Introduction: Felt Catnip Toys

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My cats love catnip. Tonight while a friend and I were doing some wet felting (and I didn't want to commit to an hours long project) I ended up going with making catnip filled wet felted balls---which were a hit.

These toys are fast, easy, inexpensive, and an all around great cat toy.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

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-Roving wool

-Bamboo mat

-Bubble wrap

-Soap (I have olive oil soap for wet felting)

-Hot water


Step 2: Wool

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Take a few pieces of spread out wool and lay it down over your bubble wrap. Add a second layer of wool going in the other direction (crossing). Continue adding wool until you are satisfied with the thickness. The more wool the bigger your ball will be.

Add catnip to the center of your wool.

Step 3: Soap & Water

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Keep a bowl of hot soapy water near your work area. I put a tiny piece of olive oil soap into the water and mushed it around.

Wrap, roll, or scrunch up your wool and dunk it into the hot water and then roll the wool gently between your hands for 5-10 minutes. Do not put pressure on the ball. As you work, you'll feel the ball start to harden, this is when you can begin adding pressure.

Keep rolling until the ball begins to feel firm.

Step 4: Dry

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When your ball is firm, rinse and allow to dry before allowing your cats to play---which is easier said than done if your cats like catnip as much as Sushi and Stormy do.


KnittersSerendipity (author)2016-11-13

WOW! My cats love catnip! I have plenty of roving! I never imagined that you could wet felt the catnip into the roving! Lily will really be chasing the pixies now!

CraftAndu (author)2015-12-06

Cool project. I will certainly make one when I find the materials!

GymnasticsGirl (author)CraftAndu2016-01-05

I agree with akullerkann. I will definitely make these and give them as gifts, as I don't have cats. :)

miked2001 (author)2015-12-01

I never kept catnip available full time. Only used it as a treat every few months so there was never the withdrawal issues. I never buy toys with catnip.

I will try this idea with some alpaca wool I picked up.

Hammerguy84 (author)2015-11-24

Our cat loved catnip too, until we found out that catnip essentially does the same thing to cats that cocaine does to humans. This realization only came after we attempted to drop him off at the local shelter because we couldn't stand the bad behavior anymore. The nice lady there asked us if we had any catnip around. We said yes, and she suggested we take it all away for a week and see if there was any difference. We did, and there was! Just FYI.

ashleyjlong (author)Hammerguy84 2015-11-27

Just wanted to say I'm really glad the lady at the shelter helped you identify the problem and that everything is ok now. So many cats get dropped at shelters for reasons that could be resolved with a little attention and knowledge. I've never had catnip affect my cats adversely, but I'm glad your kitty's behavior improved once he got "sober". :)

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