If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s day sparks a desire to share some sweetness with all the loves of your life – human and feline.
As my own cat counterpart is in need of some new toys, I figured the upcoming holiday would be the perfect excuse to whip up a catnip-filled, heart-shaped mouse pounce toys. This cute little mouse is really simple and quick to make, all you need is a few materials and about 30 minutes to spare.
Felt (preferably in Valentine’s Day colors!)
A small piece of yarn
Take your main piece of felt, fold in half and draw a half-heart shape along the fold. Cut out the shape by following the line, but cutting about a 1/4 of an inch beyond the line. Using a matching color embroidery thread, stitch together the edges of the heart, leaving the section at the large end of the heart open – this is where you’ll fill the toy with catnip.
I like to use embroidery thread rather than regular sewing thread because it’s stronger and likely to withstand the play of a wildcat like mine! Flip the heart inside out (so the stitches are now on the inside.)
Now it’s time to give the little guy a face! Using embroidery thread, I added a few stitches across the point of the heart for the nose and created the eyes with a series of french-knot stitches. For the ears, cut two tiny circles from felt in a contrasting color and attach them on either side of the body with a few additional stitches.
Fill the body with a generous amount of catnip and then stitch up the opening. Just before you close it completely, add in one end of the piece of yarn to create the tail.
And that’s it! Introduce your kitty to his newest toy (homemade with love) and let the playtime begin!
A note about cat toys: My cat tends to like to tear apart his toys, so over the years I’ve learned what kind of materials NOT to give him. He will eat just about anything, so I avoid giving him anything with buttons or small pieces that he could potentially choke on. As you create play items for your own pets, be sure to consider how they will potentially destroy the toy and tailor your design to suit their own safety needs!