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11 DIY Elevated Cat Feeding Station Plans You Can Make Today

Brooke Billingsley

By Brooke Billingsley

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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 some people 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 also stores your cat’s food or something that suits your home décor, there’s an option here for you in this article.

The Top 11 DIY Elevated Cat Feeding Station Plans

1. DIY Bowl Stand for Less than $5

Materials: 1” x 2” board, sandpaper, nails, wood glue, paint or stain (optional)
Tools: Miter saw, nail gun, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you already have the tools, this raised feeder can be put together for less than $5 and can be cut to suit your cat’s size, your space, and the bowls you already have. Your bowls should have a lip that will overlap with the top of the hole cuts.

You should be somewhat comfortable measuring for cuts and using power tools to make this feeder. You can paint or stain it or leave it with a natural wood look. However, it’s a good idea to at least apply a clear coat to protect the wood from water and food.

2. Sturdy Raised Feeder

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 quite comfortable using power tools, including a jigsaw or hole saw. You need to make ultiple precise cuts to complete this feeder, making this DIY project border on being more difficult than what the average garage DIYer is comfortable with.

Regardless of whether you feed your cat dry or wet food, you need a bowl that is sure to keep the mess contained—you can do just that with the Hepper Nom Nom Bowl.

Our product is designed with your cat’s comfort in mind. The whisker-friendly bowls are low and wide to prevent whisker fatigue, and the wide catch tray ensures that all food stays exactly where it should—inside the bowl.

3. Simple DIY Pet Feeder

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 some 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 you having to make your own adjustments and customizations to make it suitable for your cat.

If you have scrap wood, you may be able to make this project work with minimal alterations to what you have, 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 moderate difficulty project.

4. Terracotta Raised Bowl Holder

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! You could have this raised bowl holder put together in minutes with the right tools. You could even do this without the aid of the socket wrenches, although they will make the project much easier.

This is a beginner-level DIY project that should last a long time. Keep in mind, though, that terracotta is delicate if dropped or knocked over, so make sure to place this out of the way where 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 you find two pots too tall, you could even use a single terracotta pot and just drop the bowl in.

5. Candle Holder Bowl Stands

Materials: Candle holders, paint (optional)
Tools: Hot glue gun
Difficulty Level: Easy

Make a quick trip to the dollar store and grab a couple of short, thick candle holders for this project. Paint them however you’d like, glue the bowls to the top, and you’re good to go! It doesn’t get much easier than this.

Keep in mind the height of your cat when choosing candle holders for this project. You also want to choose thick, stocky candle holders instead of tall, thin candlestick holders. Something too tall or thin will get top-heavy when the bowls are filled with water or food. If needed, you can always cut the holders down to a smaller size or attach them to a heavy, wide base that will keep the whole thing from toppling over.

6. Cake Stand Raised Cat Bowl

Materials: Cake stand, bowl
Tools: Hot glue gun
Difficulty Level: Easy

This is another project you can quickly make with supplies from your local dollar store. Simply choose a cake stand or raised platter and attach a bowl to the top. Keep in mind the height of your cat. Most cake stands are short, but make sure you choose a bowl that is not too tall.

Depending on whether you choose glass or plastic for this project may determine the type of glue you use. Thin plastic may not be tolerant of hot glue, so you may switch to another type of sturdy project glue, like Gorilla glue or a similar product.

7. Plastic Planter Bowl Holder

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

This raised bowl holder is as simple as cutting through plastic. 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 does require the use of some sharp tools to cut through the plastic. This is not a great DIY project for children due to the risk associated with using a box cutter or handsaw to cut through the plastic.

8. Magnetic Bowls

Materials: Bowls, magnets, superglue
Tools: None
Difficulty Level: Easy

If you can be trusted with superglue, you can make these magnetic bowls. The magnets allow the bowls to separate from each other for easy cleaning. You’ll need to make sure you choose two bowls that are either exactly the same or have bases that are the same size and that 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 wouldn’t need to attach magnets to both bowls, saving yourself a little bit of time and effort.

9. Dresser Raised Feeder

Materials: Dresser, plywood sheet, wood glue
Tools: Jigsaw or hole saw, circular saw, sander
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you have an old dresser around the house that you’re not sure what to do with, this raised feeding station is the perfect project. Simply remove the second to last drawer and insert a piece of plywood with holes cut in it for the bowls. Make sure to paint everything to match and sand down rough edges.

This raised feeding station may end up being a little too tall for some cats, but if you use small enough bowls, your cat will have the option to climb into the raised feeder, allowing them to eat their food up off the floor.

10. Storage Tub Raised Feeder

Materials: Plastic storage tote
Tools: Box cutter
Difficulty Level: Easy

This raised feeding station is made from a large storage tote. For a cat, you could make this with a much smaller storage tote and still have plenty of space in the base to store your cat’s food, toys, or other supplies.

This isn’t the most attractive feeder, but it is a great way to save space by giving your cat a raised feeding station and having extra storage space for your cat’s necessities. Account for your cat’s height and the amount of storage you want out of this project while choosing what size storage tote to use.

11. Hidden Raised Feeder

Materials: Small dresser or bedside table, plywood sheet, paint (optional)
Tools: Jigsaw or hole saw, circular saw
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This raised feeder provides you with the opportunity to keep your cat’s bowls out of sight when not in use. Obviously, this isn’t a great option for a primary water source, but it’s a great way to keep your cat from overeating throughout the day if they’re a big snacker or if other pets are prone to stealing food from the cat.

Although in the original instructions, the entire dresser was made from scratch to suit the space, you can use an upcycled dresser or two-drawer bedside table for this project. Simply add a plywood sheet with bowl holes cut out into the top of the bottom drawer. This leaves the upper drawer for storage purposes.

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 on choosing the best DIY feeding station for your favorite feline.

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