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Obsessions: Make Two Cat Toys Out of an Old T-Shirt

With a shirt, a hair band, and other simple items, make a fluffy, flingy ring as well as a ball toy.

Erica McBride  |  Mar 16th 2016


Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.

T-shirts make great cat toys because you can cut them thin like string and yarn without the dangers of unraveling on your kitty. (That said, it’s always a good idea to supervise your cat during play.) These toys won’t cost you a lot, and your kitty will be thrilled.

What you’ll need

  • T-shirts
  • Hair band
  • Round cat toy or T-shirt scraps
  • Scissors

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How to make the cat toys

1. For first cat toy, cut two squares of T-shirt fabric (we used alternating colors), then cut into thin strips. Tie each strip around an elastic hair band, and knot it so it is securely attached. Continue attaching strips until you have a fluffy, flingy hair band.

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2. For the second toy, cut two strips of T-shirt material about 3 inches by 6 inches. Place them in a T shape and place scraps, catnip, or a jingly cat toy in the center. Use another strip of T-shirt to tie the wide strips around the ball tightly. Cut the free ends of fabric into strips to make a fringed toy you can toss to your cat.

Tip: Some kitties really like knots to chew on; you can tie little knots in each fringe piece for added fun.

About the author: Erica McBride is a volunteer/foster program director for a large animal shelter. She loves to make crafts that provide enrichment and comfort for animals big and small.