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Practically Free Cat Toy: Cardboard Mouse

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On occasion, you may find yourself under the constant gaze of your kitty who, at a moment's notice would be ready to jump up and have some fun, except you have nothing to offer.

This instructable will show you how to jazz up a lazy Sunday afternoon for your lovable little feline in just a few minutes with a simple piece of cardboard!!!
 
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Step 1: Background:

Cats find interest in the most unusual items, in this case we are using a material that is readily available, easy to work with, non-toxic and recyclable to boot!: Cardboard!

Curiously attracted to cardboard either by its texture, smell and/or sound as it glides across the floor, cats find this toy fascinating. The rigid, yet light-weight construction is great for tossing in the air and batting around.

Overzealous kitties may mangle the cardboard cat toy, but this is intended to be a cheap and easy project; and given enough time, you can produce tens or even hundreds of replacement cardboard toys for no cost at all.

This instructable should not be used in homes where children and or dogs are present as it contains pieces that are small and easily broken which may present a choking hazard.

I personally designed the cardboard cat toys featured in this instructable as a promotional object commissioned by Marmalade pet care ®. It's a very simple concept and provides hours, (sometimes minutes) of fun! With Marmalade pet care's ® permission, I am sharing this project and its design template with you!

Shany1203 years ago
cute!
bowmaster5 years ago
My 12 month old, 8 pound kitten could make short work of this. By short I mean 1-2 minutes.
Babyshoes6 years ago
May just have to try this out on my ferrets, though they will probably prefer to chew it than chase it!
*SQUEEEEEAAAAALLLLLL* I LOVE FERRETS!
twocvbloke5 years ago
My cats just like foil balls, usually used foil from cooking (mostly wiped off though), I think they like it cos most of the time it smells like bacon... :D
Dopeman5 years ago
That seems like a lot of instructions for such a simple project but still good idea.
Tie a piece of string to it, and pull it across the room from around a corner =]
gmjhowe6 years ago
Nice! great fun, simple harmless. great instructions