DIY Pet Toys for Under $10

April 20, 2009 at 10:14 PM Leave a comment

This past weekend was the 20th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo in Orange County, California. It’s a really fun event with shows, fair foods and of course, animals! The shows are really fun to watch, but are even more fun to participate in. Last year we did a cooking show with three easy recipes for pet dogs, cats and birds.

This year I was unable to participate, but I did get to help sit in on the planning for the type of show that the AnimalNetwork would put on this year. And of course, I have the inside hook up for you. The theme of the show this year was “10 Ways to Improve Your Pet’s Life for Under $10.” The editors of,,, and showed visitors at the expo different toys they could make for their pets that would enrich their pets’ lives. Here are links to the fliers so that you can try them at home too.

Eight Homemade Toys for SmallAnimals

Three Homemade Dog Toys

Two Homemade Cat Toys

Two Homemade Bird Toys

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, April 20, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
The San Diego Humane Society has created a new program, Paws to Success, that aims to end euthanasia of cats and dogs with treatable medical or behavioral conditions by 2020. The program’s short term goal is to reduce the euthanasia of treatable animals in shelters by 20 percent by 2010.

Jai Rodriguez, one of the co-hosts of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” is the human host of Animal Planet’s “Groomer Has It.” Jai will be sharing the spotlight with his Yorkshire Terrier Nemo.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Pet owners who treat their cats and dogs like members of the family are being honored with a special day this year. National Pet Parent’s Day on Sunday, April 26, 2009 will mark this special day to celebrate pet caregivers.

CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger gives tips and information on ways to help kittens burn up extra energy in the evenings.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
With the warmer weather starting to set in you might want to start including your parrots on your daily outings, or even allowing them to sit out with you and enjoy the sunshine in your backyard. Make sure to check out BirdChannel’s poster of things that might scare your bird while outside before you venture outdoors.

Bird Talk magazine associate editor, Jessica Pineda, blogs about how she’d like to stick with bird species from Africa as she plans to add on to her flock.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Russ Case, the Reptiles magazine editor, is looking to owners of exotic pets to help put a stop to HR699 in this blog entry, “Call to Action!” Russ shares his opinion on the current legislation and looks to help educate others on what it’s really all about.

Learn some of the common health problems that Sulcata Tortoises experience from this ReptileChannel exclusive article.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
FishChannel Fish Experts are on the case answering your questions. This week Lee Newman, Fish Expert, answers the question, “What other fish can I keep with angelfish?

And Neale Monks, Ph.D. gives information on how to identify aquarium fish finrot as well as how to go about treating it.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
The editors of Critters USA are asking readers to vote on which animal is the cutest critter. Visit the SmallAnimalChannel Forum today to cast your vote!

Hamster expert Martha Boden answers the question, “Is it safe for hamsters to chew papier-mâché?

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Not all riders have the opportunity or the resources to practice jumping at home. HorseChannel offers you seven jumping exercises that you can practice at home with only four fences.

The Jockey Club is now providing free tattoo identification services for horse owners and rescue groups to use to identify their horses. The Tattoo Identification Services is a free resource to those in the horse community.


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