These Cat Food Puzzles Will Solve So Many Of Your Cat's Problems
A toy your cat will ACTUALLY use ❤️😸
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Some cats are notorious for eating too fast (aka scarf-and-barf), and there are others who will just eat too much and still want more.
If one (or both) of these sounds like your cat, you might want to get her a food puzzle ASAP.
Cat food puzzles, or interactive cat feeders, are designed to release food when your cat interacts with it or solves a puzzle. They’ll make your cat work for her food — which actually comes with a ton of mental and physical benefits.
That means they’re also great for any cat who needs a bit of extra stimulation in her life.
If you’re ready to improve your cat’s eating behaviors, The Dodo rounded up the best cat food puzzles on the web and reached out to Dr. Jennifer Coates, a veterinarian in Fort Collins, Colorado, to get her take on how food puzzles can really help your cat.
Benefits of a cat food puzzle
A cat’s natural feeding behavior is to eat multiple small meals throughout the day, Dr. Coates told The Dodo.
“Eating out of a bowl is just too easy for many cats,” she added. “They are meant to have to work for their meals, which burns calories and provides a lot of mental stimulation throughout the day.”
According to Dr. Coates, cat food puzzles can provide your cat with a ton of benefits, like:
- Weight loss
- Mental stimulation
- Ease of boredom
- Less stress
On the other hand, if your cat has unlimited access to food out of a cat bowl, it’s easy for her to overeat and become overweight, which increases her risk for diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, some types of cancer and other serious health problems.
Portable cat food puzzles
Portable cat food puzzles can be easily moved around by your cat and are typically round in shape. All she needs to do is paw at the toy or bump it with her nose, and the food will dispense out of one or several holes in the toy.
Some portable puzzles can be adjusted to make it more or less difficult for your cat to get to the treats. This can be super helpful if you’re just introducing these types of toys for the first time, and your cat’s not totally used to it yet.
With portable feeders, you can usually only use dry food; save the wet food for stationary cat puzzles (more on that later).
Stationary cat food puzzles
Stationary cat feeders are anchored in one spot. They’ll usually require your cat to get the food out by using her paw, or by lapping up the food around some sort of obstacle.
Unlike portable puzzles, you can use both wet and dry cat food in most stationary food puzzles.