Repurposed yet another empty cardboard box into an enrichment feeding toy for the cats. (on advice from the vet, but my goal is not to spend any actual money on cat toys)
Any chance for some pictures or guide for this? I'm looking at trying to make cheap/free cat toys as well for a stray I took in.
Here's a picture (hope I've attached it correctly - haven't done it on this forum before). As you can see, it's all super simple stuff. Our cats aren't highly motivated by food nor are particularly smart when it comes to solving puzzles.
Before their behavioural issues started a couple of months ago (and why we're doing food enrichment activities to try to help with that), both cats had a bunch of toys that they liked to play with (and no longer do, sadly, due to behavioural issues). I think our cats are intrinsically MMM when it comes to their toys - any cat toys purchased from a shop were generally ignored. Instead, their favourite toys was stuff of ours that they appropriated:
- ribbon from a Christmas gift from a friend (best toy ever, one carried it around with her and we'd find it in odd places)
- chunky hair bands
- ID plastic bracelets from hospital admissions
- wooden small massager thing
- pens (no pen was safe)
- magazines or shiny paper (they like to rub their paws on these, and one likes to lie on them or rub her back on them - very strange)
- squishy stress balls that I got given as a freebie (cat soccer is hilarious!)
- box lids (some cats like cardboard boxes; ours just like to sit on the box lid)
- anything small that can be batted around by a paw
There is also some info online if you google how to DIY cat toys, but I'm just starting with super simple stuff until they get better at fishing out their food (I don't want them to starve!).