DIY pet toys and games: fun ways to entertain your pet

At, we celebrate the joy and companionship that pets bring. However, entertaining kids can feel like a full-time job, especially when juggling your daily tasks. You soon find yourself exploring inexpensive ways to make your pet happy. Here come DIY pet toys and games—literally. The goal is to create joy and connection with your pet, not only save money. So please put on your making hat because we’re exploring inventive pet entertainment ideas.

Has anyone noticed how pets like the simplest things? A cardboard box becomes a cat fort, or crumpled paper makes the best chase toy. It shows that fun doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. The DIY tug toy is an example. You need some old T-shirts or towels to sell. Cut them into strips, braid them, and you have a durable tug toy for your dog. Reusing materials and giving your dog a toy that smells like you is a win-win.

Classic catnip toys are the best for cats. However, how about a catnip garden? It’s easier than it sounds. Catnip seeds are easy to grow even without a green thumb and are sold at most garden centers. Plant them in tiny pots or an indoor planter and watch your cat enjoy their sniffable garden. Bringing nature indoors will keep your cat entertained and stimulated.

Now, think beyond the box—literally. Create a puzzle toy for dogs and cats for hours of cerebral stimulation. Use a muffin tin to start. Fill some cups with snacks and cover them with tennis balls. Your pet must move balls to find rewards. It’s a game that trains your pet’s brain to think and solve issues.

Entertainment doesn’t necessarily involve toys. Experiences matter sometimes. Have you considered making a pet obstacle course? Create a physical and mental challenge for your pet using chairs for weaving, pillows for jumping, and blankets for tunnels. Besides the exercise, it’s about spending time together, cheering them on, and helping them through the rigid portions.

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