for your intended recipient, you
can create a sweet gift. Porcelain
paint comes in a variety of colors.
If you’re intimidated by freehand
drawing, get stencils and a paintbrush, and let someone else’s artistic talent do the work.
Cat scarf. With an inexpensive scarf,
a rubber stamp, and an ink pad, you
can create one-of-a-kind gifts for
your cat-loving friends. Although
the instructions I’ve seen feature a
white scarf and black ink, don’t let
that limit you: The most important
rule is that the color of the ink on
the stamp must be darker than the
color of the fabric. Other than that,
Gifts for cats
“Feather” cat toy made of felt.
With some felt, a bell, some string,
and a plastic wand or wooden
dowel, you can create the awesome
bird teaser toy of your cat’s dreams.
Get some medium-thickness felt
and cut out two or three feathers in
various sizes and colors. Tie them
together along with the bell, then
tie the other end of the string to the
wand or dowel.
Crocheted cat bed. Cat-quality yarn
and crochet hooks are inexpensive. There are lots of free crochet
patterns for cat gifts. It’s a trifecta
of inexpensive win for those with
a talent for tying yarn in knots. To
avoid potential problems, don’t use
stretchy yarns or loosely woven patterns. These beds are fun to make,
and you even can match the bed to
your cat-loving friend’s décor.
Knitted or crocheted cat toys.
A plethora of patterns are avail-
able online for catnip-filled
toys, bouncy toys, jingly toys,
ine. If you’re worried about yarn and
cats, fear not: Well-made crocheted
or knitted cat toys don’t unravel
into potentially dangerous strings.
I have several crocheted cat toys,
and they definitely have stood the
tests of time and vigorous play.
No-sew cat tent. If you’re as crafty
as I am — which is to say almost zero
— then a no-sew tent is an ideal gift.
With a T-shirt, a piece of cardboard,
and a couple of wire hangers, you
can make a cat tent fancy enough
to make your wealthy feline-loving
friends jealous. Add a yard or a yard
and a half of fleece, folded a couple
of times, to make the bottom of the
bed soft and comfy.
JaneA Kelley is the author
of the award-winning cat
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com) and a contributing
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She is a longtime shelter volunteer and
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Crocheted cat goodies
Find patterns for an assortment
of toys and beds at 10 Free
Crochet Patterns For Your Cat:
Hand-knit mouse toy
The U.K. charity Cats
Protection has instructions on
how to knit Captain Cat-Battler,
a cool pirate-themed mouse
toy, here: topcrochetpatterns.
Learn how to make a hand-stamped black cat scarf at
No-sew cat tent
Get the full instructions on how to
make your own no-sew cat tent:
Custom cat mug
Get instructions on how to make
your own cat mug at triedandtrue-blog.com/handmade-mug-gifts
Hand-sewn cat toys
Find links to instructions on
how to make a crackle toy, a
mouse toy, and a fish toy: pet
Cat toe flats
Learn how to make your own
(or someone else’s) pair of custom cat toe shoes at julieann
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