If your cat enjoys gorging itself on food, an automatic cat feeder will assist with portion control. You can buy one, but this product is also easy (and less expensive) to make yourself. Follow the instructions below to create an automatic feeder controlled by your cat. The feline uses its paws to knock a few food pellets out at a time until it is full.
You will need:
Step 1: Use the scissors to cut the bottom of the plastic tub at one corner, creating a slit. Create two more slits, spacing each evenly around the bottom of the tub.
Step 2: Insert the scissor points into the slits and expand them until each one is four times longer than a cat food pellet. Half of the opening should be on the side of the tub, above the bottom corner. The other half should be on the bottom of the tub. Make the openings straight across the tub corner so they are perpendicular to the bottom the tub.
Step 3: Push on the middle part of each opening with your finger, creating a loop. Pinch the plastic upwards into the tub to crease it so it will not go back to its original spot.
Step 4: Open the food dispenser lid and place the tub into the food holding section. Close the lid.
Step 5: Add cat food pellets to the plastic tub but do not fill the container or the food will not dispense properly.
Step 6: Add some food pellets to the rear of the feeder base. The cat will need to reach its paw in to access these. In the process, the feeder will be bumped, dropping some pellets and training the cat.
Step 7: While the cat is learning to dispense the food, check the level of food to make sure the cat is eating. Each day, put a small amount of food into the feeder base but not enough to satisfy the cat.
Step 8: It make take a few weeks for the cat to master the art of getting food. Refill the tub with food as needed.