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Around our house, our pets are family. Our dog Gabe (#ourdoggabe) and our cat Emmitt (#ourcatemmitt) are a big part of our day-to-day lives. Just like our kids, we like to keep them happy; and, sometimes, the pets are even more demanding than the kids! I like to think that they are both able to communicate their needs fairly well, considering they can’t talk.
Emmitt, for example, will jump up on the counter in our kitchen where he knows I keep his cat treats. He wants me to fill his treat dispenser with treats and edible string. I try to do this for him every morning, but he’d like me a lot more if I did it two or three times a day!
I love that there are stores out there that specialize in pet care items. But, we live in a small town and it’s not always convenient to hop over to the pet stores when we need something, so I’m glad that our local Giant store has everything we need for our pets. It’s a one-stop shop for all our family needs, including pet supplies.
Giant has an entire aisle dedicated to pets! One side for dogs, the other side for cats; and they’ve got a huge selection! I was able to pick up all of Emmitt’s favorites, so now I’m in his good graces (and that’s exactly where I like to be). Purina is one of our favorite brands in pet care products. We have always used the Tidy Cats® brand of litter for Emmitt. Recently, we’ve discovered the Lightweight variety and I am loving this. At 50% lighter than the normal litter, I can actually easily lift this large container and get it into the van with no issues. With Tidy Cats litter, our house always smells fresh and clean, thanks to the TidyLock™ Protection. Fancy Feast and Friskies offer foods and snacks that Emmitt loves and that we feel confident feeding him.
Right now, you can SAVE $2.00 on any one (1) package of Purina® Tidy Cats® brand Cat Litter when you purchase one (1) Purina® Friskies® OR Fancy Feast® Wet Cat Food Item. (good thru 12/30/16)
Step-by-Step DIY Catnip Pillow
Speaking of being in Emmitt’s good graces . . . with the holidays rapidly approaching, I decided to pull out my sewing machine and work on a little project for Emmitt. Other than his treat dispenser (pictured above), he really doesn’t play with much; so I wanted to come up with something to draw his attention and provide some much-needed exercise. This project was so easy that anyone with limited sewing skills can make one!
Gather Your Supplies:
- fabric scraps (I literally had these laying around from previous projects, but if you don’t, you can buy the little fabric quarters at any place where fabric is sold – you really don’t need much)
- something for filling (I used stuffing out of an old cushion)
- a sewing machine (or, if you prefer to sew by hand, go for it!)
Also, not pictured:
- straight pins
- a pen or fabric pencil for tracing
- something to trace around, such as a bowl for a round pillow (like I made) or a box for a square
#1 – Fold your material in half with the wrong sides facing out. Trace around your object onto the fabric. (FYI, I used a small Corelle bowl, smaller than the typical cereal bowl).
#2 – Use straight pins to pin the two layers of fabric together.
#3 – Cut out following your traced line.
#4 – Sew around the edge of your fabric.
#5- Be sure to leave an opening that you will use to stuff your pillow!
#6 – Using your scissors, make cuts along the edge of the circle (if you’re making a square pillow, just angle off the corners of the fabric), being careful not to cut through the thread.
#7 – Turn your pillow so that the right sides of the fabric are out.
#8 – Stuff your pillow with batting and don’t forget to add some catnip.
#9 – Sew up the opening (either by hand or with your machine – I used the machine because I knew Emmitt wouldn’t care what it looked like!)
#10 – Present the pillow to your cat.
WARNING: Your cat might go a little crazy! Emmitt rolled all over the floor with it, even tossing it up into the air and chasing it around. He has been having a blast with the pillow for the past several days. In fact, he goes so crazy with it that it’s been very hard to snap good pictures of him!
These pillows are simple to make and are great enjoyment for your cat. With the possible exception of catnip, you probably already have the supplies laying around your house. Make a few and share them with your cat-loving friends for the holidays!
Are you a cat owner?
Be sure to head over to the Tidy Cats website to discover the right litter for you and your favorite cat.