Some cats “nose” food puzzles while others use their paws to manipulate the toy. Here Soren is nosing the toy. Notice how he is only able to acquire one piece of food at a time. This limits the amount of food most cats would eat in one sitting which is why foraging can be useful […]
In this clip you will view cats exploring and foraging from a doggy toy! Do not let the dog photos on the packaging deter you from trying these toys out with your cats. Notice how only one piece of dry food is obtained at one time. If your cat scarfs and barfs, foraging is for […]
This video illustrates once again that even senior cats that have medical problems and disabilities can be capable of this behavior. Peaches is blind here and in between splint changes for an injury she sustained to her hind legs. Foraging can be a great way to limit the amount of carbohydrates your cat takes in […]
This video proves that even handicapped cats can work for their food. In this clip Lefty is 15 years old, a tripod his whole life, toothless, arthritic and has kidney and heart disease. He prefers to get the food himself! Your cats can do this! Visit foodpuzzlesforcats.com for more ideas!
This foraging ball features an inner maze coupled with an adjustable opening allowing you to alter the difficulty level based on your cat’s skill level and the size of the food. This is an excellent beginner toy. Visit foodpuzzlesforcats.com for more info!
Another excellent canine toy that is perfect to use for cats for either canned or dry food. The cat must slide the cover to expose the reservoirs to access the wet food. This puzzle can be made more difficult by inserting a doggy bone into one of the center slots to serve as an obstacle […]
This is an excellent beginner, stationary food puzzle. This toy offers two interchangeable plates to offer different challenge levels. Visit foodpuzzlesforcats.com for more info!
In this clip you can see the creativity and challenge that can be incorporated in order to make cats work for their meals. Sometimes the smartest kitties are the ones waiting for the others who are doing all of the work to dispense some kibble! I call this opportunistic foraging! The orange cat in this […]
Two senior cats foraging for the very first time from a wiffle ball toy. This object is great for beginners and intermediate foragers. The many holes appeal to their sense of smell and they can even hook their nails into the holes and pick up the ball and shake it!
Love how gentle he is at first, then he realizes it is a food dispensing machine! Check out Willow coming in for the straggling bits at the end. We call this opportunistic foraging!
If your cat becomes tired of chasing the ball around in any of these channel-like toys, simple convert them into a stationary foraging toy! Alternating how these toys can be used creates novel interest and keeps your cat mentally stimulated and engaged. Visit foodpuzzlesforcats.com for more ideas!
This toy is like a weeble wobble and features a rounded bottom so it is constantly in motion while the cat uses it. Skilled paw use required! Visit foodpuzzlesforcats.com for more rolling puzzle ideas!
All you need is an old coffee mug and a place mat. This is a great way to slow down a cat that eats their canned food too quickly and later vomits. Visit foodpuzzlesforcats.com for more ideas!
Foraging toys do not need to be fancy. They just need to be unique and challenging for your particular cat and their skill level. Household items can make amazing food puzzles. It is important to offer unique items daily for mental stimulation. Remember, this is not only a feeding protocol, but mental and physical enrichment […]
This is a great beginner foraging toy. This is the doggy version of the feline “Catch” toy. Because it is larger it holds more volume for multiple cat households and provides a slightly increased challenge as the interior portion of the puzzle is harder to reach. Visit foodpuzzlesforcats.com for more great ideas!
This is a master forager at work, Peaches is manipulating a cube shaped toy that is almost empty (meaning it’s harder). Take note of how she uses her front leg like a tool to flip the toy over. At the time of this video she had lost 2.5# eating this way! She does have a […]