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. 551
    Auriette

    Those are adorable toys. What a great and green idea for a business!

  2. 552
    Bethany

    i think these are so cool! way to freecycle!

  3. 553
    Phyllis

    What delightful toys! Well done.

  4. 554
    Yvette

    These are so cute!!

  5. 555
    cheap building materials and supplies

    Those are great diy toys for cats

    thanks for sharing

  6. 556
    Sharon

    So THAT’S why all my socks have holes in!

  7. 557
    HELEN CHILCOTT

    My three Kitties can never have too many mice. They have stashed theirs all over the house. And now we have green mice! Enviromentalous!

  8. 558
    daria

    Awww these mice are so cute!!!

  9. 559
    Anita Holloway

    Purrfect idea !!! Can’t wait to order these for my cat !!!

  10. 560
    Robin Patten

    How cute! Of course, it helps that cats always seems to have more fun with found items anyway, so these have a better chance of appealing to them!

  11. 561
    MarilynB

    How Sweet. My kittens will love playing with these….

  12. 562
    jacky

    what great ideas! I like the darn! mice… the size seems just right…my cats steal stuffed animals to torment:-)
    thank you for your creativity!

  13. 563
    Anna S.

    What a cute idea. Tati would love to play with some of these. That would keep her away from my knitting bag.
    Anna

  14. 564
    duchess

    Great idea!

  15. 565
    Jay

    Love the values and creativity of these! So cute and clever for discerning felines… I have a sock-loving pair who steal through my laundry.

  16. 566
    Jaclyn

    Those are the cutest mice! What a great idea.

  17. 567
    jill

    The three blind mice are a terrific idea!

  18. 568
    RJ

    These are such a cute idea. I love it!

  19. 569
    Joy M.

    I am constantly amazed by the creativity of these recycled cat toys. Awesome!

  20. 570
    michelle

    My two 11 year old very playful kitties would love these adorable toys!

  21. 571
    Debra

    My cat Sophie would love these toys. She is a rescue cat who was abused, and she is frightened most of the time. She will only play with small toys that she can bat around. Sophie has been with me for a year now and she is just starting to relax some and come out of her shell.

  22. 572
    Auz

    My kittens love going in my drawers and dragging my shirts all over the house… maybe if they had something like this they would stop!

  23. 573
    Diane

    My kitties would LOVE the Darn Socks! They love tackling and kicking stuff!

  24. 574
    Sara

    Wonderful toys. We would all love some new catnip toys.

  25. 575
    Neil

    That Melissa IS marvelous!!!! and those darn mice are toooooo cute!! But I don’t think the “Booterman” (real name = Boots) would be tempted to play with them ….. he’s wayyyyyy to cool for those silly cat toys….but Petey!!! that little terror — he’d LOVE ‘em!!!

  26. 576
    Eric

    Superb, eco friendly, fun idea!

  27. 577
    bertag

    Adorable! If they have their own socks and sweaters, maybe they would leave mine alone…

  28. 578
    mirabelle

    so cute! my new kitten needs a new toy (that is not a shoelace – attached to my shoe)!

  29. 579
    Lindsay

    They are both SO awesome! I especially love the Darn!Socks.

  30. 580
    Andrea

    How very cute! And economical!

  31. 581
    Claudia

    Love the sock toys! I’ve got a lot of foster kitties who would love to try them out!

  32. 582
    Robbie

    Very cute..love the mice!!

  33. 583
    Amy

    Too cute! These would be great Xmas gifts for all the kitties in the family.

  34. 584
    Katharine A Seymour

    Both of my marmalade cats would love these toys. Consider this my attempt to win them for “the boys”!

  35. 585
    joycebell

    These are so darn cute! Plus my kitties, Kia and Tess, would love them!

  36. 586
    Heidi Jo

    My kitties would love these! So cute and fun!

  37. 587
    Sara Ceulemans

    I love the darn!socks! They’re so cute!

  38. 588
    Liz & Cassie

    We have a drawerful of old socks, but never know what to do with them? So creative!

  39. 589
    Kim Castro

    those are so cute. The best part is that there is no plastic!

  40. 590
    Kimberly Felipe

    Those eco-friendly cat toys are FANTASTIC. Thank you!
    –Kimberly (and Hazel-the-Cat)

  41. 591
    Vicki Andrew

    so cute, I have been trying to find ways to live greener but haven’t greened my cats toys yet. Great idea, thank you

  42. 592
    Rebekah A.

    My cat is a bunny-kicking machine. He’d love to add some toys to his collection!

  43. 593
    Lori

    The little mice lined up in the basket are so cute.

  44. 594
    Natalie W.

    Sooo cute. My boys would love them :o )

  45. 595
    Melissa

    These are really cute, and my cat loves the texture of knitted toys.

  46. 596
    Erin

    So cute! Something to do with all of those lonely socks that lost their other half in the bermuda triangle that is the laundry cycle…

  47. 597
    Feles

    Very lovely idea!

  48. 598
    Ladytink_534

    Very cute! My cat would love these!

  49. 599
    Gloria

    What a great ‘green ‘ idea !!

  50. 600
    Kim

    These are SO cute! Very green!


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