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For someone who never grew up with pets and never wanted any, I flipped the switch to crazy cat lady with an ease I’ll never understand.
Within a year’s time I went from zero cats to three cats and if I had space, I’d have a house full of them. One came to us as a “free kitten to good home,” and the other two were rescued momma cats. I have a soft spot for mommas because once their kittens are adopted, they’re left behind and have a tougher time finding homes.
I love “my girls” with all of my heart and consider them part of the family. I’d pretty much do anything for them, which is why I started making DIY cat toys. It’s all part of my plan to help the cats be active, have fun, stay healthy and eat well.
Speaking of eating, if you think Morris the Cat is the only one who’s got mad love for 9Lives, you should see my cats go to town on a bowl of 9Lives Protein Plus.
My cats are sassy but not snarky, fun but not boring… just like Morris, so it’s no wonder they love the wholesome, tasty ingredients in 9Lives Protein Plus as much as they do. They can’t get enough of the delicious flavors of chicken and tuna! They barely pick their heads up out of the bowl while chomping.
It makes me happy to know they enjoy their food so much, and I feel reassured I’m making a responsible food choice that offers them the taste, nutrition, and variety they crave.
But even more important to me is that 9Lives Protein Plus is packed with 100% complete and balanced nutrition for adult cats filled with antioxidants for healthy immune support. It also has 33 grams of high quality protein (per 100g of food) to help support lean muscles and provide energy.
And since my cats love to play, run and climb, I want their food to give them all the energy they need for playtime.
If your cats love to play as much as mine do, try making some DIY cat toys! My cats patiently watched me the entire time I was making the toys and couldn’t wait to get their little paws on everything.
DIY Cat Toys
You’ll need some wooden dowels, dowel caps and a bunch of embellishments. Go with whatever strikes your fancy or your cat’s fancy. I bought ribbon, twine, bells, feathers, felt and washi tape.
I cut the dowels to 18″ lengths and then just randomly started crafting. For one DIY cat toy, I cut strips of felt, then attached them to the end of a dowel with twine and a few bells.
For another one, I cut long lengths of ribbon.
And then I added some curly-q ribbon and a few bells.
To make a dangling feather cat toy, I cut a 1-inch section off of the dowel and glued two caps on the ends, then attached feathers, a bell and tied it to the dowel with some twine.
Just have fun with it!
Finally, I wrapped washi tape around the dowels for some extra sparkle. I wrapped twine around one of them too, but washi tape was much easier!
And the cats love them!
I hope you’ll try making these fun DIY cat toys for your cats too. They’ll get a huge kick out of them, and you’ll be helping keep them active and happy.