Best Homemade Holiday Gifts For Cats
Let's Craft Kitty a "Do It Yourself" Christmas Present
The wonderful thing about cats is that they are so very easy to please. These beautiful furry felines can be amused by virtually anything that moves and if that moving target is edible than that is even better.
Cats are even fascinated by common household items that are stationary and which seem to purposely remain that way just to annoy them. This is why making homemade gifts for them is just so fun.
If you have a cat and are looking for a Christmas or birthday gift for him or her that costs practically nothing to create then perhaps you will find a few novel ideas here. Kids love crafting gifts for family members so if you have kids then this may also be a good DIY holiday project for them to do.
Cat's Really are Quite Easy to Amuse
Cardboard Box: A Kitty Favorite!
This is one of the easiest low cost gifts that you can give to your feline friend. A cardboard box of any shape or size will work as the perfect play toy for your kitty. All you have to do is empty one out and you have a ready made cat toy.
Your cat will find this simple structure an irresistible playhouse. This is one of the simplest free toys to gift your cat. The standard cardboard box sitting on the floor is simply begging to be explored. Cut a few holes in its side to act as windows and your cat has a playhouse that even Fisher Price could not rival.
This is also the perfect DIY craft project for kids to make as a Christmas present for their favourite pet. There are usually quite a few boxes available during the holiday season and this is one gift that is easy to make that even a kid can do it. Kitty is sure to appreciate this play item.
Crumpled Paper Ball, Frozen Peas, or a Brussels Sprout Toy?
Another of the simplest toys that you can make for a cat is a ball made from crinkled paper. Simply take a piece of used paper destined for the trash, wad it up, and toss it in the direction of your feline friend.
Your cat won't mind if this gift is rather plain and something that no one else in the house seems to want, to your pet this will be the perfect play toy. He or she will scoot, claw, and scatter a little paper ball around the house for hours.
If kitty seems bored by your more than generous gift item then simply pick it up and re-toss it toward him/her to renew interest once again.
Wine corks, frozen peas, old pill bottles, or a Brussels Sprout (raw or cooked) all work along this same theory as gifts that your kitty will adore. Cats really are pretty easy to please.
Craft A Cat Nip Stuffed Toy Mouse or Snake for Your Cat
If you can knit or crochet then you may want to craft your kitty a mouse or snake to play with. Because of the small size of these objects they take very little time to make and are exceptionally easy patterns to complete.
To knit or crochet a Mouse simply use your favorite stitch to craft up a square. Use a tight stitch so that the filling will not leak out and keep the tails of your left over wool long so your mouse will have a tail when you are finished.
Once you have your square made lay it out so that it looks like a diamond. Pull the two opposite corners together, and then sew up one side of the triangle to create a cone shape. Stuff your cone with polyester filling and cat nip. Then sew up the remaining opening. This DIY cat nip play toy can be made from any cloth square as well.
For creating a snake simply knit or crochet a long narrow belt. Then sew this narrow band into a tube, stuff it with polyester fill and cat nip, then toss it onto the floor for your cat to stumble onto.
Your cat will not notice that the toys do not have eyes but if you want some than sew yarn repeated in and out of the fabric to create a pair of eyes. I prefer not to use button for eyes as these can be a choking hazard for pets. We love them and whether the toy is home made or purchased we always want to insure that our pets have a safe toy to play with.
If your cat is fond of cat nip then shaking the toy in the cat nip bag for a minute or two will definitely get your kitty interested in this new toy. These kitty craft items are so simple and economical that any household can create them in mere minutes. Giving these gifts certainly won't break your holiday budget either.
Kitty Kristmas Kookies aka Cat Christmas Cookies
If you were thinking of making an edible homemade gift for your cat, well those are pretty easy to create too, and all you need are a few common household ingredients. How about kitty crackers?
For this cat treat recipe you will need: six ounces of undrained tuna; 1 cup cornmeal; 1 cup flour; and 1/3 cup water. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine your ingredients, and mix this dough up nice, and good. Then roll it out to a flat cookie thickness (about 1/4) inch, and cut, or press into cookies shapes.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies, and cool before serving.
If you have friends with cats consider a baking up a few extra goodies to wrap up to pop under their Christmas tree. What is cuter than seeing a kitty who finds a parcel under the tree filled with treats for her?
Cats Really are Quite Easy to Please
Cat Grass or a Little Fishing Game?
Another feline favorite gift is cat grass and although the seed may set you back for a little under a dollar this gift is still very reasonable in price.
This is a gift that allows you can go large, small, indoors or outdoors. You can plant a personal size pan of kitty grass, or go for a litter box size container of cat grass and let your pet jump in to enjoy. If you have a yard then you can give your feline their very own little kitty garden to romp and roll in.
If these gifts seem a little tame then you can always go with the old standby kitty gift of a cat fishing pole. Just use an old curtain rod or stick, tie a string to it with a few feathers attached at the end, and you have the perfect cat fishing pole. It's an old time favorite of cats everywhere.
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