Have I ever shared that I love to decorate just about every area in my home? Since we just finished painting the dining room, our cat Stinkerbelle's food station needed some love too. So, here is a post breaking down the things you will need to create a pet bar station idea like the one for our fur baby.
Remember my paint project in the dining room? You know the post called Paint a Room like a Professional? Well, it's the reason for a new space for Stinker. It was an excellent opportunity to make some changes. I have to warn you that this pet bar station idea is a work in progress. But it will work for cat and dog owners alike.
Then why am I showing you now, you ask?
Because I couldn't resist featuring Stinkerbelle's new Rae Dunn bowls.
Aren't they adorable!
Okay, so where do we begin?
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PET BAR STATION IDEA FAQs:
What do I need for my DIY Cat Feeding Station?
For my DIY cat feeding station, the key elements include a base or tray, a food storage container, food and water bowls, and a treat container. Don't worry, these tips will work perfectly for our dog lovers, too. When done right, a pet feeding station is almost like adding simple decorations that coordinate with the rest of your home decor.
Where is the Best Place to Put a Cat Feeding Station?
As pet parents, we want to make our pets as comfortable as possible and ensure they have easy access to their feeding station. Cats tend to like a quiet place to enjoy their food and water so, if possible, avoid places in your home a lot of people pass through. A quiet hallway, laundry room, or living space that's used infrequently is a great spot for your DIY cat feeding station. Unless your pet is especially social, you would likely do best in areas where family gathering is common.
If you have more than one pet and one is prone to resource guarding, you may consider separate areas for their feeding stations.
BASE OR TRAY
Start with the bottom and move your way up.
For Stinkerbelle's pet bar station idea, I decided to use an old piece of aged wood, but you can use a cutting board, tray, piece of marble, place mat, food mat and the list goes on. But the main thing is to use something that is safe and will keep their bowls from moving all around.
And if you want it to coordinate with your decor, look for a style and color that fits right in.
Just remember to think outside the box and be creative. The options are endless.
FOOD STORAGE CONTAINER
The second main item is the food storage container.
I have future plans of finding a tin container, but for now, I decided to spray paint my current plastic piece. Painting it turned out great and it gave it the clean look I was hoping for.
You may be able to fit the storage container on the tray with everything else, or it can sit next to the tray.
RAE DUNN BOWLS
These Rae Dunn bowls are the main reason for sharing this post with you.
Other than the super cute, fun text, I really like the finish on the bowls. This is one of my favorite features. It is smooth like silk, and they clean up easily.
So far Stinkerbelle likes them too!
Look for some bowls that fit the decor of your home if you like for everything to match. If not, then go for whatever makes you smile and is safe for your kitty. If your cat is older you may consider elevated food and water bowls which is a great way to give your pet easier access to their food and water. They're also great for bigger dogs or older small dogs.
MASON JAR TREAT STORAGE
All animals need a treat when they're behavior is good. Having a place to store their treats is important.
There are a lot of unique concepts out there for treat storage but I thought simple was best. Since I love the farmhouse look, a simple mason jar did the trick!
Well, there you have it. Stinkerbelle's new pet bar station idea.
I think she loves it! I'm sure your furry best friend will too.
On the big day of the reveal she took right to it. She was even nice enough to pose for some pictures.
And eat all the food in the bowl while I was trying to take some good photos of her.
And then decide to take a nap since her belly is full and napping is what cat's do best. Haha!
Here's a to-do list of what you will need to make your kitty or dog a pet bar station.
- Base like a tray, cutting board, piece of marble, placemat or food mat (this fountain food station is amazing)
- Pet food storage container
- Rae Dunn bowl for food and water
- Treat storage container
I hope this pet bar station idea has inspired you to create a special and safe place for your animal to eat. As pet owners we love to see our fur babies happy and healthy. Your furry friends will be thrilled and you'll be happy with the new look. Even small kitchens will likely have plenty of room for this set up.
Have you created a DIY cat feeding station? And if you have any unique or fun ideas for your fur babies please comment and share. We love to hear from you!