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Cat Kicker Toy DIY – Make Your Own Cat Kick Stick

Do your cats love to play? This Cat Kicker Toy tutorial shows you how to create a fabric kick stick! It’s an easy project that your cats will love to kick and throw!

collage of diy cat kicker toy

Are your indoor cats super active? Our two cats, Frosty and Bella certainly are. Even though they are well out of the kitten stage at almost 2 years old, they still certainly love to play.

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In fact, I know that if I don’t provide them with enough toys, they get a little mischievous and make toys out of my things – like hair ties, pipe cleaners, and socks!

That’s one reason I decided they were definitely in need of some new cat toys. To be honest, I didn’t realize that I would find SO MANY types of cat toys!

While I love a good teaser wand to play with them, I was looking for something that could keep their attention when we weren’t playing with them. That’s when I found cat kicker toys.

Have you seen these?! It’s a pretty cool concept. There are a lot of different varieties, but most cat kicker toys are simply a long, soft yet firm, stick. If that sounds like a weird description, stay with me.

The cat kick stick needs to be long enough for the cat to hold with its front paws, while kicking with its back paws. It needs to be firm enough so it holds it’s shape, but soft enough that it bends and moves with a cat’s kicks!

cat sitting by window playing with cat kick stick toy

While I was shopping around I didn’t expect to find such a variety of kick sticks for cats, especially with some higher price tags. That’s when I decided to get crafty and make our own.

The idea behind the long kick sticks is that cats can hold them with their paws and kick with their back legs. They turned out great and are now Frosty and Bella’s favorite toys!

fabric, scissors, fabric bunting to make cat toy

This DIY cat kicker toy is super easy to make. If you have about 10 minutes, a sewing machine, fabric, and bunting, you can whip up a few to get your cats playing in no time.

Actually here’s exactly what you need for this easy project:

  • Fabric scraps – you’ll need a size about 3″x16″ to make sticks similar in size to mine. Although, any size will do!
  • Fabric bunting – this is for stuffing the sticks.
  • Catnip* [optional]

*I know catnip is super controversial – actually it’s something I didn’t know until I started blogging about my cats. That’s why it’s definitely optional as your cats will love these kick stix whether they contain catnip or not!

I’m definitely a beginning seamstress myself, but sewing these kick sticks is super easy.

steps to make cat kicker toy
  1. Once you’ve cut your fabric in your desired size, fold over and iron inside out. Sew the long side and bottom together, leaving one end open for stuffing.
  2. Turn your fabric from inside out. I love using a chopstick for turning projects.
  3. Stuff your fabric sleeve with bunting so that it’s stiff.
  4. Add in catnip, if you choose. You can even add in bells to make your cat kicker toy even more fun!
  5. Fold your fabric ends down and sew the top of your kick stick.

Cat Kicker Toy

Cat Kicker Toy

Materials

  • Actually here's exactly what you need for this easy project: Fabric Scraps - you'll need a size about 3"x16" to make sticks similar in size to mine. Although, any size will do!
  • Fabric Filling - PolyFil
  • Catnip, bells, etc - optional

Tools

  • Sewing Machine

Instructions

    1. Once you've cut your fabric in your desired size, fold over and iron inside out. Sew the long side and bottom together, leaving one end open for stuffing.
    2. Turn your fabric from inside out. I love using a chopstick for turning projects.
    3. Stuff your fabric sleeve with fiber filling so that it's stiff. Add optional bells or catnip if you choose.
    4. Fold your fabric ends down and sew the top of your kick stick.

Your cat will be kicking and flipping and believe it or not, throwing this DIY cat kicker toy around the house in no time!

cat laying down with diy cat toy

When you love your cat as much as we love our guys, you want to keep them happy and healthy. You’ll do both of those when you make this fun DIY cat toy!

If you love creating for your furry friends, check out some of my other DIY cat posts:

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DIY Cat Litter Box Furniture Tutorial

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stefanie mackenzie

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

I put about 1 tsp. Catnip and a 3/4” bell inside. Success!!

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Monday 16th of December 2019

[…] DIY Cat Kick Stick Toy – Lindsey Blogs […]

bernie wire

Tuesday 15th of January 2019

Do you suggest a certain type of material?

Lindsey

Thursday 17th of January 2019

I just used regular fabric for mine.

Erin

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Even more green... you can use fabric scraps or old clothing cut into small pieces to fill them instead of batting.

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Monday 25th of June 2018

[…] love this cat stick for your cat to nibble on, kick and wrap their legs around and play. Very easy to make, affordable, […]

Laura

Monday 22nd of July 2019

How much catnip for each one? TY

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