pets

Pet-iks lang: Easy DIY pet toys you can make at home

Amanda T. Lago
Pet-iks lang: Easy DIY pet toys you can make at home

DIY TOYS. With a little bit of imagination and some common household items, you can make pet toys that will keep your friend playing for hours.

Amanda Lago/Rappler

Here are a few ways to keep your alaga entertained without having to spend on that shiny new puzzle toy

Any pet owner will know that when it comes to your creature, toys aren’t luxuries but necessities. A bored pet (dogs mostly) usually means nibbled furniture, whining, peeing for attention, or an adorable but distracting photobomber at your Zoom meeting.

Pet toys don’t always come cheap though, and with everything else you have to spend on to keep this creature alive, it’s understandable that you don’t have much left in your budget to replace that chew toy they’ve nibbled down to a nub.

If you just need a quick toy fix to tide you and your pet over until your next paycheck (or until your alaga finally figures out how to contribute to your monthly budget), a few common household materials and a little bit of imagination will do the trick. We list down some do-it-yourself toy ideas below.

Because these toys aren’t exactly durable, make sure you keep your pet under close supervision. If they end up ingesting their new toys, it might mean a costly trip to the vet (and you sifting through their poop afterwards).

(Also, this writer’s test subject for this story was her pet, a dog. We expect that cats might have something to say about this, and apologize in advance for any species bias.)

Tug Toy

What you’ll need:

  • an old shirt/piece of cloth (the softer the fabric, the better – think of your rattiest pambahay)
  • scissors

Cut up your cloth into three strips and braid them together – it’s that simple, and if your pet is gullible enough, you’ll get lots of playtime out of it.

Amanda Lago/Rappler
Amanda Lago/Rappler
Free-sbee

What you’ll need:

  • old cloth
  • scissors
  • needle and thread

Cut a long piece of cloth into strips and braid them together. Once you have the braid, twirl it into a coil and hold it together with a clip or pins. Thread your needle and run it through the coil to hold it in place.

This tutorial gives you an idea of how to stitch it together, though this version uses rope instead of braided old cloth.

Pet-iks lang: Easy DIY pet toys you can make at home
Octopus

What you’ll need:

  • old cloth
  • old ball
  • scissors
  • needle and thread

Here’s one way to get more play out of an old ball that’s seen better days. Stuff what’s left of the ball into a piece of fabric and tie a knot at its base. If you don’t have an old ball, I imagine a bunch of old socks might be good as stuffing too. Cut the remaining fabric into strips and braid them into tentacles.

Amanda Lago/Rappler
Amanda Lago/Rappler
Treat box

What you’ll need:

  • milk carton
  • tape
  • cutter
  • treats

Milk that carton for all its worth by turning it into a treat dispenser! Cut holes in the front and sides of the carton, stuff it with treats/kibble, and watch as your pets go nuts as they try to get at the tasties.

Amanda Lago/Rappler
Amanda Lago/Rappler
Crunch maker

What you’ll need:

  • old plastic bottle
  • old sock

You may end up regretting making this, but it’s perfect for pets who love toys that make a lot of noise. It’s also the easiest thing to make: stuff a plastic bottle into an old sock, tie the ends, and let your pet go crazy with it.

Here’s a how-to video:

Pet-iks lang: Easy DIY pet toys you can make at home
Single-use flirt pole

What you’ll need:

  • stick
  • string or rope
  • their favorite toy

Flirt poles are a great way to exercise your pet and even train them, and in theory, you could use any long, pokey thing (a walking stick? an umbrella?) and string to make it. In this case, I used a walking stick and used a saw to put notches on it so I could tie twine onto it firmly. I meant to tie a toy on the other end, but my dog, weirdo that she is, was happy to just chase the string around.

Amanda Lago/Rappler
Amanda Lago/Rappler

For a sturdier DIY version, you can use a PVC pipe in place of a stick, as shown in this video:

Pet-iks lang: Easy DIY pet toys you can make at home

Of course, all pets are different, and each pet will probably respond differently to every toy. You know your babies best, so if there’s something else you think they’ll enjoy, go forth and DIY.

The best part is, they probably won’t care what the toy looks like or how neatly it was made – just as long as you’re there to play with them. – Rappler.com

Amanda T. Lago

After avoiding long-term jobs in favor of travelling the world, Amanda finally learned to commit when she joined Rappler in July 2017. As a lifestyle and entertainment reporter, she writes about music, culture, and the occasional showbiz drama. She also hosts Rappler Live Jam, where she sometimes tries her best not to fan-girl on camera.