Winter is nearly here, and even the furriest cats get cold when the temperature drops. That’s why we chose a cozy Italian merino wool for our new winter collection, creating the softest and warmest beds yet. This wool is woven and boiled, creating a beautifully felted fabric so nice, we ended up using the scraps from the beds to create our new magnetic fish lures (because we just couldn’t bear to throw any of it away). With these new adorably soft toys and luxuriousy warm beds, you might actually be jealous of your cat for once!
Lets talk about cat toys. There are four basic types of cat toys that cats seem to be interested in: 1) the catnip/ball/small toys, 2) the wand toys 3) random human objects that have turned into cat toys and 4) the laser pointer. Because I feel like I'm playing with a toy, too, I prefer wand toys. But if you've ever played with a cat, you know how easily they tire of their toys. And with the wand toys, once your cat gets bored with the toy on the end, you've got to find a place to store the whole thing, stick and all (in my case, its a massive drawer in our kitchen that I want back).
What I needed was a wand toy that lets me change the toy on the end, so there is only one stick involved. And I wanted that toy to be fun for me to play with. I experimented with different ways to connect interchangeable toys, and found the simplest way was by using magnets. It basically created a giant version of that magnetic fishing game I used to love as a child (remember that one, with the rotating pool of fish that open and close their mouths?). Bingo, perfect toy.
After much experimentation on basically every cat I knew, I found the perfect combination of wand lengths, magnet strengths, and a good material for the toys all while making it safely cat-proof. For the wand, I half painted, half finished the raw wood, threaded waxed linen yarn and attached a slice of recycled cork with an embedded magnet as the “hook”. I created the “lures” out of merino wool, tightly felted around another smaller magnet.
The result is a minimalists cat toy, clean and simple, yet entertaining and adaptable. Our collection of lures will continue to change and expand (the new fish collection is coming soon!), with enough variety to please even the most picky cat. Just a forewarning, though: you might end up playing with this toy long after your cat has worn themselves out!
This summer, Bollini and I set out to create a new color edition of lures for our fishing rod toy. We spent the last few months researching different types and sources of wool, experimenting with felting and dying techniques, and working on improving our previous toy design. Now we have finally found the perfect combination in our neapolitan edition.
Inspired by the soft pastels of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, we wanted to create a beautiful toy for cats that they found as yummy as we did. Each lure is crafted of soft merino wool, carefully hand-felted around a small magnet into a perfect ball. They are designed to work with our new and improved magnetic fishing rod, but they can also be used individually as a felted ball for your cats for your cat to chase after (and trust us, they will).
To see our full selection of toys, visit our cat shop here.