Every time I buy a toy I think my cats will love, they hate it. I have basket full of toys that they never gave a minute of their time.
They would rather play with a plastic bag or a light on the wall, go figure.
Here is a fun remake of an arcade game to play with your cats.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
Cardboard Top (Top of a paper box works well)
Small Cat Toy (Ball or Mouse)
Hole Saw (2")
Step 2: Measure
- Measure 2 inches from the corner of box. (on the long side)
- Draw a line (this is where you will cut out)
- Repeat on other side
Note: Leaving 2 inches leaves a corner that is strong enough for a pouncing cat.
Step 3: Cut
Cut on the line, both sides
Cut off the flap you just created.
Note: This is where you will insert your "mouse" on a stick.
- Flip cardboard top upside down.
Using the flap as a straight edge:
- Line it up at 2" from the corner.
- Draw 2" line across the top.
- Repeat on other side.
Note: This line will be the "boundary" line for your game. This leaves solid corners and reduces the chances of your cat smashing your game into the ground.
Step 5: Drill Hole
- Line up the edge of your hole saw with the line you just created
- Drill 3 holes across that line, evenly spaced
- Drill 4 rows the opposite way, evenly spaced (Do not pass line)
You are almost done!
Step 6: Glue Toy
You can use super glue or hot glue for this step.
- On the end of your paint stick, apply a large blob of glue.
- Attach mouse or ball and hold until glue dries.
Note: You want to glue this really well! Your cat will be biting and tugging on it so make sure it's secure.
Step 7: Practice Run
- Flip the top over
- Practice popping the toy in and out of holes.
Agility drills are recommended. (you don't want your first game to be an embarrassment)
Step 8: Bring It On
- Challenge your cat to a game of whack-a-mouse!