If you are feeding dry food exclusively, or as part of the diet, then it can be very beneficial for your cat’s mental and physical health to make obtaining these biscuits a little more challenging than ‘removing them from a heap in a bowl in the kitchen’. A large part of a cat’s natural endeavours to feed itself consists of foraging, exploring and problem-solving to catch the prey in the first place. Dry food can be secreted in various locations throughout your home on both high and ground level.
When you first start this regime, your cat will probably sit and stare at you as you have always provided ‘ready meals’ in the past. Some cats are less capable of dealing with challenge in a predictable and routine existence, so this dramatic turn of events could prove unappealing. Once your cat has grown used to obtaining food in novel locations, the acquisition can become more challenging for example, you can place the biscuits inside either home-made or commercially manufactured feeding devices. Some cats will even enjoy chasing biscuits if you throw them across the floor. This is a nice opportunity to have some interaction during a feeding session.
This puzzle feeder requires some dexterity to remove kibble from the base. It takes a clever cat to work out that the tubes need to be tilted for the biscuits to fall out. This is easily cleaned so wet food could be placed on the base if your cat doesn’t eat dry.
Trixie Cat Activity Slow Feed, 19 × 13 × 14 cm
This feeder encloses the biscuits in a dome with access holes big enough for a paw so the food has to be scooped out. For those cats that bolt their food this slows down the process.
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Trixie Cat Activity Fantasy Board, 21X34cm
This activity board has many sections including a rectangular box containing a number of ping pong balls. If dry food is sprinkled in this container the cat has to work around the balls to pull out the biscuits.
Catit Senses Food Maze
This food maze has several levels, enabling your cat to pull biscuits out on each one or push them down to the lower level.
Aikiou Cat Stimulo
This feeder has a number of containers of varying depths that are interchangeable to make the acquisition of food easy or more challenging.
Cat Activity Tunnel Feeder Toy, ø 28 cm/14 cm
This is another alternative on the feeding theme, using the paw to pull kibble out of narrow containers.
Trixie Cat Activity Fun Board, 30 × 40 cm
The benefit of this interactive cat feeder is that it can be used for wet food as well as dry. With its five different modules it really uses all your cat's senses!
PetSafe SlimCat Feed Ball - Blue
An interactive feeder that gets your cat moving! Watch him use either his nose or paw to move the ball to allow the food to drop out of the holes
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