Today, we're getting crafty with DIY kitty kick sticks.
Lately, we've had a socially unacceptable number of cats traipsing through our house. We're up to about 15 in the last year.
But, while you may be thinking I'm on my way to being the crazy(er) cat lady, we're actually volunteering as foster parents for our local no kill animal shelter, FurKids. And, never fear, the most we've had in the house at one time is nine. You know...ONLY nine cats. And six of them were pretty tiny. Hah!
Since we've had a lot of kitties running around, we've been supplying them with a lot of kitty toys and treats. I saw an ad for some catnip-scented Kitty Kick Sticks and thought our kitties might enjoy them. But we had a ton of cardboard tubes and mysteriously mateless kid socks lying about. So, I decided we'd craft our own DIY Kitty Kick Sticks with cardboard tubes, uncooked rice, catnip and clean, used kid socks. You could probably use adult socks, too, if you tie them off or cut them in half.
If you're an essential oils user, FYI, the tubes Young Living sends our oils in work great for this project. They're a little sturdier than toilet paper tubes, so the kitties can't beat them up as easily, too. Bonus. And if you're not an essential oils user, why not? Check out where I get my essential oils HERE.
The kitty kick sticks were a great project to make with the kiddos. We had a lot of fun making them. And, the cats and kittens have all had fun playing with them.
In fact, the kick sticks have turned into a great training tool for the tiniest kittens. They love to play bite and claw your hands while you're holding them. Now, when I want them to claw and bite something else, I just swap in a kick stick for my hand and let them go to town! Win-win!
DIY Kitty Kick Sticks
Place each tube inside a single sock.
Pour uncooked rice into the tube until it's nearly full (you can use a funnel if you like).
Add in a spoonful of catnip.
Close up the sock and either tie it off or stitch the hole closed.
Shake it up to mix up the catnip and toss it to your fuzzy kitten.
Enjoy the cat crazies display.
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