Make Your Own Kitty Diaper in Under 5 Minutes Using Old Underwear

Ever since we adopted Rockette, I’ve always been on the lookout for the easiest ways to make your own kitty diaper.

For those who don’t know yet, Rockette is paraplegic. We got her from a neighbor who said she was caught in a door as it was being closed shut. 🙁

For some time now, I’ve been using disposable baby diaper that I make holes in for the tail. (Human diapers cost only a fraction of pet diapers!). I alternate disposable diapers with large old socks that I line with panty liners, because diapers can get expensive, plus generate a lot of garbage.

But Rockette is growing up so quick, and can now hardly fit into the socks. So I thought I’d sew cloth diapers for her, since I’m cheap and don’t want to buy the ones commercially sold. (I have an inexpensive electric sewing machine I got for about 400 pesos from Lazada).

As I was looking for clothes that I can recycle into cat diapers, I saw old underwear, and got a spark of inspiration! Underwear is already shaped to into the desired shape, and already has elastic around the waist and leg holes!

So I went to work, and within a few minutes, Rockette had a new diaper!

I’d like to share this DIY cat diaper that I you can create in under 5 minutes from old underwear.

Materials Needed

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - materials

  1. Old underwear (best to use wide ones, a.k.a granny panties, not like the one in these photos)
  2. Scissors
  3. Safety pin
  4. Panty liner

Easy Steps to Make Your Own Kitty Diaper from Old Underwear

1. Cut the leg holes on the side of the underwear as shown in the photo. The front of your underwear should be on the back of your cat.

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - where to cut

2. Cut the top part of the back side to the desired length from cat’s waist to butt end.

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - length

3. Make a small hole near the bottom for the tail.

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - tail hole

4. Place a panty liner on the inside. I usually cut it into 2 to cover a wider area.

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - steps

5. Use a safety pin to secure the diaper. (Obviously, you’ll put the pin with the cat wearing the diaper already, but I took this photo without the cat to illustrate).

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - finished product

And that’s it! Super simple and easy. Here’s a photo of Rockette wearing the first one I made.

Rockette wearing DIY cat diaper from old underwear

Note that I also use some elastic bands that I put together as suspenders to keep the cloth diaper from falling off. I’ve been using these suspenders with the old socks, and now I can use them with the old underwear. 🙂

I hope you learned something from this article. If you have other ideas on how to create your own cat diaper easily, please share them in the comments!

Dealing with ant infestation in our house

I’ve grown so used to being bitten by ants on a daily basis, I have reached a point that it almost doesn’t bother me that much anymore. What bothers me is when they invade my food! Every Filipino household seems to be under attack by these tiny flightless insects, and getting rid of them, as you probably have experienced if you live in the tropics, is near impossible.

Your first impulse when you have an ant infestation in your house will probably be to use a commercial pesticide or insecticide. However, you will do more harm than good when you do so.

Firstly, you are spraying toxic substances inside your very home! Exposure to pesticides causes several health problems, including nervous system damage, respiratory diseases, and cancer. Children and babies are especially more vulnerable, and pregnant women should stay away from these chemicals, because unborn babies are in danger of having developmental problems when exposed.

Secondly, you might also be killing the good creatures, like spiders and lizards, which help control insect populations.

And thirdly, it is an exercise in futility, as it has been shown that ant invasions cannot be prevented by using pesticides. Well, maybe the number of ants will decrease a little bit, but this will only be apparent when their abundance is already extremely high in the first place.

Extremely hot weather seems to increase ant populations inside the home, like what we are experiencing with the El Niño phenomenon right now. I don’t remember our ant problem being this severe last year.

Here in our home, we never really use chemical insecticides. How then do we prevent ants from getting into our food? Below is a list of the few things we’ve tried, with variable levels of success:

1) Talcum powder. We just sprinkle some powder on surfaces where ants typically roam. They seem to love computer keyboards, and you’ll find that our computers at home have turned white with talc, haha.

A sprinkle of talc may help prevent ants from turning your keyboard into their residence.

A sprinkle of talc may help prevent ants from turning your keyboard into their residence.

2) Petroleum jelly. Many ant species can chew through cardboards and plastic bags, so what we do with our noodles, potato chips, cat and dog food, etc. is place them inside plastic boxes. But you know how air tight plastic boxes could be too expensive, right? So we just buy the more affordable, non-airtight boxes, and smother the mouth and sides with petroleum jelly before placing the lid on them.

I do use jelly! 😉

I do use jelly! 😉

This won’t work with the larger ant species, as they can clear a path through the jelly, believe it or not! Just watch this video that my mom recorded:

 
3) Water. Good old water. We place food in bowls that are then placed on dishes with water. Ants are not very good swimmers. Just don’t forget to refill!

A little water goes a long way in savjng your food from ants.

A little water goes a long way to save your food from ants.

What other methods do you use to deal with your ant infestation at home? Please share them with us!