Cats actually love this little mouse as a traditional cat toy and as a food puzzle. It is perfectly sized to mimic prey, dispenses small pieces of food and has a great overall feel. It is not very difficult but could be easily placed inside a larger food puzzle to create a greater challenge. Hiding it would make for a fun game too!
This foraging box is complex and unique as it offers many different compartments for a unique foraging experience. For those looking for products not made of plastic this is a nice alternative. It is a more challenging stationary toy for the more experienced forager.
One of the more challenging of the commercial food puzzles, this toy is weighted and heavy and making it great for an experienced forager. The opening accommodates a variety of kibble sizes. The challenge is tipping it over! Similar to a Weeble-Wobble, it will constantly right itself and stand back up.
The Foraging Wiffle Ball is a good beginner object. The many perforated holes increase scent attraction, it is round so it is easily rolled, and the cat can also see that there is food in the ball since it is not complete opaque. It is only available with one large hole for large kibble for obvious reasons, as it already has many small holes. Some cats hook their nails into the holes and learn to shake out the kibble!
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Two of our senior patients 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!
The Fishbowl requires some skillful paw action! Some cats will flip this toy over if placed on carpeting. It works best and offers the most challenge on hard flooring. Once the cat becomes adept at using this puzzle it is actually pretty easy. Freeze dried meat pieces makes a nice low calorie option for filler.
Do not let the dog photos on the packaging deter you from trying these toys out with your cats.
Cats are quite capable of using these puzzles only they do so in a different way. Dogs lick out these bowls with their tongues where cats scoop the food out with their paws.
These objects are not too terribly difficult however, each different colored bowl provides a different maze/puzzle challenge. The interior portions of the maze are a bit more out of reach and increase the challenge for the cats.
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.
This is an excellent beginner, stationary food puzzle. This toy offers two interchangeable plates to offer different challenge levels.
The more food you place inside the toy the easier it becomes so to increase the challenge put less volume in the toys and place it towards the center.
The antenna looking devices are actually meant to be pawed at by the cats and essentially catapult the food so that they have to go running to chase the kibble. Great to get an overweight cat moving around more.
The thin channel is called a "tongue module" designed for canned food, an excellent tool to slow down fast eaters.
The large reservoir that holds the ping-pong balls can be used for dry food but can also be used for other enrichment games; for example, fill with water for cats that like to splash around in the sink, they can swat at floating ping-pong balls instead. Or take sprigs of cat grass or fresh catnip and drop them down inside.
Not every foraging experience needs to be about food!
This toy is amazing, easy to clean and versatile. You can stuff it full of food for beginners or leave it lean for master foragers.
The "tongue module" (the ice cube tray-like portion) is specifically designed for canned food as well as for dry. This module works the feline jaw muscles similarly to how a cat would lick and work to remove flesh from the bones of their prey. The intelligent design takes "whisker stress" into consideration so that the cat's whiskers can freely move without obstruction. This also significantly slows down voracious over-eaters that later vomit undigested canned food.