DIY Cat Feeder Toy

So I got to keep my new clothes. Apparently my husband was kidding when he said I had to use my birthday money to take our cat to the vet. We’ve been married for 3 1/2 years and I still can’t tell sometimes.

Turns out it’s a nice confidence boost to wear classy women’s clothing instead of something from the mall or the juniors section, even if I don’t need it for anything. And no one has to know I found it in the clearance section. Joe doesn’t mind how I look either 😉

Also, if you were wondering, my cat is fine. He had what looked like an eye infection, but the vet said a lot of shelter cats have some form of feline herpes virus (which I guess isn’t as bad as it sounds?) so she gave me l-lysine to keep it from flaring up.

Unfortunately he is gaining weight instead of losing it. He’s always hungry and I can’t resist those big sad Puss-in-Boots eyes. I know, I will be terrible at disciplining our future children.

The vet suggested a feeder toy, where he has to get the food out himself. It’s designed to promote exercise and slower eating, and reduce “excessive meowing due to boredom,” haha. Genius.

There are at least a couple different options online, which I will link to below. But for now, I decided to try making my own. I started with a plastic container leftover from bouillon cubes. You will be cutting it, so I wouldn’t recommend metal or glass.

After washing & drying the container, I used a utility knife to make holes on the sides, each about the size of a piece of cat food. Then I filled it with a normal serving of his food and put it in the floor for him to try.

When the toy is on it’s side, he can just roll it across the floor and get the food without much effort. Mine may need fewer holes. But when I set it upright he has to knock it over first (sounds easy enough, but he pushed it across the floor with his head for a while before figuring it out).

Here’s Boots and his new feeder toy, and some buying options if you’d prefer (Chewy is a great site for all kinds of affordable pet items!).

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PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Feeder

Design Senses Food Maze

Tunnel Feeder

Does your cat have a weight problem or get bored? Try this and let me know what you think!