Stimulate Your Cat with the KittyLand Puzzle Center

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Haven't you always wondered what your cat does at home all day when you go to work? Most likely your cat is like mine, sits around and does ABSOLUTELY nothing of value. Wouldn't it be great if you could stimulate them to hone their hunting and puzzle-solving skills?  Now you can!! 

This instructable illustrates how to make your own interactive puzzle for your cat. 

I call it the KittyLand Puzzle Center

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Step 1: Materials

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Materials you will need:

Fabric: old T-shirts work well, you'll need enough for approx. 1700sq inches. Cut out into approx 4in x 4in squares.  You will need 108.
Corrugated plastic board (24in x 18in)
108 Magnets (the stronger and thinner the better)
108 Washers

Ruler, marker, scissors, exacto-knife, sewing machine, hot glue gun, something small and round

Step 2: Getting Square

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Mark off on the plastic board 2.5in x 2.5in squares with a ruler and marker.  I did this by measuring points and connecting them with a line segment.  Once you've marked off the entire board, cut out the squares using a ruler and exacto-knife.  Do this on a hard surface that you don't mind getting scratched up.  

Draw circles of various sizes onto the squares and carefully cutout using scissors or an exacto-knife. You can leave some without circles to act as a bottom to your cube.

Insert magnets into opposite corners of the plastic square by wedging them into the corrugated portion of the plastic squares. Make sure the magnets have opposite poles out; i.e., one positive, one negative. Hot glue the washers onto the open corners.

Step 3: Assembling The Sides

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You should have two pieces of fabric per plastic square.  Lay a piece of plastic between two pieces of fabric and pin the two sides together. Make sure the washers are facing to the outside of the cube. Sew the two pieces of fabric together along the edges of the plastic board. Try to sew the fabric as close as possible to the plastic insert. A zipper foot works well for this.

Once you have completely sewn the perimeter of the insert, carefully sew around the hole.
jjjllybean11 months ago

I love this!!! It's very pretty too. I don't really feel like cutting all that cardboard for squares so I'm just going to use a few small boxes I have that are all the same size and cut holes in them.

shema19991 year ago

This is fantastic! love it!

you should get this patented....for realsies!
Thirded. I would buy this and I don't even have a cat!
But I feel like my hedgehog would LOVE climbing around all the holes and hiding out. Great job!
(not talking about sonic... NOT TALKING ABOUT SONIC OK!!!) hedgehogs are cool!!
Beanie10 (author)  TristaGee3 years ago
thanks for the compliments and hopefully, votes. patenting is expensive, no?
or at least copyright it :)
Ferrets would love it
EcoJym3 years ago
Can you explain why the washers are necessary? Thanks.
Uptonb3 years ago
Good luck on the Pets Challenge.
holywoddy3 years ago
nice! hope you win!
Beanie10 (author)  holywoddy3 years ago
Thanks! Me too!
beeingdana3 years ago
I want to make this large enough and sturdy enough that my cats can actually crawl through and play in it. You could make it match your house decor and be able to arrange it in different and unique ways. This would also help keep things new and interesting for your cats! Thanks for the posting. Great idea!
Beanie10 (author)  beeingdana3 years ago
the corrugated plastic board is definitely sturdy though i would double up so the cats could sit on top if they wanted. also, i think wrapping the plastic board with shopping bags or some sort of plastic "stuffing" would add a nice crinkly factor that cats seem to love.
thanks for your compliment and let me know if you make one!
DISTRKSHUN4 years ago
nice simple idea and well executed, i'd say.
your video is ridiculous as well.
stuff like this instructable is why i like instructables. nice effort. i really hope you win!
You could just have all the seam allowances on the outside of the cubes and then trim them to about 1/4" or so...possibly fringing them (not too long or it might interfere with the magnets). It would make construction easier, especially when you get to the point of making them 3D. That way you have the option to do all the stitching by machine and the seam allowances add a decorative detail that some cats would love to play with.

Great 'ible and one that I will definitely be making in the near future. I have one cat that is an idiot and one that is a genius so it would be really amusing to watch them with this.
CaseyCase4 years ago
That's really an awesome idea--nice!
cduggan14 years ago
OOH, you lost me at sewing machine. I think I'll try something different. Maybe I can Modge Podge it.
Beanie10 (author)  cduggan14 years ago
You can easily make it by gluing everything together, even the fabric on top. A hot glue gun works great because it dries so quickly.
ChrysN4 years ago
Love this, my kitty definitely needs this, great video too!
Lindie4 years ago
Very nice idea! Great instructable!
This instructable is definitely one of my new favorites. :D The video is excellent too!

I think my cats would love this. :)
kidgeek4 years ago
I love that the cubes are connected by magnets and can be changed up to enhance difficulty levels and patterns. Great presentation and vid clips! Kudos on your 'ible!