The Broken Toy Clinic

My cats love toys. They also like to break them (out of love). And one thing any cat owner can attest to is: good cat products are expensive.

I’m a big proponent of make-it-yourself cat things, like scratching posts, food puzzles, and catnip mice. But there are some store bought things that the alcohol cats just go crazy for that are harder to replicate. One such toy is the Da Bird Cat Catcher.

Now, under $10 for a wand toy is fairly standard. And not too unreasonable considering my cats go¬†nuts for this toy. They will scale walls, do back flips, and once the mouse is caught, drag the entire thing into their cardboard castle (which I made from a box), and gnaw on it until it’s covered in drool.

After a few months, it looked like this:

Note this missing mouse tail, missing red rubber end, and duct tape holding the wire to the wand.
Note the missing mouse tail, missing red rubber end, and duct tape holding the wire to the wand.

So finally, I thought it was time for an old-fashioned repair job, which would help me figure out how to make my own wand toys for cheap (or if not cheap, at least more durable).

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