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Last year, our little family decided it was time that we had a pet. For years, I had begged my husband for a dog. And then my kids did too! I grew up with dogs and had one all of my life until I got married. I missed having a pet! I honestly never thought about getting a cat until my husband offered getting one as an alternative to a dog. I loved my sister-in-laws cats and their sweet cat had just given birth to an adorable litter of babies. We chose our favorite and we surprised our kids one day with our sweet cat Missy. She has been the perfect pet and we love her so much!
Miss Princess Leia (Missy for short) is definitely spoiled. We love playing with her, cuddling her, and watching her funny antics while she plays. We want her to have the best so she can be with us as long as possible. One of the things we discovered she enjoys is playing with catnip toys. We had purchased a couple of them when she was a kitten and she couldn’t get enough! I realized soon after that it was actually really easy to make my own catnip toys for her and I’m sharing that with you today!
On my way home from the craft store, I stopped at Walmart and picked up Missy’s favorite food, Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Indoor Complete Chicken with Lentils & Salmon Recipe. I was so excited to hear that Rachael Ray has cat food! I knew Missy wouldn’t be able to resist! Nutrish Indoor Complete contains a real superfood blend to meet the complete needs of your indoor cat.
If you’re ready to spoil your favorite cat, you can snag a $2 coupon to try it at any retailer$2 coupon to try it at any retailer! Your cat will thank you! You can print up to two and it’s good through the end of the year. Once printed, the coupon is good for 30 days.
I’m happy knowing that she is getting everything she needs in her food! It’s a natural food where real U.S. farm-raised chicken is always the #1 ingredient, plus real salmon. It also contains vitamins, minerals, and taurine for a 100% complete and balanced diet. It also addresses the concern of weight, indigestion, and immunity, something we cat owners need to worry about with our indoor loving felines! Be sure to treat your cat with Nutrish Indoor Complete only if they are one year or older. Our little Missy just turned a year old two months ago! And she’s loving the switch to Nutrish Indoor Complete.
While we love our Missy, I’m all about helping other cats who don’t have what she does. Did you know that a portion of the proceeds of every purchase of Nutrish Indoor Complete go to help forgotten pets? The proceeds help with things like medical supplies, food and treatments to help pets in need, through the Rachael Ray Foundation and Rachael’s Rescue. Up till December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated 17.5 million dollars to pets in need!
Now on to Missy’s next favorite thing-Catnip Toys! Here’s how you can make your furry friend their own Catnip Toys. You will need:
- Catnip (dried or alive)
- Thick felt
- Feathers (optional)
- A Sewing Machine
- Pillow Stuffing
- Fabric Markers (also optional)
To begin, choose what shape you want to use. I made a heart and fish for her top play with. You can find templates online or eyeball it like I did. I cut out the first one and then cut around the second to be sure they matched up. You can mix it up by using different colors on each side!
Next, you need your catnip. If you have catnip that’s still alive, you can easily dry it in your oven. I dry ours by hanging it upside down until the moisture is gone. But if you’re in a rush, you can put it on a baking tray and bake it at the lowest possible temperature until it’s dry and crumbly. It can take several hours but it’s faster than waiting days like hang drying.
Sew around the edges of your toys. You can turn them inside out as you do with pillows or leave the stitching showing like I did. It’s up to you! I also chose to sew by hand. Be sure to leave a small opening at the end.Once you have sewed most of the edges, stuff some of the catnip inside the toy and include a little bit of stuffing. This gives the toys more shape.
If you’d like to add feathers to ends, place them inside and sew the opening down to keep everything in. You can use fabric markers to add details, it’s really fun for the kids. I wanted to keep mine simple this time but the option is there if you’d like to use them!
The real test is always whether or not your cat is going to like what you have for them. You never know, especially with a picky one like Missy! Thankfully, she adores catnip almost as much as Nutrish Indoor Complete. We love keeping our girl happy!
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What things do you like to do for your cat? I’d love to hear some ideas!