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Learn how to make a free, fun, and weird toy for your cat to enjoy! I'm pretty new to Instrucables, so please let me know what you think.
 
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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All you really need for this is one lazy cat! I'm using my cat Otto. Also, a cat fur removal tool is optional.

Step 2: Brush Your Cat

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First, begin brushing your cat to remove his or her fur. Your cat should thoroughly enjoy this process.

Step 3: Gather the Fur

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Next, gather as much fur together as possible.

Step 4: Roll the Fur

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Next, roll the fur in your hands until you end up with a long, thick, compacted, cylinder-shapped wad of fur.

Step 5: Many Shapes and Sizes

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Plus, these toys can be made into a variety of shapes and sizes.

Step 6: Time to Play!

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Finally, it is time to play with your cat. My cat Otto loves these toys. Just check out the video below for more playful action. Thanks for reading, learning, watching!


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catlily4 months ago
I love it!
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Abigail026 months ago
Silly
That's a lot of fur!!!!!
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Animal fan7 months ago
Cool!
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Animal fan7 months ago
Sooo funny!!
catlily7 months ago
What a funny easy way to entarian you shedding cat!!
DeceptibotX2 years ago
Genuine chicken feathers tied together or a feather duster can get your cat excited.
So won't a paper bag LOL
kitty_35 years ago
my cat doesn't react to catnip, so i deiced to stuff his toy with his and his favorite kittys fluff. it worked!!
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try oregano, it is a great alternative to catnip and is cat friendly
LOL, nice pic
sbrown95781 year ago
Try oregano, it is a great alternative to catnip
Your kidding me you must be kidding
craftpro1 year ago
Lol this is cute! i could definitely get enough fur from my cat
I comb my cats every day or they get hairballs. They eat the clumps of hair right off the comb if I'm not careful. So this wouldn't work for me. I do find it hilarious your cat likes it so much though.
stef+mercy5 years ago
those aren't really toys, more like furballs. lol my kitty attacks his hair after I pull it out of the brush too. try maybe putting them in little cloth bags with a little bit of catnip. gives them two scents and less able to destroy or make a mess.
I thought so too...
we had two peacocks when my cat was a kitten and their tail feathers are a great toy
(for the record, i only used feathers lying on the ground :) )
that is such a cute cat!
cute cat!  what a strange idea, but my cats love my own hair balls, so i guess it makes sense!  However, my cats hate being brushed, and that toy looks exactly like what my boy cat throws up on a regular basis. ew!  
any suggestions on how to get the cat to enjoy the brushing? i have tried many different brushes and they tolerate some very briefly, but hate them all. because they can.... sigh.
Try giving them catnip first.
I just use a regular comb on my cat, and he loves it. He hates it when I use a regular cat brush on his stomach.
Also, if you roll it long enough or even use proper felting techniques it should be fine. Our cat loves those things...chews'em...throws them around...they dont come apart.
SarahKat5523 years ago
when i brush my cat he goes nuts ove his fur but i am kinda allergic to cats so i dont need the hair every where it makes it hard to breath but good idea
Swand86 years ago
I don't mean to be unkind, as this idea shows you definitely know how to use your noggin, but it's not a real great idea. The cat could swallow the hair and thus have a hair ball to hock up or to stay in it's system to cause intestinal problems - which have been known to sometimes kill cats. Please be kind to our precious little pets.
Shany120 Swand83 years ago
thats why there is the thing called supervision
Shany1203 years ago
cute idea!! Im going to make it! I'll be back with a picture!
SurferGeek7 years ago
Interesting but I prefer to limit my cat's intake of hair as much as possible. Puking up hairballs on the carpet after playing with this "toy" would ruin any fun I had watching the cat play with it.
ZackScott (author)  SurferGeek7 years ago
Well, I don't let them play with them alone. I be sure to watch them as they play because sometimes they act so bizarre about it.
Yeah I never let my cats or kittens play unsupervised..... I had a dangle toy.... Left the kitten alone with it for a total of 5 minutes... I come back in the room...and she was hanging there almost lifeless... Never again... I never, ever, ever buy toys with elastic on them anymore... Good idea... My cats are so weird... They didn't like the furballs... but my dog came over....and ate it....lol Weird dog...
Good grief, yes. I'm contemplating shaving mine for the summer. She's fine as long as the weather is cool but once the temp spikes, she sheds (and vomits) hairballs the size of kittens.
bluebirdy4 years ago
cant this cause a hairball problem?
olive66084 years ago
what happens when the cat rips it a part .Then you got a hare explosion
xarrismark4 years ago
 Very interesting toy idea :) But could we have some info on the brush used? Looks like it works VERY well on a very pleased cat.
Ieatbabiez5 years ago
Uh....My cats would end up trying to eat it...So on a personal note I'm not going to try it.....maybe I will when I get some normal cats ;P
ferrari4845 years ago
nice idea but not if your allergic to bad that's the only reason why i don't have any pets
thing 25 years ago
hey is it alright for your cats to chew on it?
scoochmaroo5 years ago
Ok, I thought this was weird. But, my cat is also non-responsive to most toys. I've made a bunch of little fur balls for her to play with, and she loves them! THANK YOU!!!
otto is cool!!!!
NicksMom5 years ago
Beautiful Cat...odd choice of toy! who knows, maybe lots of cats would play with this simply because it "smells" like them! I'm enjoying this site.
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