How to make a simple yet a very fascinating toy for your cat

My cats are 4, 12 and 13 years old. And they play like kittens with this simple toy which wakes up predators in them. The secret of success of this toy is that feathers are very light and remind the living bird. Plus, we add the smell of catnip and success is guaranteed!

You will need: 3-4 feathers, durable natural rope, bamboo or any springy stick, spool of thread, catnip.

Feathers, rope, stick

  • Find some feathers. Any feather will work, but it will be best if you find not dyed, ‘live’ feathers.
  • Douse feathers with boiling water to kill any possible parasites. Let them well dry.
  • Cut about 50 cm of rope and tie a knot at each end.
  • Apply one end of the rope to a beam of feathers and wrap it firmly with the thread.

Connecting rope and feathers

  • Do the same with the other end of the rope and the tip of the stick.

Connecting rope to the stick

  • Put the feathers in the bag of catnip and let them to absorb its smell for about one hour.

Feathers in the bag of catnip

  • Done! Now try it and see how your cats will react =)

a simple yet a super groovy toy for your cat

4 thoughts on “How to make a simple yet a very fascinating toy for your cat

  1. Kwinten

    cool project, the cat nip infusion makes it irrepressible . I found that pieces of rubber band work well too, in case you don’t have feathers available. The rubber wobbles over carpets and my cats like that a lot.

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  2. Scott McNary

    Depending on how playful your cat is I can see the stick snapping. You should make sure you use a sturdy stick that won’t bend and snap. Consider using a plastic stick

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    1. mojocat Post author

      Thanks for advise Scott. I think you’re right.
      Personally I do not like plastic cat toys. They break down much faster than a home-made bamboo toys.

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