One of my greatest loves is my cat, Sophie. She is one spoiled kitty, believe me! I’m always trying to make life entertaining for her because she’s a strictly indoors cat. Although she sometimes explores the house, she mostly likes to stay in my room. She has so many boxes, random packaging paper, and cat toys strewn about now that I can barely get from my bed to my closet without stepping on something!
Recently I had been reading up on how to keep her interested in playing because she seems to always get tired of the toys I get her. Of course like any other cat, she prefers boxes or bags over toys specifically designed for felines. . . This is why I never bought her one of those food or treat dispensers because I know she won’t play with it, and well, there goes my money.~
Instead I decided to make her one. A lot of the things I have for her now are pretty DIY. I mean, I made her a house out of a box, a pom pom out of yarn, and most recently, one of those sticks with something shiny at the end out of a cake dowel. For some reason she seems to be more open to using these (because her mom put so much love and effort into them, that’s why!).
The treat dispenser I made for her is the type she can put her paws in to take out the treats. She loves eating with her paws like a proper hooman, so this was important. It interests her better than the plastic bottle I cut holes in and filled with treats anyways. Apparently it was too much work to push the bottle around until a treat popped out.~ Also because I care about the planet, we used recycled materials that you can easily find around your home.
- Small Cardboard Box
- Cardboard Tube (the type used in paper towels or toilet tissue)
- Scissors or Box Cutter
- Glue Gun or Crafting Glue
- Acrylic Paint (optional)
- First, cut the cardboard tube into smaller tubes of different sizes.
- Then, cut off the top box flaps leaving the bottom closed. Cut off the top panel of the box. This should leave you with 4 sides (A large bottom panel, 2 sides, and one backside).
- Figure out how you want to arrange the tubes in the box. There should be enough space between them that if a treat falls there, your kitty can get it out. Glue down each tube to the box then let dry completely.
- Optional: paint the box’s side panels or decorate it however you wish. You can also leave it as is.
- Once the dispenser is dry, add some of your cat’s favorite treats inside each tube and let him or her take them out.