Craft For Your Local Shelters Day is July 21st! Many of our patients were once shelter cats. Unfortunately, there are still far too many cute, lovable kitties in shelters, hoping that someone will adopt them. While no one can take in all of these sweet furballs, there are things you can do to help them out … like crafting for them. A local Webster, NY vet suggests a few ‘purrfect’ projects in this article.
This is an easy one, and it’s a fun project for kids. Cut two pieces of fabric into the same shape. You can use mouse shapes, of course, but that isn’t a must. Fluffy won’t care if her ‘mice’ are square, round, oval, or any other shape. Put them down so that the outsides face in, and sew around the outside. Leave just a small hole. Turn it inside-out (or inside-in, to be exact) and then fill it with catnip. Finally, close that last hole. Voila!
The cat tower may very well be Fluffy’s favorite piece of furniture. These give Fluffy spots for napping, sunbathing, and meditation. They also provide our feline pals with manicure stations, jungle gyms, and vantage points. You can turn an old stepladder into a cat tower in just a few minutes. Add smooth planks to the steps to widen them out. Then use carpet or sisal rope to cover it. You can also build a kitty tower from scratch out of PVC pipe, lumber, or even a real tree!
Kitties are always interested in more napping spots. You can turn an old sweater into a cat bed. Fold it into an O-shape, and attach the arms to the torso. Then, sew the waist closed. Use a non-toxic stuffing to fill it, and then close up the neck. Done!
Another cute option is to make Fluffy a kitty tent. These are great for scaredy cats, as they provide nervous furballs with hiding spots. All you need are an old tee-shirt, a few wire hangers, and some Velcro. You can find step-by-step directions online.
Be sure to check with the shelter before dropping any items off. Many places do still have Covid restrictions in place. This could very much affect their policies about donated supplies.
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