Cheap and Simple Cat Grass Toy




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Meet Nyx my cat. Regardless of all the cute, plush or expensive cat toys I buy her my cats favorite toy is a plastic bag,

In this instructable i am going to show you how to make a cheap and simple cat grass toy for your feline friend to enjoy.

WARNING: I made this for my cat as i am familiar enough with her behavior to know that she wouldn't try and eat it. If your cat is partial to eating strands of plastic you may want to avoid this instructable.

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Step 1: Stuff You'll Need


A piece of corrugated card board (nothing too thick. you'll see why next step)

Plastic bags




Step 2: All About That Base, Bout That Base...

...No catnip


Take your piece of card and using your pencil start making holes in it until you have covered the entire thing.

If the cardboard is too think this would be a pain to do.

I made a grid pattern keeping the holes about an inch apart. You could make it denser if you wanted to.

Step 3: Cutting the "grass"

Take your plastic bag and cut off the bottom and the handles so you are left with a tube. You might want to keep these bits as they can still be used in the next step.

Cut the bag in half into 2 tubes and repeat with each section until you have a selection of tubes about an inch thick (but it doesn't need to be perfect so don't worry.

Then cut your tubes in half the opposite way from what you have been doing thus far so you have a load of strips of plastic. How many you'll need is down to what size of cardboard you used

Step 4: Laying the Grass

Once you have enough strips to cover your board start feeding them through so that they form loops with the open end still underneath the base. you may want to use the pencil to help prod the plastic through.

I also used different types of plastic bags to vary the texture of the "grass"

Step 5: And Done

And there you go, your own plastic cat grass toy for your feline friend.

I would love to say Nyx went crazy for it but in all honesty i think she would be just as happy with a bag on the floor ha!

EDIT: After a bit of investigating i can say that Nyx loves it :)

As always I hope you enjoyed this instructable and please feel free to leave any comments, questions or pictures of your own cat grass creations below.

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    11 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Is there another type of material you could use?


    3 years ago

    I'm thinking tyvek would be a better option for the grass. It's much tougher than plastic grocery bags, but still has an interesting texture that kitties may like. I'll post a pic and kitty's reaction whenever I make it.


    3 years ago

    Cat swallowing this "Cat grass" (and they will) could be dangerous and possibly fatal.

    2 replies
    Barry Neesonmanicmonday

    Reply 3 years ago

    I would say it depends on the cat, i wouldnt have made this for my cat if i thought she would try and eat it.

    But you are correct that some cats may try and eat it so i have added a warning on the first page.

    jng18Barry Neeson

    Reply 3 years ago

    my cat used to just chew the plastic but as he's gotten older he actually swallows some and then pukes it out later...

    I don't think it's really an intentional thing but be careful, watch out for potential cat puke. Otherwise cats would love this!


    3 years ago

    I have a cat that would be in kitty heaven if I made this, but unfortunately he'd not only lick the plastic bags for hours (if we let him), but he'd chew it and possibly swallow it. As it is we give him a bag with the handles cut off and let him have his fix for a few minutes, but he has to be 100% supervised. Great idea if you can trust your cat!

    1 reply
    Barry NeesonTweetysvoice

    Reply 3 years ago

    Yup, we by Nyx loads of toys and the only thing she has more than 5 mins interest in is the bag they came in, Ha :)


    3 years ago

    This really is a great idea. My cat lives for plastic bags and boxes. When I got her at 5 months old, she loved her 12-pack Budweiser box. She is now 7 years old and she still has that box to go to when she is tired. :) I am going to vote for you! I am definitely making this!

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    Barry Neesonsheripres

    Reply 3 years ago

    That is incredibly cute about the bud box :) and thank you, i hope she enjoys it. I have found that if i rustle the "grass" with my fingers at the base Nyx goes into pounce mode :)