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Catnip Fish Toy Tutorial

October 8, 2015 Sarah Coggins
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I adopted Cali from our local SPCA in September 2000. She was my first baby and, while the kids grab a lot of my attention, I try to do special things for her too.

Catnip Fish Toy Tutorial #MyCatMyMuse

Years ago I used to make handmade catnip toys for her and and her furry brother, Chester. It’s been a while and she is in need of new toys so my son and I made a couple of fish shaped fabric ones. He had fun helping me pick out the fabrics, and filling the toys after I had sewn the fish bodies together.

I put together a step-by-step tutorial with the fish pattern in a one page PDF that you can download HERE to create your own.

Catnip Fish Toy Tutorial preview

If you are a more visual learner or new to sewing, watch the video tutorial:

Beyond handmade toys and lots of cuddles, it’s also important to me to show Cali how much we care about her by choosing high quality, grain free food with a taste she likes. I also prefer natural nutrition options. This lead me to the natural cat food aisle at PetSmart where I found the new Purina Muse®. With Muse® you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse®.

Purina Muse Cat Food at PetSmart #MyCatMyMuse

Purina Muse® offers wet food recipes in Chowder, in Broth, with Toppers, in Gravy and Paté. All are made with real fish or poultry and contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Cali prefers fish so I picked up a variety of tuna, sardine and ocean whitefish options for her to try. I appreciate that these each of these offers a 100% complete and balanced meal for adult cats.

Purina Muse Cat Food at PetSmart #MyCatMyMuse

Natural has never been so delicious. Put Muse® to the test with our clean plate guarantee.

This was evident in our house from first taste. Cali has always preferred paté canned wet food and I was surprised to watch her devour the gravy style. Then lick the sides of her bowl making sure to get each last bite.

Purina Muse Cat Food: Licking Sides of Bowl Clean #MyCatMyMuse

Purina Muse® is exclusively available at PetSmart. Be sure to download a buy 3, get 3 free coupon HERE and check the coupon display in the front of the store. I found a flyer there with a buy 2, get 2 free coupon as well.

Purina Muse Cat Food coupon at PetSmart #MyCatMyMuse

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  • John October 12, 2015 at 8:58 pm
    I've not had a cat in a long time, but one of ours had a thing for mushrooms! You could nearly lose a finger trying to give them to her. Although I tend to be more of a dog person, I like cats too. They are amazing creatures. She also used to rattle her bowl of food in my face to wake me up when she was hungry and wanted it open.
    • Sarah Coggins October 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm
      Mushrooms?! That's hilarious! The craziest thing this particular cat ever ate were Cheez-its. Even when I went for the plastic storage container, she knew I was grabbing those and came running. There was a time I could count on Cali and her brother, Chester, better than my alarm - waking me for their canned food breakfast.
  • Andrea B. October 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm
    Great job and great tutorial. I have no idea how to do any of this - but maybe I can buy one for you for my cats? ;) Love this - hope it brings you comfort how well your sweet kitty was loved.
    • Sarah Coggins October 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm
      Thanks, Andrea! And what timing for this particular post. I'll happily make a couple for your cats.
  • Chrissie October 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm
    Cali is so cute! I bet my kitty, Phoebe, would love these!
    • Sarah Coggins October 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm
      Thanks! I thought she was quite beautiful. Of course, I'm biased. :) And, yes, I bet your cat would love them - if she loves catnip they are sure to be a hit.
  • Leigh Powell Hines October 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm
    You're talented. This makes me want to have a cat. You did a great job. I wanted to see Cali jumping around.
    • Sarah Coggins October 14, 2015 at 8:34 pm
      Thank you. Ordinarily I bet Cali would have been jumping around & toting these throughout the house. It was unfortunate this timed out with her final days with us. I was amazed she was up for a few pictures. I applied before started showing signs that something was wrong and wasn't even sure if I was going to be able to get the photos with her. Now I'm grateful that I have a few extra final pictures.
  • Oriana @Mommyhood's Diary October 13, 2015 at 10:54 pm
    I love the tutorial, especially the video!! Cali is beautiful. We're happy she liked Purina Muse®. Thanks #client
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  • Nancy Duff February 6, 2020 at 9:52 am
    I belong to a quilt guild and we are helping out a cat rescue group and I would like ask specific questions. I could not find an email address to send my questions to. How do I get in contact with you?
    • Sarah Coggins February 7, 2020 at 10:04 pm
      Nancy, thanks for taking time to check out my post. Feel free to send an email to me at with any questions.
  • LINDA LLOYD December 3, 2020 at 7:38 am
    Thank you so much for your cat fish toy pattern! Every year I make my sisters' cats a little toy stuffed with cat nip, and this year it will be fish!!! Have a Merry......
    • Sarah Coggins January 10, 2021 at 9:34 am
      I am so happy to hear this and how thoughtful to make a gift for your sister's cat each year! I hope her cat enjoys the new fish.

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