Snuffle mats are a great way to keep your cat mentally stimulated by encouraging them to solve a puzzle using their impressive sense of smell.
National pet charity Blue Cross has put together a video and step-by-step guide you can follow to make a snuffle mat for your cat.
You can watch the video at the end or follow the step by step guide below.
The idea is nice and simple; you hide your cat’s favourite dry treats under the various pieces of fabric and they then have to find them by sniffing them out. Depending on how many treats you have hidden, this can keep them focused on a task for quite some time, helping to satisfy their curious minds and engage their natural instinct to hunt.
What you need:
Rubber bath mat (with holes in it)
Fleece fabric cut into strips (Width: one inch/ Length: six to eight inches)
Scissors (ideally fabric scissors)
One hour of your time
TIP: You can cut up an old fleece blanket that you no longer need or hit the charity shops to find some nice fleece fabric. Be sure to wash the fleece before you use it and cut off any seams around the edge to avoid choking hazards for cats.
How to make a snuffle mat
Step one: Get your piece of fabric and your scissors and cut up your fabric into one-inch-wide strips and roughly six to eight inches in length. Please ensure that children are always supervised by an adult if they are helping you.
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