DIY Toy: Foraging Box

Foraging toys give your indoor cat something to stalk and hunt, giving them a much needed outlet for their prey drive and hunting instincts. The concept of foraging is designed to make your cat think and problem solve, and they get rewarded each time they figure out the puzzle

This easy to make foraging box will keep your cat occupied and developed his foraging abilities. You can add kibble to the box (This should be a share of his normal diet, not an additional amount)


4 flat stones, 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) across 
- this is to weight the box down

cardboard shoe box with lid

4 to 6 small plastic balls, such as ping pong balls

8 ti 10 pieces dry cat kibbles

masking tape


pen knife
  1. Rinse the stones to remove any soil or dirt and dry them thoroughly
  2. With a pencil, mark 6 small circles or squares around the box, two on each of the long sides and one on each short side. The circles or squares should be smaller than the balls you are using, but big enough for your cat to get her paw through, and about half inch to one inch (1.3 to 2.5 cm) from the bottom of the box.
  3. Using the knife, carefully cut out the openings you have marked.
  4. Set the box right side up, put a stone in each corner of the box. then add the balls. Distribute the kibbles in the box. Replace the lid and tape down with masking tape.
  5. Place the box on the floor and let your cat enjoy figuring out how to get the kibbles

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