5 easy DIY pet toys from household items Pets will make just about any item into a toy and now you can, too! Make these easy pet toys with household items to keep your dogs and cats entertained all summer. By Sarah Manning 5 easy DIY pet toys from household items Slideshow View Slideshow 5 easy DIY pet toys from household items Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 8 ways to include your pe 8 summer essentials for y 7 hacks to make life easi 1. Tennis balls For dogs: Tennis balls, alone, make great toys, but there are ways to spruce them up. Sew a simple sleeve and drop the tennis ball into it. Knot the tail of the fabric and watch dogs follow this brand new toy, eagerly, through the park.For cats: Tennis balls may be too large and heavy to play with. But if you put a few treats in a muffin pan and cover each opening with a tennis ball, cats can be thoroughly entertained digging through them for treats. 2. Pool noodles For dogs: Depending on the size of the hole in your pool noodle you’ll need a piece of twig or a piece of branch to make a fun loop for Fido to chase around the backyard. Push half of a 6-inch branch into one end of the noodle and loop the other end around and do the same. This will make a hoop that can be tossed, rolled or thrown for your dog to chase.For cats: Tie a few of these loops together to make a tunnel they can run through or a circular “box” where your cat can hang out. 3. Towels For dogs: Cut an old beach towel or tea towel (depending on the size of your dog) into three strips and braid it tightly to make a chewing rope for them. In the summer, you can soak and freeze the towel and use it as a popsicle your dog can spend hours chasing around the deck.For cats: Cut an old tea towel into thin strips. Use one of the strips as a tie around the middle of the bunch to create a loose representation of a pompom or a mop head. Your cat will love pouncing on the strands as they spin around the floor. 4. Old clothes For dogs: Old clothes (that smell like you, your pet's favourite person) can easily be turned into a stuffed toy they will love. Stuff and sew closed the openings of a whole article of clothing or just use a single sleeve or pant leg.For cats: Smaller things like socks will work best as a stuffed toy. If you stuff and sew closed an old baby sock you will have a mouse-sized toy your kitty can bat around all over the place. 5. Water bottles For dogs: Scrunch up the water bottle a little bit to soften it. Push it into the toe of an old (hole-free) tube sock and stitch or knot the open end closed. The crunching sound and texture will definitely keep your pooch entertained for hours!For cats: Sew a simple sleeve with some spare fabric and put in three empty water bottles to make a snake for your cat to roll around with.So, now that the pets are entertained, what about the kids? Try some crafts made from household items with them!