Everybody loves a good life hack, right? … Well I know how busy cat servants out there can get and I’m pretty sure you’re all looking for fun new ways to help enrich the lives of your cats too, so here’s 5 purrfect hacks…
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Use rubber gloves to remove fur
This has got to be my favorite, forget the lint rollers, grab a rubber glove and away you go… so simple, yet so effective! I got pretty addicted to doing this once I found out how well it actually worked, I cleaned all 4 cat trees, our couch and of course Cole’s mini chaise lounge 🙂
*Someone on our FACEBOOK PAGE also suggested using a window squeegee to cover larger areas even faster 😉
Marinate old cat toys in catnip
Trust me there’s no shortage of cat toys in this household, but after a while cats just lose interest in some toys, so to add some extra appeal to those old toys that just sit in the corner gathering dust – Marinate them in catnip!
For the video I just marinated the toys for a few minutes and as you can see it worked great, I’m going to try marinating some toys for a longer period of time and maybe try Valerian Root or Silver Vine to see how CAM react 🙂
Make a cat cave!
I’ve seen many DIY cat tents online and I was going to include that in our video, but then I came across this even more purrfect idea… A cat cave is super easy to make and you don’t need any wire or tape like you do when making a cat tent. All you need is a good sized, sturdy box and an old T-shirt, simply slide the T-shirt over the box so the opening is on the top, then gather all the excess material at the bottom and tie it in a knot so it’s nice and snug and then tuck in the sleeves.
Cat food puzzle
There’s many different options to make a simple cat food puzzle for your cat, wild cats roam hundreds of miles in search of prey, so it’s important to try and keep your cats stimulated at treat time, just like us humans a mental workout is always beneficial to our overall health 🙂
I decided to include the water bottle version because most people will have some sort of empty bottle they can use. For this you just make sure the bottle is empty and clean, then cut a few holes in the bottle slightly larger than the cat treats you will use. You can always start them off with very large holes to make it easier for them and then gradually reduce the size to make it harder for them in the future.
*Also an extra step you may want to take is to melt the edges of the cuts in the bottle in case you’re worried about your cat/s and the sharp edges, I didn’t do this in the video since I’d just be supervising and encouraging Cole (Marm doesn’t like cat treats!) anyways – FREE human entertainment too!
Here’s a couple more ideas… empty box filled with toilet paper rolls, which you can then stuff with treats and/or toys. You could also just use the insert packaging from something you purchased and place cat treats in the little nooks and crannies and let your cats fish them out 🙂
Whack a mouse!
Create your very own kitty game, again you need a box (most cat servants have these everywhere) wooden dowel, mouse toy and a glue gun… Cut around a dozen or so holes in the top of the box and then a larger one in the back, glue the mouse toy to the end of the wooden dowel and hey presto you’re ready to play!
Of course Marmalade took the more direct route and beat me at my own game, he found that the Whack-A-Mouse I made also doubles as cat bed #84 🙂
So there you have it 5 fun hacks you can try at home, purrlease let us know of any more cat owner hacks in the comments section, thanks fur reading.