Our cats have a way of getting food out of us. They look up at us with their big eyes and before you know it, you are filling up the food bowl, for the fourth time that day. It’s like hypnosis and your will power stands no chance.
So what is a cat lover to do? You can’t just go feeding your cat whenever he demands – especially when he’s already getting chunkier than is good for his health.
Enter cat food puzzle feeders.
Puzzle feeders for cats, aka food dispensing toys, are not vital in your cat’s life they but add new stimulation to your cat’s day. This is particularly important for indoor cats who may be left alone for hours. Cats can become depressed without stimulation, and this can lead to behavioral issues.
Born natural hunters, cats are encoded with the need to hunt for their food, and without this ability, they become fat and lazy. Puzzle feeders push your cat to use their brain, their wit and all around “catty-ness “to get their food.
Even better? Puzzles can be used as a part of a weight loss program as well as an excellent way to tire out energetic youngsters. Cats are stopped from gobbling down food and are forced to work out while eating.
Sound good? Get your cat working for their food with one of these IQ building, skill testing feeders!
This grass like puzzle feeder pushes cats to spend more time eating. The soft plastic spikes encourage your cat to use their paws to get around the “blades.” Can be implemented into a daily feeding schedule. Easy to clean and dishwasher friendly.
Activate your cat’s natural instincts with this feeder. The three levels make this a challenge as cats have to push treats or toys from the top layer to the bottom. Perfect for cats that spend a lot of time alone. The solid stand encourages cats to stand up, and the openings are made to entice natural pawing. Made for smart kitty cats.
This puzzle activates your cat’s natural pawing instinct. The plastic tubes are at different levels challenging your cat to dig deeper. The curved white base is made in such a way to hold any treats your cat retrieves. It is a great way to divide meals between different departments ensuring your cats eat slowly. Easy to clean and forms part of the Catit Senses collection of puzzles.
This “test-tube” looking toy tests cats to use their problem-solving skills as well as their reflexes. Cats have to tip the test tubes into the plastic spikes below to retrieve the food. There are a series of lids that can be placed on tubes increasing the difficulty. This toy is highly rated and not for the dim-witted cats.
This four-in-one puzzle is the perfect for cats who need a lot of stimulation. These toys aim to test cat’s patience, dexterity and make food time more exciting. You can focus the treats on one puzzle or across the board. Multiple cats can use this at once, and it slows down eating time which is great for diet control.
Combine exercise with food time with the FUNKitty toy. Fill the egg with dry treats and adjust the size of the opening to change the difficulty. Kittens and cats will love chasing this toy around and by eating smaller portions, it aids in digestion and food moderation.
This igloo shaped toy forces cats to paw treats out of the center. The six tunnels all lead to a central treat dispenser. Can be used as a daily feeder and the adjustable settings allow for a different output of treats. Cats need to work their way around the feeder ensuring they get exercise.
Fill this ball with treats and let it roll. The hole at the bottom can be adjusted to increase difficulty as well as fit to the size of your cat treats. The single opening makes this a challenging toy, but cats will gain a toy and treats. Comes in pink and blue.
So, if you are looking for an addition to playtime, dietary aid or just meal time fun, then food puzzles are for your cat. There are a variety of types to choose from and your cat’s IQ and instincts will be tested. Cats will also eat slower, which in turn aids digestion and forces them to hunt for their food. Bring some much-needed stimulation into your cats’ life and they will be more thankful than you can imagine…’though they’ll never admit it.