Hopefully these DIY suggestions are going to help save you some money when it comes to keeping your cat or kitten happy and healthy. For us as pet lovers we don’t hesitate to spend money when we have to when it comes to our feline friends. But if there are ways that you don’t have to spend a fortune at your local pet store or even at your vet’s then why do it?
It is our intention to just gather a few of the most popular easy to make items that are inexpensive to save you time from having to hunt around for these.
One thing that cats really love is their toys, but only if they move or happen to have catnip in them. These sort of items are not cheap when you go to buy them but they are really easy to make.
Grow your own catnip:
This can be done indoors or out. But word of warning if you are going to grow outdoors then you are most likely going to attract all of the neighborhood cats as well. So to protect you from some cat invasion, we will give you the indoor grow version. You will want to grow this in a room where your can’t doesn’t go, however. Otherwise you are going to find your catnip has been cat attacked before it gets a chance to fully grow. Or before you get a chance to turn it into a playful toy.
You can either start from seed which you should be able to get at your local nursery. Or if someone you know is already growing it, then just take a snip from it.
You are going to want a medium sized pot. Occasionally you will want to change the catnip in the older toy, or even make a new one. Start the seeds as you would any other plant and make sure it gets full sun. Water when it becomes dry.
Toys made from catnip are excellent for keeping your cat active and without you having to participate when you are busy.
If you are a knitter, here is an excellent quick and easy toy to make that I found at Martha Stewart
Image source: Martha Stewart
For this knitted project:
“This toy is a great way to use leftover yarn because it requires less than an ounce. You’ll also need a handful of wool stuffing, a large needle, a jingle bell, and a couple of spoonfuls of dried catnip.
KFB= Knit into front and back of stitch (to make 2 stitches where there was 1)
K2Tog= Knit 2 stitches together
P2Tog= Purl 2 stitches together
BO= Bind off
We used chunky-weight yarn and size-11 needles to make a 3-inch-wide heart. Using different yarn weights and needles will produce results in a variety of sizes. The instructions use standard knitting abbreviations; refer to the key for clarification.” please visit Martha Stewart for the complete instruction.
Toys that Exercise your Cat:
Most of the toys that really exercise your cat means you have to be there to generate it. This isn’t always possible especially if you are at work all day. The cat exercise wheel is perfect because once your train your cat to use it then your feline friend is going to love it.
Making Your Own Cat Food:
Most likely if you have a healthy cat you won’t want to go to the trouble of making all your own cat food. What you do want to do is research the ingredients well to ensure that what you are buying is quality.
If you cat has some health issues however, then you may want to think about making your own.
Many experienced cat owners who have opted to make their own cat foods have gone with the raw diet.
A good example of this is found on the cat nutrition site. The promotion behind the raw cat food diet being promoted here was from a first hand experience. The story is about Duke who came from a animal shelter as a kitten. He started showing signs of a digestive disorder that was quite serious. This went on for years and let to a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease. Unfortunately his owner although trying everything possible nothing seem to help Duke’s condition. That was until the owner discovered the answer was in the diet. For this reason catnutrition.org came into being.
If this is something that has raised an interest in you and your cat’s diet then visit catnutrition.org a visit and you will find everything you need to get you started on making your own healthy cat food.
A simple Treat:
Even if you are not into making your own cat food, now that we have your growing catnip, here is a quick and easy treat your can make for your big and small feline friends:
First gather up the ingredients:
Make a small batch because they contain fish and you don’t want to keep them any longer than a few days.
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/4 tin skinless boneless salmon
1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1/2 tbsp. olive oil
You can blend all of these ingredients in your blender or food processor. Remove the dough from the unit and roll out to about 1/4 thick with a rolling pin. If you are feeling creative you can cut out cute little shapes or just the top of a salt shaker should be a good sized treat.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay the pieces on this then bake in 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Because of the salmon in these I suggest you store them in the fridge and just take out a few about 1/2 hour before kitty gets their treat.
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