PARMA, Ohio — Fresh off of her trip to CatCon (think ComicCon but for cat lovers), Crochet Kitty owner Abbie Swisher continues to be amazed at how well her cat toy business is made in the hand has grown over the past decade and a half.
“We keep adding to our line and talking to people,” Swisher said. “It’s the best way to let people know who we are and what we do.”
Crochet Kitty was born in earnest in 2008 when Swisher, as a “pet parent,” panicked after discovering a toy she bought for her cat was filled with pebbles.
That’s when the Carrollton, Ohio, Parma native and resident designer decided to create her own toy.
“I crocheted a little mouse for my cat and of course he loved it,” Swisher said. “At that time, Etsy was just beginning to become an online craft marketplace.”
Over the next seven years, she slowly turned her hobby into a cat toy manufacturing business.
In 2021, Crochet Kitty moved into a 6,000 square foot space on Snow Road, where its headquarters now has nine full-time employees.
“We design, manufacture and package cat toys that are safe for our pets,” Swisher said. “We also make thousands of custom toys at a time for box subscription companies.”
The next step for Crochet Kitty is to give back to the northeast Ohio cat community. Meowloween’s adoption and donation event takes place from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28 at its headquarters.
“This is the first event we’ve held as an adoption,” Swisher said.
“We’re helping all these adoption agencies because there’s an overflow of kittens right now, and it’s getting harder and harder to get them adopted.”
In addition to local agencies offering cats and kittens for adoption, there will be music, feline vendors, candy for the kids, and a 50/50 raffle that will find Crochet Kitty donating $1 for every person who arrives in suit.
This pot will be split between a costumed winner and an adoption agency attending the event.
Cleveland’s weird cat lovers are also involved in the special cat adoption night.
The non-profit organization will provide all adopters with donated items. The same goes for Crochet Kitty, who has been collecting cat food, litter, treats and accessories for two months.
“We also had a few litter companies donate to our event,” Swisher said. “What we’re trying to do is actually be a hub for donations and supplies. These shelters in the Parma/Cleveland area can come to us and pick up the necessary waste and so on.
Regarding Meowloween becoming an annual affair, Swisher said, “We’ll see how the first one goes.”
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