Please know that this toy idea is not endorsed by professional's nor
is it an exact science. Please use any string toy with continued
supervision and speak
to your vet if you ever have concerns about flossing your cat's teeth
or cat's dental health care in general.
Replace this toy's chase strings as soon as they start showing
the smallest sign of wear, shredding or fraying. Avoid pulling the threads
through cat's mouth, if playing gently puss will usually catch and move
the strings between their teeth independantly, chewing the string is dangerous,
always move play on if it looks like the toy is going to become a meal!
Tickle, chase and when finished, hang & store out of sight.
A dental checkup usually occurs at the annual vaccination visit
making it a perfect time to discuss tooth decay and preventative actions.
Cat's protection tooth and oral guide -
a useful diagram of cat teeth on RVC.ac.uk
View the string toy sewing
Piece of fabric 10" x 6"
Length of cord or a shoe lace
A number of 15" polypropylene string lengths
- on amazon.co.uk
Small quantity of toy stuffing
Access to a sewing machine, needle
|To make the main body
Turn a 5mm fold
on the top of one short fabric edge and sew in place.
On the wrong side
of fabric, position the cord along the middle, leaving a gap of 1cm at
the raw edge. Check that the length of cord stretches
out from the already hemmed edge and
then stitch the cord securely in
With right sides
inwards, bring the long edges of fabric together stitch down the length.
Turn the newly formed tube the right
Press together the hemmed edges centralising the side seam to the
sewn cord's seam.
With the cord now coming from the middle
sew the hemmed edges together.
Fill with hollow-fiber stuffing until
firm. Fold in the remaining raw edge and run a gathering stitch around
the edge, pull up .. at this point a short length of ribbon can be sewn
in place to act as a wrist strap or a storage loop. Tie off the gathering
Adding the strings
Tie a loop at
one end of the cord / shoe lace. This is what will hold
the nylon strings
Cut a number of 15" polypropolyne lengths
and pass the ends through the cord loop.
At the half way point hold all together,
loop and knot tightly.
When necessary replace the strings by snipping at the looped area,
just above the knot, removing, then tying on new lengths. Always check
that the ends are equal so that any damage can be seen quickly.
Enjoy your cat play xx
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