Pet Furniture

Published on June 9th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Hol cat food station

Materials: Hol storage cube (small)

Description: When our 8 month old baby got mobile, crawling to and playing with the cats’ food and water became his favorite target. As he sat, soaking wet among an entire bowl of dispersed cat food, the orange-dyed drool sliding down his chin, I knew something had to be done. Inspired by the Hol cat litter boxes on ikeahacker, I thought I could do something for the other end of the digestive tract. Hol, to the rescue.

I measured the opening to the cats’ litter box to make sure they could get through; cut out a hole on one side of the Hol’s lattice, and sanded the edges. Super easy, and the wood is thin enough that it wasn’t much effort.

After I took this picture, I put down some plastic placemats to protect the thin board of Hol’s base from water splashed by messy drinkers.

Now, we are ALL much happier – cats eat undisturbed, Baby doesn’t really notice there’s anything fun in that boring wood box, and I don’t have to clean up cat food strewn all over my kitchen.

~ K. Ek, Virginia

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9 Responses to Hol cat food station

  1. sgsidekick says:

    My German Shepherd was constantly eating the kibble, so I just did this as well, but just left the back completely off and turned it to the wall. Its inches away from the wall so the cats can get in, but the dog doesn’t fit! AND it looks stylish! I also can put dishes of wet food in simply by lifting the top. Drives the dog nuts, but the cats can eat without him stopping in!

  2. Anonymous says:

    love the cube and your idea but you should really stop feeding your cats dry food. not only is it inappropriate for feline’s digestive tract, it can also get moldy and bacteria contaminated. this is what you bring into your home.
    if you were feeding your cat with appropriate portions of raw meat food you wouldn’t have cat food laying around your floor. now that would be healthy and clean for your family and your cat.

  3. Tina says:

    I have two cats, and was thinking of using this, but cutting out the bottom half so that both cats can eat at the same time. Hubby’s worried that it needs the up/down slats for stability. What do you think?

  4. K. Ek says:

    @ThursdayNext @ Anonymous: It doesn’t keep him out, it just keeps it out of sight and out of mind. It’s not prefect, but it gives me a few seconds lead time to prevent a mess, and now that he’s older, he’s learned that the inside of the box is for the kitties only.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Curious, how did this keep out your baby? Isn’t it still big enough for the baby to reach in and grab the food?

  6. ThursdayNext says:

    Hi, I don’t get the big opening in the photo. It looks like a baby could easily get in. Does that close somehow?

  7. Yvette says:

    you could probably add some carpeting to the top (fuzz side up) and a strip down one or two of the corners (fuzz side in. Cats LOVE the scratchy back side of carpeting!!) It’s not “sightly” by design, but cats love it!

    just an idea to add some texture to your kitty cat’s lives.

  8. I LOVE that storage cube! We live in a small “in-laws” house (which we call “The Villa”). The storage cube would be a nice-looking addition to save space in our small (but comfortable) area. Thanks for this post “K. Ek” from Virginia.

    - David

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    Holistic Health Info.

  9. buy furniture says:

    i think we all love ikea dont we. They were to build one close to our office.

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