This is a fun and simple toy for your cat, that can be made with cheap and easy-to-find materials. Because I have a good supply of it, I used real fox fur to make my "tribble", however you can use synthetic fur as an alternative if you desire. Cats do seem to enjoy the wispy, fluffy feel of the real thing, though! You can get these natural fur scraps from just about any fur garment manufacturer, or purchase some online. Fake fur can of course be purchased at any craft or fabric store.
Step 1: Collect Your Materials
The materials required for this project are simple, cheap and easy to find. Nevertheless, they can provide Kitty with some exciting entertainment once you put it all together!
Here's what you'll need:
- Fluffy fur material
- Fishing line
- Needle and thread
- Straight stick (I used a sturdy piece of bamboo)
Step 2: Sew Up Your Tribble
Cut about a 6" x 2" section of fur, using a knife blade if possible, rather than scissors. Scissors can chop through the hairs and leave a mess, while the knife only cuts through the leather itself (or the fabric backing, if you are using synthetic)
Fold the fur section in half and sew it up from the inside, being careful to keep hair out of the seams. Be sure to leave the top open. Once you have sewn it up, it should look like a small "pouch" with the hair on the inside. Leave it as-is for now and use your knife to poke a small hole through the top.
Then turn it fur-side out so your tribble will actually look like such!
Step 3: Add Catnip and String
Put a small pinch of catnip inside your Tribble, then lace a string of the fishing line through the two holes you punched through the top. Tie it shut securely, and then tie the other end of the string to your stick. I used about 2 feet of fishing line but you can make yours longer or shorter depending on preference. Once everything's tied together, your Tribble is now ready for some trouble!
Step 4: Enjoy the Show!
As you can see from the blur of action here, my buddy Skinner was quite impressed with his new toy, and that poor Tribble sure took a beating! The good thing is, even if your Tribble gets pounced, batted and clawed to death after a while, you can easily replace it with another by untying the old one and tying a freshly made one in its place. Sure is cheaper than a store-bought cat toy and every bit as fun!
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