DIY Cardboard Treat Puzzle

Not only did we receive the Cat Laptop Scratcher but it came with a solid sturdy box. One thing that cats may like even more than scratching  posts are boxes. We all know cats love for boxes. We lovingly leave new boxes for our cats to explore and play with but must quickly get rid of them when company comes over so we don’t appear crazy.

Cornelius and Elizabeth were loving this new box bed. Then I realized what a perfect size and how strong the box is. It was perfect for making a cat food forging puzzle.

Using a knife I just carved out random shapes into the sides and top. I then put in balls, mice and some treats. Elizabeth loves it and will play regardless if there are treats inside. But Cornelius will dominate this game once treats are involved.

DIY cat box toy


After reviewing the Trixie Treat Puzzle, I said I was on the market to try some others. My inspiration was this cardboard Treat Maze and Puzzle Game. cardboard treat puzzle game

DIY Cardboard Cat Food Puzzle Toy DIY Cardboard Treat Puzzle DIY Cardboard Treat Puzzle

As for treats, I picked up a small bag of Applaws dry food. While I do not support feeding cats a diet based on dry food. Feeding 4-5 kibble pieces in a game like this is a low-calorie treat they go crazy for.


They love it. And it looks like it will last for awhile. Have you ever made one of these? What treats do you recommend for games like this?



  1. November 7, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Sweet! :) My cats are weird though. They are totally NOT into boxes!!! Can you believe it?! I keep telling them “call yourself a cat?!” when they act so not impressed when I present them with a wonderful new box…. but instead, they like paper bags, especially Ruby… :)

  2. October 15, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    What a great DIY! I have made a cat bed from a cardboard box, but never tried making a treat puzzle. must try it :)

    • October 24, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      Its so easy and the cats love it! Just have to find the right size box

  3. October 13, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    Dat’s pawsum. Weez gunna tell mommy to get us a box like dat. MOL

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi