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Handmade Cat Toys

Little Kikki

Hi friends,

This spring we found a little kitten– and kittens are wont to do, she is growing up and is full of energy. As a first-time kitten mom, I’ve been learning a lot. Like–Cat toys are a total racket, am I right?! I don’t understand how a plastic wand with some feathers cost $5…must be the up charge for traveling across the globe to get into our supermarkets. Hrmmmph. I digress.

I’ve also been learning a lot about how to raise a well-behaved feline friend. According to my new favorite show, My Cat From Hell, depleting excess energy through play is a great way to ensure they avoid destructive behavior like clawing furniture and hunting your hands and feet. This show is a great resource for learning the best practices on kitten-rearing. You can find it on Animal Planet, check your local listings.*

The animal behaviorist, Jackson, almost always recommends three things:

1. Make a path up high so your cat can maneuver around a room without touching the floor. (Height = Confidence)

2. Take your cat on walks.

3. Use toys to give your kitty exercise and good play time to direct all their energy in a positive way.

Yesterday I made three super easy, incredibly simple cat toys from things I found around my house. Seriously, here’s what I used:

Toy 1: Mouse Fishing

– a dowel

– a piece of string

– a safety pin

– a toy mouse (got a 6 pack for a $1 at the discount store)

Toy 2: Feathered Friend

– a dowel

– a feather decoration leftover from a craft project. Check the feather boa aisle of your local craft store.

– some masking tape

– some pretty scrap ribbon

Toy 3: Buttoned Bobber

– a dowel

– some string

– a champagne cork

– a button

– some yarn from an old sweater’s repair kit

– a hammer & nail (to make a hole in the cork)

– a needle (to thread the cork)

Check out the step-by-step video on how to make Toy 3:

Happy Crafting,

love, liz.

*Disclaimer: Animal Planet doesn’t know who I am. They’re not giving me any money. I just sincerely think this is a great show.

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Let’s do this.

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Hi there,

Ok, so I’ve had this blog registered and sitting here for months. You know why? Because the first post is the hardest. It’s scary. It’s like “here’s what this is gonna be about and if I stray from this thesis I’m gonna feel weird about it.” Right? Well, that sounds pretty intimidating, if you ask me.

Let’s just discover things as it goes along and see what unfolds. Crafting, cooking, carpentry, and maybe just a little bit of magic are a few things that you can expect here. There, I said it. That wasn’t so hard! I don’t know much about gardening, welding or how to use a sewing machine, but I can’t wait to learn! And when I make dumb rookie mistakes, I’ll let you know what pitfalls to avoid.

I think we live in an overly consuming culture and we spend a whole lot of money on things we can make ourselves. Trust in your hands. Let’s put the ‘do’ in domesticity.

love, liz.