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DIY Wand Cat Toy

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DIY cat toy wand easy directions

You guys know that I’m a huge cat lover. My family always had cats when I was growing up, I’ve always had at least one cat since moving away from home, and at one point I even volunteered at a cat rescue center. So, it’s fair to say I know cats well.

I know when they’ve done something naughty by the way they behave, I know when they’re hungry or thirsty, I know if they’re bored, and I know if they have something wrong with them. For example, when my last cat got old, she started moving slower and jumping around less, which is normal for older animals. But, she also looked to be in pain whenever she moved so I realized that her joints and legs were causing some harm. After discussing with a vet, I got her some awesome cat CBD products that really helped with the pain and allowed her to act a lot like her old self again! I love my cats and would do anything for them.

However, something I am bad at when it comes to my cats is remembering their birthdays! I don’t know what it is but they simply slip my mind and Matty is usually the one that reminds me about them! But why am I talking about this? Because Barni, with an I, turned six a couple of months ago and I totally forgot to get him anything for his birthday! As a cat mom, I should remember these things. I also maybe thought he was turning four, but then Facebook alerted me to a post from six years ago when he was just a little kitten. Happy 6th birthday it is!

For his late birthday, I decided to spend a Saturday making him a cat wand. With Matt’s help, we knocked it out in two hours. It probably would have taken half the time, but he was trying to find the drill for and I was searching for a hole puncher. I opted for a pencil instead.

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DIY Cat Wand Tutorial


  1. One 3/8″x48″ wooden dowel (sawed in half)
  2. Foam sheets (I used fall colors – yellow and orange)
  3. Ribbons, Yarn, and/or Bakers twine
  4. Bells (optional)


  1. Dremel Micro
  2. Scissors
  3. Pencil
  4. Wood glue

DIY cat toy wand materials1) Drill a hole about an inch down from the top to push yarn through. I used my Dremel Micro tool.

DIY cat toy wand materials string in wood hole

2) Cut your yarn double the length of the dowel and set aside. DIY cat toy wand materials string

3) Cut the foam sheets with scissors to make them resemble leaves. I cut three leaves for one cat wand.

DIY Cat Toy wand scissors cur leaves

4) Poke a hole through each of the leaves using a pencil, or if you have one, a mini hole-puncher.

DIY cat toy wand cut leaves hole

5) Using the yarn that you set aside, pull it through the holes in the leaves and tie a knot. Optional: You can tie a bell on at this point, but Barni didn’t like the loud noise it made so we took it off. You can also make a ball of yarn to attach, which we added on later after we removed the bell.

6) Pull the yarn through the hole in the dowel and tie a knot.

DIY cat toy wand glue

7) To make the end look pretty, use a thick ribbon or yarn to wrap around the top and secure with wood glue.

DIY cat toy wand wood glue

8) Let dry 20 minutes, then have some fun with your cat!

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No photos mom! He scarfs down his food and licks his plate clean.
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How does your pet let you know when it’s time to eat?