All cat owners and cat lovers have seen the fun reaction cats have to catnip. They can start purring, rubbing, leaping, rolling and some can even express general uninhibited happiness. It is the ultimate drug for cats, but luckily it’s absolutely harmless, no matter the dosage they’re exposed to.
The reason cats act to catnip the way they do is because of a certain chemical that the plant produces and one for which cats have a special receptor. If you want to have hours of fun with your usually lazy feline friend, make some of these top ten catnip-filled toys and let the endless silliness begin.
Baby Sock Catnip Toy
This is the easiest and cheapest toy you can make for your cat and it will take you less than 5 minutes to make it. All you have to do is fill a baby sock or any sock with a bit of catnip, tie it up good and put some feathers at the end for decoration.
Easy DIY Catnip Filled Cat Toy
This toy doesn’t require any sewing or crocheting skills to make, but it does provide a more interactive play with your pet. By tying the catnip-filled bag to a string, you can control the movement of the toy and make your fat lazy cat literally run in circles.
Refillable Catnip Toys
This toy has a simple rectangular shape and when filled looks like a long pillow. It may not be too flashy but it has two good qualities: it can be easily refilled and it is long enough that the cat can hold it with its front paws and kick it with the back, giving your cat a way to practice its hunting skills.
Crocheting Toys For Cats
If you are a crocheter or a knitter and also a cat owner, then you’ve certainly had to wrestle your balls of yarn away from your cat more than once. To stop your cat from ever doing that again, make these crocheted catnip toys and your cat will have lots of fun and you will never lose a ball of yarn again.
Fish Bones Kitty Toy
Cats love fish, but those tiny fish bones can be a problem even for them. Well, you won’t have to worry about your cat choking on these fish-bones. In fact, the only danger here is that the wiggling of the two parts of this toy will drive your cat crazy.
Felt Mushroom Toy
Mushrooms may be an unusual choice of a shape for making a cat toy, but these little felt mushrooms are just too adorable and are not too hard to make. All you have to do is follow the free template and you’ll have a cute cat toy in no time at all.
Feather Catnip Toy
Cats love playing with feathers, probably because they have a primal instinct of chasing and hunting birds, or maybe they are just drawn to the fast way they move when attached on a twine. This feather may not be real, but it will provide the same amount of fun to your cat.
Refillable Catnip Heart Toy
If you’re still caught up in Valentine’s love frenzy, then you might be tempted to make this heart shape toy for your loving pet. Even if you are over the love-fest, it is still a darling little thing to make and your cat will love it either way.
No cat can pass on the opportunity of chasing a small animal and the most common domestic cat faces is the mouse. If you’re lucky, your home will never be infested with that rodent, but in the meantime, train your cat to hunt them with these mouse-shaped toys.
Safari Catnip Toy
Cats are natural-born hunters. It’s in their nature and they will continue to hunt no matter how domesticated they are. Unfortunately, for most domesticated cats the prey is only a stuffed toy. However, you can help your cat hunt the same prey as the big African cats by making these cute animal shaped toys.