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How to Make Your Own Kitty Enrichment Feeders and Toys
Melanie Deisz

Melanie Deisz

Last updated: February 17, 2020
How to Make Your Own Kitty Enrichment Feeders and Toys
Meowdel: Beretta in San Diego

Welcome to the third installment of our How To/DIY series. This month focuses on enrichment feeders! In case you're just joining us now, check out our DIY cat toys article and our DIY cat treats article if those are more your jam. Whether you like saving money or you love crafting, these enrichment feeders will be right up your alley. For safety’s sake, always supervise your cat while using these feeders and toys.

Meowdel: Mochi Jung

Ice, Ice Baby by Food Puzzles for Cats

Maybe you've been interested in trying an enrichment feeder for Fluffy, but you're not willing to shell out the cash for something she isn't interested in. Fear not! This DIY food puzzle is a great way to test the waters. And if you don’t want to use your only ice cube tray, you can use that egg carton you were about to throw away. Close the top of the carton for a bonus activity.

Price: $

Items needed: Ice cube tray and kibble or treats

Difficulty: Beginner

Time: Under 5 minutes

Tennis Ball Puzzle by Frederick Cat Vet

If your cat loves treats and loves to throw balls around, this is the puzzle for you. Once your cat knocks the ball around a few times, he or she will realize they will be rewarded for playing.

Price: $

Items needed: Tennis ball, cutting tool (Xacto knife or utility knife), and kibble or treats

Difficulty: Beginner

Time: Under 10 minutes

Harry and David Pear Box by Food Puzzles for Cats

This DIY enrichment feeder creates a maze of sorts to give your cat an extra twist on meal time. Pro Tip: Add obstacles to different compartments to challenge your kitty even more. While this DIY calls for a very specific type of box, you can create a similar feeder by using different boxes (like a wine box) for the inside maze.

Price: $

Items needed: Cardboard box, kibble or treats, scissors (depending on the box you use)

Difficulty: Beginner

Time: Under 20 minutes

DIY Foraging Puzzle by Catpurr

There are a few things I love about this one. First, it’s two puzzles in one: a food enrichment puzzle and a toy puzzle. Second, this one has an easy to follow video that features Whiskey the Cat.

Price: $$

Items needed: Shallow box with top (paper, shirt), small plastic cups, marker, cutting tool (Xacto knife is ideal, scissors could work), kibble or treats, toys, and catnip (optional)

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time: 15+ minutes

DIY Cat Puzzle by The Glam Cat

While this puzzle needs more items to make the finished product, it creates a more durable puzzle. The reusable plastic food container will house the treats and/or toys, and your cat will stick their little paws in try to retrieve the goodies through the holes.

Price: $-$$

Items needed: Reusable plastic food container, cutting tool, marker, lighter, rubbing alcohol, gripping pads, toys and kibble or treats.

Difficulty: Expert

Time: 20+ minutes

DIY Cat Puzzle by The Glam Cat; video by Ana & Fitz

Meowtel is all about all things cats and we loved finding fun DIY enrichment feeders and toys for you and your furbaby. If you have a favorite DIY feeder that we missed, let us know! Send us an email at bellhop@meowtel.com or reach out to us @meowtel on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Melanie Deisz

Melanie Deisz

Creative & Opurrations; Cat mom to Maxwell Wellington