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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Decorative Topiary Would Be Wasted on The Cat

But a food dish... now, that's the ticket.

For some reason, the cat will not eat all the food in his bowl and then the ants find it and the remaining food has to be thrown out before the cat sticks his head in it again. The only thing that works is to put the cat food bowl inside a larger bowl of water, as long as the cat doesn't push it to the edge.

So to thwart the ants and keep the cat from eating ants, I wanted to permanently attach a bowl to the center of a pie pan, so I can fill the pie pan with water. The hardest part was finding a flat-bottomed glass bowl that the cat could get head into. I finally bought an ashtray at the dollar store. The cat doesn't care as long as it is filled several times a day.

Most glass topiaries are glued together with regular silicone adhesive, but that isn't food safe and it is possible the cat will drink the water out of the pie pan. So I bought aquarium adhesive from the pet store.

I wanted a picture of just the bowl with food and water, but the cat thinks he has to eat every time someone touches his bowl, so I couldn't get a photo without his big head in the middle of it.

The cat has also discovered the luxury of air conditioning. At first he wasn't sure he really liked it, but now if he is out and hears it on in the garage, he meows at the door until someone lets him in.



  1. Cats...ya gotta love the little boogers. They sure keep us on our toes and the love they give is amazing.
    That is quite the invention you made and as long as it all works, that is all that matters.

  2. Oops, I typed in my comment, picked how to login and it disappeared! Hopefully I'm not posting twice!

    LOVE this design; it's simple, practical AND aesthetically pleasing! And great tip about the aquarium adhesive. I've got a temporary solution similar, but it doesn't really allow the cats to drink the water that is in the moat. It has also inspired me to start thinking of more aesthetic designs, so I now have a vision in my head. I saw lots of plastic stuff online that I'm sure is very functional, but I'm sick of plastic. And it's way overpriced. Yours is awesome. Thank you!

    And big-headed cats are the best!

    This is for indoors at the moment. Next on the list, to have one for outdoors that I can opossum proof also...


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