Are you crafty? Do you tend to present your family and friends with homemade goodies or gifts? Why not do the same for your pet!? Here are some great ways to stay engaged during the quarantine and create something your pet will love. And now is the perfect time to do so, since July 21 is National Craft for Your Shelters Day! So maybe make a couple of extra projects to give away to the dogs and cats at your local animal shelter.

Cat Castles

Cats love to be in things whether you want them to or not: boxes, baskets, backpacks, cabinets, sinks, and so on. Why not create a special space just for your cat?

If your cat likes their own private space to nap or daydream (or plan world domination, whatever floats their boat), try creating this no sew cat teepee or this upcycled t-shirt tent.

Does your cat love to adventure? Maybe this Cardboard Airstream is just the thing! Your cat can go glamping whenever she wishes! If your cat isn’t a camper, come up with another fabulous cardboard habitat instead; like this man did. The sky is the limit!

Give them the best view

Cats are curious little climbers. We all know how frequently we find our cats on top of the fridge or hanging from the curtain rod. Check out these options to give your cats something safe to climb or to sit above it all and watch the world go by.

This cat tree gives your cat some cozy places to nap…using a real tree! You can even turn a shelving unit into a cat tree.

This cat condo combines a scratching post with beautiful baskets to nap in.

Check out this great way to recycle some old dresser drawers with this aerial kitty playground.

If your cat prefers to be close to the windows to watch the birds and squirrels outside, try this cat window bed for the perfect afternoon snooze.

Design a Scratching Pad

If your cat loves to scratch, creating your own scratching posts can help prevent damage to your furniture. Scratching posts can be simple or elaborate and made of various materials. Check out this adorable scratching cactus that would look great in any living room or match your scratching post to your home or apartment with a color-blocked scratching post! Alternatively, try this combo cat cushion and scratching post created from an Ikea hack.

If you’re more into wall art, try hanging a framed scratching pad in a place where your pet can create their own “art.” Refurbish an old frame by giving it a fresh coat of paint, then replace the art with a patterned door mat (coco coir works best) trimmed to fit the frame. You’ll need a deep-set frame and heavy-duty tape to secure the mat inside the frame. Once you’re finished, hang it with proper anchors and hardware so it will stay put during playtime.

If your cat prefers to rub his or her cheeks on the wall, try attaching a bristle brush to the wall, a doorway or your furniture about 12 inches from the floor. Use removable adhesive strips so you can reposition the brush later if needed.

Cozy Beds

Dog Bed and Cover:

If you like to sew, or even if you don’t, this DIY is for you! You can create a comfy dog bed of any size or create a removable washable cover for an existing bed.

Check out these instructions from to create an attractive cover for your pup’s bed.

If you’d rather make your own bed you can try this raised dog cot, like the ones pups use in shelters or for camping, but keep in mind you’ll need some tools for this one. You can also try this hammock, that’s a tool-free option for small dogs or cats. If that’s not your style, try this no-sew fleece dog bed that is simple and stylish. Using knots in the fleece and stuffing for the inside you can give your pup a cozy place to relax while you work from home.

Cat Bed:

Recycle one of your old sweaters to create this adorable and fashionable cat bed.

Toys Galore

Cat Wand

So many cats love to chase feathers and wiggly strings, so why not put both on the end of a stick and give them the best toy ever? These instructions from the DIY Network show you step by step how to create a leather and feather wand for your kitty’s next playtime. If you’d rather not use leather, try felt instead.

Kitty Play Gym

If your cat would rather play with wiggly strings on its own, try building it a play gym like this one with different kinds of strings to attack and play with. Better get out that camera though because you could get some great shots of you cat going crazy for this toy!

Catnip Toy

There are many options when it comes to creating a catnip toy for your cat. For one of the more durable designs check out this Christmas stocking toy or for a simple no sew design try this one.

Stuffed Toys

Feel free to recycle old stuffed animals for your pets to play with, just make sure the button eyes and noses aren’t swallowed! If you’d rather create your own stuffed toys try this denim design. You can reuse your old jeans at the same time you create a fun new toy! You can even stuff a tennis ball (bonus points if it’s squeaky) into an old sock and tie a knot at the end. Your pup will love to tug and chew on this fun toy! For your cats, cut up an old t-shirt to make these knotted toys. You can add a bit of catnip inside to really get your cat interested!

Snuffle Mat

Is your dog a sniffer? Does your cat love to “hunt” for their food? Try creating your own snuffle mat from a rubber sink mat and some fleece for hours (or at least minutes) of hunting fun for your pet. These step by step instructions from the Honest Kitchen show you just how to do it.

PVC Puzzle

Treat puzzle toys are another great way to work your pet’s brain during meal times. This treat toy is so much fun your dog might ask for it at every meal! To make it, use a PVC ratchet cutter or a hacksaw to trim a 12-inch length of PVC pipe, then drill holes through the exterior of the plastic. (Make sure the holes are wide enough for your pet’s kibbles.) Cap both ends of the pipe with a female adapter and a clean-out plug. The kibbles will fall through the holes – as soon as your dog learns to roll it along the ground.

Alternatively, stand cut up pieces of PVC pipe in a Tupperware or food bowl and drop treats or kibble down into them. Your pet will have to figure out how to take all of the pieces of PVC out if he or she wants to get to the tasty snacks at the bottom!

For some more cat-friendly puzzle toys without the PVC, check out these designs for at home treat puzzles.

Design an Agility Course

If you have space in your home or yard, try creating an agility course. PVC pipes make great weave poles or jumps. Try hula hoops or your child’s tent/tunnel to run through. Just make sure your pet is on stable surfaces (ie, carpeted floors or level ground outside) and is fully grown. Young puppies should not be attempting agility courses until their bodies are finished growing. But for puppies, try to create unique surfaces to walk on or step over (no jumping) or through to keep their minds active while wearing out their bodies.

Treats, Snacks, and More

Cat Garden

Most cats love catnip, but did you know you can grow it yourself? How about other plants that cats love? Check out how to create your own indoor cat garden for your kitty’s snacking pleasure here.


Many people think meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food. Why not try out this recipe to make a healthy muttloaf full of healthy ingredients for your pup?

Frozen Treats

Freezing some of your pet’s favorite treats is a great way to give them something fun to do in the summer while keeping them cool. Some pet owners like to freeze their pet’s bones while others try recipes like these, including PB and J and chicken soup for pups! Check out this video from Chewy on how to create the ultimate pupsicle:

Giant Ice Block

To make this fun summer toy, freeze some blueberries, carrots, or kibble (or all three!) into a bucket and then let your pup dig and gnaw through the ice to get to his tasty snacks. If your pet needs some encouragement you can add a bit of sodium free chicken broth to the water to make it even tastier! For an alternative option, freeze your pet’s favorite toys in the ice bucket and let them try to get them out. This treat gives your pet some physical and mental exertion and keeps them cool while they’re at it!

Paw Balm

Your dog walks on its paw pads every day, through all types of weather and terrain. Give your pup a spa treatment with this homemade soothing paw balm to help keep their pads in tip top shape.

Woodworking Projects

Elevated Food Bowls

Many dogs prefer to have their bowls right at head level, it actually helps them with digestion! If you enjoy woodworking, why not try to create your own elevated feeding station like this one or try this one with built in storage? To get extra creative, come up with an elevated feeding station for your cat and mount it on the wall where they can enjoy lording their fabulous self above you while feasting on the delicacies you provide.

Doggie Stairs

When your cat or dog gets older, it becomes harder for them to hop into your lap or onto the bed or sofa for a snooze. Try building some stairs to make it easier on your pet. There are many ways to build stairs for your elderly pet to climb, but the DIY Network has created this design that comes with below stairs storage for toys or blankets. Or try their design for an adjustable ramp for your pet to make it even easier for them to move around your house.

For Your Home

Leash Holder

Consider making a “Pet Station” near your door to hold your dog’s collar and leash. You can even add places for poop bags, some treats, and a jacket or two! Here’s a simple version of the leash holder for you to create. You can put your dog’s name or a cute saying above. If you are artsy, try painting your pet’s silhouette on the board and using the hook as their tail like this design does. If you want something with a little more pizzazz check out this treat station plus leash holder.

Treat or Toy Jars

Decorate an old jar with cute designs, paw prints, labels, or your pet’s name to turn a boring jar into a fancy pet jar to store your pup’s treats or kitty’s toys. If you want to get super creative, try making a jar like this one that looks like a fish tank!

Cat Magnets

If you’re a crazy cat lady (or guy!) and want to showcase your love for cats everywhere, these cat magnets are for you! Just spray-paint tiny, plastic cats in fun colors, then glue magnets onto the back (or bottom) of the figures for an instant dose of catittude. You can do the same for dogs too!

Organized Pet Closet

Is your pet’s stuff scattered around the house? Do you forget where their leash or the extra poop bags have been put? Try creating this all-in-one pet cabinet that includes a safe place to store food and treats, hooks for collars and leashes, a chalkboard for reminders and shopping lists, and space for all the extras your pet needs to live a happy cozy life.

Don’t forget about your pet’s grooming supplies. Organize your pup’s things in an efficient toiletries holder or silverware caddy to put into your pet closet so you don’t go searching for lost things (courtesy of your pup) again and again. Get creative and customize your design. And don’t forget to label it with your pup’s name!


So what are you waiting for? Go out there, get your craft on and make your pet something for them to enjoy!

As pet sitters we adore meeting new pets and always have a smile for a cleverly or uniquely named pet, whether it’s a turtle named Mario Andretti or a cat named Potato Chip. But some of us need a little extra help when it comes to puns. That’s where we come in!

Have you adopted a new pet during the quarantine? Are you wondering what to name him or her? Well, look no further! We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the most purr-fectly punny names. So if you’re ever in need, just re-fur to this list!

“Pup” Culture Puns

  • Andy Warhowl
  • Indiana Bones
  • Kanye Westie
  • Jude Paw
  • Mutt Damon or Cat Damon
  • Bark Wahlberg
  • Bark E. Bark
  • Benedict Cumberbark
  • Jon Bone Jovi
  • Sarah Jessica Barker
  • Woofie Goldberg
  • Catrick Swayze
  • Meowly Cyrus
  • Snarls Barkley
  • The Notorious D.O.G.
  • Winnie the Pooch
  • Bilbo Waggins
  • Mary Puppins
  • Kitty Pawpins
  • Sherlock Bones
  • Beowoof
  • Droolieus Caesar
  • Jimmy Chew
  • Vera Fang
  • The Great Catsby
  • JK Moewling
  • Purrnest Hemingway
  • Butch Catsidy
  • Santa Claws or Santa Paws
  • Cat Stevens
  • Paw McCartney
  • Cat Benatar
  • Cat Sajak
  • Demi Meower
  • Pawdry Hepburn
  • Puma Thurman
  • Orville Redenbarker
  • Kareem Abdul Ja-Bark
  • Tina Spay
  • Olivia Chewton John
  • Ellen Degeneruff
  • Lady Dogiva
  • Catalie Portman
  • Mr. Meowgi
  • Neil Catrick Harris

Historical People Puns:

  • Karl Barx
  • Rosa Barks
  • Woof Bader Ginsburg
  • Woof Blitzer
  • Winston Furchill
  • Salvador Dogi
  • Fuzz Aldrin
  • Bark Obama or Barack Obameow
  • Catpurnicus
  • Cleocatra
  • Oedipuss
  • Margaret Scratcher
  • Henry Hissinger
  • Paw Revere
  • William Shakespurr or Shakespaw
  • Sir Arthur Canine Doyle
  • Dogstoyevsky
  • Picatso
  • Anderson Pooper
  • Chairwoman/Chairman Miao
  • Fidel Catstro
  • Ghengis Khat
  • Alexander Hameowlton

Star Wars Puns (and a few Star Trek):

  • Arftoo D2
  • Chewbarka
  • Arf Vader
  • Arf Maul
  • Boba Fetch
  • Jabba the Mutt
  • Luke Skybarker or Skywhisker
  • Obi Wag Kenobi or Obi Paw Kenobi
  • Lando Catrissian
  • Emperor Meowpatine
  • Leonard Nemeow
  • William Catner
  • Captain Purrcard

Harry Potter Puns:

  • Dumbledog
  • Albus Puppledore
  • Salazar Snifferin
  • Helga Hufflepup
  • Rowena Ravenpaw
  • Godric Griffindog
  • Hairy Paw-ter
  • Ron Fleasly
  • JK Growling
  • JK Meowling

Try out your own puns

If none of those names pricked your fancy, try creating your own with some of these pet-associated words. I bet you’ll do claw-some!

  • Meow
  • Purr
  • Hiss
  • Woof
  • Arf
  • Bark
  • Kitten
  • Pup
  • Paw
  • Tail
  • Claw
  • Fur
  • Cat
  • Dog

We hope you enjoyed this purr-fect list of pet name puns! If you want to be even punnier, check out our blog about cat vocabulary here!

The Fourth of July is a fun and festive holiday with barbecues, family, friends, and fireworks. But there are several hazards to be aware of for your four legged friends and that last aspect, the fireworks, can be utterly terrifying for pets. The loud noises send many pets scurrying for the nearest hiding hole, whether that’s in your home or down the street. Check out our safety tips to learn how to avoid the perils and stress that can accompany the holiday so that everyone can have a safe, relaxing 4th of July.

Food Hazards

You probably already have a list of foods that are toxic for dogs, like chocolate, grapes, and avocado. But did you know that fatty foods can lead to pancreatitis and non-edible parts of foods (like bones, corncobs, peach pits, and watermelon rinds) can cause gastrointestinal obstructions? There are so many foods that can be problematic for dogs that it’s easier to just remember not to give your pups any human food! And remind your friends and family of the rule so that Grandma doesn’t accidentally hurt Fido by giving him corn. Ok, you can give him a small bite of your hot dog, I won’t tell…and it is a holiday!

Keep in mind that some dogs are not very wary of grills and grilling utensils as well. That amazing smell of grilling burgers and brats could encourage your pup to stick his nose on a hot grill, or even jump up and burn his feet. Make sure grilling utensil and skewers are out of reach for your pets so they aren’t tempted to start gnawing on a sharp stick flavored with lovely meat juice!

Environmental Hazards

Citronella candles and tiki torch oil are great to help keep the bugs away from your grill out, but can be hazardous to dogs if swallowed or if the fumes are inhaled. Keep your pets away from lit candles as well as any fires, sparklers, or glow sticks you have lit.

Remember to supervise your pets if you are celebrating near water, either a pool, lake, or river. Always know where your pet is and act as a lifeguard for them when they are in the water.

The Ever Dreaded Fireworks

Many of us love fireworks – the boom, the colors, the excitement – but our pets, not so much. Their superior sense of hearing and smell can turn those celebratory explosions into a scary event. Be sure to keep your pet away from anywhere fireworks might be lit. If you know your pet has a fear of fireworks, teach them some coping mechanisms and use calming supplements, music, or wraps to help your pet feel more comfortable.

Make sure that your pet is secured, both in your home and in your yard. Never leave your pet outside unattended during fireworks in case the noise startles them and they bolt. Keep your pet’s collar with ID tags on them just in case the worst happens and they take off. Be sure to microchip your pet so that you have a better chance of getting them back if they do escape. If you know your pet is afraid of fireworks, do their last potty break for the night before the noises start so that they can remain safe inside for the duration.

Calming Assistance

Ideally, you know that your pet is afraid of fireworks and loud noises and can work ahead of time to help desensitize your pet and teach them relaxation and coping techniques. But that process takes time and the 4th of July is almost here. So here are a few tips and products that you can use to assist in keeping your pet comfortable.

  • Set up a safe space for them. Create a “happy place” in advance of the fireworks where your pet can feel secure. Find a spot in your home that your pet already likes to relax that could buffer some of the sounds, like a walk-in closet or a bathroom without windows (yes, my dog loves to sleep in the shower…it is her safe space). Fill it with cozy bedding and blankets (those that smell like you may help keep your pet even calmer, like you’re there giving them a hug), favorite toys, and maybe a special treat or chew to distract them.
  • Don’t make a fuss over your stressed pet. When our pet is distressed, it is difficult for us to not comfort them, but excessive comforting can validate their fears or reward the pet’s behaviors. Give them a few pats, tell them its ok, but otherwise carry on as if nothing special or stressful is happening. They can take their cues from you and hopefully realize the world is not ending.
  • Drown out the sound. Try to leave calming music or a peaceful tv show on to help block the sound of the booms. Make sure your pet can hear it from their safe space but don’t make it too loud or the extra noise could bother your pet even more. Closing all of the windows and doors in your house may also help. The link below is a special pet speaker designed to help calm your pets.
    • Pet Tunes Canine – a speaker and playlist clinically proven to calm dogs, also available for cats
  • Give your pet a “hug.” You aren’t literally hugging your pet, but by putting a comforting wrap on your pet, like the Thundershirt, you are giving them compression comfort that could help ease their fears.
  • Consider calming supplements or pheromones. There are several natural supplements that are designed to reduce anxiety for pets. You may want to start them before the fireworks begin to allow the supplement time to work. Supplements like L-theanine, L-tryptophan, and Casein are naturally found supplements that produce calming hormones in your pet.
    • Pheromone collars, like the Adaptil Calm-on-the-go Collar, can provide a slow and consistent release of calming pheromones while in contact with your pet’s body heat.
    • Rescue Remedy is an essential oil based calming supplement that you can add to your pet’s water to help keep them calmer.
    • CBD treats and supplements are also becoming more popular with pet owners to aid in reducing their pet’s anxieties.

Use these tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for all two and four legged friends and family. Happy Fourth of July!