I talked about solutions for this problem a little earlier this week. But today, I thought I might share a little more detail about one tool I've been leaning on. It's a puzzle tool known as an Egg-Cersizer made by PetSafe. And over here, we're huge fans.
Puzzle toys were originally designed for obese pets who should work while eating, so they can burn up a few calories while they nosh. But they're also great for very playful cats that simply don't like to eat very much. If you can turn a meal into a game, it becomes less of a slog.
This product comes apart at the center, so you can fill it with a combination of treats and kibble. Then, it has a few difficulty settings you can access through a little screw mechanism on the top. Turning that screw makes the openings on this toy wider or smaller. So it becomes easier or harder to get the kibble/treats out.
I have this toy set on an intermediate setting, so the food still comes out freely, but it does take a little work. Maggie typically bats at the toy with her paws, and one or two little bites fly out during every revolution. After a few bites, Lucy tends to come over to check out the action, and the two girls play together nicely with the same toy. That's pretty remarkable, as these two girls don't always love one another. But they feel comfortable sharing this toy.
The Egg-Cersizer holds about a quarter-cup of cat kibble, so it is empty pretty quickly. My girls will play with it for about 15 minutes before it is completely empty. And you wouldn't want to leave it out all of the time with no kibble in it. The little grooves and spaces collect a bunch of cat kibble crumbs, and that could attract ants. I pick mine up when the cats are done, and I store it in a baggie on the counter until the next day.
And when the toy comes out, the interest level goes up. See those ears? Lucy knows the toy is there, and she's ready to get started.
Do you use puzzle type toys for your cats? If so, drop me a note in the comments! I'd love to hear more about what you like.
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