One Editor, Two DIY Cat Feeder Projects, Countless Laughs

DIY box puzzle feeder
Credit: Kristen Seymour, Vetstreet
Talk about easy assembly!

I made my cuts carefully and with as much precision as I could muster, taking extra care to avoid any sharp edges. And where precision failed, tape seemed to work pretty well. I stuffed some clean paper towel in the bottom of each bottle to take up room, then topped them off with a generous helping of kibble (and, once again, treats). And, to make it extra special, I put Trixie's name on the box. What cat could resist this?

cat and feeder puzzle
Credit: Kristen Seymour, Vetstreet
Is that ... interest she's showing? Quick, look away before you spoil it!

This time at least she was definitely intrigued, if only for a moment, but she still wasn't eating. I decided to try a different location to see if that might tempt her into doing more than cautiously sniffing the food. Maybe she just didn't want to snack in the living room.

cat and food puzzle
Credit: Kristen Seymour, Vetstreet
Maybe not.

"Probably she's just not hungry," I told my husband, as he struggled to hold in his laughter (unsuccessfully, I might add). "I mean, how much of her breakfast did she eat?"

cat eating
Credit: Kristen Seymour, Vetstreet
Apparently, lack of hunger was really not the issue.

We went in search of Trixie and found her inside with her face shoved into her regular food bowl, chowing down and scattering bits of kibble everywhere (as she tends to do when she's excited about her food). So clearly it wasn't hunger that kept her from engaging with the puzzles. What's that old saying? You can lovingly create and design a custom food puzzle for your darling kitty, but you can't make ... well, you can't really make her do anything, can you? After all, she's a cat.

But hey, at least she didn't show her disdain for my project by peeing on the rug — so I'm calling this a success.

Anybody out there tried something along these lines? Was your cat willing to participate, or did she just stare disdainfully at you and your DIY craft?

Join the Conversation

Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!