Oct. 29 is National Cat Day, and there may be no better way to celebrate than by giving a new, homemade toy to a favorite feline. Hand-crafted toys are a delight for not only cats, but owners, too -- the activity allows cat parents time to relax. Cat toys can be endearingly cute and surprisingly simple to make at home. Try these 10 ideas for making DIY cat toys.
First, a word of caution: Cats will bite and claw at any homemade cat toy -- that is the point, after all -- so think twice about materials. Small, plastic pieces such as buttons or plastic eyes can be ripped off and swallowed, posing a potential hazard. Foam and stuffing can also lead to choking, so keep an eye on the toys and replace or repair them when necessary.