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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Purr-fect Cat Toy Tutorial

My family is a cat family--no dogs here! We love our two little kitties and strive to keep them happy and healthy. It's important to provide indoor cats plenty of active playtime, not only for physical exercise but also to stimulate their minds. Playing with a mouse-like toy that they can bat around, chase, or pounce on can satisfy a cat's instinctual drive to hunt. Fill the toy with a little catnip, and watch your cat go wild!

Want to make your indoor cat happy today? Then sew up a few of these super simple Purr-fect Cat Toys in minutes! Your cat, like mine, will definitely thank you!

Here's what you need to make your cat a Purr-fect Cat Toy! 

Download the cat toy pattern piece HERE (affiliate link) and use it to cut out two pieces of fabric--one for the front and one for the back.

I used both faux leather and faux suede fabrics for my mice. The fabrics are durable and provide a texture and feel similar to an animal, making your cat believe they are playing with the real thing!

Next, cut 2 strips of fabric 1/4" wide x 8" long for the tail.

These little strips of fabric mimic the tail of a mouse as well as add movement to the toy. Plus, your cat will love to pick the mouse up by these strips or safely chew on them!

Assemble the cat toy with these 3 easy steps and your cat will be purring in no time!

My cat immediately attacked his new toy mice by pouncing on them and clawing them with his hind legs. He gnawed on the tails and after several minutes of batting them back and forth across the floor, he decided to give them both a bath! Obviously, he was attracted to the catnip scent, but he seemed fascinated by the faux suede texture since he would not stop licking the gray toy mouse!

While simple things like a ball of tinfoil, a pencil, or even a stray Lego can instantly become prey for a cat, a dedicated cat toy like these Purr-fect Cat Toy mice are fun!

So remember, to help your cat stay healthy and fit, play with him often and leave a few Purr-fect Cat Toy mice out for him to hunt when you are busy! You never know when he might need to use these skills to catch a real mouse!

Have FUN sewing!

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea- I especially like the design of sewing wrong sides together - so there is no turning and top stitching!
    I grow cat mint in my garden so this gives me another use for my dried mint, and my scrap fabric. Thank you.


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