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Homemade Catnip Toy - Easy DIY Toy for Cats

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 How to make an easy homemade catnip toy.  This uses a toddler sock, which you can get from Dollar Tree, and makes a cute toy that your cat will love.


My kitties are so spoiled.  They used to like catnip from any store until I got them bulk catnip from the bulk store.


Now they will only have the bulk organic catnip, thank you very much.


As I said, spoiled.  







We have two cats.  Carly was a side of the road rescue.  Her momma didn't make it, so we took her in.  We couldn't find her litter mates, so hopefully they had already been rescued.


She was separated from her mother too early, so she's an antisocial cat.  She prefers to perch on the back of the chair or high on the cat tower and glare at us, silently judging.


Chloe is my son's Siamese mix.  She has a fun personality.  She's always playing and doing crazy cat things.  She's pretty laid back.


Chloe will play with a piece of string, a bottle cap, or anything that moves.  She loves these homemade catnip toys, and catnip drives her crazy.


Carly likes to pretend that doesn't like playing with this toy, but if we look the other way she turns into a playful kitten.


If Carly likes this easy DIY toy for cats, then I am sure any cat will like it.


Homemade Catnip Toy


My daughter and I made these cat toys with friends, so it's not even my cat featured in the photos.  Her friends cat was being photogenic, so I let him star in the photo shoot for this post.







Baby Socks


You can either make a little pouch for the catnip or use a toddler sock.  Dakota wanted these cute socks we found at Dollar Tree.


They have some cute patterns, and it's easier to make them from a sock than sew a little pouch.  You can also find a set of toddler socks on Amazon for home delivery.


Feathers


I also used some colorful feathers that I had in my craft room stash.  If you use feathers, watch your cat while they play with this homemade catnip toy.


Carly is fine with feathers, but Chloe likes to lick and chew them.  She also tries to eat plastic bags, so she is an odd one anyway.  


Stuffing


You can also add some stuffing to the inside if you want.  These socks were small, so we didn't add any.  


You can use new stuffing, but I reuse the stuffing from an old pillow.  I washed it a few times, and the stuffing got all matted.  


I cut the pillow and pull out stuffing as needed.  Even though it's a mess in the pillow, it works really well in smaller projects.





Catnip


You can buy catnip from a big box store or pet store, but it doesn't do much for my cats.  For best results and more laughs, I highly recommend buying a quality catnip.


I get mine from the Amish bulk food store, but you can get a high quality catnip on Etsy.


Homemade Catnip Toy Supplies


  • 20 tablespoons catnip
  • 4 baby or toddler socks
  • 16 feathers
  • Stuffing (optional)


Tools


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

Directions


Step #1


Add 5 tablespoons of catnip to each sock.  If you want to add stuffing, add it and use less catnip.





Step #2


Place 4 feathers in each sock.  





Step #3


Sew the top of the socks closed, making sure you secure the feathers in the sock.  Cut any excess thread off.





Step #4


Offer to your cat and watch him or her go crazy!


As with any toy, only use these while supervised.  If your cat likes to eat feathers, do not use them and just close the sock without any feathers.  


This is a fun afternoon activity for kids, too.  They may need help with the sewing machine, or they can learn to hand sew.  


If you like this homemade catnip toy, you may like these posts:


cat, pets, diy, catnip toy, catnip
Yield: 4 toys
Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
Estimated cost: $5

Homemade Catnip Toy

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
How to make an easy homemade catnip toy with a sock.

materials:

  • 20 tablespoons catnip
  • 4 baby or toddler socks
  • 16 feathers
  • Stuffing (optional)

tools:

  • sewing machine
  • scissors

steps:

  1. Add 5 tablespoons of catnip to each sock. If you want to add stuffing, add it and use less catnip.
  2. Place 4 feathers in each sock.
  3. Sew the top of the socks closed, making sure you secure the feathers in the sock. Cut any excess thread off.
  4. Offer to your cat and watch him or her go crazy!

NOTES:

Always supervise your cat while playing with this toy.  Do not use feathers if your cat will chew on them.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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