questionshow many toys do you buy for your pet(s) a month?

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My bunny is about 11 years old, so his playing days are pretty much over. But he has quite the collection of stuffed bunnies to cuddle with.

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My boston has pretty terrible dentition due to her small size and the bull dog genes, so it takes YEARS for her to destroy a toy. But she's also a spoiled brat and people are constantly buying her stuff, so she has a big toy basket in the corner and an overflow of brand new toys in the closet.

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As opposed to giving them an old sock, stick, cardboard box, paper bag, or shoe to play with? (FREE)

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I'm with @kamikazeken here. Why do you keep buying toys if your dog just destroys them? What a mess and waste of money.

My dogs just play with each other now, but my black lab used to catch frisbees before she got old. My tan lab used to watch. He is the laziest dog this side of the mason-dixon.

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I go to the dollar store once a week or so and spend $5 on my little princess. She's high energy (Australian Shepherd) and it's cheaper than buying sheep :-)

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I have cats. I can spend money on toys, and have done so. Every once in a while they'll play with one of the purchased toys, especially if I store it in the catnip container for a few days.

Or, I can accidentally drop the plastic strip you pull off the top of the milk jug to unseal it on the floor. Without any catnip at all, they'll play with it on and off for several days.

Or a piece of scrap paper wadded up into a ball with a pinch of catnip inside...

With the exception of laser pointers, purchased toys just aren't worth it.

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What toys? My dog just prefers to warm the floor instead.

My sister's dog ... he likes soccer balls. As a chew toy.

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One of my previous dogs really liked stuffed toys that squeaked. We said that she liked to hear them scream. She also liked to disembowel them regularly.

I got a spool of heavy duty red thread (more like craft string) and would restuff the toys and sew them shut. The red thread made for a great looking set of toys - Frankentoys.

Here's a picture that I still have of some of her creations:

Notice the headless duck.

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@thunderthighs: Oh my ...

(Is it bad that I'm giggling about it all too?)

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@thunderthighs: That's great. I have done that for fun as well. Got a hippo and lion that are armless and a big turtle with no head!

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once or twice a month i'll get my cats some new cheap toy to play with. i stroll by the pet section anyway everytime i go to a store

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@thunderthighs: Great picture. Poor one-legged Elmo!

My dog's stuffed toys will last forever. He loves to gently chomp down on them, never chewing or ripping. The most destructive thing he does is give them an occasional vigorous shake.

Since Rico doesn't need more toys, I regularly buy them for the shelter he came from instead!

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@ginawoot: Mine, too. I get him new toys from time to time just because I find something I know he will like. But his toybox is huge and overstuffed. From time to time I cull out the ones that have fallen into disfavor, but I have to do it when he's not looking because it breaks his heart when I throw out his toys.

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My boxer had a stuffed dog named Genoveve then we got him a Chihuhua and they were best friends and both took care of Genoveve... then when my sweet Boxer went on to his eternal walk in doggie heaven the Chihuahua would cry and carry Genoveve around so we got her a friend Pomeranian (who she thinks is an idiot and quite frankly he isn't the brightest but he is cute..)...but Genoveve had to go into hiding because my Pomeranian used her like a two dollar wh#re...very sad indeed... No respect! So no more stuffed toys in the house!