Give your cat some TLC with this DIY cat massager
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Is your pet cat in need of some immediate TLC? Would he/she love a little neck massage?
Then why not consider making this simple, yet effective, cat massager?
As you can imagine, you'll need some tools and materials before you get started.
Materials and gear needed
- Popsicle sticks (4 no.)
- Rubber spikey ball cat toy
- Soda bottle lids (3 no.)
- Wood glue or PVA
- Rubber bands
- Basic tools (wrench, screwdrivers, etc)
- Various nuts and bolts
- A friendly, massage-starved cat
Step 1: Make the main roller
The first step is to take one of your soda bottle lids. Drill a hole through the center of it using a power drill.
With that done, take another soda bottle lid and glue them together concave sides together.
With that done, take your third and final lid, and glue it to one end of the dual-lid barrel.
Next, take your spikey ball cat toy. Cut out the widest part of the ball to make a strip of spikey rubber.
With that done, add a layer of hot glue to the soda bottle cap roller. Before the glue cools, glue the strip of spikey rubber to the soda bottle roller.
Rinse and repeat to make a second identical spikey rubber roller.
Step 2: Make the main roller body
With the main cat massager rollers now complete, we can now turn out attention to making the main holder for them. Take your popsicle sticks, you'll need four of them.
Using some scissors, cut the popsicle sticks in various lengths to make the main angled arms of the cat massager. Where required, glue the parts together using PVA glue or wood glue.
Each arm will require about three layers of cut popsicle sticks to make a composite structure as shown above. The popsicle sticks pieces overlap between the layers to add strength and support to them once the glue has dried.
The overall dimensions of the arms are 1 and 31/32 inches "high" and 4 and 17/32 inches "wide". Of course, you can modify the design to fit your own requirements. Ensure the end of the longest part of the arm is tongue and groove as shown in the video.
Rinse and repeat to make a second identical arm from your stash of popsicle sticks. With the second arm complete, pair up the tongue and groove ends of the arms to form a basic hinge between the arms.
Using some more popsicle sticks, make the main handle of the massager as needed. This piece will need to have a gap at one end to comfortably enclose the hinge of the arms.
With that done, use some more popsicle sticks to make the angled roller mounts for the bottom of each arm as needed. Drill a hole to mount the roller as needed.
Glue these into place as required. These will need to be 19/32 inches "tall" and 1 and 31/32 inches "long".
Rinse and repeat to make a matching mount for the other side of the arm. Glue this into place as well.
Step 3: Complete the piece
With the main popsicle pieces now complete, it is time to complete the assembly. Take your power drill and drill a hole through all the sticks at the hinge point of the arms and handle.
This will enable us to fix them together using a bolt to articulate the joint properly.
With that done, take some small screws and washers, and add the rubber band mounts to the knuckles of the main arms as shown.
Next, take your spikey rubber rollers, place them within the arm mounts as needed and glue them into place. Fix them to the frame using a toothpick or similar between the jaws of the arm mounts, but ensure the roller can freely rotate.
Do the same for the other arm.
If not already done, articulate the main hinge between the arms using another length of a toothpick, and glue this into place as well. Finally, take your rubber bands, and connect the two arms together across their knuckles as needed.
With that done, your DIY cat massager is ready to use on your unsuspecting furry friend - if they'll let you without tearing your hand apart, of course!
If you enjoyed this little DIY project, you might enjoy making another handy home device? How about, for example, your own Chemex-style coffee maker?