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How to Make a Cat Treat Dispensing Toy from a Toilet Paper Roll

Here’s how to make a cat treat dispenser in three easy steps. Rather than spend $20 on a plastic contraption that your cat will outsmart in a few minutes, make your own eco-friendly cat toy using toilet paper rolls by following these simple instructions. It’s lots of fun, easy to do, each puzzle is unique, the cost is free and you can customize the difficulty level depending on your cat.

What’ You’ll Need:

  • 2 empty toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Small cat treat

Step 1

Cut one of the toilet paper rolls into rings about 1/4″ to 1/3″ in width.

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Step 2

Place the cat treat inside the other toilet paper roll.

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Step 3

Stuff a few of the toilet paper rings into one end of the toilet paper roll so that the treat can’t easily fall out. Turn the roll around and stuff the remaining rings into the other end.

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Now you’re ready to give this treat-dispensing cat toy to your cat. The more rings you put in, the trickier it is for your cat to get the treat to come out. The fewer rings, the easier it is.

Here’s a video of Furball interacting with his toilet paper roll cat toy. He loves treats, so he’s quite persistent in getting the treat out of this homemade dispenser for cat treats. The laughter in the background is my preschooler.

Miso Green: Organic Catnip Sushi Cat Toys

SushiCatToyLooking to add a little variety to your cat’s play diet? Here’s an awesome green cat toy from OffBeat Betty’s Etsy store.

These awesome sushi toys are sure to appeal to your finicky feline’s refined palate. These maki rolls look good enough to eat despite being made from fleece and felt as opposed to seaweed, rice and fish.

Each maki roll cat toy is filled with USDA organic catnip, ensuring that your kitty will want to play with her food.

They’re available in a set of three toys and are custom made to order. Just like at the sushi bar!

Order up your sushi cat toys by visiting Off Beat Betty’s Etsy store.

3 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Treats

Looking for some sweet treats this Valentine’s Day for the cat lovers in your life—or something for yourself? :) Here are 3 eco-friendly ways to say, “I love you.”

1. Send Organic Flowers

Pick up a bouquet of eco-friendly flowers. If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, where you can grab a bouquet sustainably grown flowers, there’s an online option for you to send organic flowers. Organic Bouquet delivers sustainably grown, certified flowers that are affordable and eco-friendly too. Prices are similar to ordering from one of the big flower conglomerate sites.

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Eco-friendly flowers from Organic Bouquet

2. Chocolate Kitty Made With Organic Sugar

This sweet chocolate cat is made with organic sugar by Chocolates by Bernard. Since you can’t share it with your kitty, perhaps she’ll enjoy the heart-shaped toy below.

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3. Heart-Shaped Organic Cat Toy

Yeowww! makes heart-shaped cat toys filled with organic catnip. The Heart Attack Pack includes 3 bold red hearts to help you win over your kitty’s affections. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Need a Last Minute Gift for the Cat Lovers and Cats in Your Life?


Here’s a purrfect gift that’s fun, cheery, eco-friendly and IDEAL for last minute shopping. It’s Furball’s amazing book on how to, Make Your Own Cat Toys. Now available in digital format (PDF format), you can get your shopping done in just a couple of minutes without sending carbon into the atmosphere by driving to the store and spending 20 minutes circling the parking lot looking for a space.

Avoid the hassle and give a gift that keeps on giving. This fun book features over 50 toys that you can make in minutes from stuff you already have lying around the home.

If you have ever purchased a fancy cat toy only to find Kitty preferred the bag it came in, this book is for you. Make Your Own Cat Toys shows you how to create new toys from old stuff in minutes. Have fun, save the planet and save money at the same time.

It’s the purrfect green gift for cats and cat lovers all over the world. Great for kids too!

Purchase the digital version and you’ll immediately receive a single use link to download the PDF file of the book. Send the link to your friend along with a personal message and presto! Your shopping is done!

Ebook Price: $10.00

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Stacking Up Catty Stacks: Eco-Friendly Cat Furniture That Looks Good Too!

Green Little Cat recently had the opportunity to review Catty Stacks, stackable, eco-friendly cat furniture. We were lucky to get the inside scoop from Catty Stacks’ creator, Frank Callari.

Furball loves cardboard boxes as much as any cat–and so does my preschooler. Boxes are cozy, great for hide-and-seek and basically, you can imagine them to be whatever you want. So what’s not to love?

Well, they’re butt ugly for one thing. When we were in full-on box mode, my living room looked like the packing department for Amazon. I once had someone ask me when I was moving, that’s how bad it was.

When guests came over, I’d frantically grab all the boxes and stack them in a corner. I couldn’t throw them out because my kid would notice if even one out of the ten boxes went missing.

Frank Callari, creator of Catty Stacks eco-friendly cat furniture, experienced some of the same frustrations when he got the idea for making Catty Stacks. In his words:

“The idea for Catty Stacks was born out of necessity. I am very particular with aesthetics, so I wanted to find something that would not be an eye-sore in my living room. I set out to find the most beautiful cat furniture on the market and was very disappointed in just about all of my options. Not only are most cat trees ugly, but they are also bulky, heavy, and expensive.”

It was during the holiday season that Frank noticed that his cats, Tito and Stains, loved all of the big boxes that arrived when he was buying gifts. As a result, he got crafty, cut doors, started stacking and built a kitty castle. But, he still had a few problems.

Frank said, “My cats were thrilled, but there remained several fundamental problems with what I was doing. First, regular boxes and duct tape remained ugly and was nothing that I cared to display in my living room. Next, the whole process of cutting, stacking, and securing was very time consuming. Lastly, most of the regular boxes that I was using would not last very long, as they would eventually collapse from the big boy jumping up and down while chasing his smaller sister.”

Over a couple of years, Frank created many prototypes until the final Catty Stacks eco-friendly furniture was born. He created sturdy, modular, easy-to-assemble boxes that could be stacked in a multitude of ways and rearranged whenever your cat (or you) got bored.

Most importantly, Catty Stacks are damn fine looking. They blend attractively with your decor, without making your living room look like the loading dock at UPS. Catty Stacks are also eco-friendly. They’re made with post-consumer recycled fiber, printed with vegetable-based inks and they’re 100% recyclable.

Frank was kind enough to offer to send us a couple of Catty Stacks to review. When I told him my kid would probably fight with the cat to play with them, Frank generously sent an additional two boxes for my son.

My preschooler was enthralled with Catty Stacks

When the Catty Stacks arrived, both Furball and my son were so excited. Assembly was a breeze, even with a “helpful” preschooler. As I predicted, my son hogged the box for a few hours before Furball finally got a turn to play. In terms of the fuzzy review of Catty Stacks, let’s just say Furball loved his Catty Stacks. The box was a safe little cocoon for him to hide in and when I poked a wand toy inside, he was in kitty heaven.

Furball finally gets his turn and loves it inside the Catty Stack

Most importantly, I can proudly display the eco-friendly Catty Stacks in full view without upsetting my sense of design aesthetics. Now, if only there was something that could make the children’s toys scattered all over the living room look good…

Catty Stacks are available in five fashionable and eco-friendly colours including Sky Blue, Chocolate Brown, Snow White, Pistachio Green, and Tickled Pink. And, you can buy them individually so that you can create the purrfect cat home in your home. You can find Catty Stack on Amazon for under $15.

Disclosure: The link to Amazon is an affiliate link. If you choose to make a purchase, I will receive a teeny tiny commission of about 60 cents. I’m sharing this link not because of the commission, but because Catty Stacks are an awesome eco-friendly alternative to ugly boxes and overpriced “Made in China” cat furniture. Your support also helps me to continue growing this site and sharing eco-friendly news and ideas with the world. Thank you.

5 Eco-Friendly Tips for Playing With Cats

Playing With CatsHere are five simple tips for playing with cats that will make your kitty’s playtime eco-friendly and lots of fun.

1. Channel Your Inner Cat

Let’s face the truth.   When choosing cat toys, you tend to buy the ones that appeal to you.  The toys are bright, colorful and awfully darned cute.  Don’t think this applies to you?  Well, here’s the litmus test.  Ask yourself when was the last time you sniffed a catnip toy and pontificated on its herbaceous bouquet?

Instead of choosing toys that appeal to you as a human being, think like a cat.   Your cat already gives you lots of clues on what she enjoys playing with.  Cats let you know in an instant whether a toy is a hit or a miss.

Take an inventory of the toys that your cat loves to play with and notice what characteristics they have in common.  And, do this from a cat’s perspective.  Maybe your cat’s favorite toys all make a rattling sound or are stuffed with catnip. The next time you’re looking for new toys to play with your cat, choose ones that have similar characteristics.

You’ll help save the planet by choosing toys that your cat will actually play with instead of ones that she’ll never use.  Buying fewer toys is not only greener, it’s also great for your wallet.

2. Buy Locally Made Cat Toys

Transportation emissions are a significant source of greenhouse gases.  When a cat toy is made on the other side of the world, it needs to travel a very long distance in order to arrive at your local pet store. Reduce your carbon footprint by buying toys made closer to home.

Ask your favorite retailer to carry locally made pet products.  And if you need more inspiration for playing with cats, search online for cat toys made by local businesses and craftspeople. An added bonus will be that you’ll be helping to support the local economy.

3. Examine Cat Toys for Quality and Durability

Before buying a bag of cheap mice for a few dollars, stop and consider how long these cat toys will last.  Are they the kind of toy that your cat will chew up within seconds?  Will your cat tear through it in a matter of minutes?

While quality cat toys might cost a bit more initially, you’ll end up saving money in the long run because they’ll last longer.  Check fabrics for durability and tug at attachments to see if they’ll stay attached when playing with your cat.

4. Upcycle When Playing With Cats

Your recycling bin is a delightful source of inspiration.  When playing with your cat, you don’t need to be fancy. Something that you might consider to be garbage is probably the cat’s meow to your kitty.  Get creative and turn that trash into an eco-friendly cat toy.

Scrap paper crumples nicely into paw-sized balls to chase.  Toilet paper rolls can easily be morphed into a multitude of cat toys and plastic rings on a string are cat heaven. For even more homemade cat toys, check out the eco-friendly book, Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving the Planet One Cat Toy at a Time.

5. Go Organic

A 2008 study by the Environmental Working Group found that pets had much higher concentrations of chemicals in their bodies than humans do.  Given that cats spend a lot of time licking and gnawing on their toys, it makes sense to reduce your cat’s exposure to potentially hazardous toxins.

Choose organic cat toys made from organic fibres and filled with organic catnip.  Organic products are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides. Your cat and the planet will both benefit.

Going green when playing with your cat is easy and fun to do.  Your cat and the planet will appreciate your efforts.

What are your favorite green ideas for playing with cats?  Share them below.

Quality Cat Toys Made in the USA! Furball Reviews Imperial Cat’s Cat ‘n Around Toys

Are you looking for US made cat toys filled with organic catnip that your cat will actually play with? Check out this review from Furball as he plays with Imperial Cat’s CAT N AROUND organic catnip filled toy bird.

Imperial Cat Toy ReviewWith the plethora of cat toys made in China, it’s refreshing to see Imperial Cat offer a selection of high quality cat toys filled with organic catnip that are made in the USA. The good cats at Imperial Cat were kind enough to send Furball a kitty basket of toys to review along with one of their eco-friendly cardboard scratchers.

When the box arrived in the mail, Furball immediately knew something fun was inside. He started sniffing the box intently as soon as I set it down on the floor. I’m sure he could smell the freshness of the organic catnip straight through the cardboard box.

We received a selection of Imperial Cat’s CAT N AROUND toys and here’s the first review from Furball. If a picture says a thousand words, a video must say a million!

Furball loved the CAT N AROUND bird toy, stuffed with fragrant organic catnip. If you watch the video, you’ll hear him snorting (YES SNORTING) with delight. My toddler adds his commentary in the background.

Visit Amazon.com for more details on the Cat ‘n Around Birdie Catnip Toy.

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4 Cat Toys You Can Make from a Toilet Paper Roll

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Photo: Catster

I was busy spreading the green gospel again :). This time, I was sharing some of my DIY eco-friendly cat toy ideas with Catster readers.

If you’ve got a toilet, a cat AND you use toilet paper, have I got cat toys for you! Learn how to make 4 simple cat toys from a toilet paper roll by checking out my article on Catster.

4 Cat Toys You Can Make from a Toilet Paper Roll

And then, check out my latest post on 5 eco-friendly tips for playing with cats.

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Psst…3 Free Videos on How to Make Green Cat Toys

Furball and I have been busy this holiday season creating some pawsome videos on how to make your own green cat toys. And the first video is ready for your viewing pleasure!

In it, I’ll show you how to make the Flippity Flappity Flag. If your cat loves to run, chase and catch things in the air, this is a fabulous toy to try out. It takes just seconds to make and costs next to nothing.

This is the toy that started it all: my self-published book on making eco-friendly cat toys and my Green Little Cat blog with readers in over 140 countires.

>>WATCH THE VIDEO HERE<<

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The Great Green Cat Toy

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Furball’s pals, Brooke and Tim, were kind enough to send Furball a Great Green Cat Toy to play with.  When it arrived, Furball was ever the curious cat and immediately came over to investigate.

Who wouldn’t be interested?  The Great Green Cat Toy is not your typical cat toy stuffed full of catnip.  Instead, it’s an imaginative structure that challenges your cat’s natural instincts to explore, stalk and pounce.

In a nutshell, this cat toy consists of a large tube with a paw-sized window to reach three wooden balls inside.  What makes it different from other “peek and paw” toys is that the entire toy moves when your cat plays with it.

So, instead of sitting still on the floor, when your cat interacts with the Great Green Cat Toy, it rolls and rotates, causing the wooden balls to come in and out of view.  Purrfect for a cat’s hunting instincts.

The Great Green Cat Toy is also eco-friendly. It’s made from recycled and reusable materials, is completely recyclable and is 90% biodegradable. As well, the labels are printed on 100% recycled paper with soy based inks. And, to top it off, it’s made in the USA, crafted with love from Brooke and Tim.

As with all cat toys, you never know what your cat is going to like and unfortunately, Furball was not a gracious receiver of Brooke and Tim’s gift. He gave the Great Green Cat Toy an inspection and then creeped away from it.

Furball tends to be a little intimidated by cat toys that are bigger than a small rodent, so maybe this cat toy was just too big for him. Given some time, I’m pretty sure he would have had warmed up to it, especially when he gets into his crazy play mode. However, what makes the Great Green Cat Toy look like fun for a cat also makes it fun for a toddler, so I had to put the toy away.

If your cat’s not a fraidy cat and you don’t have a curious toddler, it’s worth checking out this toy because I’ve seen other cats really enjoy playing and wrestling with it. Here’s a video of a cat having fun with the Great Green Cat Toy.


 

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