Holey Socks & Sweater Scraps! Recycled Cat Toys from Marvelous Melissa Plus BONUS GIVEAWAY Winner’s Choice!

Mon, Nov 9, 2009

Giveaways, Green Design, Toys

Three Blind Mice

What moderncat doesn’t love a nice homemade toy that helps reduce the impact on the landfill? Well, as soon as your cat reads this, he’ll be asking you for one of these toys from Etsy seller Marvelous Melissa. She makes two different kinds of eco-friendly cats toys: Three Blind Mice and darn!socks, both of which are extremely popular with the eco-conscious feline crowd.

Three Blind Mice are made with felted scraps of old wool sweaters rolled into little mice with organic catnip inside. Perfect for carrying and batting around. Darn!Socks are made from holey old socks, bound for the trash, but instead reincarnated as adorable mice, just the right size for bunny kicking. These guys are filled with organic catnip, a bit of recycled crinkly plastic, a few pistachio shells (for a good crunch), and recycled wool sweater lint. It doesn’t get any more eco-friendly than that!

Darn!Socks

Enter to Win! Bonus Giveaway, Five Winners, Winner’s Choice!

Marvelous Melissa is offering five winners each their choice of either a set of Three Blind Mice or a darn!socks cat toy. Please leave a comment on this post to enter. The five winners will be chosen in a random drawing on November 17 and notified via email. One entry per person. This giveaway is open to readers everywhere. Now that’s marvelous!

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658 Responses to “Holey Socks & Sweater Scraps! Recycled Cat Toys from Marvelous Melissa Plus BONUS GIVEAWAY Winner’s Choice!”

  1. 1
    Catherine

    what a cute idea!!! my kitties would love these to death :)

  2. 2
    Ozark Mountain Cats

    Our cats love their darn sock mice. It was a pleasure doing business with Melissa.

  3. 3
    Lee W.

    Oh boy, more toys!!! Meooow!

  4. 4
    frank

    very cute. The mice are adorable.

  5. 5
    sprite

    Ooh! I love creative ideas like this one! Who doesn’t have a holey sock lying around?

  6. 6
    Daisy

    My cat would LOVE those! I hope I win!

  7. 7
    Nikki

    so cute my babies would love to play with these, maybe they can leave my socks alone hehe!

  8. 8
    illy tung

    My Cat would love this.

  9. 9
    Isil

    They’re so cute !!

  10. 10
    Daniel

    Cute and ecofriendly, Winston’s would love these.

  11. 11
    Kathy

    Great creative use for scraps!

  12. 12
    mickie s.

    these toys are adorable!

  13. 13
    Beatriz Abreu

    These ae the cutest!!!

  14. 14
    Tanya

    These are adorable! I especially love the addition of recycled crinkly plastic and pistachio shells to the darn!socks.
    Love the line “just the right size for bunny kicking” hehe

    I’d love to win one of these!

  15. 15
    Parker

    We’d love to win!

  16. 16
    CrankyAshley

    Too cute. :-)

    We found this stuff kitten the other day. I brought it home to see if the cats would like it. They’re very interested in sniffing it. I guess it’s a little too big for them (even our maine coon).

  17. 17
    Terrie

    Cool! I love the recycled concept :)

  18. 18
    Bethany

    Awww, how adorable!! My cats love it when I use old knee-high pantyhose, twisted up into tiny little balls. They bounce pretty well and the cats end up throwing them around the house, haha. :)

  19. 19
    Angus Mhor

    Now, THOSE are muy cool! I like the idea of using pistachio shells for crunchability.

  20. 20
    lydk.

    I love making new things from old scraps and using pistacio shells for filler is a great idea. my kitty would love the mice, but the socks look kind of big for her, she likes her toys small. or maybe she just likes small toys so i have to spend more time crawling around the floor, looking under everything, trying to find them.

  21. 21
    Melissa

    What a great idea. And cute, too!

  22. 22
    kilax

    Those are so cool! And I love that they are recycled!

  23. 23
    kendra

    That is so clever and super cute. My cat is a fiend for catnip mice.

  24. 24
    Mica

    Very cute toys!!

  25. 25
  26. 26
    Lauren F.

    These are so cute! I bet my cats would love them. I like the idea of pistachio shells inside.

  27. 27
    Jocelyn

    What a cute idea! My kitty would love them :)

  28. 28
    Driver B

    OMG! Darn!Socks look totally awesome!

  29. 29
    Steph

    I’m glad they have the crinkle and pistachio shells in them. My cat Sweetie will only play with pice and small toys that make noise.

  30. 30
    Linda

    How adorable! I especially love the darn!socks, they’re too cute.

  31. 31
    Jessica

    I love the darn!socks. First, what a great name :) But I like that they have a little “texture” to them – what a great idea to put pastachio shells in to give the toy a little something extra!

  32. 32
    gina

    these are SO cute!

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  34. 34
    Suzie

    What a great idea!!
    And they look so cute!

    Hopefully the socks didn’t belong to somebody with smelly feet!

  35. 35
    Elisabeth

    Wow! That’s so purrfect! :)

  36. 36
    Marge Tschida

    These are an absolute hoot. They are so cute and what a good idea. My Kiki would love them!

  37. 37
    Stephanie

    Well if those aren’t the cutest things! I love that they’re so earth friendly. Keep up the good work on the excellent finds!

  38. 38
    bryan phillips

    okay will try again, something like 0 for 103 now, seem to many people here now to make it worth it these days

  39. 39
    Nicole

    What a great idea. Very cute!

  40. 40
    Cat with a Garden

    Those look great. Eco-friendlyness is even greater!

  41. 41
    ann

    What a charming idea!

  42. 42
    Annie

    what a great way to recycle old socks! the kitties will enjoy a good play session with these.

  43. 43
    June Nickelson

    My 4 kitties would absolutely love to play with these

  44. 44
    Renee

    Oooo-I know someone who loves to bunny kick! These are a great idea!

  45. 45
    June Nickelson

    I would love to win these. My kitties would be thrilled!

  46. 46
    anne

    these would be a great replacement for the old furry ones my cats play with now. they have missing tails and their eyes are starting to come off…….a hazard to my furry babies.

  47. 47
    Amanda Gitglicklin

    Omigosh! These are super adorable! I luff them! >^..^<

  48. 48
    Shelly Sestak

    Cool!

  49. 49
    Louise

    These are so cute, and I think they would be fun to play with!

  50. 50
    Turi

    These sound lovely – in particular the bunny kick-able socks.

    I’d love to win a set.

    :)


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