DIY Sunday - Peekaboo Box Cat Toy
Every week we're running a feature on some of the niftiest cat-related DIY projects so you can give them a go. DIY means your cat can have something super special at a relatively inexpensive cost to you - so you'll be sure to be in your kitty's good books!
Today we're showing you how to make a cheap and engaging toy for your cat. Simply cutting holes into a box and popping a small toy or treat in can keep your cat entertained for hours - and it couldn't be easier to make.
Bear in mind when buying things like glue and paint that they MUST be non-toxic to cats. Felines are curious creatures so you want to be sure they will be unharmed should they ingest either of these.
For The Peekaboo Box Cat Toy You Will Need:
- A cardboard box (dimensions depend on the sort of toy you wish to use - even a shoe box would work but something less deep in ideal)
- Extra cardboard
- A ruler
- A cat toy
- Something with a hole slightly larger than the cat toy (to trace around)
- A box cutter or stanley knife
1. Draw a line through the the centre of the box long-ways. Then intersecting lines through it at 4 inch intervals, so you are left with a grid.
2. Using your hole-tracer, trace staggered circles on these intersecting lines. Make sure they're not all parallel to each other or else the box will not be very challenging for your cat! Don't draw any across the central line going length-ways, as yo will put a suppoting 'wall' here.
3. Using a stanley knife or other appropriate knife, cut out the circles you have just drawn (see below).
4. Make the supportive wall. Measure the interrior of the box to get the length and height you need - then cut this out of the extra cardboard you have. If the cardboard you are using isn't very strong you may want to cut a few pieces out of the same size and stick them together.
5. After testing to check your supportive wall fits snugly, apply glue to the top and bottom of the insert and place it inside the box. Don't worry too much about the mess and move the insert into position by putting your fingers through the holes at the far end of the box.
6. Draw and cut some holes for your cat to push the toy or treat out of the box (one either side is adequate - you can do more if you like).
7. If you're worried about the holes being too harsh on your kitty's paws you can smooth it out with fine-grade sandpaper. You can also paint the box to make it more attractive - just remember to use a spray paint that isn't toxic should your kitty decided to chew the box!
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