The last Friday in April is Hairball Awareness Day. Here at Friday Frivolity we are spreading awareness for this unconventional holiday (and celebrating cats, of course). Let’s get into the basics of hairball awareness and later I’ll share a DIY catnip toy project to give your kitty a treat.
Hairballs are a fact of life if you are a cat owner. Cats spend hours a day grooming themselves so hairballs are bound to happen. Their rough tongues can force hair to be swallowed. Much of it gets passed through the digestive tract but some of it stays in the stomach and collects. Mixed with digestive fluids it turns into a log shape and eventually gets pushed up onto your probably expensive rug or bedding set because that’s always how it seems to go.
Most of the time hairballs are harmless but if you see your cat struggling to get one up and nothing happens or their appetite or litter box habits change you might want to consult your vet.
This minimizes the amount of hair they can ingest. There are tons of brush options depending on what type of hair your cat has. Making sure your cat has a good amount of fiber in their diet can help too.
DIY CATNIP mouse Toys
I am a huge cat person and I’ve had cats for over ten years now so I wanted to do something special for the holiday. I’m going to show you a homemade catnip toy project we did this week.
This was my first time cracking open the sewing machine I’ve owned for years. Thank goodness for YouTube because my manual had terrible pictures. All in all it could’ve came out better but I am proud of the final product.Homemade catnip toys are a great craft to celebrate #HairballAwarenessDay! #craftymom Click To Tweet
What you’ll need
Almost everything came from Dollar Tree. I picked up a pack of felt sheets, a 6 color pack of string and catnip.
I originally thought I’d make a felt toy because I got so much cute inspiration from Pinterest. The felt seemed too stretchy so I picked up a Fat Quarter for 98 cents at Walmart. I already had white thread and a shiny new sewing machine.
What to do
Fold over your Fat Quarter and create a half-heart shape along the seam. You could use white chalk or a fabric pen to make your shape. I just eyeballed it. It’ll make a full heart shape when you open it up.
Fold your heart in half with the wrong side facing out. This would be a good time to pin your fabric together along the edge. I rushed through and didn’t take this step but it would’ve come out a lot neater if I did.
Sew along the edge in a straight line starting with the thinner point. You want to leave the larger curve side open to pull the fabric through and stuff it.
Pull your fabric inside out. The pretty side of the fabric should be facing out now. Alternate stuffing catnip and whatever stuffing you choose. I used cut up strips of the felt sheets I bought as a stuffing. You can add a tail as I did in this step as well. I used the craft string and laid it along the bottom edge inside the mouse before stuffing.
Once it’s stuffed fold in the edges of your hole and pin them shut. Sew all along the mouse, starting with the tail end. You’ll see these stitches so if you wanted to do a zigzag that could end up really cute. I was just happy to finally have the sewing machine threaded properly so I left it on the straight stitch. You can make this edge as wide or as thin as you’d like.
Lastly, share it with your favorite little kitty friend.
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