Pets don’t care how much money is spent on a gift for Christmas. I’ve noticed that when Santa Claus brings things to the human family members, Santa Claws (or Paws) brings gifts to the furry family members as well. Wrapped or unwrapped, they do know that gift is for them.
Make these gifts for your pets- they’ll appreciate them, and will actually play with them longer than human children play with theirs.
1. Pet Ornaments
Make ornaments for the tree celebrating your pets or a friend’s pet. Bones, paws, fish and more available from this site, all free.
2. Crocheted Pet Sweaters
Make a sweater for both dogs and cats using this easy pattern. Most dogs will wear sweaters easily and short-haired dogs will appreciate them in cold weather. I don’t have any suggestions on getting a cat to wear one, though. In my experience, they either love them or really don’t.
3. Fabric Ball
Make a large ball for dogs or a smaller version for your cats. Fill with stuffing for a firm or soft toy. If the animal is prone to eating the stuffing, supervise their play.
4. Crinkle Sock
Cats love the sound of crinkling plastic. Make this toy for Fluffy and watch the fun. This site also provides different patterns for dog toys as well.
5. Sock Ball
This dog toy is easy to make, and puppies love to drag it around as “prey.” It costs practically nothing to make or replace.
6. Horse Toys
Believe it or not, horses like to play too. Cooped up in a stall all day can make a horse bored and cranky. This toy may not win a beauty contest, but it works. From the rafter of the barn, tie an old car tire inner tube or use two or three bicycle inner tubes. To the tubes, tie a stout 1″ cotton rope. Tie the other end of the rope to a sturdy tetherball or an old burlap (also called a gunney) sack stuffed with burlap. Tie it high enough so it won’t wrap around the horse’s head, but not so high the horse has to strain to play with it.
The tubes won’t let the horse pull it down from the ceiling, and if they do, they’ll throw it around the stall.
7. Rodent Toys
Santa won’t leave anyone out this year. This site has wonderful home made toys for any rodent pet. Most won’t cost much, and are safe for your little friends.
8. Bird Toys
Birds love to have something to do in a cage besides look out. Make these toys for your feathered friends and enjoy watching them play.
9. Easy Catnip Toy
The easiest catnip toy is one I’ve made for years for my own feline family members and for friend’s cats. Take an old, clean sock and stuff the toe with pure catnip. Don’t use other socks or cotton wadding. Tie a knot in the sock, and let kitty have it. Remember to keep your fingers out of the way.
10. Rat Toys
Rats are pets too. Here are easy toys to make for pet rats that will keep them occupied for hours. Using items from around the house, they’re sure to please.
Pets do love their toys, to be sure, they even have their favorites. Just ask Garfield- he has his Teddy Bear, Pooky. But the best toy or playmate your pet has is you. This Christmas, let Fluffy and Fido find their gift under the tree, too.