DIY Cat Foraging Toys (and will our cat use them?)

DIY Cat Foraging Toys (and will our cat use them?)

Yeah, I have like a cat hair mustache now. It’s everywhere. Are you happy? Hey guys, we’re Evan and Katelyn, and today,
we’re gonna be doing a project for the hardest working member of our team. KATELYN: The Supurrvisor. We’re gonna be making a cat foraging toy. Basically, you hide food in it, and they have
to knock it around. They have to kind of work for it and that
kind of like, let’s their instincts out. Well, and you hide them around the house. Oh, yeah. So they can kind of like hunt for it. ‘Cause she is a little predator. She loves– Destroying things. Yes, yeah. So I think we should do maybe two different
designs so we can kind of explore different ways to do this. Do you have anything in mind? Yeah, sorry, I have a lot of cat hair like,
on my face now. My gosh, there’s so much. I know, it’s stuck in my ChapStick. Yeah, no, I wanna do like a very DIY-friendly
one using some PVC parts that I saw online, but make it like a cute version. Yeah, but do yours first because I have something
secret. Potentially, high-tech and potentially, over-engineered
in mind. Of course, you do. Hey, baby! You having a good time? We bribed her in here, we sprayed catnip on
her bed. Yeah, you having a party? And if our cat toys don’t work, we’re gonna
cheat, and do the same on them. Yeah. Okay, so for mine, I’m basically, we have
some two-inch clear PVC, but I can show you what I’m gonna do with this as an example. I’m gonna cut it off, drill holes through
it, and then cap it on the ends, and then she should be able to like bat it around. On these end caps, I’m actually gonna try
to wrap them with some twine ’cause we have this around her scratching post, and she really
likes it, and I think it would give her something to like grab at so she can manipulate it. Here’s the clear PVC that we already have
that I’m gonna use. You could just cut this with a hand-held hacksaw,
but I’m going to use the miter saw. Did you use them the wrong way? EVAN: Yes. Do you wanna do it again? I got it. Done! So, now we need to drill holes through this
that are just barely big enough for them to fall out of, I guess. Just barely big enough. So bigger than that. Should I get some calipers? I should get some calipers. Okay. Trying to get it to focus on this cat treat
with my nose. All right, so we should probably measure at
least three to five depending on like the variance in their size. Like the average. Do we need our science robes right now? EVAN: Yeah, these are pretty big boy right
here. Measure it diagonally. That’s gonna be its widest point. So, we’re using treats. People do this for like all their food. I think that’s– Oh, wow. Like next level, maybe. I think we’ll get her used to doing it for
treats first. Yeah, and then, if she really likes it, we
can put more of her food in there. Yeah, like a bigger proportion of her daily
food. Yeah, all right. Okay! Time to go! Will it even fit in here? Oh, barely. I’m kind of worried about this like squirreling
all over the place and not biting ’cause it’s round and smooth. Do you wanna do the starter hole first? Yes. You could just try it for us or you can go
the safe way. Just go the safe way, just go the safe way. I know that’s your preference. Do you want to see me fail? Oh my gosh, are you okay? Ha, yeah. Big boy. Look at this thing! I can’t, like it’s so far above my center
of gravity. Where am I? It’s going. It’s chonkin’, baby. It’s going, yeah. Oh. So at the end, it does kick, almost always. Sorry for not warning you. Almost whacked myself in the face with that
one. EVAN: Hey, that’s pretty. Ow. Oh, ho, ho, no! It bit again when it exited. Maybe you can do it, do it in the vise. Do it in the vise. The vise is secured. Ah, I’m bleeding! You’re bleeding? Lemme see. Now, I get demonetized. It’s too gruesome. I’m kind of worried. Just brace it. Here, I’ll show you how to brace it. Here’s the hard thing ’cause- stop stop STAHP
Here’s the hard thing. The vise is this tall. How am I supposed to do this and like, do
I just like hold onto it, and take my feet off ground? Wait, wait, wait, wait, a booster, a booster. Okay. Yeah. Okay. Just go a little bit slower at first if you
want. Okay. So nervous, this is gonna punch me in the
face, okay. It’s like coming loose from the grips. See it’s just me! EVAN: Easy assemble DIY! Well, okay, I will say this is really thick
PVC. It’s really thick. This is thicker than like what you would buy
at the store. Go for it. All right, you just, okay. Well, it’s through. That would’ve been a lot easier. I don’t remember how to do things at times- KATELYN: How many casualties must the PVC
take? I hope, Joobie appreciates her toy. Okay, so now we gotta do a bunch of little
ones like the false holes. I think we’ll just time-lapse through that. Yes. So you guys, not watch us struggle. Oh, easy peasy. Confidence restored? Confidence restored. So my plan for the twine is to like create
a little spiral first, glue that on, and then just continue wrapping. At least your weenus isn’t gonna get injured. I don’t know if my weenus can take another
injury. Get in. Tighter. Yes. No, stop. Soak into the fibers, yes. Is this good content? This video is brought to you by our supporters
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you can check that out again at Thanks! Thanks! (beep) I finished my nubs. EVAN: Is it time to assemble? Yeah. EVAN: Well, it looks cute. It looks like a legit thing that you might
buy. KATELYN: That looks super cute! The clear with the twine. Lemme drop one in. Let me put me a few in and then we can kind
of like… Might have to put more in. Oh, interesting. KATELYN: Oh, they get stuck in the cap! Yeah, ’cause there’s like a little– Oh. EVAN: There’s a little pocket at the end. Should I like fill the cap? I was trying to do mine without any 3D printing. Yeah, it looks so simple online, but it’s
not. I know, right? Another thing we can do. You know, what? We just push it in. I wonder if you really push it, well then
it might get permanently stuck? Oh, no. Oh, oh, oh, no. You can unstick it? Oh, you think I can do it? No, no, no, I got it, I got it, I got it,
I got it. Well, is it okay? This is what happens when I had over my project. Oh, hey! Okay, you’re forgiven. EVAN: Okay, let’s go back to the original
plan. KATELYN: Okay, yeah, now they don’t get stuck. They can move freely. Yay! Yeah. So, you see ’em tumbling in there? So she can roll it around until one comes
out. Oh, look, there you go. Yeah. Yay! And here’s another, yeah. It took a few tries. Yeah, it takes a few tries. Yeah. But you can get it just by rolling it back
and forth. EVAN: Yeah. Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah yes! Yeah, that’s awesome! Yay! Okay, I think the hole size is good. I think the hole amount is good. Yeah. I feel like mine’s ready. Okay. You know what else is ready? Mine. Because I have prepared and I have stashed
it away right here. Ha, ha! Oh, it’s like a wiffle ball. But, there’s a security feature in there. So– So, she doesn’t break in? So instead of just having a ball with like
a hole in the bottom, there’s a special feature. Watch this. Okay. If you put the piece in here, and tilt it,
it won’t fall out. How’s she supposed to get it out? Because she has to like bat it and everything. Have you tried it? Does it work? I don’t know– Or is it too hard for a cat? It just came off the 3D. All right, hey, hey, hey. Oh, hey, hey, hey. Oh, that’s awesome! Hey, it did it! It did it. So it takes a little bit of rolling and I
thought– That’s good! I thought a ball shape would be perfect because
then she can bat it in any direction, but instead of just like, I’ll show you a cross
section right now to show you what I’m talking about. But if you look in there, you see that there’s
like a raised portion right where the hole is. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s like a little pyramid,
like a little volcano inside. Like a little volcano inside ’cause normally,
if I went like this, it’d fall out. It will just fall out, yeah. Yeah! But, the volcano prevents it from just falling
out so she has to like bat it and play with it. Also, special features about this design right
here. It’s all parametric so if you wanna change
the size of the ball, whoop, whoop, you just change the little number. If you wanna change the size of the opening,
whoop, whoop, this changes, the radius changes, the volcano height changes. Are you saying that because we’re gonna have
a link to the design in the description? Link in the description. Well, before we get too excited, I think we
should maybe see if she likes these or if she completely ignores us. Okay, I guess it’s time for the final test. Shh! So to tilt the odds slightly into my favor,
I’m gonna go ahead and pre-add a secret ingredient to my toy to make sure that Mochi likes my
creation. Is this gonna fit? That should help. Okay. Should we call her over? Yeah. Joob, Joob! Where are you? Joob, Joob! EVAN: Oh! KATELYN: Hi! Oh, okay, here. Oh, she went to mine first. Oh, ho, ho, ho, ho! KATELYN: Joobie! What’s that? There’s more. EVAN: Oh, a toy over here too. So I hear when you do this, you need to give
them like easy wins in the beginning, is what people online say ’cause if they get too frustrated,
they won’t learn, and they’ll just give up on it. EVAN: She’s intrigued. She’s- why is she so intrigued by yours? Hey! You already got from feom mine. Look, there’s one like already out, c’mon. I might’ve stacked the odds in my favor a
tiny bit. I put a basket of catnip inside of mine. Joobie, where you? Wait, is she losing interest already? KATELYN: Oh, she’s rubbing on it. Oh! She likes the toy. EVAN: Oh, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho. Oh, my gosh. I swear, there’s no catnip. It’s adorable. Oh, oh, oh, oh! She got one! Oh, she did it by herself. And it worked! Good job, baby! Good job! It’s so exciting. The tension. The suspense. The distraction. Oh, oh, oh. Did she get one? Oh, she got some! KATELYN: Oh, good job, baby! Yeah! Yeah! That’s what these are for! Wow, she’s actually doing it. I kind of worried that like she would be super
disinterested. EVAN: We know how to bribe. KATELYN: Yeah, food and catnip. Yeah, works for cats and teenagers. And college students. Food and catnip? No, no, no, no, no, just food. I definitely think that this might be the
easier toy ’cause it dispenses like– Oh, what the heck! Really? It tickles, it tickles, it tickles! I think she did a really good job. I think she did really good. Look, she’s still playing. She’s still going. She’s still interested. Yeah! She really is interested in these objects
and I think there are like, with more training and more exposure, she could get better and
better and better. Is it like when you like the things we make
for you, baby. Yeah, you’re, oh. Oh, my gosh! There’s so many treats. Oh, gosh! so many treats! Yeah, this is, this is a fun day for her. This is a lot of treats! Okay, might be enough for now. Might be enough, might be enough. I might need to cut her off. It’s a fun first experience. She’s so smart! She’s so smart, She’s so smart that- What’s that you’re saying Joobie? That everyone watching should go check out
our gaming channel over at Evan and Katelyn Gaming? Oh, that would be a smart thing to do. Yeah, that is really smart. Thanks for the reminder. ‘Kay, thanks, bye! Bye! Evan and Katelyn Gaming, bye! Wanna start a band? He’s got two coconuts and he’s banging them

100 thoughts on “DIY Cat Foraging Toys (and will our cat use them?)

  1. Did y'all know we have 4 channels now? This main one, plus:

    ๐ŸŽฎ Evan and Katelyn Gaming

    (us playing games and chatting, enhanced by epic editing and a heavy dose of memes)

    ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Evan and Katelyn Podcast

    (chatting about life, YouTube stuff, and playing games you can play along with)

    ๐Ÿ˜น Evan and Katelyn 2

    (still figuring this one out ๐Ÿ˜‚)

  2. XD Ah yes, using the nose to work the phone. Hey, if ya hands are busy and it works, why not? Also, you guys so need to make a good, stable, but easy to stash away step stool. Be a pretty good project, and nothing says it can't be all fancied up.

  3. Randomly paused when the normal patreons were speeding by:
    the winner of the patreon lottery is…..
    drumroll please//

    Madison Horinek

  4. Evan: puts catnip in his toy so supurrvisor goes towards his
    Supurrvisor: immediately goes for Katelyns toy and foot

  5. Me: OMG! I love 3D printers but I never knew what I was going to use it for! This would be PERFECT. (Clicks link in the description) I love my cats but maybe I'll stick with Katelyn's hack! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thank you for showing both though! ๐Ÿ˜

  6. I love how in typical cat fashion, toys are awesome but injuring humans is always tops ๐Ÿ˜น

    Thanks for the great content.

    PS – details on the cat face cat box please.

  7. I'm going to distract myself with making something like Katelyn's toy while I wait for my kittens to be 10 weeks old and move in finally.
    I'm not sure that I can fill four weeks with that but it's a start. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Next time when you drill through PVC put it on the lower speed. On 1 not 2 on top of the drill. It will make it easier.

  9. my cat absolutely loved her foraging toys.. unfortunately she tends to hide the toys she likes a ton so we're missing one right now xD I'm totally gonna have to do the 3D printed one. especially since I can make the hole size bigger (we no longer use traditional treats because she would freak out with withdrawal symptoms and crap afterwards. she only gets freeze dried stuff now.. which equally holds her interest but doesn't make her literally crazy if she doesn't get them every day. LOL)

  10. This puts my Gatorade bottle with holes in it to shame ๐Ÿ™ my oldest cat is teaching the youngest how to get the treats out now.

  11. HEY, late night wandering thoughts…here's an idea for a project, take it if you want: making your own fancy gaming dice. With resin, of course, but you can maybe try different ways of fabricating the dice and see which one makes the best and most consistent dice shapes.

    And with that, I need to go to bed.

  12. Ehm….maybe you could work a little on your safety? Drilling with your long hair right next to it, is not really safe for you. Just saying ๐Ÿ˜…

  13. Loved the video. Loved seeing how excited Evan got over getting to use the calipers. Hope Katelyn isnโ€™t still sore after the PVC bit with a vengeance. I definitely know the feel.
    I might have to try something like this out with my dog. Iโ€™ve got her foraging toys in the past but, sheโ€™s shown more interest in her own foraging adventures than those so I donโ€™t know I might be pursuing a fruitless venture.

  14. You guys have Great Honest Content, I love you guys… You deserve more! If only I can make a million accounts and subscribe to your channel

  15. Iโ€™ve got an empty coke bottle with a single small hole I cut out in the middle, filled it up with all of my kitties dry food and he spends hours just rocking it back and forth haha

  16. I find that step bits work well on thick plastics without "grabbng" on the exit, plus they leave smoother holes.

  17. So my boyfriend (though a fan at heart) says that you two are "too cute" to watch, but I'm gonna show him the ending of this video and he will flip. The coconut gag is his fave, he also loves cats lol

  18. @EvanAndKatelyn Dear EvanAndKatelyn, I just wanted to ask if you have got any experiences with laser cutters and engravers. I would like to buy a chinese laser, from amazon which is very very cheap for such a machine

    just curious about your opinion on this issue. ^^ Thx

    By the way: you are my favourite youtube chanel, thank you for inspiring me in so many DIYs!

  19. This is adorable! I love your channel and I love cats! Although ever since my cat attacked me and we had to put her down, I'm afraid of cats ๐Ÿ™

  20. So for a project idea you can make a mold of a hand, pour resin into it and make a resin hand. What can you use a resin hand for you might ask, well….Idk.

  21. Ohhhhh~!! You guys stop making super freaking long video?? I miss that I could just open a pack of chips watching your channels and layback until I finish my food.

  22. Evan and Katelyn: Your so smart!!
    Supurrvisor: Did you call me smart?
    – Evan: Sub to gaming channel. Says Supurrvisor
    – Supurrvisor: Don't test me hooman.

    How the world ended,
    Evan bribed cats with Catnip and cats around the world mowed away everything.

    Plot twist, Evan and Katelyn was brainwashed by Supurrvisor all along. (Aka Cute hypnosis)
    I too mi…. KITTY KAT!!!

  23. I recently commented about how my 4 year old loves watching your guys videos. Well, I had to give you an update. This morning after I finished vacuuming the living room, my boy unplugged the cord, then started swinging the end, singing "swinging the chain, swinging the chain." I about died laughing. Thanks for that.

  24. The trick to drilling plastic is speed, the drill grabbed like that because you were starting from zero. Better to have the drill spinning before it contacts the material. Also, especially with a hole that size, drilling in steps up to the final size would help.

  25. What a great ideas! I loved this video! You should use more safety equipment. My brother drilled all the way through his hand once and luckily hi didn't cut a tendon, be careful O.O

  26. I would say it's worth noting that it may be dangerous to give pets 3d printed toys. They may break and turn into a very expensive vet bill or worse.

  27. Invest in a drill press. Or, when drilling by hand and the drill cutter sticks put the drill in reverse slowly and it will break the chip then go back to regular drilling and it wont kick back on you.

    And next time you do this, cat toy 2.0, drill the holes at a 45* angle in different directions. You'll see why when u do it.

  28. What a stubborn PVC tube. Do you sharpen your drills? Plastic appreciates a really sharp drill, sharper than what metals permit, and if you have a fast enough feed to get in and out before the hole melts. If you have a bench grinder it's not terribly hard to learn how to sharpen drills and touch them up before use.

  29. For Kaitlyn's toy mix a bit of treats with food and put it inside that way she doesn't get too many years and she partially has a meal ( I'm saying this because around the end when like 7 treats cane out )

  30. weird fact no one wants to hear about: i am unable to grow hair on my knee bc i have such i large scar from dalling down so much

  31. I got really nervous about watching you drill that PVC pipe… I'm just glad you didn't hurt yourselves worse than just a little scrape. I love watching you guys. โค Don't let it be the drill gun be the end of you guys. ๐Ÿ˜…

  32. I feel like you guys binged "It's alive with Brad Leonne" before filming this. It may just be the liberal use of the phrase "Big Boy". Great video guys. Not sure if it works with the clear pipe but when I have to cut or drill into PVC a grab the wall of the pipe with the vice to stop it from whipping around with the drill or gradually increase the size of the hole but that's time consuming.

  33. I really like your videos you guys are just so funny. Me and my husband always see you guys and we are always laughing but it really makes our day. Keep up the good work and May God Bless you too and your cat also! ๐Ÿ‘

  34. One thing I've always appreciated about your channel is the little bar you put showing how much longer you are playing an advertisement for. (the way you mix content in with the ad also makes me not want to skip it – good strategy!)

  35. the entire time with the pvc pipe i was yelling internally for u guys to just please clamp the 2 plat ends of the pipe in the vice rather then the side

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