Cat Diapers

So I am a crazy pet mom.

Several years ago our beloved elderly cat, Zeddy, was diagnosed with a particular cancer that caused him to be incontinent.  It was inoperable and untreatable, so we were faced with the challenge of making his last few weeks, maybe months, as comfortable as possible.  But incontinence is not pleasant to deal with so we also looked into cat diapers so we could enjoy our time with him as well.  At the time, the only cat diapers I could find designed specifically for cats had a 3-4 week processing time.  And there was a possibility Zeddy may not live that long.  We needed diapers now.

So I made my own:

Zeddy Cat in Diapers Zeddy Cat in Diapers

Over the course of a couple of weeks, I designed, altered, and redesigned several cat diaper options until we found one that worked for us.  And it made our lives so much easier during a very rough time.

Later, family and friends encouraged me to take that cat diaper design and offer it to others facing similar situations.  It took a while but I finally set up an etsy shop and now sell cat diapers called ‘ZedPants.’

cloth diapers for cats- ZedPants

Cloth Cat Diapers- yellow- top view Cloth Cat Diapers- blue- top view Cloth Cat Diapers- green- bottom view Cloth Cat Diapers- inside with insert

The diapers include an adjustable elastic waistband, snap-in inserts, are machine washable, and fasten in a way that does not require threading a cat’s tail through a tiny hole.  I hope to do a sewing tutorial soon, for those of you who might be interested in making your own, but until then- if you ever find yourself in need of cat diapers, please check out my etsy page.

Cloth Diapers for Cats- Instructions for ZedPants

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Make Your Own: Drawstring Activity Mat (UPDATED)

I came across this idea on pinterest a while back and thought, ‘that would be easy to make.’  So I did.

Make Your Own Drawsting Activity Mat

A Play-Mat that folds up into a bag

Play Mat filled with Toys

Play Mat turned into a bag

Supplies:

  • 60″ of 60″ wide canvas fabric
  • 1 yard of accent color canvas fabric (60″ wide)
  • Large Grommets (18)
  • 16′ cord

Layout the 60″ square piece of fabric, mark the center, and then measure 30″ from the center with enough marks to cut out a circle:

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 1 Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 2 Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 3

For the sides; take the 1 yard of accent color fabric and cut into 3 equal (1 ft wide x 60 in long) strips:

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 4

1 yard of the accent color isn’t quite enough for a full radius, so using the leftover corners from the circular base, cut out 12″ wide x approx 8″ rectangles (you only need 3 for the sides, save the fourth rectangle for a later step):

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 5

Sew the accent strips to the smaller rectangles, alternating between the accent color and the smaller rectangles:

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 6

Measure the circumference of the circle (15′ 8″ approx), and join the strips into a circle of that same distance (I made one section of the green accent color slightly smaller, but you could also shorten each section a small amount and make the accent sections equal):

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 7

Fold the strip over (right side out) and stitch a decorative stitch 1/4″ from the fold:

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 8

Pin the sides (right side out) to the back (wrong) side of the circular base:

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 9

Using the remaining fourth rectangle, create a ‘tab’- this can be done in many different ways, but I chose to sew the 12″ edge (right sides together), flip inside out, press, and sew the seam in place down the center, then fold in half to create a ‘tab’.  Insert the tab in between the bottom circle and the side, and pin in place:

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 10

Sew the sides to the circular bottom, trim the raw edges as needed, fold the fabric back over and sew again to encase the raw edges in a french seam.

Your base is complete!  Next, space out your grommets.  I wanted 2 next to the ‘tab’ and then equally spaced the remaining around the circle – 18 total (the photos below show the spacing, not the location- grommets will be on the side, not the bottom):

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 11 Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 12

To cut out the holes for the grommets, mark the desired location, the fold the fabric into quarters around that mark:

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 13

Cut off the tip of the folded fabric (cut a smaller angle for smaller grommets and a larger angle for larger grommets):

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 14 Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 15

Install the grommets according to their instructions, then run the cord through the grommets with the ends facing outward at the tab location:

Make your own Lay-N-Go: Step 16

Sew the ends of the cord into the bottom of the tab and voila! Project complete!  Fill with toys:

Play Mat filled with Toys

And to clean up, simple pull the cord to create a bag:

Play Mat becoming a bag Play Mat Turned Bag

Please note: Other websites caution about the cord in this project: It is definitely a strangulation danger for small children and children should be supervised when using this product.  Also, in creating this project, there seems to be A LOT of cord when this is made into a bag (a 5′ radius play-mat may need 16′ of cord for it’s circumference, but it certainly doesn’t need that much as a bag handle).  Also, since the sides need to fold up to close the bag, they are not very stiff and the sides are more of a visual container than a sturdy enclosure.  But it’s still a great project, and I’m sure we will be getting plenty of use out of it.

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Make Your Own: Fish Filters

Make your own fish filters

Having your own aquarium requires a lot of maintenance.  One of the most expensive components of this continued maintenance is, of course, the disposable filter cartridges.  Depending on the type of aquarium filter you use, you may be able to make your own reusable fish filter cartridges.

In the photo above, the filter on the left is a store bought disposable.  The filter on the right is a reusable cloth filter I made.  If your filter uses a similar filtration cartridge, you can make your own reusable one!

With a disposable filter cartridge as your template, use some readily available (non-fusible) quilt batting making sure the batting is a polyester or other non-natural material, which most batting is these days.  Then, with a sewing machine or serger, simply sew a 1/4 inch seam around 3 of the sides- again, making sure to use a polyester or nylon thread (natural fibers will eventually break down in an aquarium environment).

Make a couple of these to rotate through, and simply wash after use.  You may still have to purchase some activated carbon for use in your reusable filter, but carbon is generally available in bulk and for much less cost than the individual carbon packages that come with filter cartridges.

Just one less item to buy.  And one less item to throw out.

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