When it comes to cat toys, there are thousands upon thousands of products to choose from. The trouble is, sometimes they can be a little dull or are missing a “wow” factor to impress us dedicated cat parents. I love the thought of spoiling our kitties with handmade toys, and I especially love it when the creators of those toys give back to shelters, too.
I recently caught up with a cool and creative cat mom named Tamara who happens to make her own custom catnip toys! And she also happens to donate many of her adorable creations to shelters, too.
When I discover a cat mom who also happens to be an entrepreneur, I love to lend my brand to share their story. So, keep reading to learn all about Gifts for Cats—and feast your eyes over her muse, Miss Piggy the lovely tuxedo kitty!
Where are you located?
I’m located just outside the small town of Kleefeld , Manitoba.
What inspired you to create these toys?
I started making them because I bought this one catnip kicker rat for my cat Piggy and it was her favourite thing so I made a couple for her. Then I realized I should start my own little business, and I looove sewing and cats so it’s a win-win . It was so exciting getting it all registered and such. If it wasn’t for her, I would have never started my business. It is still really new, I just take things one day at a time and I do my best to market it.
Can you tell me also about the beds you sell?
My beds I was making were just kitty-sized quilts, which those were a flop so I quit making them.
What are your best selling items?
My best selling items are the tacos, pickles, burritos, donuts, and fried chicken drumsticks and the pepperoni pizza.
How do you come up with your ideas for your catnip creations?
I noticed people like food item catnip toys, so I designed all my own patterns to make them. I’m a foodie myself, so I enjoy making the food item catnip toys as well. I have one cat and no kids living at home, so my cat is our spoiled little tuxedo baby. I was doing a giveaway at one time, and all I asked in return was for pictures I could use in my website. I also did some follow-ups on a couple to see how the toys were holding up. It’s probably time for Round 2 of testers soon.
I’m assuming you have cats of your own. Can you tell me about your professional catnip toy testers?
Yes, her name is Miss Piggy!
I’d like to give a special “thank you” to Tamara for taking the time to answer my questions about her adorable catnip creations. Consider supporting female cat moms who are entrepreneurs too by picking out a cute gift from her store for your feline friend. You can find her here on Facebook; here on Etsy.
All Images Courtesy of Tamara Michael – SleepKittyGifts on Etsy