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Video:Make a Catnip Toy Pouch

with Debbie Anderson

If you want to treat your cat with a new toy, you don't have to make a trip to the pet store. Learn how to make a simple catnip toy pouch, and your kitty will be occupied for hours.See Transcript

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Transcript:Make a Catnip Toy Pouch

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. Keeping your cat entertained can sometimes feel like a tall order – So today I'm going to show you how to make a cat nip toy pouch for your kitty to play with.

Catnip Toy Supplies

For this project you will need:
  • an old sock you no longer need or want
  • a pair of cutting scissors
  • a ruler
  • a small roll of yarn
  • a small plastic bag of catnip that you can purchase at your local pet store

Prepare the Catnip Pouch

To get started – dig through the laundry bin and find an old stinky sock you no longer want that does not have holes in the tips of the toes of it. Next, depending on your sock size, use your ruler to measure approximately 4 to 6 inches down the length of the sock from the tip of the toes end of the sock and use your scissors to cut the sock in half. Discard of the sock end with the two-hole openings and keep the toe end half of the sock.

Assemble the Catnip Toy

Making sure not to spill any of the catnip, use your scissors to make a small cut in the top of the plastic bag of catnip. Once the bag is open - place the bag of catnip inside the sock pouch. Finally, cut a 6-inch piece of yarn. Twist the open end of the sock half together to close the sock pouch opening.

Tie and wrap the 6-inch piece of yarn around the end of the sock material. Securely tighten it to seal the opening by tying the yarn into a tight knot. Allow the rest of the yarn to dangle off the end of the sock material.

Test the Catnip Toy

Now it is time to test out your new catnip toy pouch to get kitty's approval. Holding the toy just a few feet off the ground to get your cats attention - once your cat has found the toy intriguing, allow your kitty to play with the toy on the floor at will.

Storing and Using Cat Toys

To prevent your animal from becoming inactive due to becoming uninterested or bored with their toys, be sure to switch out new toys for your animal to play with ever few days. Finally, always store any unused toys in a sanitary and safe location so that you know where to find them when switching out other toys again later.

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