Just what on earth is an Amazing Treat Machine Roller, you may ask? Well, it’s an interactive cat toy that automatically rewards your cat with treats or the smell of catnip. This cat toy is also eco-friendly. It’s made from cardboard that contains 30% post-consumer recycled content, comes with an organic catnip “teabag” and once your cat has completely destroyed the roller (which will take some time, since it’s quite durable), you can simply toss it into the recycling anticonvulsant bin.
It’s too difficult to adequately describe with words what the Amazing Treat Machine Roller looks like, so here’s a video review by Furball. From the human perspective, the rollers were amazing fun to put together, beautifully designed and quite a delight. In the video below, Furball is reviewing an Amazing Treat Machine Roller with the enclosed catnip “teabag” inside.
Ever notice when you bring home a cat toy that you purchased from a store that your cat usually prefers the bag? I’ve also noticed an inverse relationship between how much I spend on a cat toy, and how much my cat enjoys the cat toy. In fact, usually the homemade cat toys that cost nothing are the ones the cat loves. He seems to derive great fun from homemade cat toys made from stuff that I would deem to be “garbage”.
Here’s Furball enjoying the heck out of this homemade cat toy. The hum sound in the background is actually him purring as he plays with the cat toy.
While I’m not against buying cat toys, I feel that the green thing to do is to be much more conscious of the toys we buy. Is the cat toy made overseas and shipped here? Can I find a cat toy made locally from natural and organic materials instead? However, I believe the most eco-friendly thing to do is to make your own homemade cat toys. Homemade cat toys can inspire the creative use of packaging, recyclables, old clothing, and other everyday items that would normally end up in the landfill. When you make your own cat toys, you also reduce the carbon footprint required to ship a store-bought toy from China. Yes, I’ve looked. With the exception of small local companies, most cat toys have the ubiquitous “Made in China” sticker.
The benefits of homemade cat toys don’t just stop at being green. Making your own homemade cat toys also saves you some green, especially when store bought cat toys can run upwards of $5 to $15. Hence today, I’d like to encourage everyone to try making their own cat toys. You’ve probably already come up with some great homemade cat toys already. If your cat loves to play with toys, I’m sure you’re well versed in the cardboard box, the paper bag and the crunched up paper ball.
Furball loves to play and was a hyperactive kitten. He’s approaching 8 years of age now, but he still runs around the house at top speed cholesterol lowering with a wild-eyed expression. Hence, I’ve invented dozens of homemade cat toys. Friends have tried making many of my homemade cat toy ideas and their cats love them too. Because Furball got bored easily and went through so many toys, I found that most of my cat toy ideas simply repurposed “junk” from around the house. I also didn’t have time to spend hours making cat toys, so the homemade cat toys had to be made in minutes if not seconds.
As a result of this experience making my own cat toys, I have compiled 52 homemade cat toy ideas into a delightful and fun book. I recently published “Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving the Planet One Cat Toy at a Time“. The book contains instructions for making your own cat toys from everyday items such as toilet paper rolls, CDs, shopping bags, business cards, old T-shirts, cereal boxes and more. It’s like a cookbook of homemade cat toy ideas. The book also makes a great gift for cat lovers of all ages. The witty writing is geared to adults, but the instructions for making most of the cat toys are so simple, that most kids can easily follow along (supervised by an adult, of course). It’s like how Toy Story, the movie is enjoyed by adults and kids.
If you’re interested in being more eco-friendly and thinking about making your own homemade cat toys or looking for a great gift for a cat lover, I invite you to please check out the book, Make Your Own Cat Toys to learn more. In the spirit of eco-friendliness and giving back, I also donate a portion of book sale proceeds to animal shelters and environmental charities. The book is only $11.95, which is less than the cost of a couple of fancy cat toys. It’s also printed in the U.S. to be more eco-friendly, using a print-on-demand service so that books are made only when someone orders one.
On August 2, 2008, I decided I was going to get serious about publishing my eco-friendly cat toy book. See www.makeyourowncattoys.com.
Now, about four months later, I can proudly say that my book, MY book, is now available for sale on Amazon.com. I really can’t describe the feeling of seeing my book cover and my name up there on the list of book results on Amazon. It was quite thrilling.
This book is in alignment with my beliefs and my passion to save the environment. I chose a print-on-demand service so that the books would only be printed when requested unlike the typical print runs in the industry. I didn’t want my book ending up in the bargain bin at the bookstore. There was even one book publisher I worked for that readily admitted it was cheaper for them to print excess books and throw them away than to print what they projected would sell.
Print-on-demand (POD) also enabled my book to be printed in the United States where most of my readers reside, as opposed to China or Singapore. I would have other liked to print it on recycled paper, but decided local POD was more environmentally-friendly until the book outgrows POD. Then, I’ll be looking for a local eco-friendly printer.
I realized that my journey doesn’t end with the listing of my book on Amazon. This is only the beginning. My mission for this book is to save the planet one cat toy at a time by raising awareness of conscious consumption and introducing millions of people to greener options for their pets and themselves. Imagine if people thought before they bought low quality toys made overseas. What would the world be like if we supported local businesses that used natural materials and made quality products and sustainable choices? And, I’m not just talking about cat toys.
Now, I have to figure out how to tell millions of people about my book…
P.S. This book is a fabulous gift for the cat lovers in your life. Since it was just published days ago, you can be pretty sure that no one you know will have it yet :). Please visit: www.makeyourowncattoys.com
Green Little Cat is the only blog that's all about eco-friendly ideas for cats and cat lovers. This blog is a labor of love, created by Holly Tse, author of Make Your Own Cat Toys.