There are often reports of pets being hurt, getting sick or sustaining injuries from purchased toys. Many situations involve products that are imported from other countries where rules about using various materials are more lax than in the U. S.
After hearing such a report, many shoppers check labels and are more careful about what type of pet toys they buy.
Make your own toys to be sure they are as safe as possible. You will know what goes into your homemade toys and how sturdily they are constructed, giving you peace of mind.
Use up some old socks. Stuff a sock with another, and tie the loose end into a single knot. If you want a noisemaker inside the toy, put some dried beans inside a small cardboard box. Wrap the box inside the "stuffing" sock, then place both inside the outside sock before tying the knot.
Roll up a hand towel and tie a knot in the middle to create a tug-of-war toy.
Instead of chew toys, purchase some round beef bones with the marrow inside from a grocery store. Cook the bones in a microwave oven for about 2 minutes. After your dog eats the cooked marrow, he will have a long-lasting chew-bone.
Cats love colorful toys. Tie some long craft feathers together at the bottom end with a string. Tie the string on a cabinet handle for a toy the cat will reach up to play with. Or, hold the string yourself and play a leaping game or have the cat chase the feathers.
Place some dried beans inside a small clear plastic soda or juice bottle. Put the lid on tightly, and let the cat roll the toy around on the floor. Add some colorful pieces of paper or craft feathers to add some color to the toy, if you wish.