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Cardboard Tube Ball

Oliver and tube toy

Hey there!  Are you ready for this?  Are you ready for the  most well received homemade cat toy thus far?  Of course you are. This post is as exciting as unicorns playing soccer (just think about how those horns would get in the way).  It’s as thrilling as hang gliding into a forest where a herd of Bigfoot (Bigfeet, then?) are playing capture the flag.  It has all the suspense of feeding breadcrumbs to the crows in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.  It is, of course, the homemade cat toy post.

I found this cardboard tube ball or ring ball on Catster.  At first, I have to say I was skeptical.  Gus, Oliver, and Pie generally don’t like balls that are soft and portable.  I don’t know about your cats, by mine like nothing better than to bat a toy around the house, pick it up in their mouths, kick it downstairs, bring it upstairs, and then start the whole process over again.  Sometimes they like to sing to their toys as well.  Has anyone else ever experienced this?  When I was a kid we had a cat who would carry around a soft toy every night, and at about the exact same hour, like clockwork, he would set it down in the kitchen and start meowing.  Meowing LOUDLY.  I personally think he was singing the cat version of “That’s Amore.”  He didn’t want anyone to play with him.  If a person or another cat came and gave the toy a kick, he’d look at you like you were an imbecile.  He was really great at that look.

Oliver and Tube Toy

Anyway, back to the here and now, and the cardboard tube ball.  It was an absolute hit.  Oliver has been playing with it nonstop.  And take a look, I actually got some pictures of him playing with the toy this time instead of staring at it.  Amazing, huh?  Gus knocked it around too fast to get any pictures of him.  And Pie, well, Pie would rather take it away and play in solitude.  She’s a lot like that cat I had when I was little.

So you wanna make this toy, eh?  Here’s what you need:

-One cardboard toilet paper tube

-A scissors

And here’s how it’s done.  I hope you have five minutes to dedicate yourself to this:

Make 1/4 inch marks down the side of the tube, then take the scissors and cut out rings where you made those marks.  Take your first two rings and put one inside the other to make a cross.  Then put the others in kitty corner to fill the gaps.  Adjust it if you have to in order to make sure the rings don’t come apart.  If you have to use a little Elmer’s glue where the pieces all join together, it’s no biggie, friend.  Just let that ‘ol thing get nice and dry before giving it to Sir Snickerdoodle to play with.

I give this toy a solid 4.5 out of 5 purrs.  Give it a try.  Enjoy!

Oliver and Tube Toy

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