DIY Pet Toys

In honor of National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day, here are some Do it Yourself Pet Toys that you can make at home and donate to your local shelter. These DIY toys use recycled materials, so you’ll be helping out homeless animals AND the environment, doubling up on your good karma while getting crafty at home.

Crinkle Sock Toy for Dogs
Downloadable PDF with pictures and instructions available here.

You’ll Need:

  • Small plastic water bottle (no top) – make sure the plastic bottle is clean and void of any sharp points.
  • Orphan sock
  • Treats (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place treats inside water bottle.
  2. Place water bottle inside sock, with the top of the bottle facing outward.
  3. Tie a tight knot at the top of the sock (cap end of the bottle). If needed, use scissors and make strips to tie a tighter knot.

Your dog will love the crinkle! Plus, it’s easy to replace with a new bottle or sock when needed. (You can also swap in fresh treats if you included treats in the bottle.)

No Sew Fleece Toy for Cats
Downloadable PDF with pictures and instructions available here.

You’ll Need:

  • Inexpensive cotton string (18 inches or so)
  • A scrap of fleece (approximately 2 inches wide and at least a foot long)
  • Scissors
  • Catnip (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut your fleece scrap so it’s about 2 inches wide. It can be as long as you’d like but it needs to be at least a foot long. The cut doesn’t need to be perfect.
  2. Fold the scrap in half lengthwise.
  3. All the way down the length of the folded fleece, make little cuts about two-thirds of the way across and about half an inch apart. Be sure not to cut all the way to the fold.
  4. Unfold the fleece and tightly roll it up.  If using dried catnip, sprinkle the catnip down the center before rolling it up.
  5. Tie the end of the string around the middle of the roll.  We recommend using a double knot.
  6. Pull down on the layers of cut edges on each side to make a ball-shape.
  7. Play with your cat!

Foraging Game for Bunnies
Downloadable PDF with pictures and instructions available here.

You’ll Need:

  • Several toilet paper rolls
  • An empty tissue box
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut off the top of the tissue box so the height of the box is a little shorter than a toilet paper roll standing on end.  Be sure to remove any leftover plastic from inside the box.
  2. After removing any excess paper from the toilet paper rolls, stuff the toilet paper rolls  into the box lengthwise. Use enough so all of the rolls fit snugly in the box and won’t immediately fall out.
  3. Set the box on it’s side and make a fun foraging game by filling the cylinders with hay or rabbit-safe treats!

You can also make a digging box for your rabbit by filling a cardboard box halfway with soil (if outside) or shredded paper.