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. 601
    Hope K

    very cute! Melissa is now on my etsy favorites.

  2. 602
    Greta

    Those are so cute! I love the Three Blind Mice. :]

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    Lily

    So cute! I think I will have to start making mice out of my socks! :P

  4. 604
    Barbara

    Sunny would love these; he is handicapped so he needs lightweight toys to bat around. These would be perfect!

  5. 605
    Nancy Nelson

    Any new toys are always well recieved (especially catnip ones), and to make them green is even better!!!!

  6. 606
    maggie p

    ahh, how cute! i tried to make some myself, actually, and they just turned out strange looking, heh :)

  7. 607
    Silvia

    These look wonderful. I am sure my cats would love to carry them around.

  8. 608
    Monica

    How cute! I know three cats, Brando, Jed, and Tom, who would love these!

  9. 609
    Theresa

    I have made cat toys from recycled clothes and towels before but, somehow, they never looked that nice. :-)

  10. 610
    Little Doll

    Cute, adorable, economical, eco-friendly . . . and kitties love it, too :)

  11. 611
    Laura Carns

    Oooh, I’ve been looking for new cat-toys!

  12. 612
    Aya

    What a great idea for cat toys – not only it’s eco-friendly, but so cute!!!

  13. 613
    Sam, Lolli & Bolli

    Our human stuffs cat nip in her old socks for us to play with – we do appreciate her efforts in being green , but we would appreciate something more stylish at the same time – like Marvelous Melissas toys!!!!

  14. 614
    Laura Weber

    Very cute! Morris would love these! Good luck to everyone and take care!

  15. 615
    CPJ

    Great concepts recycling the old clothes – and they’re cute!

  16. 616
    kitkatknit

    Bunny kicking toys are the best!! Rufus and Ruby would love these.

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    Yamairah

    My cat Suri would adore these little mice!

  19. 619
    Michelle

    How wonderful!! Kitty with the most toys wins!! :)

  20. 620
    Gemela

    My Niko would love these little mousies! What a great way to use mismatched socks!

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    Jessica S

    Nice looking!

  23. 623
    Ellie Colwell

    Bonding with my kitty AND helping the environment, it couldn’t get any better!

  24. 624
    Nan

    Pretty creative and cute!

  25. 625
    tinagroh

    I love cats their people to me. I really love the recycled cat toys. I have five.Meow!

  26. 626
    Lynda

    If I were one of my “many” kitties I would tightly hug one of these lovable guys!!

  27. 627
    Phoenix

    Great idea. I’m always looking for greener cat toys, & bunny kicking is a frequent feline activity around here!

  28. 628
    Basil

    Oh my goodness, these are so cute! Moxie would love them, she is always trying to play with socks.

  29. 629
    jocelyn

    cute cute cute cute cute!

  30. 630
    Susannah

    that is such a great idea using old recycled materials, and pistacio nuts – would have never of thought to find something like that in a cat toy.

  31. 631
    Tami Berry

    SO cute! What a great idea. My “Hollywood” is fantastic at bunny-kickin.

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    Weffie

    These are adorable. I’m going to put these on my holiday gift list, but I’d like to win some too.

  34. 634
    Suzanne D

    How green is this! Very nice and kind to the environment. My kitties say “A plus” to marvelous Melissa!

  35. 635
    Helen

    Wow, so incredibly cute! My cat would go crazy over these!

  36. 636
    Yvette

    I think my girls would love a darn!socks cat toy!

  37. 637
    Manda

    My kitty would be in heaven with those mice!

  38. 638
    Erin H

    Neat, I like to sew my own cat toys, too. My cats seem to like home made toys better, I think because they usually have more catnip than store bought ones. I’ve used socks before but not sweaters. O_O

  39. 639
    Stephanie

    Too cute…great recycling idea!

  40. 640
    Rebecca

    Our cats Mignonne and Goatee would LOVVVEEE these cute toys!

  41. 641
    Deb

    These are some of the cutest cat toys I have EVER seen! Gives me all sorts of ideas! Thanks AGAIN for bringing such great ideas for all of us to enjoy! I hope I win… I hope I win… I hope I win…

  42. 642
    tammy

    AWWWWW!!!!! What a way to recycle. I love them. I think my kitties would love them too because they love to lay on my sweaters.

  43. 643
    snuzzled

    Those are awesome!

  44. 644
    Anne

    What wonderful win win products for our felines and the environment!

  45. 645
    Sheila Gross

    My kitties think the Three Blind Mice sound like the best thing since the Cigars stuffed with pure catnip! Please make this a Meowy Catmus by making us the winner!

  46. 646
    Susan

    Great idea and so cute.

  47. 647
    kittykris

    So cute! Great re-use!

  48. 648
    Tina slave to four

    Being a knitter these goodies sound like a great way for my four to have their very own yarn products! (who knows they may leave my yarn alone…. who am I kidding!!)

  49. 649
    jevgenia

    My kitties are asking for new toys and these look like a winner, since even if we don’t win, we can make our own. Given the economy and loss of one of our incomes, this is a great help…

  50. 650
    nancy

    My kitties would love these!


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