This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Meow Mix®. All opinions are 100% mine.
Since we’ve gotten a new puppy I’m trying to be especially good to the cats. It’s not that Carly doesn’t love the kitties, she does. It’s just a little too much love for Marla and JouJou. She tackles them and licks them. She tries to chew on their ears. She chases them around the house not realizing that while she loves being chased they don’t so much.
Not about to hide under a bed like the Joujamonster has been for a few weeks now, Marla has been followed by Carly the lovesick puppy an awful lot. And in truth, Marla encourages her attention because she does like to play with her. But Lil Bit has got so much energy that she wears everyone clean out and sometimes Mar needs a breather. :) I’ve actually started putting a box of craft stuff in front of my office window so Mar can lay and not be bothered in at least one of her favorite spots!
There area few good reasons I made the switch… First off, Meow Mix has started a program called Save.Give.Love. And what’s so special about this is that for every serving sold, they’ll donate a serving to a shelter cat in need, up to 2,000 cups of food over 8 weeks. That’s amazing.
It’s also a good food in general. There are tons of antioxidants and 23 essential vitamins and minerals, like taurine, that will help support healthy hearts. This food also has plenty of calcium and vitamin D to support healthy teeth and bones, and with our cats nearing a decade in age, we really need to be more concerned about both their teeth and their bones. And they seem to dig the taste and why wouldn’t they? It’s protein rich with chicken, turkey, salmon and ocean fish all things cats LOVE to eat.
Lastly, the cost is right which is a HUGE reason why we have a Sam’s Club membership at all. For only $14.98 we get 24 pounds of food and 24 pounds of food is given to shelter cats during this donation period.
When I realized how much my kitties loved their new Meow Mix I kept thinking of the little heart eyed emoji icons I use all over Instagram! And when it hit me to make some felt emoji cat toys for them, there was no stopping me. My other work set to the side, I decided to make some handmade toys for sweet Marla and JouJouBear because if I’ve learned anything, it’s that cats love anything that smells like the people they care for, and handmade things MUST smell like us!
For this project you will need:
- Free printable patterns Smiley Emojis and/or Heart Emojis
- Yellow, black, white, pink and red felt
- Matching embroidery floss
- Needle and scissors
- Freezer paper and hot iron (optional)
Print your free patterns on office paper or freezer paper.
Cut the copy paper patterns out and trace or apply the freezer paper patterns with a hot iron (see more details on how to perfectly cut felt with freezer paper here).
Stitch the pieces onto the felt large, yellow felt circles with matching floss. Use your patterns to help guide you with placement of each piece. You can always use a smidge of glue if you’re having a difficult time keep your felt pieces in place while you stitch. Just add a dab of glue to the center and it will stay perfectly in place!
When a face is complete, using yellow embroidery floss, stitch the top circle to another yellow felt circle using the blanket stitch. Leave a gap of about 1-1.5 inches open.
Using a piece of paper and tape or staples, create a funnel and transfer catnip into the inside of your emoji through the gap you left open.
These are fairly large cat toys so each will take about 0.25 ounce to get a nice, even fill.
Finish the blanket stitch to close up your gap and these guys are done!
And so stinkin’ cute, amIright?
I think I love the heart ones the best but Marla seems to be a fan of them ALL!
And I’m a huge fan of making something that is so well used and loved! I’ll just have to help the cats keep them out of the paws of that pesky puppy :)
With their new Meow Mix® Heart Healthy + Oral Care and their toys made with love the kitties seem to be happy and transitioning well to life with a new, hyperactive baby sister.
And I’m happy knowing my cats, and shelter cats who are every bit as fabulous, are getting the food and nutrition they need for healthy, happy lives both for less than my cup of coffee each day!