10 Simple Steps to Create Your Own Automated Pet Feeder

How to Make Your Own Automatic Pet Feeder from a Litter Container and a Pie Pan

Automatic pet feeders are convenient, but they can also be expensive, especially the larger ones that hold a lot of food. Fortunately, you can make your own automatic pet feeder with just a few materials and tools. All you need is a large plastic kitty litter container, a small plastic tray or aluminum pie pan, scissors, an exacto knife, and a hot glue gun.

Materials Needed:

– Large plastic kitty litter container
– Small plastic tray or aluminum pie pan
– Scissors
– Exacto knife
– Hot glue gun

Step 1: Cut the Tray

The first step in making your own automatic pet feeder is to cut the tray. This is where the food will be dispensed, so you want to make sure it’s the right size for your pet. Use your scissors or exacto knife to cut a hole in the center of the tray that’s big enough for the food to come out, but not so big that your pet can stick its head in and gorge itself.

Step 2: Cut the Container

Next, you need to cut the container. Use the exacto knife or scissors to cut a hole in the side of the container that’s big enough for the tray to fit snugly inside. The hole should be at the height you want the food to dispense from.

Step 3: Glue the Pieces Together

Once you have the tray and container cut to the right size, it’s time to glue them together. Use the hot glue gun to attach the tray to the container. Make sure it’s secure and there are no gaps where food can leak out. You can also use the glue gun to add any embellishments or decorations to the feeder.

Step 4: Fill the Feeder with Food

Finally, it’s time to fill the feeder with food. Pour the appropriate amount of food into the container and replace the lid. Make sure the lid is secure and won’t come loose.


Making your own automatic pet feeder can be a fun and rewarding project. Not only is it more affordable than buying one, but it’s also customizable to your pet’s needs. Just make sure to keep an eye on your pet’s eating habits and adjust the feeder accordingly. And if your pet is known to be a glutton, stick to regular, well-portioned meals to avoid over-indulgence.

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