No Mouse, No Problem! Cat Loves iPad!

The new Apple iPad has gotten strong reactions from people—positive and negative.  Some people criticize that Apple is too controlling, but other people praise the iPad’s utility and intuitive ease of use.   I’m thinking Iggy the kitty makes a strong argument for utility and intuitive ease of use.  Now I want one! (thanks Erik & Brooke)

DIY: Suede & Leather Mouse Cat Toy

Some kitties really like the smell of leather. Here’s a simple suede & leather mouse you can make for your freaky little cat. Download the instructions and template—it’s the grey behind the directions. I’d make the mice out of some fun colors instead of boring brown. (The instructions call for punching the suede with holes and hand stitching, but I think if you have a good sewing machine and the appropriate heavy duty needle, you could sew this on your machine.)

You’ll need:

  • about 8×8″ of suede
  • some leather lacing
  • a few jingle bells
  • cardboard
  • fiberfill or something to stuff the mouse
  • good scissors
  • 2 pairs of pliers
    • good sewing machine & appropriate needle


    • sharp, heavy needle
    • awl or finishing nail
    • hammer
  • scrap wood or a few magazines you don’t care about
  • tape
  • marker