Homemade Catnip Mouse Toys for National Hairball Awareness Day – #FridayFrivolity

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.

Thank you Starlight Baby, the makers of this awesome shirt!

 

Hairball awareness

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.

For more crafting posts check out my Coffee Filter Suncatchers and don’t miss my giveaways for #BabyLove: My Toddler Life and Jorie and the Magic Stones.

If you liked the shirt Viviana was wearing above then stay tuned to One Sage Mama because we’re going to be reviewing Starlight Baby very soon. We’ve also teamed up to bring you a customized Father’s Day shirt giveaway. Make sure you sign up for updates so you can be notified when this goes up!

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 My featured post this week is from OurUnschoolingJourney. Her post Fixing a Homeschool Schedule That Isn’t Working explains in detail how she turned around her children’s schedule when they were having a hard time getting out the door for karate class. Her changes greatly improved the productivity of her homeschooling and serve as an excellent example for parents in a similar situation.

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa’s latest post is a fun Passport to Jamaica post that is full of recipes, crafts and ideas for a staycation or homeschool country study. 



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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! Jessica has a great flashback post sharing a bunch of movie ticket stubs she found from her teen years. 
 
 

 

Amethyst is a fantastically encouraging and thoughtful blogger, who shares new-mama adventures, self-care advice, book and product reviews and so much more over at One Sage Mama. She’s currently running a giveaway for store credit to KidCuteTure and posted a review of a dress, Style Your Kids With KidCuteTure


 
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