(Also: why do so many puzzles involves cats and rodents?)
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Go on your favorite search engine and type in “puzzle feeders for cats” and you’ll find lots of companies that make them as well as many videos with more how-to information. Not every commercial puzzle feeder is good though so take into consideration your cat’s age, personality and health when choosing which product would be best. Many of the companies have videos on their sites so you can watch a tutorial on how the product works and whether it’s a good match for your cat.
ThereÂ are a variety of different puzzle feeders available, from very simple designs to the more complex. The most basic feeders are generally small cylinders or balls that dispense pieces of food when your cat paws at them. More complex feeders require your cat to reach into a container with his paw and pull the food out. There are also larger feeders that can provide a stimulating meal for several cats at once. If your cat prefers wet food, you can try a rubber cone feeder. These are usually made for dogs, but they will work great with wet cat food, as well.
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The video might make this puzzle seem more complicated than it is, but basically it calls for you to take a simple plastic container, cut paw-sized holes in the lid, and add a bell if you’d like to give your kitty something extra to bat at. One of the advantages of this toy is that it will probably last longer than the paper towel roll, and it will encourage your kitty to use problem-solving skills to get at the treats.If a regular old water bottle seems too simple, you can try this toy that requires a bottle, a rubber band, a skewer, and a plastic ball. Follow the instructions and your cat will have a puzzle toy feeder at meal time. This is another toy that will slow your cat down from eating too fast while challenging her to use some problem-solving skills.My cat and I have a number of things in common: a tendency to unhealthily gobble our food; a perpetual weakness for high-fat dairy products; a talent for napping in unlikely places; and a slightly overinflated confidence in our own ability to bend cardboard to our iron will. My goal for today seemed simple: use some ordinary cardboard, some basic tools, and my own two (left) hands to make a collection of puzzle-style feeders for my cat. Puzzle feeders will engage his brain, satisfy his prey drive, and keep him from gobbling his entire dinner in thirty seconds flat and then starting in on the dog's. A little marking here, a little gluing there, and voilà! What could possibly go wrong?Many cats are kept indoors for various reasons, but because they’re natural foragers this can lead to a host of behavioral and health problems. New research shows that food puzzles are effective at staving off many of these problems.