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Q: does any one have home made toy ideas?

August 30, 2009 | By lucy S. | 8 answers | Expired: 1930 days ago

does any one have home made toy ideas?

i want to help out a rescue but i have no idea what i can do i dont have the money to buy a bunch of stuff so does any one have any ideas so i could make some cat toys and dog toys or anything? Anything and everything helps.

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Katie M.
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Sep 02, 2009

Filling socks with treats or catnip is always a good idea. Also, the rescue near me uses old paper towel rolls to put treats in to keep the dogs occupied.

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Ourstaff
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Aug 30, 2009

My cats like to play with my socks so much that I have stuffed a couple of old ones for them. I used a pile of old fabric scraps and a couple of little round bells to make a mutant monkey thing that every kitten I have fostered has played with. You can take old blankets/quilts cut them into sections and make beds. My advise is to look around the house and see what you have. Then try and stitch something up (neatness doesn't count)

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Lori R.
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Aug 30, 2009

Rescues are always in need of bleach, towels, blankets, paper towels, and the like. What I do is whenever I'm buying these items for myself I always buy one extra for whatever charity/rescue/humane society. I have a box in my laundry room I fill up over a couple of months and then take and drop off. It is hard to save up for anything; but This way is the easiest way for me. Also, with treats and toys i do the same thing. Good luck to you.

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Amber
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Aug 30, 2009

a while back there was a cute article in our local paper about this Girl Scout Troupe making cat toys for some shelter cats. the toys basically involved tube socks, stuffing (like you'd use in making stuffed animals, most craft or fabric stores should have it), and some catnip. i've seen toys a lot like these for sale by many different names. Kong makes what they call a "Kickeroo", another brand calls them "Tackle Sacks", Best Friends Animal Society sells what they call a "Pummel Pillow" in their online store...all basically the same thing. sprinkle some nip in the sock and shake it around a bit, add as much or as little as you like, then stuff it with the filling leaving enough room to tie off or sew up the end. you end up with a long, cylindrical stuffed thing. many cats will enjoy grabbing it between their front paws and kicking it with their back legs, thus all the "kick" and "tackle" and "pummel" in the various names given to this type of toy. part of what is great about these is that they're so easy that kids could even make them.

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Sheryl J.
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Aug 31, 2009

If you are creative and sew something I see in my shelter are homemade kitty/doggy quilts. You could use any scrap material you have on hand. Also any old towels or blankets are also always good for the shelter. If you have any used pet carriers that your pets have outgrown, if you donate them to the shelter they can re-sell at a reasonable price and keep the entire profit for the animals.

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Tracy
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Sep 01, 2009

One of the best toys we have at our sheter are the cat socks. Using clean socks and some stuffing and adding a little catnip inside. Then just tie the top part in a knot, no sewing required. The socks you can collect or pick up cheaply at a thrift store or ask around for donations. Everyone has the single sock syndrom and has some to spare! The bag of stuffing and a container of catnip won't cost too much and will make many catsocks.

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MyMiniZoo
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Sep 03, 2009

When we picked up our dog from the shelter she came with a 2" by 12" piece of fleece. We tie it in knots and tie treats into it. She LOVES it. It has been her favorite toy for the last year and a half, and has held up to tons of abuse!! The cats love to run around and play with it too. I buy the left overs at the fabric store for super cheap.

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Emily  W.
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Sep 04, 2009

Just look around your house and see if you could find anything thats scrap material. If you have some scrap cloth and a box of treats or any kind of non-used toy then you could put the toys in the cloth and tie a string around the middle. It makes the perfect chew toy/tug of war toy...dogs would love it! Hope this helped :)

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