around from the good side. This step might get a bit tricky if your stick is too narrow. Once it was turned around, I used a bit of cotton batting to fill it up. When it was as full as I wanted it, I sewed the top side by hand. I used the invisible or ladder stitch, that connects two pieces of farbic together without traces. And it was ready!
As a conclusion, this project is slightly more complicated than all the previous mentioned projects, as it requires sewing. But it is equally cheap and it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to make it. Both Aria and Stella liked this game, as they like anything that they can bite and kick and in the end kill.