Dog-proof cat food station

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Project by GerardW posted 361 days ago 2714 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So we have had three cats forever, and got a dog last year. Needless to say, the little turd loves eating the cat food at any possible opportunity. And naturally, the cats are so spoiled by having been “graze fed” that they can’t (or more likely wont) adapt to eating all their food at once so there’s none left for him. Of course, woodworking was the solution to this problem.

This is based on a wood magazine design for a danner style revolving bookcase. Mine doesn’t revolve and has sections cut out of the inside shelves to allow little kitties to climb up inside to eat at the top, but its too small and awkward for our Jack Russell to make his way in there. Or that’s the whole idea anyway.

Shelves are 3/4 oak ply with oak edging. Central column is laminated 3/4 oak with a dado cut in the center for a 36” threaded rod, which was used to tighten the last central column as the glue adhered. Top is edge glued oak with a beveled edge. The slats are 1/4” oak, fastened with wrought iron cut nails. Fnish is minwax golden oak and two coats of polyurethane.

-- Gerard in Bowie MD

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#1 posted 361 days ago

Nice idea and build, but I wouldn’t count on keeing your Jack Russell out. Besides, and since I don’t subscribe to the philosophy of “in a cat’s world, everything belongs to the cat,” why would you want to dog proof a cat station?

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#2 posted 361 days ago

Great idea and design. I have had cats and dogs pretty much every day of my life since I was a little kid and I know exactly what you mean. Dogs will gulp all food down like it is the last food on earth and cats eat off-and-on during the day.
Hope it works well.

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#3 posted 361 days ago

Love the line….... “Of course, woodworking was the solution to this problem.”
I think every time I encounter a problem… matter what, I am going to figure out a way woodworking can become its solution.
Well done on you kitty food jail. Hopefully the dog will stay away now.
Thanks for posting.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 361 days ago

Nice design. The next is to dog proof the cat box. Dogs sure do love them kitty tootsie rolls.

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#5 posted 360 days ago

Great job, love the design

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#6 posted 360 days ago

Nothing is dog proof to the sufficiently talented dog.

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#7 posted 357 days ago

It looks great and sturdy. Like the design and hope that it will turn out well for the cats and dog.

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