Burlap Rat 2.0

Cat Toys

I introduce the Burlap rat 2.0! My inspiration for this little toy was a field mouse. Small, brown, and fuzzy. This was the first time using the sewing machine and I’m happy to announce I still have all my fingers and the cats have yet to rip it apart!20150314_002410

The Process:

I used a Roll of burlap, a small square of bubble wrap/foil insulation (for crinkle), and some string. mat burlap rat 2.0sandwiched the foil and string in the burlap. I folded the edges of the burlap over onto them selves and zig-zag sewed it together.

burlap rat 2.0

Took me two or three times to get it just right. Once I was done, I added a little metal bell from a previously destroyed toy and I was good to go!

The Result:

Leo really wasn’t to impressed at first. He entertained the idea of pouncing for a brief moment before returning to grooming himself. Penny, as expected, Chased that thing up and down the living room! She would bat it grab it and slap it. I guess burlap doesn’t taste very good because she never used her mouth to subdue the ferocious critter. After a bit of playing with penny, Leo did get in on the action but it was short-lived. Didn’t keep his attention for long.

I think my next toy needs more color in it. Leo has responded well the color in the past. according to this article: Both cats and dogs can see color. I really love this mini fishing rod it makes it incredibly easy to play fetch with the cats. More on that soon!



Cat Toys, Pet Health

I’m Happy to announce my Latest project: Chirpy Cats! I’m planning on systematically Creating and Testing cat toys.

Now, I know what you might be thinking… Nat, Why would you spend your time with this silly nonsense? I’ll tell you why. Because I love my cats unconditionally. These cats can take me from having a bad cloudy day and turn it into a sunny and happy existence. They are therapeutic. They are the closest thing to children and I like to “get my dad on”. They are completely adorable, fluffy, and sweet.

Leo and penny are indoor cats and I feel that I owe it to them to keep them excited about living indoors. There are plenty of birds and critters around our property that they only get to see from the window. they always do this weird chirp or cackle when they are watching something of particular interest. I want to bring that environment inside through the creation these toys and with a little luck have a pair of Chirpy Cats!

Without further adieu, meet my kitties: