Most cat owners face the daily struggle of keeping their cats out of the kitchen sink, away from the faucet, and off of their soda glasses. Our two kitties have broken most of the glasses at home by sticking their heads in and spilling the contents. After a few months of pointless efforts to stop this behavior, I finally gave in and went for a more practical approach. I made a cheap and simple DIY cat water cup stand. It turned out to be one of the most useful DIY projects for cats I’ve experimented with so far! So, if you are dealing with a cat that refuses to drink from a bowl, this DIY cat idea can help!
Whenever I look for some DIY projects for cats, I always opt for the cheap and quick ones. Anything too complex and my cats will make sure I never finish it by playing or sitting on anything I may be using! This project is no exception – it only takes about 15 minutes to make the stand. You will need one or two plastic cups (Solo or something similar), a cardboard box, primer, spray paint, and some letter stickers for decoration. The box should be big enough to fit the plastic cups, but still narrow enough so your cats can reach them. There should be no more than 1/2″ between the cups and the edges of the box.
Below you can find materials similar to the stuff I used:
I was not able to find a box similar to mine on Amazon, but Michael’s and Joann’s have lots of boxes that will do the trick. The dimensions of the box I used are 7″ (length) by 5″ (width) by 3.5″ (height).
To begin, mark the height of the box on the plastic cup and measure the diameter of the cup at this mark.
Find a container with the same diameter, for example, a candle or another cup. Use this container to trace down a circle on the box and cut the outline with a utility knife.
Tip: If you are making a stand for two cups, make sure that there is enough room between them. Turn the cups upside down, place them above the outlined circles, and see if they fit. If not, the outlined circles need to be further apart.
Use blue tape to wrap the surface of the cup below the mark. If you want, you can write the name of your pet above the tape with sticker letters.
Spray paint the cup, applying primer first. Let the paint dry and remove the tape and the stickers.
Next, use nail polish or a Sharpie to fill in the letters and decorate. You will need to wait for the paint to dry and the smell to go away before your four-legged friends would want to go anywhere near the cup. This can take quite some time, as the smell was still day a couple of days after painting. If you don’t want to wait, just skip the painting step and decorate with small dots of nail polish or letter stickers.
Finally, to finish this cat DIY idea, fill the cup with water and place it in the box. So far, this simple DIY has allowed my cats to indulge in their weird water-drinking habits. At the same time, it keeps my dining set intact and protects the floor from spilled water.
Now that you have the water situation sorted, you can keep spoiling your cat with an easy to make cozy DIY cat bed. Also, if you share my love of cats, check out my online store for cat lovers – Purrs and Whiskers – where you can find adorable cat themed accessories, home decor, jewelry and gifts for cat lovers! The best part – for every $25 you spend we provide a healthy meal to a shelter cat!
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