Animal enrichment: How to make snuffle mats
With a few extra weeks of time home on your hands – we wanted to offer you and your family a way to support your local animal centre, from the comfort of your home!
Here’s a great activity you can do as a family, that’s fun to make, and incredibly useful for animals waiting for their forever homes!
*Please note – snuffle mats should only be used or offered to your furry friend while someone is present and observing your companion animal.
What is a Snuffle Mat?
A snuffle mat is essentially a mat with flaps of fleece that food can be hidden within, the dog or cat sniffs around the mat (snuffles) finding all of the bits of food and crumbs hidden in the nooks and crannies of the mat. Snuffle mats are used to provide another way to feed our animals and offer an enriched environment. Meaning feeding time is more mindfully engaged for the animal using various senses than the mindless feeding straight out of a food dish.
How to make a Snuffle Mat?
Snuffle mats are simple to make but time consuming. We use donated fleece blankets cut into strips and tie them onto a rubber mat. Scissors, blankets and rubber mats are all the materials needed.
Snuffle Mat Instructions
- Large Scissors
- Ruler or measuring tape- optional
- Dish mat for the sink
- Fleece material or fleece blankets
- Cut the fleece into strips.
- 1 inch to 2 inches wide and approx. 8-12 inches long. (long enough to tie a double knot)
- Start at the middle of the mat and tie the strips onto the mat.
- Alternate tying the strips on every other hole on the mat.
- Tie the strips in a tight double knot.
You’re now all set to start making a snuffle mat for an animal in need!
Thank you so much for all you do
Thank you so much for all you do every day to rescue animals in need. I can’t imagine the terrible situations that you see every day. It is great that you have the heart to help. Keep up the good work.