Reuse Roundup: The Cat Mitt

1 Oct

Right on the heels of  the NIPPERS! post is another thrifty (and vaugely DIYish) cat toy. If you grew up in the seventies you might remember your mother dusting nicknacks with what looked like a misshapen wad of pompoms. While I never found the dusting mitt to be very effective I do appreciate the fact that it was hand knit in the most fashionable colors o the day: harvest gold, avocado, and orange.

When my Aunt Debbie found out we were fostering the Squirrelly she brought us this dusting mitt to save me from the kitten abuse my poor hands had suffered. Already I had to wear a gardening glove while bottle feeding him and my hands really suffered when the Wild Beast awoke in his tiny, fluffy heart. The cat mitt, as we now call it, worked perfectly then and is still very effective now.

Poppy looks totally insulted that I would even suggest she play with the cat mitt. What do you take me for? The kind of cat who would frolic? She’s fronting because she totally went to town on this mitt once I put the camera away. A warning for trying this on bigger cats, though: DON’T. Or at least, I don’t use this or get my hands anywhere near Zorro when I play with him (his favorite being the laser pointer, anyway). His claws are so meaty and huge that what would start off as harmless mitt-batting would end with me trying to squish my innards back inside my body.

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6 Responses to “Reuse Roundup: The Cat Mitt”

  1. Windsor Grace October 1, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Squirrelly is sooooooo big! Oh my goodness! IIIIIII have never seen one of those hand knit. Mostly, I think, because until I’d been knitting for about 3 years the people in my family seemed adamantly opposed. I wonder if this works on pups too…
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    • Carrie Anne October 3, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      I’ve seen these a lot in thrift stores. I bet it was a popular pattern back in the day!

  2. Nadja October 1, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    I love this. I absolutely love this. My dad needs one for his kittens. He’s quite the attachment parent and is always looking for new ways to interact with them.
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    • Carrie Anne October 3, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      I love that he’s an attachment parent to kittens. :)

  3. K October 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I can’t BELIEVE how big Squirrely is. Holy smokes.
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    • Carrie Anne October 3, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      He’s pretty huge… or so I think until he sits down next to gigantor. ;)

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