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3 Homemade Cat Toys You Can Make In Minutes

July 21, 2017 | Cool Cat Toys, DIY Toys, Homemade pet toys

3 Homemade Cat Toys You Can Make In Minutes

3 Homemade Cat Toys You Can Make In Minutes

It’s time to bust out your (slightly) creative side, because we’ve got some great homemade cat toys that you can make in just a few minutes! Cats are fickle little creatures, but we love how they prefer the simple things in life. Check out these easy homemade cat toys that your kitty will think are the greatest thing ever!

Toilet Paper Roll Treat PuzzleToilet Paper Roll Treat Puzzle

To create your kitty’s cardboard treat puzzle, you’ll need a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll, treats, and anything you’d like to make it fancy! Fold one end of your cardboard roll into a closed, triangle end. You can staple the end closed, or just fold it again to make it semi-closed. Put several of your cat’s favorite treats inside of the roll. Then you can fold over the other side to create just a semi-closed end. A curious cat will have a blast batting it around and trying to get the treats to come out! If you’re feeling inspired, you can decorate your cardboard with a marker design or even glue some pom-pom balls on to it!

Catnip Sock Toy

Catnip Sock Toy

If your cat loves catnip, this is a super easy toy that will bring lots of joy to your kitty! Find an old sock that doesn’t have any holes, and a toilet paper roll. Push down your toilet paper roll into the sock, to the bottom of the sock. Then stuff some dried catnip into the toilet paper roll. Tie of the end of the sock to create a knot so that the catnip doesn’t come out. You can draw a cute face on the sock, or even add googley eyes and a mouth to the end of the sock. Your cat will love her new sock buddy!

Cardboard Mouse or BallCardboard Mouse or Ball

Cats don’t usually discriminate if things look homemade. Most kitties tend to prefer simple, crafty toys, so this is the perfect free toy to make! Find a piece of corrugated cardboard and trace a circle. Then use an X-acto knife, or sharp scissors, cut out your circle. Trace your circle cut out and then cut out your second circle. Cut a small slit from the outside to the center of each circle so that you have a small opening. Place a dot of non-toxic glue in the center of your circle inside the slit and then fit the two circles together with the slits. Once your glue has dried, your kitty has a brand new cardboard ball to bat all over the house!

Simple Cat Toys You Don’t Even Need To Make

Some cats are even more simple to please and you don’t even need to make anything. Try putting out a cardboard box for them to sit in, or grab some pipe cleaners and scrunch them up to make a more 3D shape! Even a piece of ribbon or bread ties have been known to be fun kitty toys! You don’t need to spend the big bucks, or even any bucks, to make your cat smile!

 

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How To Make My Dog Eat Slower

July 18, 2017 | Dog Training, Fun Games, Helpful Tips, Pet Health, Pet Safety, Training

How to make my dog eat slower

How To Make My Dog Eat Slower

Does your dog treat every meal like it’s the first time they’ve eaten all week? If your dog eats too fast, we’ve got a few tips you can try to make your dog eat slower.

Why Does My Dog Eat So Fast

A lot of dogs develop their fast eating habits as puppies. They are often competing with their litter mates for food, and they learn that whoever snoozes loses! Dogs develop the habit of eating very quickly and then it becomes their typical behavior when they eat.

Some dog breeds are known to eat very quickly, such as labradors, golden retrievers, beagles, basset hounds, and dachshunds. Dogs all have different personalities and eating styles, and eating fast is a common issue many pet parents see.

Problems If A Dog Eats Too Fast

When your dog eats fast it can become a serious issue, so it’s important to train them to slow down. Otherwise, they could possibly choke from eating too quickly or vomit the food back up. Bloat can also occur from gulping down an excessive amount of air. Bloat causes the stomach to expand and possibly twist, which can become life threatening very quickly. The main symptom of bloat is vomiting mostly foam, or a swollen stomach. If you think your dog may have bloat, you need to take them to the vet immediately.

Bowls To Help Slow Down Eating

The great thing is that getting a dog to eat slower is a problem with a pretty simple solution! The easiest way to slow them down is to change up their bowl.

  • Slow Feeder Bowl: There are tons of slow feeder bowls you can buy and they work wonders at making your dog eat slower. Slow feeder bowls separate the food into smaller areas so your dog has to work at getting their food instead of just inhaling it. We love Outward Hound’s clever and cute bowls. Their Fun Feeder bowl did a great job training my puppy to slow down. Now she has graduated to using a regular bowl again!
  • Cookie Sheet: A cost-effective method to help your dog eat slower is to use a cookie sheet. Just spread the kibble out in a thin layer and they will be forced to slow down.
  • Muffin Tin: You probably already have a muffin tin, which can also double as a slow-feeder bowl. Divide out the kibble in all of the different holes and watch them enjoy finding their food! They have to work harder to get the kibble out of each individual hole, which will take a bit more time.
  • Puzzle Feeder: There are a variety of puzzle feeders and puzzle balls that work great at helping your dog eat slower. They can’t get to the food all at once and need to move things around to find the kibble or get it to dispense from the toy. This method is very stimulating and interactive for them, which is always fun!

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Alternative Dinner Activities

If you want to take a new, fun approach to dinner, you may also want to give these options a try!

  • Make Dinner Be Training Time: If your dog loves their food, they likely will think of it in the same way they think of a treat. This is great because it means you can use kibble as a reward for training. If you’re working on any new tricks or skills, measure out the amount your dog should be eating for a meal and then use that kibble as their reward. Make sure you still are giving them all of the food they should be getting at a meal time. Dinner training sessions are a great way to bond, and you’ll have a happy, well-behaved dog!
  • Hide and Seek: Some dogs love to play hide and seek with food. Have your dog sit and stay while you let them see you hide a few pieces of kibble. Then say “Seek” to release them from their stay, and they can go get the food. Once your dog understands the concept, you can make it harder by having them sit and stay somewhere they can’t see you hide the kibble. Then the game actually makes them seek out the food, which is great for mental stimulation.

It’s very simple to correct the issue of a dog eating too quickly, and it’s important so you prevent things like choking, vomiting, and bloat. You have so many choices, from using the simple home remedy of a muffin tin, to buying a spiffy slow-feeder bowl, or you can even turn feeding into an interactive and fun session. Any of these approaches will quickly remedy your pup’s scarfing issues and will make dinner time a calmer experience for everyone!

 

Charleston Dog WalkerCharleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!

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