I've been doing a big January clean-up in the house and I found a little scrap of wool roving in my catch-all basket in the front hall. I was about to compost it when I had a better idea.
Catnip-embedded, needle felted wool cat toys!
Our cat Orbit is a huge green-eyed tabby that we found loose on our acreage and adopted 7 years ago. He was skinny as a ribbon and had a broken pelvis that had healed by itself, giving him a sort of swaggering gait like his back end wasn't quite attached to his front, or at least not attached to his brain! The vet thought he had likely been thrown out a car window.
He's the laziest cat I have ever seen, and we love him to bits but have to admit he is not exactly the brightest of his species. The upside is that he doesn't get into a lot of trouble. The downside is that he is afraid of almost all cat toys and it is almost impossible to get him to exercise. Or move at all, really. Tiny felted balls are about the only things that don't scare him!
So I broke the wool into two pieces and rolled each one up tightly with a little catnip sprinkled inside. Stabbed the roll a few times with a felting needle, and that was it!
A toy that even Orbit will play with, for a few seconds at least: