This Valentine’s Day, consider doing something special for that little someone who shows you unconditional love and affection all year round.  Here are three simple projects you can try at home that will really let your cat know how much you care.

valentineMake a Catnip Filled Origami Star

For a clever twist on the old paper ball toy that cats love so much, try crafting a lucky origami star with catnip in the middle.  The magic in these stars is twofold.  For one, their shape and size are ideal for your cat to swat around or carry in her mouth.  But two, they are a symbol of good luck for the upcoming Lunar New Year on February 19th.

Build a Corrugated Cat Scratcher

Cats love a good cardboard box for hiding, biting, and scratching.  If you have a box sitting around that your cat has partially destroyed, try upcycling it into a cat scratcher.  With a little extra time and patience, you’ll make a new claw-trimming toy that your cat will love.

Bake a Tasty Tuna Treat

When you bake a homemade treat for your cat, you can feel good about using the same quality ingredients that you could eat yourself.  After all, nothing says “I love you” quite like preparing a meal for someone.

Tasty Tuna Treats*

Two (2) 3-oz cans of chunk tuna in water
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
⅓  cup water

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Roll the dough to ¼ thickness on a floured countertop.
  4. Slice the dough into ½ inch treat sized squares.
  5. Bake the squares on a greased cookie sheet for about 20 minutes, or until golden.
  6. Allow to cool, and then serve to your favorite feline

*Recipe adapted from Must Love Cats and around the web.

What’s your favorite way to say “I love you, kitty” on Valentine’s Day?

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

Photo “Chinese Lucky Stars” by Carine Felgueiras is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0