Intro: The Cat Glove - Rough Pet Protection Toy
Case Study: Hobbes is a rescued tabby who was confined to a small cage for the first entire year of his life. As a result, he has not been conditioned to typical kitty social customs, such as not shredding limbs/ spilling blood of his human or animal counterparts. If your cat or dog is like this, or a claw/bite-happy creature, you will want to know about The Cat Glove. There is no reason to neglect playing with your little fuzzy anti-christ when you have this incredibly effective tool. Let's get started.
Supplies you will need include:
1. Furry Toy
2. PVC-coated gloves
4. Duct tape or equivalent
5. Rough cat, puppy, sugar glider, hawk, etc.
Step 1: Step 1 - Get the Supplies
1a. Buy a set of PVC-coated gloves from your local hardware store. They are common and easy to find, for around $10.
1b. Buy a furry toy. In my case, I bought the non-stuffed ferret that was available at my local pet store for $12. You could use any stuffed or non-stuffed toy that you think is at least wide enough at the base (usually "up the butt") to get your hand into with the glove, and will extend up your arm long enough so that any teeth or claws will affect the glove instead of your skin.
Step 2: Step 2: Create
2a. If you have a set of gloves that does not extend up to your elbow, you can easily use the second glove to add length using some common duct or gaffers tape. Cut off the fingers of the second glove, and tape the section onto the first glove. I turned it inside-out first, taped it, and then pulled it right-side-out and taped again. This part will not show so it doesn't need to be attractive. You can add a few layers of tape to ensure that the glove outlives the cat's brutality, but more likely you will need to replace the furry toy at some point, not the existing glove.
2b. Insert the glove into the fuzzy toy by removing some stitching somewhere at the base or end of the toy, or cutting it. You will not need to sew it back up. In my non-stuffed ferret toy, I also had the ability to position the fingers around the squeaky part in the mouth of the toy, so that when you put our hand in the glove, the squeaky element is still very much functional and fun.
Step 3: Step 3: Play Safely With Protection!
3a. Put your hand in it.
3b. Harass your cat. The cat will love the ability to fight and claw and "back-kick" (or whatever it is called when they do that bunny-rabbit thing that can shred your forearm if you are not prepared with The Cat Glove). If you can squeak the toy, it will love that, too. You can also remove the PVC glove at any time to insert some catnip or other treats in the tip/nose of the toy animal to heighten your cat or dog's enjoyment. You will feel very satisfied that you have given your creature a much-needed fight that is instinctual, while saving the life of some poor tiny mouse or bird that would have been the object of interest otherwise.
3c. With your cat feeling sufficiently fulfilled by this release of aggression and energy, it will be a more friendly animal to the rest of your clan.
Step 4: Editor's Note:
Typhon wants you to know he's fine and he loves it. He's also much bigger now.
Hobbes is still Hobbes.