A Day with Marla and JouJou

June 25, 2016Allison Murray
Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

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Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

As far as I’m concerned cats are one of the best things in this world. It amazes me with as many cats as I’ve called my own and many others I have fostered that there can be so many personalities among them all. Perhaps each kitty is unique and different like every little snowflake!

Right now we have 2 kitties and they couldn’t be any more different. It’s like we’re trying to cast the cat version of the Odd Couple, or something, here. Marla is my hyperactive little cat craft assistant who always wants all up in EVERYTHING. With an off the charts energy level for a kitty of her age, I find myself playing with her very often to keep her from getting overly antsy. What is antsy you might ask? She just walks around the house wailing until somebody comes and finds her, preferably with a crack stick in hand (her favorite toy BY FAR).

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Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

JouJou is the other kitty living it up around here and, as far as I can tell, dude is part sloth or something. He likes to lay around and sleep and lay around some more. The most energetic he gets is for about 5 minutes of the finger waggle game. Know that one? It’s where you waggle your finger under the covers for kitty to pounce on. Except he doesn’t actually move anything but his right paw. And very slowly, too :) Want to see just how different our Marla and JouJou are? Night and day I tell ya!

Since these guys truly are so different and since JouJou isn’t used to being around other cats, and adjusting fairly slowly to the idea, we’ve been keeping his food in the master bathroom. Plus he’s on a special dry diet for his bladder from the vet that Marla doesn’t need to eat. The set up we’ve had for the last few months is kind of a mess. Rob’s taken his stuff into the guest bathroom where he has mostly free reign of that sink and counter top (unless I have paintbrushes to wash!) but I like being able to brush my teeth in the same general area as where I wake up and go to sleep so I’m not moving.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

And neither is JouJou :) He’s taken over Rob’s side of the bathroom with gusto. His food takes up the majority of the space in between the sinks and you can rarely actually use the “other” sink because it has become on of JouJou’s sleeping spots. And as I mentioned a bit ago, dude sleeps a lot!

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

And we’ve got 3 different bowls that normally hang out on the counter top on a normal day. There is his dry food from the vet, a bowl of water and then his special “treat” bowl where he gets a little bit of wet food every evening. Every evening both cats run to their bowls knowing they’re about to get their Muse cat food. I like giving it to them because they actually eat it (we’ve had so many foods that they just sit next to and flick their tails around to show their disdain!) plus I like that their treat isn’t just tasty but also healthy. Muse Cat Food is a natural cat food with essential nutrients my kitties need. We feed the cats grain free with no corn or soy and full of real fish and poultry that is 100% balanced for their diets and there is plenty of variety to keep their finicky palates happy with In Chowder, In Broth, Toppers, In Gravy and Paté recipes. And if your kitties haven’t given Muse a go, yet, you can purchase knowing that it’s backed by Muses’ Clean Plate™ Guarantee.

Now THREE different bowls takes up a TON of counter space to be eating up so when I partnered up with Purina Muse this go I decided to get that business off of the counter tops and onto the wall in a nifty and super easy to make wall feeder.

And it truly is very, very simple to make. Want to see just how easy?

For this project you will need:

  • Wood boards (see below for what I used)
  • Lipped cat food bowls
  • Hole saw
  • Wood stain
  • Wood glue
  • Adjustable bar clamps
  • Staple gun

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

To start measure the space where you want your feeder to go and plan accordingly. I wanted to fill most of the space between the two mirrors in my bathroom so I pretty  much went the full size that I measured in between those two mirrors.

When you find your size you’ll need to cut a support piece and then a shelf piece. For my wood I purchased appearance boards from the popular craft boards section at the hardware store. For my support I used a 1/2″ x 3″ x 2′ piece of wood and for my shelf board I used a 1/2″ x 6″ x 2′ and cut to fit accordingly. Or, rather, Rob cut them to fit :)

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Sand edges to clean up any rough edges from your cuts.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

To make the slots for our bowls to be placed we’re going to use a hole saw. Find the size from your kit that the bowl will fit into but will still catch on the lip of your bowl.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Hole saws use a power drill on the highest speed to work. Be sure your hole saw is properly attached and the fit is nice and tight.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Cut out the number of holes for the number of bowls you need to hang. JouJou always has dry food and water available and then he has a third bowl for his nightly wet food treat so I made 3 cuts.

Now see how the hole is closer to one edge than the other? We’re going to be gluing this board to the support piece and will need 1/2″ of free space. To be safe, try and give yourself 3/4-1″ of room between the hole and the back edge of your shelf.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Once cut through your bowls should fit nicely into the shelf!

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Now try though I might I did not get my holes in a perfectly straight line, but in the end it’s hardly noticeable so don’t sweat it if yours aren’t perfect, either!

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Stain your wood your choice of color and allow to dry, at least 24 hours.

Apply wood glue to the top portion of your support board.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Place your pieces together, just like so, and apply bar clamps to help the glue dry in the correct position. Give the glue at least 2-3 hours to dry before continuing.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

For extra strength hit the seam on the back edge of yourself with a heavy duty staple gun. This staples are 1/2″ deep providing a good, quality hold.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Now comes the time to hang your feeder! I just went straight through the wood to attach to the wall. The left and right sides are using wall anchors, but the off center one in the “middle” is through a stud. This sucker is going NOWHERE!

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Place your bowls inside of the feeder and that’s that!

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Now JouJou has the perfect place to eat his Muse wet food in peace, away from the stresses of the rest of the house.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

I get some of my counter space back and JouJou doesn’t have to bend all the way down to eat, which always looked incredibly uncomfortable to me.

Save counter space by building a super simple wall mounted feeder for kitty!

Since this big boy isn’t much of one for change I worried it would take some time for him to get used to his wall mounted feeder, but in truth he has taken to it quite well. I can only assume that it must be so much more comfortable that he doesn’t even mind a change! Plus he’s not going to turn down his tasty Muse!

Grab your favorite kitties some Muse at Petco and watch them lick those bowls clean!

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Comments (5)

  • Mike

    June 25, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Hahaha! I was going to say that Marla and JouJou are like night and day, even before I finished reading your post!

    Wow, talk about being on opposite ends of the spectrum! It’s like the difference between Speedy Gonzales and Slowpoke Rodriguez (I’m probably totally showing my age by even mentioning these guys as kids today most likely don’t even know who they are; classic cartoons are the bomb!)!

    But yeah, totally. I hear that cats are like people in that every one of them is different. They have their own personality, own preferences and own ways of doing things. If I ever wished to have a pet one day, I would certainly choose a cat.

    Aww, JouJou looks so cute sitting in the bathroom sink! It’s like he’s camouflaged as his fur is nearly the same color as the counter. He’s on the prowl! :)

    And what an awesome idea with those feeders! It makes it even more convenient for them to get food or water and they don’t even have to worry about tipping their bowls over! Prodigious!

    Great shot of Rob and JouJou there! And while he may not be much for change, even he (JouJou) has to admit that the wall feeders that you made for him and Marla are cool!

    Stay awesome!

    1. Allison Murray

      June 26, 2016 at 10:21 AM

      I’m showing my age by saying you’re exactly right. Speedy and Slowpoke in cat form :)

      1. Mike

        July 5, 2016 at 9:40 PM

        Yep, we’re both old schoolers when it comes to cartoons I guess. :)

  • Pat Schwab

    June 26, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Allison, I really enjoyed the video and seeing your cats in action (or not). Did Rob paint the portrait on top of the small cabinet? I thought you had this on the wall lower and I know I would be bumping into it. It turned out really cool. Pat S

    1. Allison Murray

      June 26, 2016 at 10:24 AM

      Yes! That is one of his paintings, I believe from his college days :)

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