The other day I saw a video about making an ice ball for cats, but the video showed using a balloon filled with water and then frozen. I knew Annie would love playing with ice, but I wasn’t fond of using a balloon, so I changed up the method a bit and made an ice bowl for our three cats.
Super Easy Ice Bowl to Keep Your Cats Cool
This cool cat treat is so easy to make, you will already have everything you need; one bowl and one container. I chose clear glass because that is what we have in our kitchen. Just make sure you choose a freezer-safe container.
Fill the bowl with water. You can add tuna or chicken juice or even cat treats to freeze into the ice bowl. I chose to just go with the water this time because Annie is fascinated with ice and I thought she would enjoy experimenting with the clear ice bowl just as much as if there were treats inside.
Pop the bowl into the freezer. I left our bowl in over night and forgot to tell Paul. When he went to get his ice cream I heard him say…”What the….?”. By now, wouldn’t you think he would know these things have something to do with the cats?
Annie tested the ice and I got her approval the water was frozen and ready to go. You might need to run hot water around the bowl to get the ice to release from the container.
Next, simply place the ice into the larger container. Add about 1/2 inch water to the container to enable the ice bowl to slide easily.
The Cats Love It! Well Annie Anyway.
As predicted, Annie is the first to put her paw into action. As you can see, Annie is left pawed…just like me. After a few minutes, the boys decide to check out the ice.
Mercy is not impressed. He watches for a few seconds, saw there were no treats, yawned and moves on. Eddie quietly observes Annie making sure it is safe to approach the ice bowl.
Annie moves a little closer to Eddie showing him the water is safe to touch. Eddie remains unconvinced. Annie alone stays to play with the ice. As predicted, she is the cat who enjoys playing with ice the most.
Sometimes it is difficult to get a good photo of Annie because as soon as she sees the camera, she turns away. In the photo below, I am getting…the look.
So, I put the camera down. Annie resumes play.
When she heard the camera…she stopped and gave me the look, this time standing up.
Message received loud and clear. We let Annie enjoy the ice bowl in the sunroom by herself while we found other things to keep ourselves occupied. It is clear who is the boss in our house.