It’s been awhile since we had cats but if you have one, you know how irresistible it is to pamper them. From toys to treats, it seems we’re always looking for something to spoil them with. But instead of going to the store or ordering an expensive toy online, you can make some fun and frugal DIY cat toys and treats right at home. Todays guest post is written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.
Celebrating Harvest Season with Your Cats!
Now that school is back in session and your summer spending spree is over, it’s time to get smart about your fall budget. There are still plenty of ways to spoil your cat with toys and treats this season with a few meow-worthy DIY projects from Rover.com.
Share the harvest season with your cat! Before tossing any leftovers from your plate into your cat’s dish, make sure to research people foods that are non-toxic to your pets.
Here are some tasty treats you can share:
- Tuna & Root Veg Mash-Up: To celebrate the root veggie harvest, add them to your cat’s favourite tuna snack. Peel, cube, and boil a cup of sweet potato or butternut squash until soft. Mash up the root veg with a fork and mix with a 5 ounce can of tuna. Give your kitty a taste test for approval. If the orange veggie disappears, you’ll know this is a winning fall treat!
- Fruit & Cheese Sampler: If you’ve returned from a back-to-school event with trays of fruit and cheese, your cat doesn’t need to be jealous. Choose a hard cheese like swiss, cheddar, or gouda. Slice them into kitty bites and decorate a small plate. Add thin slices of peach, watermelon, strawberry, and even a few blueberries. Ta da! You’ve got a fancy and quick treat for your cat.
Perhaps you’ve already discovered that cats will play with just about anything around the house. Playtime can be as easy as dangling a piece of string in front of their fuzzy face.
Here are a few materials around the house that can become instant DIY toys for your kitties:
- The Flashlight. Cats love a good chase just as much as dogs, and a flashlight will provide this very opportunity. Grab the smallest flashlight you can find (laser points are even better), and turn off the lights. Slowly move the light along the floor and wait for your cat to grab it. Catching the light will quickly become the game of the night. Turn on a spooky Halloween playlist and see how wild this game can get!
- The Sock. If you’ve lost a few socks after all the packing and unpacking from your summer travels, don’t throw out the single ones that remain! These make the perfect containers to stuff with catnip or treats. Hide them around the house for a game of hide and seek.
- The Cardboard Box. Before you toss the next box into recycling, wrap an old t-shirt around the box with only the neck hole as access in and out. Throw in a few fall leaves, treats, or toys and see what happens. It may also become a little cave for your cat to escape for a nap.
Make this a tasty and fun harvest season with all the pets in your life!