Like most pets, cats can cost a lot of money, but they certainly don't have to. You can save a lot of money just by choosing where you get your cat from, and if you're okay with getting a cat as an adult as opposed to getting them as a kitten. But, once you get your cat, how much money will it cost you to keep your cat happy? Well, besides the usual cat food and cat litter costs that will show up on a regular basis, you also have to consider the cost of cat toys. My cat, like many other cats, seems to get bored with their toys pretty quickly. So here's 10 different cat toys that you can get for less than ten dollars.


Yep, it's a classic, and for a good reason. My cat loves to play with some string. I don't know if it is the way that it moves across the floor, or the texture once it's been “caught”, but string is a cheap option for a cat. Ball it up or let it hang loose, either way, it's a fun cat toy.


Got some extra cardboard laying around? Keep it in a “box” shape and watch your cat crawl around it, in it, or over it. Don't buy an expensive cat fort from the pet store, just put some sturdy boxes together and put it in the corner of your cats favourite room

Scratching “Post”

Does your cat not like the cardboard fort you set up for him? Rip the cardboard into shreds, bind it into a circle following the instructions found here and then relish in not having to drop a twenty dollar bill while also keeping your cat from tearing up your new couch.

Laser Pointer

These can be expensive, but definitely don't have to be. Check your local dollar store for the best deal.

Bouncy Ball

Again, check your dollar store's toy section for a little bouncy ball. Just make sure it's big enough that they can't accidentally swallow it, and you should be good to go. Cats love chasing these things as they hop around so unpredictably.

Paper Bag

Why do cats like crawling into paper bags? I don't know. Why do cats like to bat at paper bags? I don't know. Next time you forget your reusable shopping bags at home, get some paper bags from the grocery store and lie them out and about the house.

Plastic Easter Eggs

You know those little Easter eggs that “snap” together and hold prizes inside? Instead of chucking those in the garbage this year, re-purpose them for your cat. For extra fun, throw some cat treats inside so that it makes a funny noise when it is rolled across the floor.

Fuzzy Mice

This one you might have to go into a pet store to get, but we found a couple for just a couple dollars. Some rattle, some squeak, get a few if you can afford it and rotate them in and out of your cats toy basket

Cat Dancer

Never used it myself, but I've read good things about this particular toy, which is very inexpensive. You can find it on Amazon here.

Crinkle Ball

Again, haven't purchase this for our cat (yet), but I see that this particular version has good reviews on Amazon. Anything that feels different, makes funny noises, and is a ball shape should make your cat happy!
The best option you'll have, by far, is to make friends with another person that has a cat. If they're up for it, start a cat toy exchange program, where you rotate toys from cat to cat. Just make sure that the other cat (and yours) isn't sick when you exchange the toys, otherwise, it can spread the sickness into each others homes. So not only will you have more toys at your disposal, you won't have to purchase new ones when your cat gets sick of your old ones.

About Alan Schram

Alan Schram writes about personal finance and his encounters with it in his everyday life. Alan is recently married and is looking to save money on expenses and reduce his debts.