Make this for: Cats! It's a perfect personalized cat toy
What you need
* 1 piece of craft felt
* Nontoxic craft glue
* Stick-on felt letters (or small letter cut from another piece of felt in contrasting color)
* Sewing needle
* Pillow stuffing
* Organic catnip
* 8 inches of grosgrain ribbon
* Embroidery floss
* Embroidery needle
(The image above is only a sample)
1. Cut small rectangle of felt (about 3″ x 6″).
2. Fold felt in half. Seal side seams with craft glue, leaving the top edge open for stuffing. Put freshly glued edges under heavy books or use clothespins to keep closed. Allow to dry.
3. The folded edge will be the bottom of the sachet. Place pets initial in the center above the folded edge. Whether you’re using self-stick letters or ones you’ve cut from felt, you’ll want to tack down the monogram securely with needle and thread so your pet can’t eat it.
4. Stuff the sachet by alternating handfuls of pillow stuffing and catnip, leaving room to adhere the top edge.
5. Loop ribbon and put the cut edges inside the open part of the sachet. Seal sachet closed using craft glue. Put freshly glued edges under heavy books or use clothespins to keep closed.
6. Once sachet is dry and sealed, stitch around the glued edges with embroidery floss.
Cat toys are must for any cat owner especially if you plan on keeping your fury friend inside. So how do you choose the right toys? Well it all depends on space, your cat’s active behavior and the money you have to spend.
Let’s face it. Everyone’s home are getting smaller and there is barely enough room in an apartment these days for the needs of the average person let alone animals too. Luckily cats can be comfortable practically anywhere. But what do you do when you want to spoil them with a toy but your house is too small? What should you buy if you have enough space to give them their own room? Well for smaller places there are tons of small balls, mouse toys and such that you can purchase. There are starching posts that hang on wall corners instead of what that might have to sit in the hall; where as if you have a large room with extra space you can buy your cat a jungle gym of a starching post. The possibilities are endless just keep your living space in mind.
You want to be sure your cat will use the items you buy. Perhaps they are lazy and just need a hide away to sleep in. Many standup starching posts have boxed sections or just flat tops on which your cat can sleep. Maybe a hanging toy would be best so they needn’t move much as they don’t already. Course there are the ringing bell balls your cat can push in circles or even moving toys they can chase for hours. And if your cat loves catnip there are plenty of toys scented with it. Be wary I have seen cats rip these toys to pieces and eat the insides. There is also cat nip sprays available so you can entice your cat to play with toys they normally never would. Search around and try many different kinds of toys remember keeping your cat active will keep it healthy.
Above all you need to worry about the cost of the toys you really want. We would all love to buy a scratch post that reached the ceiling with many boxed areas for our cat to hide in, but even a two posted four feet high set can now cost over $100. Best bet with scratch posts is to buy use or on sale. Do not rule out making your own. All you need is carpet scraps, thick cardboard tubing or a two by four piece of wood and some wood for the base. If you don’t have carpet scraps try going to a local auction. You can always refurbish an old scratching post by replacing the carpet already on it. When it comes to smaller toys dollar stores are the easiest place to come by affordable cat toys for any family; from the small bell balls to squeaking mice and such. Just remember if you do pay less for a toy it most likely last as long as the same thing at a more expensive price.
Above all else shopping around is best when it comes to buying cat toys. You can get them in grocery store, pet stores, dollar store; practically everywhere. If you plan to buy a lot of toys remember to think of your house size, your cat’s preference or activity level and the total amount you plan to spend. By doing this I am sure you will find everything you need and want for the price you need it.