How to Make a Mouse Toy for Your Favorite Catcomments (12) February 19th, 2009
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
- 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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