Hello, fellow cat people! I’ve got the cutest little DIY Feather Cat Toy Craft to share with you today.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Healthy Pet. All opinions are 100% mine.
We are definitely a cat family!
We have 7-year-old Rocky (featured in today’s post) and sweet Callie who is still going strong at around 18 years of age.
Both cats love to play, and since school is out, they’ve been getting tons more attention than they are used to getting. I know Callie’s loving all the extra attention, but poor Rocky has never been a fan of playtime with the kids. To save Rocky from another game of dress up, (poor cat, I have so many pictures like this, lol) I decided to redirect the kid’s attention to a craft that is more suited to our cat’s personality.
This feather cat toy craft was a success with the cats and the kids! Win/Win!
We consider our pets to be part of the family and I always want to make the right choices and what’s best for everybody. I was recently introduced to a new (to me) brand of cat litter, ökocat from Healthy Pet.
Did you know clay-based cat litters generate over 2.5BB pounds of landfill waste every year in North America? And clay litter is not biodegradable – I had no idea!
ökocat is a natural, biodegradable litter that delivers 7-day odor control. It’s made from fallen timber and unused lumber; is free from harmful chemicals and is 100% biodegradable. (You can even flush it!) Plus it’s naturally lightweight (yay for my back) and has little to no airborne dust.
I wasn’t sure how picky my cats would be about switching litter, but I wanted to make sure the transition to the ökocat litter went smoothly. I followed the suggestions on the box, which recommended starting out with a few inches of the ökocat at the bottom of the litter box and top it with a thin layer of our existing litter.
Ready to make your own feather cat toy, keep reading!
Instructions to make the DIY Feather Cat Toy
- Long stick or wood dowel
- small bells (careful w/ younger children as these are choking hazard)
- glue (hot glue, super glue – whatever works for you)
- optional: paint, washi tape
Paint stick and decorate with washi tape if desired.
Using a serrated knife, cut a divot around one end of the dowel.
Cut a piece of string about 30 inches long. Tie the string securely around the dowel. Use a dot of glue on the knot for extra strength,
Add the bells to the other end of the string and tie in a secure knot. Leave about 3 inches of string.
Choose 3 to 5 feathers and glue them together at tips.
Wrap bells around the glued tips of the feathers and tie securely with a knot. Add a bit of glue to the knot to help secure it and trim excess string.
That’s it! Now have some fun with your cat!
Go Rocky go!
What’s your cat’s favorite toy to play with? Tell us in the comment section below!
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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.