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9 Cat Life Hacks

By Stacy Painter
May 8, 2020 • 3 min. read
gray striped cat playing with toy

Life with a cat isn’t all snuggles and dangling feather toys. Experienced cat owners can attest to the scratching, random darting across the room, and the cat hair (oh, the cat hair!). Fortunately, thanks to the internet, innovative ideas are quickly spreading to help make cat parenthood easier. Whether you’re bored, on a budget, or looking to solve some problems, these cat-friendly life hacks will help make you and your cat’s life better.

cat chewing on table leg

Wrap furniture legs with sisal

This is a great solution whether you don’t have room for a cat scratching post or want to protect your furniture from a frisky kitty. Purchase sisal rope and tightly wrap it around the legs of your desk, dining table, or coffee table (or all three!) to provide convenient, inexpensive scratching posts for your cat.

cat toilet paper tube

Make a toilet roll cat toy

What better way to provide some entertainment to your cat than with items you already have in the home? When you reach the end of the toilet paper roll, don’t toss the cardboard tube just yet! Pinch the end and drop in a few kibbles or sprinkle a little catnip inside, then pinch the other end closed and offer it to your cat for some fun on a budget.

rubber glove

Use a rubber glove to remove cat hair

If your home is plagued with cat hair like most cat lovers, you can try this easy trick to remove it from furniture and upholstery. Simply put on a rubber glove and run your hand over the surface – the hair will ball into clumps that you can pick up and toss in the trash. Some suggest slightly dampening the glove, so try both ways to see what works best on your furniture.

homemade cat tent

Make a t-shirt cat tent

Have an old t-shirt that you no longer wear? With just a couple of wire hangers and some cardboard, you can create a homemade kitty hideaway. See the detailed step-by-step guide by Instructables on how to make a t-shirt cat tent.

catnip in plastic bag

Use catnip to make old toys fun again

If you’ve got a kitty who’s crazy for catnip and are tired of buying new cat toys, we’ve got just the trick—all you need is a bag of catnip. Put an old cat toy in the bag and let it “marinate” overnight so it can absorb the catnip magic. The next day, watch in amazement as a boring toy is suddenly fun to your cat again.

cat on bookshelf

Give your cat a bookshelf perch

By nature, cats enjoy having a high perch to which they can escape and survey their surroundings. If you don’t have a good cat perch or want to redirect your kitty’s habits of jumping on the countertops, simply clear off a shelf on your bookshelf. Set down a cozy pad to create a soft kitty retreat.

cat playing with plastic bottle

Challenge kitty with a homemade food puzzle toy

The ancestors of your cat hunted for their food, and your cat would enjoy a good challenge during mealtime as well. You can provide some stimulation and enrichment to your cat by making a puzzle toy out of an empty plastic water bottle. Cut holes in the bottle that are big enough for your cat’s kibbles to pass through, then fill the bottle with kitty’s dinner and watch her bat it across the floor to free the trapped food.

pinecones in a planter

Use pinecones to keep kitty out of houseplants

Keep kitty from walking through potted plants (or worse—using them as a litter box!) by putting pinecones on the exposed soil. This deterrent is cat-safe, but unpleasant for your cat to walk on, which should help protect your plants from a mischievous kitty.

cat playing with plastic container

Construct a homemade interactive cat puzzle

Got a cabinet overflowing with reusable plastic food containers? So long as you can find the matching lid, you can turn one into an interactive puzzle toy using the toys and kibble you already have. You’ll need to get hands-on with a utility knife and scissors; the trick is to burn jagged edges with a lighter to smooth them out and protect kitty paws. See The Glam Cat’s full tutorial.

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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry and pet insurance specifically for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for Healthy Paws pet insurance was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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