Your feline companion deserves to receive special care and new basic gear once in a while. Unfortunately, most of the kitty accessories in local pet stores and even online shops are often expensive. If you have some time, you can create your own pet paraphernalia and your furry friend will appreciate the results. Here are four DIY pet ideas which you can try for your cats, regardless of your arts and craft skill level.
An automatic cat feeder is crucial for providing food in between full meal feedings. For this DIY pet idea, you will need a tub with a flattened lip along the top edge. You will also need a food dispenser which will allow the tub to rest on the opening without falling inside. Make cuts using scissors at the bottom of tub, about four times the size of food pellets.
Do not cut out the plastic; instead push the loosened parts in to create baffles. Place the tub on the dispenser and pour in the food. Tap the dispenser lightly and ensure that the pellets will fall out. Ideally, the cat will need to manipulate the feeder by bumping it lightly, so you will have to demonstrate a few times.
Carpeted cat trees have gained popularity recently because they are elaborate and provide nice perches for the cat. Unfortunately, they do not blend in with many interior design ideas and they are often expensive and too complicated for amateur DIY enthusiasts. You can choose the alternative cat shelves that present comfortable elevated rest sports. For this project, you will only need to get pieces of board or shelf material. Attach the shelves to your wall in a stair-like design and voila, your cat can rest like royalty.
Cat Scratching Posts
Cat scratching is an innate need, so you should protect your furniture by creating an attractive scratching post. You will need a wooden base as well as the actual timber post. Ensure that the base is flat, fairly heavy and stable and attach the post to it. Cover all the surfaces with carpet or turf to protect the cat, and attach a favorite toy or something dangly to attract the cat. You can also attach brush heads so that it will also serve as an automatic rubbing or petting station.
Mess-Free Litter Box
Feline creatures are adorable, but the messy litter that is often left around the box can be frustrating. You can make your own mess-free litter box using a gallon bin with a lid. Basically, cut a large hole carefully into the lid using a pair of scissors; the size will depend on the size of the cat. Pour the kitty litter into the box to your preferred level and cover the bin. The cat will be able to hop in and out of the bin and there will be minimal mess.
There are numerous crafts and accessories that you can create for your pet, besides these outlined DIY pet ideas. As you advance in your skill level, ensure that every item that you make focuses on general exercise, comfort, stimulation around the house and even functionality.