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Homemade Catnip Toys

Updated on March 15, 2012

Crocheted Cat Toy

Crocheted with 100% cotton yarn, and filled with polyester stuffing & a little bit of catnip.
Crocheted with 100% cotton yarn, and filled with polyester stuffing & a little bit of catnip.

Catnip Toys

For anyone with a cat as a house pet, catnip toys give them the exercise they sometimes lack.  Cat owners spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their pets every year on toys, beds and treats.  This does not include the every day essentials such as food and cat litter.

Making cat toys is quite simple, whether or not you are a crafty person.  The craftier you are though, the more creative you can be.  All you need are a few basic supplies, such as needle & thread, fabric scraps, stuffing and some catnip.

A very basic toy can be made as follows:

First, cut 2 pieces of fabric 3" square.  Sew them almost all the way around right sides together, leaving an opening for turning.  Turn right side out and fill with stuffing and catnip. Be sure to put the catnip in the center of the stuffing, to prevent it from coming through the fabric too quickly.  It won't hurt anything if it does, it will just mean the cat may lose interest in it after awhile.

For those of you who are crocheters, you can crochet a ball about 2" in diameter.  Before you close up the end, fill with stuffing and catnip.  For the crocheted ones, especially if stitches are a little bigger, I recommend enclosing the catnip in a small scrap of fabric before placing inside the ball.

Once you start making these toys, you find yourself coming up with more ideas and putting more detail into them.  Your cats will get the exercise they need, and your friends will want some for their cats.  The start of a sideline business perhaps?!


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      Diane Ziomek 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Yes, they are fun to watch when they do that. When I had an indoor cat I used to sprinkle a bit of catnip on the top of her cat stand. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. :)

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      Paul Jenkins 4 years ago from Earth

      Cat nip toys are awesome. you will know it's working when your cat starts rubbing herself all over the toy, then attacking it, then rubbing herself on it again. LOL what a wonderful time. haha

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      David Alderson 6 years ago from Cat Lovers, Indiana

      From one cat lover to another....Great Hub!! Cat nip toys all look cool and Max would love any of them for his birthday. A lot of good ideas that can be put to practical use just like my Litter Clump Art.