Getting Started - Food Puzzles
There are many brands and types of food
puzzles. Offer a few puzzles to see how your cat responds.
You can make your own food puzzles using PVC
pipe or other improvisations. Try a toilet paper role or Kleenex
box stuffed with paper treats or kibble. Allow your cat to
tear it up as part of the game.
A "food puzzle" is defined as any toy or object that can contain
food and requires the pet to figure out how to get the food. The
first food puzzle was the Kong. Kongs can be filled with
cheese, peanut butter, cheerios, kibble and your own special
combinations. The best food puzzles release the food
slowly with mental and physical effort on the pet's part.
Kongs can also be filled with canned food and
then frozen. Just beware of where you offer the food puzzle as
carpets may take the brunt of these feeding devices. Use food
puzzles in a kennel to help the cat associate a kennel
with good things.
Pets need mental stimulation and something to do during the day
when their people are gone. Food Puzzles allow hunger to
motivate your pet to interact with the puzzle. To keep
the puzzles interesting, vary the difficulty and
rotate them daily.