Homemade Christmas Stocking Fillers for Your Pet

09 DECEMBER 2020

Our dogs and cats have been here for us during an extremely challenging year, and as the festive season approaches it feels like the perfect time to treat them with some homemade Christmas stocking filler toys (not that we need a reason!)

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Using just a pair of scissors and some old t-shirts or jumpers in some seasonal reds or greens, why not make your dog or cat a homemade festive toy for them to unwrap on Christmas day so they can join in the fun too, no matter what your celebrations look like this year.

Let’s take a look at how to make them:

HOMEMADE FESTIVE WREATH RING RAGGER DOG TOY

A homemade wreath ring ragger dog toy in festive colours is a great present for a tug game with your adult dog or puppy. They can be especially good presents for young puppies with sensitive gums, just don’t tug too hard.

You should always monitor your dog when they are playing with their DIY wreath ring ragger toy to make sure they don’t tear off any bits of material and ingest them.

SEE THE STEPS

To make a DIY Festive Wreath Ring Ragger Dog Toy you will need:

  • A Pair of Scissors
  • An Old Jumper in a festive colour - We recycle old Battersea uniforms to cut down on waste.

Homemade dog toys

STEP 1

Start by cutting the cuff off the jumper. This will form the base of the toy. If you have a bigger dog, you can make the ring ragger bigger by using the neck or bottom of the jumper, instead of the sleeve cuff.

Homemade dog toys

STEP 2

Next, cut one long strip of material from the rest of the jumper. Make this piece as long as you can to make sure it will go all the way around your jumper cuff.

Homemade dog toys

STEP 3

Tie the long strip onto the cuff, at the middle of the strip, making sure you have an even amount of material on each side of the knot.

Homemade dog toys

STEP 4

Take your strip on the left hand side and pass it around the front of your cuff and over to the other side to make an 'L' shape. Then take the strip on the opposite side and pass it over your first strip, and around the back of the cuff, passing it through the loop that you have made with the strip on the left (this part is a little tricky, so you way want to check out our video). Pull both strips as tight as you can, trying to cover the material underneath.

Homemade dog toys

Homemade dog toys

Homemade dog toys

STEP 5

Repeat the last step, but this time start your knot on the opposite side. So this time, you will be making a backwards 'L' shape with the strip on the right hand side.

Homemade dog toys

STEP 6

Keep repeating this process, alternating sides each time, until you have gone all the way around the cuff. You may sometimes need to shuffle the knot upwards to overlap with the previous knot and keep the material underneath covered. Tie to finish and then cut off any excess material.

Homemade dog toys

Homemade dog toys

Homemade dog toys


DIY CAT WAND CHRISTMAS CRACKER TOY

Cat wand toys (shaped like a cracker!) are great to give to your cat as a Christmas present, as they love to search, stalk, chase, pounce and catch them. Your cat can play with their DIY cat wand Christmas toy independently (with supervision) and you can also use it to play with them during bouts of festive cheer.

SEE THE STEPS

To make a DIY Cat Wand Christmas Cracker Toy you will need:

  • A Pair of Scissors
  • Old T-shirt or Jumper in a festive colour (We recycle old Battersea uniforms but you can use any and as many colours as you like!)

Homemade cat toys

STEP 1

Start by cutting 4 long strips from your t-shirt, all of the same length. You can make them as long or wide as you like, depending on how big you want to make the toy. The longer and wider you make them, the bigger your cat wand toy will be.

Homemade cat toys

STEP 2

Gather the 4 strips together end to end. Use two of the strips to tie a knot to secure the 4 strips into place at one end.

Homemade cat toys

STEP 3

Turn the knot upside down and make two loops, a left loop and a right loop, using the strips on the top and the bottom. Take the strip in the top right and loop it over the strip in the bottom right, holding it in place with your thumb. Then, loop your bottom left strip over the top left strip and hold in place with your index finger.

Homemade cat toys

STEP 4

Still holding everything in place, pass your loose right strip around the front of the right loop and then through the left one. Then pass the left strip around the back of the left loop and through the right one. Pull all four strips to tighten the knot.

Homemade cat toys

Homemade cat toys

STEP 5

Repeat the whole process until you have almost run out of material, leaving yourself enough room to tie a knot in the end.

It’s best not to leave your cat with this toy unsupervised as there’s a risk they may get their claws stuck. Cats are naturally excited by new things, so by clearing toys away this means they will stay interested in them for longer too. When playing, watch out for any loose parts and make sure to remove them to prevent your cat from swallowing them.

Homemade cat toys

Homemade cat toys


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