The holidays are officially here! Over the next few weeks, many people will be finalizing their shopping list and picking the perfect gifts for their loved ones. If you like crafting, you may enjoy making some of your presents. Homemade gifts are great, just because of the work and thought that goes into them. They can also be fun to make! Read on as a Portland, OR vet lists some things that kids can make for pets or animal shelters.
You’ll need two pieces of material. (Cutting them into mouse shapes is optional: Fluffy won’t care what her toys are shaped like.) Put one on top of the other, with the outsides facing in. Sew them together, leaving just a small hole. You’ll then turn them outside-out, and use that hole to fill the toy with catnip. Sew that little opening closed, and you’re done. Voila!
The kids may need a little help with this one. You can turn a stepladder into a cat tower pretty quickly. Add planks to the steps to widen them out into kitty napping spots. Once that’s done, the kids can wrap the whole thing in sisal rope.
A box castle is a surefire way to please your feline pal. A simple one is fine, but you can also go all-out and add towers, turrets and a balcony. (Fluffy would also like a moat stocked with goldfish, but that’s probably not feasible.)
Making a rope toy for Fido is fairly easy. Cut an old tee shirt into thin strips, and braid the strips together. Braid those braids together, and tie the whole thing off in a knot. Done!
A rectangular, pillow-style bed is really easy. You can also turn a sweater into a comfy pet bed. Fold it into an O shape, sew the arms to the torso, and close the waist. Use the neck to fill it, and then close that off.
A yummy snack will definitely get Fido’s tail going! There are plenty of great recipes online. Just stick with ingredients that are safe for your pup. Some good options for dogs and cats are shredded meat, fish, or chicken; canned tuna; sodium-free broth; and fat-free yogurt.
Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Portland, OR animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.