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5 DIY Elevated Cat Feeding Stations You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Brooke Billingsley

By Brooke Billingsley

cat licking mouth after eating

Finding ways to encourage your cat to eat and drink enough is necessary for many cat owners. Some cats consistently don’t drink and eat enough, and one way that owners find works to encourage their cats to eat and drink more is by introducing a raised feeding station.

Raised feeding stations can enhance comfort for your cat while they eat and drink, and they can be customized to suit your space and your cat’s size. You can even customize them to accommodate bowls of multiple sizes. Whether you want a raised feeder that stores your cat’s food or one that suits your home décor, there’s an option for you in this article.

The 5 DIY Elevated Cat Feeding Stations

1. Sturdy DIY Raised Feeder by Garrison Street Design Studio

DIY elevated cat feeding station
Photo Credit: Garrisonstreetdesignstudio
Materials: ½” boards, wood glue, paint or stain
Tools: Jigsaw or hole saw, miter saw, sander, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Moderate to hard

For someone with scrap wood lying around and a couple of power tools, you can have this raised feeder made in just a few hours. You can determine how tall you’d like the feeding station to be by stacking boards. You can stain or paint the boards and stack them in an alternating fashion, giving them a professional, high-quality appearance.

For this project, you should be comfortable using power tools, including a jigsaw or hole saw. You need to make several precise cuts to complete this feeder, making this DIY project border more complicated than what the average garage DIYer is comfortable with.

2. Simple DIY Pet Feeder by The Inspired Hive

DIY elevated cat feeding station
Image Credit: Theinspiredhive
Materials: 1” x 2” board, pine wood board, paint or stain (optional)
Tools: Circular saw, jigsaw, nail gun, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

As long as you have access to power tools, this is a pretty easy DIY raised feeding station for your cat. The best part is that if you follow the instructions, it’s the perfect height for just about any cat without making adjustments and customizations.

If you have scrap wood, you may be able to make this project work with minimal alterations, but you’ll still need access to a jigsaw to create the holes for the bowls in the wood, which elevates this from an easy to a moderately difficulty project.

3. Terracotta Raised DIY Bowl Holder by Instructables

DIY elevated cat feeding station
Image Credit: Instructables
Materials: Terracotta planters, nuts, bolts
Tools: Socket wrenches
Difficulty Level: Easy

It doesn’t get much easier than this raised bowl holder made from terracotta flower pots! This raised bowl holder can be constructed in minutes with the right tools. You can even do it without the aid of the socket wrenches, but they will make the project much easier.

This is a beginner-level DIY project that should last a long time. Remember that terracotta is delicate if dropped or knocked over, so make sure to place it out of the way so it won’t get bumped into.

The instructions are to make a raised bowl holder for a dog, so you will need to carefully select small terracotta pots so it’s not too tall for your cat. If your two pots are too tall, you can use a single terracotta pot and just drop the bowl in.

4. Plastic DIY Planter Bowl Holder by Petwell Supply

Materials: Plastic planter
Tools: Box cutter or handsaw, measuring tape
Difficulty Level: Easy

This raised bowl holder is as simple as cutting through plastic. You’ll choose a plastic planter, flip it upside-down, measure it to an appropriate height for your cat, and start cutting. Make sure to choose a bowl with a lip so it can drop straight into the hole you create.

This project is incredibly easy, but it requires some sharp tools to cut through the plastic. It is not a great DIY project for children due to the risk of using a box cutter or handsaw to cut through the plastic.

5. DIY Magnetic Bowls by The Art of Doing Stuff

DIY elevated cat feeding station
Image Credit: Theartofdoingstuff
Materials: Bowls, magnets, Superglue
Tools: None
Difficulty Level: Easy

If you’ve used Superglue, you can make these magnetic bowls. The magnets allow the bowls to separate from each other for easy cleaning. You’ll need to choose two bowls that are either the same or have bases of the same size and don’t have a large lip on the bottom that may prevent the magnets from connecting.

This project can be done with glass, plastic, or metal bowls. If you use magnetic metal, you don’t need to attach magnets to both bowls, saving yourself a little bit of time and effort.

Alternatively, you can opt for a bowl that is practical and modern and was designed to improve your cats' eating habits and benefit their overall health. Our Hepper NomNom Cat Bowl was created with both pet parents and their feline companions in mind. The shallow stainless steel bowls protect your kitty from whisker fatigue and the elevated base brings their food to a height that's comfortable for them to eat. The wrap-around tray ensures that your floors are always clean of mealtime mess. Cleaning is a breeze since the NomNom is entirely dishwasher-safe.

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Final Thoughts

This list of DIY elevated cat feeding stations should help inspire you to channel your inner carpenter and get started on a useful project for your pet. Elevated feeding stations are beneficial for your cat and stylish, too. Good luck with choosing the best DIY feeding station for your favorite feline.

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