The Prettiest Little Cat Toy in the Land!
Plus a hairless cat in a wig.

A couple of weekends ago the fella, my mother Betty and I all traipsed off to the local Cat Show. It’s become a tradition to go every year. We have other exciting traditions throughout the year like Store the Snowblower Day and Comb Your Arm Hair Day.

So now that we’ve established we’re pretty much a force to be reckoned with in the “fun” department I’ll continue with my story.

This particular year the Cat Fanciers club went with a bold and controversial new judging category. The Elvis Purrrrsley Impersonator Category.

Ragdoll cats, hairless cats, siamese cats, all wearing their finest Elvis capes and toupees. I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen a cat in a toupee but, a cat in a wig is an angry cat to be sure. Go anywhere near that cat and you’re asking for a course of antibiotics.




Apparently putting a cat in a Jailhouse rocks outfit just makes them embarrassed and sad.

After the hilarity/horror that was cats in jumpsuits, we strolled around looking at general cat paraphernalia and these sticks with feathers on the ends kept popping up in all the booths. They were cat toys and some of them were nice looking, but the majority of them were hideous. They weren’t that expensive, $7.99 at the most, but I knew I could make one that was a bit better looking.

So I did.


Peacock Feather Cat Toy 2


Peacock Feather (Dollarama $2 for 3)
Bag of feathers (Dollarama $1)
Floral tape (found it in my cupboard)

Peacock Feather Cat Toy 4

Peacock Feather

Red Feathers

Peacock Feather 2

Peacock Feather 3

Peacock Feather Cat Toy 1


By 4:00 or so we gathered up our free bags of cat food, gave ourselves a good lint rolling and headed back home. My mother to her Ragdoll and us to our stray and Siamese. None of which will ever suffer the indignity of being dressed up like Elvis. At least not in public.


  1. Jo says:

    I nearly bought a pack of brightly coloured feather from a craft store to make toys for my cat, but changed my mind because I wasn’t sure whether the dye used would be safe – my cat always gives feathers a good licking.

  2. Liz says:

    got a baby devon rex this weekend, so I need to make some toys!

  3. Dana says:

    I purchased one of these lovely peacock feather cat toys at our local cat show in Kingston in February (it is already destroyed) feathers everywhere but on the stick! My kitty loved it though (thus the destruction!) I will now attempt to make my own for him and save some $$$. Love your ideas and humour! Thank you! PS Moon is turning 17 this summer and I would not DARE to dress him up, I do however dress my dog up regularly!

    • Anne says:

      Karen, I have been doing this thing with feathers for some time now. When you see the garlic covers(that soft plastic sort of mesh) I keep those and add some catnip and tie it with dental floss so they can’t tear it and they have a ball with their new toys ..feathers all around the house but who cares they carry them wherever they go. It is a funny sight to see a long plastic stick tagging behind the cats.. Thanks anne

  4. Suzy says:

    How about some really stron dog toys

  5. LeAnna says:

    Our hairless cat HATES getting dressed up. thinks it’s an insult to his natural nudity. I have a hilarious picture of him dressed as a ninja for Halloween. The look on his face is “I’m going to F-up your world as soon as you take this off me”. I’ll send it to you, you’d get a kick out of it… how do I do that?

  6. Susan R. says:

    Great toy! My cats would love this.
    We have two real peacocks wandering the streets in my neighborhood. The local free-range cats do NOT chase them. Peacocks are grumpy. I’ll have to see if they drop any feathers.

  7. Natika33 says:

    I was feeling a bit grumpy until I saw this post today. Thanks Karen!

  8. Leona says:

    Fluff on a bit o catnip and my cats will be in absolute heaven. And, it’s so pretty, I might use it on the pens at work. Nicer then the fake flowers!

    Well done.

  9. Lani says:

    Awesomeness- I would love to attend such an event. The sponsors and I share a similar sense of humor…
    on a side note, the cat toy is pretty cool…though I believe I’ve seen a similar “toy” for sale in “adam & eve” under a different name, of course. :)

  10. Mrs. Vallejos says:

    The cat in the Jailhouse ain’t rockin’. In fact, I’d put the poor thing on a suicide watch.

    The toy is lovely – I’m thinking I need to spruce up Pinky’s “da bird” toy which has a weighted feather “bird” on a line attached to a wand. I make the tweeting noises myself while the bird flies.

    I’m also wondering what Pinky would do if confronted by a real male Peacock in full feather. Freak out? Attack? Burrow underground? He will attack dogs larger than himself, in fact – the larger the better. But something that big and LOUD and fluttery? Just not sure.

  11. Nadine says:

    Oh my, that’s so sad. Why would people do this to their cats (or dogs, or kids…)?!?

    The best cat toys are the homemade ones. Mine just love chasing tin foil balls.

    • cheryl seals says:

      I agree w Nadine why and how would you do that to a cat! Our daughter put a pumpkin outfit on her maine coon he WAS NOT happy and preceded to rip the outfit to shreds YEY! I will be making him one of these cat toys or several, and i have everything i need, been wondering what to do with those peacock feathers..their a little mangled perfect for cat toys..yey !

  12. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Very cats are crazy about feathers..I bet Cleo & Ernie love this! Lucky Betty to have a gorgeous Ragdoll.

  13. says:

    oh those poor, poor kitties. I wish you’d put up more pictures of them!! Going to make that toy for sure – our big boy Batman will love it.

  14. Barbie says:

    Your feather cat toy is real Puuuuuurdy!

  15. Kristin D. says:

    I need to see a pic of a Ragdoll cat–what the heck is that?

  16. Jeanette @ This Dusty House says:

    Oh, my cat would love the cat toy! Unfortunately, my dogs get in his face a LOT, so he spends a lot of time sleeping in his safe room.

    I have a feeling my dogs would also love the toy, but in a different, more destructive way…

  17. Audrey says:

    Had to scroll through this REALLY quickly. For some unknown and peculiar reason, I’m terrified of peacock feathers. Always have been. However, I’m sure there isn’t a cat on the planet who reacts as I do!

    • Donna Thurman says:

      Audrey … fear of peacock feathers?? Maybe because they have that giant eyeball in the center! Just sayin …

  18. Laurel McBrine says:

    Oh, those cats look mortified – such an insult to their dignity!

  19. DzynByJules says:

    AWESOME!!! My Pee Wee will LOVE this! And you my friend, are HILARIOUS!

  20. Patti says:

    Very cool, Karen! I don’t have a cat, but I kinda just want to make one, keep it in my pocket, and taunt the cats in my neighbourhood. I’d either be very popular, or very scratched. Not sure which.

  21. Laura Bee says:

    Weird – I woke up this morning & before anything else happened..(oh, brewed coffee)..I was playing with our two cats with a feather they dug out from their toy box. and here is your post.
    I have everything I need here, going with the peacock feather, black boa feathers & electrical tape.
    Maybe I’ll make one for hubby too.

  22. Clara says:

    Dandy! Too pretty, in fact, for my cats -they’ve got oversized destruction glands and this wouldn’t last more than a second…

    Oh, and I couldn’t help but notice that gorgeous pair of cushions behind the siamese cutie! nice nice nice

  23. Fella says:

    Elvis Purresley ImPURRsonators. You forgot to add the purr to impusonator.

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