A few years ago a toy that resembles a type of fishing pole was given to our cats for Christmas, and Curious just happened to fall in love with it. It became “his” toy, and it is his favorite thing to play with—he even sits by it and cries until someone will play with him! (It’s actually quite cute….pathetic, but cute).
Rather than attempt to find a pet store that carries the same thing, Cliffpro and I decided to make one! A quick trip to Home Depot and only a couple of dollars later, we had everything we needed.
Ribbed Plastic Anchors (for screws). As you can see in the picture of the original toy, there are these little plastic caps on each end. We looked everywhere in the store to find something suitable (including asking a few different employees, most of whom gave us weird looks when we told them what we were making), and ended up finding these babies that fit perfectly in the tubing while still catching the edge as to not fall through. Super cheap as well! It was less than $2 for the whole package. (They come in different sizes, so just make sure the ones you get will fit in your tubing)
Ribbon in various colors/sizes
Elastic Cord (we found ours at a craft store in the jewelry making section)
A plastic bottle cap
You will also need basic materials such as E-6000 glue and/or double stick tape, scissors, a small drill (for drilling a hole in the bottle cap), and maybe a ruler, if you really want precise measurements (or you can just sorta wing it. I’m cool with that too)
Start by cutting a piece of the elastic cord to your desired length. (Just make sure there is enough to go through the tube and have some slack at the other end for the bouncy part of the toy). Tie one end around the larger end of an anchor, as shown above.
Cut a pile of ribbon to make the loops out of, in varying lengths. Then adhere one of the ribbon/paper strips to a flat surface (I used masking tape. The other strip will come into play a little bit later, so just put it aside for the moment) and squeeze a bead of glue going across. Double stick tape might actually work out better (so long as it is strong enough to hold the ribbon loops), since you wouldn’t have to worry about working fast before it dries. Glue can get a bit messy as well, but it will work and end up being a bit stronger in the end.
Flip over so the shorter side is facing the glue, and glue the strip down. (The shorter side should adhere to the lower bead of glue, and the longer side should adhere to the upper bead of glue. You can use a Popsicle stick or like tool to press it down.
Place some glue in the bottle cap and slide down until it fits over the ribbon roll.**Note: You may find that the ribbon roll is not large enough to fit in the cap—if this is the case, simple cut another ribbon/paper strip, and glue around your existing roll until the desired thickness is reached.
Let dry overnight, and ta-da! A brand new toy for your furry friend! I decided to cover the tubing with some ribbon as well, cause the gray was a little drab. You can either tape/glue ribbon to it (as I did), paint it, or decorate it in any way you see fit!
We couldn’t wait for Curious to test this out, and here is what he thought of it:
I will say, however, to make sure you are gentle when playing with this—ours turned out a little bit heavier than his original, so a blow to the head probably wouldn’t feel too good. Exercise caution when playing, but have fun!