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Safe Household Toys for Cats

Cane Bay Summerville - Household toys for catsIf you’re in the mood for spicing up your cat’s toy collection but don’t feel like spending a mini fortune, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are plenty of everyday household items that can double as exciting new toys for your fur baby. 

Below we’ll take a look at safe (and not so safe) household toys for cats. 

Safe Household Toys for Cats

Paper Bags

This one comes with a caveat – they’re safe as long as you remove any handles before giving them over to your four-legged friend for playtime. Otherwise, they’re an easy, quick toy that can easily keep kitty entertained for hours. 

Feel free to put special treats or kibble inside so kitty can “hunt” for her food. To further extend her exploration, consider cutting the bottoms out of one (or several) paper bags to create a tunnel for kitty to dash through. 

Cardboard Boxes

Have any spare Amazon boxes lying around? Before taking them straight to the recycling bin, why not save a few for your cat? Most felines love to curl up in a nice cozy box or bat at them and explore.

You can even make it extra homey by pasting several together and cutting out windows and doors for an in-house cat apartment.

Ping Pong Balls

Chances are kitty will go wild for a ping pong ball. She can easily chase it around the house or up and down the stairs to get all her energy out. 

If she keeps accidentally kicking it under the couch, you can put a ping pong ball or two in the empty bathtub – this will keep the ball contained while still allowing kitty to pounce and play. 

Cardboard Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Rolls

Some cats enjoy simply rolling these around the floor and pawing at them. Others like to grab onto a piece of the cardboard and unwind all of it. If your sweet fur baby is a real go-getter, you can make a cat food puzzle. 

To make a cat food puzzle, simply tape several rolls together and put some treats on the inside so she has to figure out how to remove them. Additionally, you can cap both ends of the roll and punch out a small hole in the middle as a treat dispenser. Kitty will then have to roll it around and use her brain power to reach the prize. 

Milk Carton Tab Rings or Plastic Shower Curtain Rings

These are both too big to be swallowed and make great toys. Cats love flipping them up, batting at them and playing with them.

An added bonus? All these things – batting at plastic rings, unwinding cardboard paper towel rolls, chasing ping pong balls or playing with cardboard boxes and paper bags – are mentally stimulating and can even help keep kitty entertained while you’re away. 


Though your kitten may be an indoor cat, chances are she still likes the smell of the great outdoors. If you’re comfortable bringing some nature into your home, you can grab a handful of leaves and put them in a cardboard box. 

The smell of the leaves alone will capture kitty’s attention, not to mention their new texture. If you happen to get your hands on any fall leaves, the crunchy noises will add to the excitement, too. 

Toys to Avoid

While many household toys for cats are indeed safe, there are a few items that should be avoided at the risk of kitty ingesting, choking on them or even suffocating:  

  • Plastic bags and dry cleaner bags
  • Rubberbands
  • Paperclips
  • Small sharp objects like pins or needles
  • Floss, yarn, ribbon or string

Please note this list is not exhaustive, and other potential choking hazards should also be kept from your furry companion. 

Don’t Forget to Rotate Toys

Lastly, don’t forget to switch out your cat’s toys every now and again. Just like children, cats get bored. To keep her mentally stimulated, rotate her toys so they seem brand new when you reintroduce theme. 

You can even rub her favorite treats or food on old toys so they become more appealing, simply because of their new, heavenly smell. 

Thanks for stopping by! We’re glad you’re here and hope you got some practical ideas for easy household toys for cats. We’d love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite household items to give your cat? 

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