Inspired by some of the tea bag shaped lavender sachets I’ve seen online, I decided to make a catnip toy to look like a tea bag. I used green wool/rayon felt, white voile, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn, and some craft store feathers, along with Kong brand catnip. I had two other sewing projects that needed working on yesterday, but I let myself get distracted long enough to make two catnip tea bag toys. Both cats thought I’d made an excellent choice!
Mia was closest when I finished the first toy, so she got it. She and Monkey both have very different approaches to catnip toys, or when I just put a little loose catnip on the floor. While Monkey prefers to eat hers, Mia prefers to use catnip as a marinade. She was only briefly interested in the feathers, but was very interested in rubbing the catnip bag over as much of her head and neck as she could manage. Mia was harder to photograph while she was playing with her new toy because she wouldn’t hold still! She was quite involved with rolling in what was evidently quite a delightful scent.
After I finished the second toy, I went in search of Monkey. At the scent of catnip, she was happy to oblige with a relocation. Monkey spent so much time licking hers that I’m surprised her tongue wasn’t raw after.
She also enjoyed brief bits of attacking it ferociously (as well as my hand when I got too close), and she was so involved with attacking the toy while scooting herself around on the carpet that I could hear the static crackle as she’d scoot. (With the pellet stove running 24/7 now, it’s been very dry in the house).
After seeing the catnip toy after Monkey got done licking it to death, I was very tempted to pry her mouth open and see if her tongue was green. As you can see, the bag part is no longer white! I’m not sure how much of the green was from the catnip, and how much from the green wool bleeding, but my carpet came through the process unscathed.