How to Make Catnip Filled Sock Toys

Four Methods:Catnip fish sockCatnip mouse sockLazy catnip sockLong catnip sock

Catnip filled sock toys are a fun way to use up all those socks that got lost along the way. The cat gets a treat, the human gets to have some fun crafting.

Method 1
Catnip fish sock

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    Find an old unwanted sock. Check that it is free of holes, or the catnip will fall out.
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    Slide a toilet roll inside the sock. Push it down to the toe section; it should reach back to around the heel area.
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    Stuff some dried catnip into the sock.
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    Tie the loose end of the sock in knot. This forms the tail, while the toilet roll end forms the body of the catnip sock.
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    Cut out two eye shapes from felt. Glue to the front of the fish for its eyes. Be sure to use non-toxic glue.
    • If wished, you can also add a felt smile.
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    Done. Toss it kitty and see if the fish is attacked. If your cat likes this, it will bring hours of play.
    • The catnip fish sock can also be attached to a string and dangled over the cat, for some "fishing" fun.

Method 2
Catnip mouse sock

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    Find a suitable sock. The ideal sock is either a child's sock or a small adult's ankle sock.
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    Push a handful of dried catnip into the toe zone of the sock. When you're satisfied that there is enough in there, also stuff in a filling, such as scrap fabric, toy stuffing, etc. Be sure to choose infill that is safe for the cat.
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    Tie the end of the sock together. Use yarn and tie with a strong knot. There should be a little tuft of sock left hanging out for the mouse's "tail".
    • If you wish, make the yarn long enough so that this can be a dangling toy. If you leave the toy lying around, keep the yarn short and clipped close to the mouse.
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    Add a face to the catnip mouse sock. Use a fabric pen to draw a face on the toe end of the sock. Draw on whiskers and ears as well. Alternatively, glue on felt pieces, using non-toxic glue.
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    See if your cat likes this new mouse in the house.

Method 3
Lazy catnip sock

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    Find an unwanted sock. Any size will do but consider what would be a good size for your cat; if your cat likes mice, use a smaller sock, if your cat likes rats, use a larger sock.
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    Stuff it with catnip and old rags or fabric scraps.
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    Tie the sock off tightly.
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    Give to the cat. It's very simple, but it will still do the job. Your cat only cares about the fun to be had!

Method 4
Long catnip sock

Maybe you'd call this one a snake or a door-stopper; whatever it is, you'll like being able to use up stray knee length socks by turning them into catnip kitty heaven.

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    Find an unwanted knee-length sock. If it's a boring sock, or slight worse for wear, consider tie-dyeing it for a bit of added fun. At the very least, ensure it's washed and clean.
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    Sprinkle a decent amount of dried catnip into the toe section of the knee-high sock.
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    Add stuffing to the sock. Since this sock is so long, you could even stuff it with all those other mate-less socks that have been amassing in the laundry basket. Or, use standard toy stuffing, scrap fabric or felt offcuts, etc.
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    Add some more catnip as you stuff. Every few inches or centimeters, sprinkle in some additional dried catnip. This sock is long, so it is a good idea to encourage your cat to find several spots of catnip scent throughout the sock.
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    Continue alternating between stuffing and sprinkling. Then tie the end of the sock off with yarn. Make sure to use a tight knot. Cut off any long loose ends of the yarn; this one isn't so ideal for "dangling", as it's big.
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    Place on the floor. Encourage kitty to sniff it. Enjoy the pouncing, the hugging, the back leg raking and the general enjoyment the cat will now produce.

Tips

  • Play with your kitten repeatedly during the day; that way they won't keep you up all night wanting to play.
  • Fresh catnip seems to calm down kittens; get a pinch, rub it between your fingers, and sprinkle over some food.
  • Not all cats like catnip; experiment with your cat first.
  • If the floor is a bit dirty, a sock toy will tend to pick up fluff as the cat plays with it. You can pick off the fluff, use a lint removal brush or wash the toy and dry thoroughly. Top up with fresh dried catnip after a wash.

Warnings

  • Your cat may drool excessively over the catnip sock, completely drenching it. If this happens, give the sock a good wash, hang it outside to dry (including its stuffing if this comes out) and add fresh catnip when dry.
  • Refreshing the catnip every few weeks is a good idea, as it loses its potency over time.

Things You'll Need

  • Socks
  • Scissors
  • Dried catnip
  • Yarn or string
  • Marker
  • Felt
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Stuffing (suitable for cats), e.g. scrap fabric, old rags, stuffed toy filling, etc.

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