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DIY Feather Cat Toy

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Hello, fellow cat people!  I’ve got the cutest little DIY Feather Cat Toy Craft to share with you today.

How to make a feathered cat toy (DIY cat toy ideas)

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!

How to make a Feathered Cat Toy for your feisty feline!

How to make a Feathered Cat Toy

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.

ökocat litter review

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.  

How to make a Feather Cat Toy

Ready to make your own feather cat toy, keep reading!

Instructions to make the DIY Feather Cat Toy

Supplies needed:

  • Long stick or wood dowel
  • feathers
  • small bells (careful w/ younger children as these are choking hazard)
  • string
  • glue (hot glue, super glue – whatever works for you)
  • optional: paint, washi tape


Gather supplies.

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.

How to make a DIY Feather Cat Toy

That’s it! Now have some fun with your cat!

Go Rocky go!

DIY Feather Cat Toy

What’s your cat’s favorite toy to play with?  Tell us in the comment section below!

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  1. I love the colors of this toy! I used to have a cat that would have loved this!

  2. So funny to read this while my kids are using one similar right now with the cats. We have one and are babysitting one for a couple of weeks while my granddaughter is vacationing. 😉 It’s fun, actually. Love the cat toy!

  3. Kristen from The Road to Domestication says:

    Our CoCo would LOVE this toy! She’d also have it shredded in less than 10 minutes LOL We’ve tried these kinds of litter for her, but she’s very particular. If she doesn’t have her favorite litter, she using the bathroom rug instead of the litter box. Ewww.

  4. what a fun time to be had with this little craft you created

  5. What a super cute DIY cat toy idea. I know cats love feather toys for sure, brilliant and easy enough to make!

  6. Heather Johnson says:

    My youngest cat would love that DIY cat toy! Of course, she would also maul the thing to death, but she would have fun doing so!

  7. maria clostohme says:

    Your cat wand came out so cute. My cat is not that playful so we try everything to get her engaged.