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Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving The Planet One Cat Toy At A Time Paperback – November 23, 2008
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From the Back Cover
"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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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. She could have conserved a LOT of paper by telling cat owners in a simple sentence: "Give your cat a cardboard box to play in," and maybe just filled one page with many of these suggestions, instead of wasting two sheets of valuable paper on each item, every description page as inane as the one before it. Sounds like a big fat moneymaking scheme to me: write about the trash items that are small enough for cats to play with. Look how many gullible reviewers fell for it.
And, to be fair, I gave the promising ideas a fighting chance. For example, the "Lazy Wrestle Sausage" seemed like a good idea (sock filled with plastic bag and catnip, tied to a string). My cat played with it for two seconds, then lost interest. I dragged it around the house, dangled it in front of him, hid it under a couch, hid it around corners the way he loves to play...no response. My cat's the sort of fellow who drags his toys (even the large ones) around the house and deposits them at my feet when he wants playtime, then gets frisky for an hour (which I gladly oblige to). And even HE was bored to death by the suggestions in Make Your Own Cat Toys and quickly went looking for his old favorites. Really, you don't need to buy this awful book to be aware of one very simple fact that should probably have been already made clear by your cats' behavior: cats will play with anything, including/particularly trash items, if YOU are interactively playing with them. You don't have to buy a fancy cat toy. You REALLY don't have to buy this book. Save a lot of paper by not doing so.
As you know, cats find the dumbest things interesting...mine once played with a paper money wrapper....The author has taken simple "dumb" items and thought like a cat... and Ta Da...a cat toy that you make yourself. These little diversions take minimal skill and even less time.
Her illustrations are cute. The names of the toys are clever too.
If you have ever been a parent to a cat, you will laugh and smile as the author weaves her own experiences with her furried one throughout her book.
Similar to a simple recipe book, this is a must for every cat owner - or a great gift to give to others with cats!
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Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving The Planet One Cat Toy At A Time