How to Make a Mouse Toy for Your Favorite Cat

comments (10) February 19th, 2009     

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You can whip up a whole bunch of these mice from different kinds of wool and wool felt. After I made the first guy on the left, I was inspired to make him a little tweed wool friend.
Peanut, looking deceptively sweet and docile.
This little mouse is the perfect toy for your favorite feline friend.
You can whip up a whole bunch of these mice from different kinds of wool and wool felt. After I made the first guy on the left, I was inspired to make him a little tweed wool friend.

You can whip up a whole bunch of these mice from different kinds of wool and wool felt. After I made the first guy on the left, I was inspired to make him a little tweed wool friend.

Photo: Kayte Terry
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My mom has an eighteen-year-old cat named Peanut. Actually, her real name is Kitty Carlisle, but that proved to be a long and awkward name so we all call her Peanut. Peanut and I have what I like to think of as a complicated relationship. When I was younger, Peanut and I got along swimmingly. In fact, the year that my mom decided to get a dog, Peanut and I became roommates. I was just out of college and between boyfriends and I had moved into my parents' tiny, tiny one-half bedroom in their one and one-half bedroom house. My mom had a new dog, and Peanut was traumatized so she lived with me, kitty litter and all. We were very close that year but it had to come to an end: The dog went back to the animal shelter (he bit people) and Peanut went back to hating me.

I think that she thinks we need to compete for my parents' affections. Since they pretty much treat her like one of their kids and I am obviously another one of their kids, Peanut has learned to see me as the enemy.

But over the last year, Peanut has really softened. I think it's old age: Maybe she just doesn't care enough to hate me and has settled on indifference. But, even though she hissed and scratched at me for a decade, I still want her to love me. So I'm making her some cat toys.

You can either make these mouse toys stuffed with catnip or, if you have a cat like Peanut who can't stand the stuff, fill them with cotton batting and a jingle bell.

What you'll need:

  • PDF of the mouse template
  • Scraps of felt or felted wool (see this tutorial for more on felting wool)
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Scissors
  • Dark and light brown embroidery floss and needle
  • 5-inch piece of yarn
  • Catnip and cotton batting plus one jingle bell

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Comments (10)

klwheeler writes: I followed your directions and quickly made a toy mouse for my kittens. They love it. I will make a few more for the other cats! Thank you.
Posted: 1:58 am on November 6th
TheKellyMermaid writes: oh my goodness!, this is the best mouse cat toy How To ever! i can't wait unill i get to make these for my new kittens :)
Posted: 11:12 pm on March 30th
ugdjan writes: So nice nice mouse not for cat it's for my baby
http://mouse-auto-click.a---z.org
Posted: 9:10 pm on August 30th
kaytet writes: hey cal-
i'm going to give them to her this weekend so we'l see...

jnjewel- i totally agree! i think it's much safer to make toys yourself. i made sure to use all natural materials (cotton and wool) making these because I don't want my pets eating anything weird and plastic!
Posted: 6:07 pm on February 27th
jnjewel writes: Your little mouse is so cute! I make hand-made mouse for my cats, too. Especially when they really like to chew them up into pieces, it's a lot safer to make your own. Because my cats really chew up and rip them in a day or two, I keep all the cotton scraps from other projects, cut them into small pieces, and stuff them with a little bit of catnip.
Posted: 8:35 pm on February 26th
CalPatch writes: so adorable! i want to make some with all of my scraps. did peanut like her mice and make peace with you?
Posted: 10:59 am on February 25th
ReneesFashions writes: Now this is one cute idea !! I love it !
Posted: 5:10 am on February 22nd
lucybug33 writes: can't wait to make these! and shelter cats is a great idea too!
Posted: 11:20 pm on February 21st
kaytet writes: rubykitty- that's such a sweet idea!!
Posted: 12:40 pm on February 21st
RubyKitty writes: These catnip mice would be a great present for a new cat owner, or half a dozen would be a good donation to a local animal shelter. Those kitties must get a bit bored waiting to be re-homed.
Posted: 4:26 am on February 21st
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