DIY Pet Feeder

When we visited my sister for Christmas, we planned to be away for two nights. We knew our bunny would be ok – he had plenty of food, two water bottles, a large cage, and he was in a shady spot even though the weather wasn’t predicted to get too hot. But it would be the first time we had left our kitty.

He is arguably the most perfect cat ever. I may be biased… He is very affectionate, playful, and well behaved. He is allowed outside, but he is always inside at night, and whenever we are out. We knew he would be ok shut inside for that time. But not sure how he would go if someone came in to feed him. Pretty sure he would race to escape outside for a play in the sun, which would be hard work trying to coerce him back inside.

In the end we were only away one night. Of course, if we were expecting to be away longer we would have arranged for a friend or neighbour to drop in. We are lucky to have helpful people around us!

So I looked for options for a DIY cat feeder.

I found two that looked easy enough to make: one from This Big Happy, and one from The Owner Builder Network (pin doesn’t take you to a link/instructions unfortunately, but it seems easy enough to follow the photos).

I went with the first one because it looked a bit more stable.

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I collected my supplies:

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One empty, clean plastic bottle.

One plastic tray or flat container.

Knife or scissors.

Hot glue gun (not shown)

Cut the bottom off the bottle, then cut out a wedge. This is where the pet food will trickle out. I find it easier to cut around plastic using a serrated knife, however I used scissors to cut the wedge.

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Glue the bottle to your tray using a hot glue gun. Be careful! It’s hot! It’s a bit hard to see the opening in this photo, but it’s there!

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DIY Pet feeder 1

And you’re done! I used a funnel to get the cat food in the top of the bottle. I put more than enough food to cover the two days we expected to be away. Most of it was eaten by the time we got home.

DIY pet feeder

He seemed to be a bit frustrated getting to the food still in the bottle. But it worked perfectly well, and I’m glad we gave it a go. Thanks Meg and family for sharing how you made your cat feeder!

What ingenious methods have you used to keep your pets fed and watered while you are away?

And, just because I can, here’s a photo of our beautiful kitty the day we brought him home from the Animal Welfare League in June 2015 xx

New kitty

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20 thoughts on “DIY Pet Feeder

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  2. You’ve done it again Fiona! Just fantastic. I love how you make do with what you have and this is perfect for DIY pet feeding. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays each week. It’s always great to see you and see what you’ve been up to. I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s party.

    Anne xx

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    • Yes, Tru, our kitty got frustrated with the food sitting there in the bottle which he couldn’t get to. My advice is to use a tall thin bottle, rather than a wider one. I hope you have success! xx Fiona

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  6. First off what a beautiful cat, he looks part Cornish Rex, I wonder if he is? Love the cat feeder, we have stainless steel water feeders that work in much the same way only allowing a little water into the tray so that animals like chicks and bunnies don’t drown themselves. Now you’ve got me thinking if we could make these. Now you know a night away is no problem I hope you get to use your DIY feeder again. Thank you so much for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure.

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