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"Eco-friendly toys that are fast, fun and easy to make. Best of all cats love them."

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.

Fun, lighthearted and humorous, this book features over 50 toy ideas that are purrfect for cats and kittens who love to play, chase, swat, wrestle, stalk or simply laze around. The toys are so simple and easy to make that over half of them can be made in two minutes or less. With this many toy ideas, even the most finicky felines will find a few new favorites.

Plus the book is filled with green tips and eco-friendly ideas for you and your pet. Reducing your cat's carbon paw print has never been this much fun!

About the Author

Holly Tse lives in Northern California with her husband and Furball. She is a lifelong environmentalist and has been promoting green causes since she was seven years old and wrote the government to ask what they were doing to stop acid rain. She is also an ardent cat lover and has spent hundreds of hours playing with cats. She is somewhat abashed to admit this number is probably closer to 2000 hours or 83 full days of her life. Make Your Own Cat Toys is her first self-published book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440462461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440462467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Holly Tse is the author of "Make Your Own Cat Toys", a book that features eco-friendly cat toys that are fast, fun and easy to make. The book was featured in The Daily Cat, an online weekly that's nationally syndicated to ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC websites. Her blog, "Green Little Cat", is the only blog that is dedicated exclusively to greener living ideas for cats and cat lovers.

Holly lives in Northern California with her husband and 8 year old cat, Furball. She is a lifelong environmentalist and has been promoting green causes since she was seven years old and wrote the government to ask what they were doing to stop acid rain.

She is also an ardent cat lover and has spent hundreds of hours playing with cats. She is somewhat abashed to admit this number is probably closer to 2000 hours or 83 full days of her life.

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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Zombie Force on November 8, 2009
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This is an extremely disappointing book. I assumed it would be filled with interesting and fun ideas for cat toys that you can make out of household items, craftsy stuff, and trash. Beware: it's NOT. Almost the ENTIRE book is filled with single trash items you can give your cat without any modification, things that are extremely obvious (unless you for some reason NEVER KNEW that a cat would enjoy hanging out in a cardboard box or shopping bag).

Here's a sampling of descriptions of "make your own toys" in this book. About half of the projects are as follows...and by projects I mean items of trash that the author spends at least an entire page, and often two pages, describing:
"Schrodinger's Box" - give your cat a box.
"Classic Shopping Bag" - give your cat a shopping bag.
"Tape Ball" - give your cat a ball of tape.
"Juice Pull" - give your cat a juice pull.
"Juicy Hoop" - give your cat the seal ring around a bottle of juice.
"Madcap" - give your cat the cap off a bottle.
"Unwrap This!" - give your cat the tissue paper from a gift.
"Ping Pong Pinball" - give your cat a ping pong ball.
"Nuts 'n Bolts" - give your cat a metal nut (severe choking/hospitalization hazard, NOT recommended)
"Classic Ball of Yarn" - give your cat a ball of yarn.
"Penned Up Energy" - give your cat a pen cap.

So let me make it clear, again, what this book is filled with: one- and two-page sheets of instructions and materials for giving your cat single items of trash. That to me seems like a huge, huge, HUGELY hypocritical waste of paper on Holly Tse's part. Throughout the book she advocates recycling and conserving.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lydie Thomas on February 16, 2009
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. F. Turner on December 17, 2008
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Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving the Planet One Cat Toy at a Time

Originally bought this book for my daughter to keep her busy on rainy days entertaining an equally bored cat. Have now had this book 2 weeks and it's so good I'm yet to hand it over!

Clever, funny and whilst obviously being a labour of love this book sets out incredibly well how you and your cat can be eco-friendly and still have a ridiculous amount of fun.

Purrrr-fect for all ages of owner and cats alike - this book dosn't go all 'preachy' and 'hippy' on the reader it's more based on a common sense approach to using what you've got.

Being from England, some of the brand names are unknown but logic points you in the right direction. Worth every penny and highly recommended, this book simply is a must for anyone with a cat. My cat concurs with every word!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew MacGillivray on January 6, 2009
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I purchased a number of these books as gifts for family and friends over the holidays. The books were very well received! So well received, that a friend I hadn't purchased a book for saw and started leafing through it. Minutes later, she wrote down the author name and title to purchase her own! I gave her my copy, and have put a second order for a few more.

The book is a fun read. It caters to both lazy and hyperactive cats, and has helpful insight into what type of toys your cat might respond to.

I would recommend this book to anyone with a cat. My cat hasn't been the same since. ;)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Bruckner on January 14, 2009
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I never thought a cat toy book would be a page-turner, but this one is. It's got witty writing, cute illustrations, insightful quotes, and fun ideas for making a kitty some great new playthings. The toys are innovative but super easy and quick to assemble. I like the eco-friendly angle too - you make the toys with stuff you already have lying around the house, like cardboard boxes, old clothing and CDs. And I love how the author uses her own cat's perspective to rate the cat toys. This is an excellent gift for cat-loving friends and relatives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Falcon on March 7, 2009
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I've been trying to keep my 15 year old cat active and happy. This book is the answer! There are many toys appropriate for his "lazy cat" manner of playing now (just rolling on his back and swatting at whatever we dangle over him.) However, there are also a few toys that awaken his inner kitten! "Sweep around" is his favorite; a broom-like toy made from empty toilet paper rolls. He has gone through 5+ rolls and becomes excited whenever he sees a new one he can tear apart. I'm eager to try out some more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Visser on March 4, 2009
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We ordered copies for the cat lovers in our life, and could not have imagined how well received they would be!! The book is fun, well written, and clever. The ideas are simple, and the dialogue and illustrations make it a real page turner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Steele on March 22, 2009
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This is a very thoughtful book for the modern cat keeper. The author has created an always fun and methodical volume filled with charming diagrams and recipes for quality feline interaction. She encourages you to be creative with your cats and shows how you can be mindful of the environment at the same time.

This would make an excellent gift for any cat lover. This book also deserves kudos simply for being awesome DIY-publishing. Nice.

This book is Toby Approved. (@toby_cat on Twitter)
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