Who Keeps the dogs out?
Who? Who? I do!
Our Lilly is a thief. She will steal any unattended cat food given the
slightest opportunity. We tried putting the cat food bowls on top of the
counter - pushed all the way to the back, but our BIG puppy could reach it with
her paw, drag it forward and the food disappears in one gulp. The problem
was how do we place the food out of the dog's reach, but accessible to the cats
- and the cats' owners? The cats may not mind eating on top of the china
closet, but that wasn't an acceptable solution to us.
The light bulb came on when I watched the thief in action. The rear of the
countertop was about as far as Lilly could stretch and snatch the food dish.
By elevating the bowls a few inches, we removed them from the thief's reach.
I made a simple holder to secure the bowls and attached it to the wall with
The bowls rest inside a cut-out that permits
easy removal for cleaning
The holder is fastened securely to the wall with
screw-in drywall anchors
Three holes were drilled and dowels inserted
across the grain to add strength and prevent warping.
You don't have to be a master craftsman to
build this simple project. The only tools required are a drill and a jig
saw, a few screws and some glue. Hey, it's a cat feeder, not a
centerpiece for the dining room table. Cost of materials including
the bowls (from the Dollar Store) is about $5.00. Good luck!