2 Colorful DIY Cat Toys

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MeowMixatMeijer #CollectiveBias It's no secret that my cat Scully is a low-key celebrity around here. Photos of her get wayyyy more likes on Instagram than photos of me, and I try not to be jealous.

But real talk, she's the light of my life and I'm always looking for new ways I can encourage her curiosity and playfulness in healthy ways (read: not eating my plants or scratching my couch).

I decided to whip up a couple cute and simple kitty toys for her approval, because little plastic balls with bells in them are weirdly expensive?

Pom Pom Wand

This is by far Scully's favorite genre of toy. She takes anything dangling in front of her as a personal attack and needs to bat it around to show it who's boss.

You'll need:

  • Yarn
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Something to trace
  • Wooden dowel

1. To start, you'll need to make the pom pom maker. I just used the cardboard from a cereal box. Trace two circles with smaller circles in the middle. Cut out.

2. Next, cute out the centers of the circles, leaving a notch about an inch wide to make it easier to wrap the yarn around it.

3. Place both circles together and begin wrapping yarn around the semi-circle. You can fold the ends of the notches up to make it easier to cut the yarn off later.

4. Once you've wrapped yarn all around the circles, you'll want to cut the strands to form the pom pom. Note: the more yarn you wrap around the circle, the fluffier the pom pom will be. I would suggest wrapping several layers.

Slide the tip of the scissors in between the two cardboard circles (this is where the folded notches help) and begin cutting the yarn all around the circle. Sharp scissors work best for this, as I learned the hard way. Once you've snipped all the yarn strands, slide another piece of yarn between the circles and tie tightly to secure the pom pom.

5. Fluff and trim any loose ends on the pom pom, then use one of the strands of yarn to tie it to the dowel, leaving about a foot long strand for dangling.

Jingle Bell Mouse

Scully also loves anything that jingles and things that she can pretend to hunt, so this is the perfect combination. You could also add a bit of catnip to one of these for an extra fun time for your kitty friend.

You'll need:

  • Fabric (felt would work best)
  • Yarn
  • Needle and thread
  • Stuffing
  • Jingle bell

1. Cut out a teardrop shape from extra cardboard or just draw it directly onto your fabric and cut out.

2. Fold the fabric in half with the good side facing inwards and use a basic whip stitch to sew it up, leaving a small hole to stuff it. Flip the fabric back right side out and stuff, making sure to add a jingle bell or two.

3. Braid some yarn to make a cute little tail, and stitch it onto the mouse as you stitch up the remaining hole. You can also embroider little eyes with your thread for an extra realistic look (not, lol).

And voila! Some cute and easy toys for your kitty friend to enjoy!

As a cat owner, keeping my kitty happy and healthy is my number one priority. But I'm also a pretty busy lady myself, so between working, traveling, and generally rushing around like a madwoman, I needed something that would simplify the feeding process for Scully while making sure she got the nutrients she needs.

Enter Meow Mix Simple Servings. They're perfectly proportioned for quick feeding - no mess, no fuss. It's got delicious chunks of real meat (Scully's favorite is Turkey and Chicken) and I know she's getting the nutrients and good stuff she needs to be her curious, crazy little self.

Simple Servings come in a single-serve cup that I can just grab and go at a moment's notice. No worrying about serving sizes or leftover cans of wet food in my fridge. I don't even have to grab a spoon. Just dump it in her bowl and we're all set!

You can get 30% off with mPerks at your local Meijer through November 4, so go grab some and treat yo' kitty friend to a tasty and nutritious meal!

Find it in the wet cat food aisle: