Playful Pancakes are catnip-filled toys for your feline friends—inspired by our friend Cassidy. For each toy purchased, Softstar Shoes donates 100% of the proceeds to Kids For Kids, an organization that combats hunger in Darfur, Sudan. Grab a few for you and your kitty friends and help provide kids in Sudan with nourishing goat (kid) milk at the same time.
Playful Pancakes are now made by the elves from sheepskin and leather scraps. The body is 3 inches (8cm) long with a leather tail that ranges from 8 to 12 inches. Yummy catnip pellets are sandwiched between the sheepskin and perforated leather. We have thoroughly tested these toys on our own kitties and they passed inspection with flying colors! Labor and shipping are donated by the elves. Playful Pancakes come in an assortment of colors, so no two are alike.
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Elizabeth from Gainesville, Florida sent us this video showing how much Stella, her daughter's kitty, loves her Playful Pancake. Elizabeth writes: "To say it was a hit is an understatement!"
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They love it to pieces (literally) Maybe the deco leather needs some reinforced stitching because my cats chewed some of that off in the first round of play when I took them out of the shipping box! (Posted on 1/4/17)
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Thank you for making such an amazing toy! My cats just love them and for that, I can't help loving you guys even more! (Posted on 9/15/16)
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Pancake cat toys were created in 2006 by then-7-year-old Cassidy Lynn as a fundraising project. She learned about starvation in Darfur and wanted to do something about it, so she brainstormed the idea of making cat toys and donating proceeds to Kids for Kids—an organization that assists families in Sudan. They combat hunger through the purchase of goats (aka "kids") which provide sustainable milk supplies for their children (aka kids"). You can check out their website or Facebook page for more information.
Cassidy came by our workshop regularly for leather and sheepskin scraps. She recruited elementary school friends to make personalized toys they could sell at local events. Cassidy and her friends made hundreds of toys and purchased over 180 goats in the first 2 years. When Cassidy's mom, Kathy, was diagnosed with terminal cancer early in 2008 the pancake project took a break. In November 2011, the Elves partnered with Cassidy to reinvigorate her Playful Pancake project.
My name is Cassidy and I live in Corvallis, Oregon. I invented these cat toys and I sell them so I can buy goats for the kids in Sudan so that they won't starve. I've been really hungry before, but never as hungry as I think the children in Sudan are.
In the picture are me (on the left) and my friends Morgan and Meaghan. The hand with the graham cracker in it is my little brother, Jack. My friend Aurora helped too but she did it later.
That is my Grandma and Grandpa's cat playing with his toy. His name is Nacho. Doesn't it look like Nacho is having fun with that? Don't you want your cat to have that much fun? Even though your cat might have toys already, this is a hand made toy.
And if you buy the toy you will be giving a kid in Sudan a better life by giving them a goat because the cat toy costs as much as one goat. I give the money to Kids for Kids and they buy goats so that the kids can have milk and they can trade it for clothes, food, sheep, camels, and medicine. They give goats because money doesn't breed but goats do and make more goats. Even if you don't have a cat you can still help by going to www.justgiving.com/cassidylynn. And if you want to learn more about Kids for Kids you can go to www.kidsforkids.org.uk.
–Cassidy Lynn, 2006