5 Best Cat Food Puzzles| 2019 Guide to Help Cats Slow Down Eating

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50 percent of cats are obese or overweight. Feline obesity is defined as an excess of body fat and is the result of over consumption of food, lack of exercise, or a tendency to retain weight.This can be a major problem for cats, as it reduces feline lifespan, and even causes bone/joint pain.

Excess of body fat can be decreased either through exercise or a change in diet.

The only problem is that most cats, especially older ones, no longer play or move around as much as they used to. Cat food puzzles encourage a cat to play with their favorite thing, FOOD! These are essential for owners who want to stimulate their cat in a fun, rewarding way.

Top 3 Cat Food Puzzles

[TOP RATED PUZZLE TOY]

1. Cat Amazing Best Cat Toy Ever!

4.8/5

  • Stimulates all levels of cat intelligence
  • Extra thick cardboard
  • Multi-Cat
  • Trains paw dexterity
  • Over 1000 positive reviews

[BEST VALUE FOR THE MONEY]

2. Catit Sense 2.0 Digger For Cats

4.6/5

  • Multiple tubes with different heights
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Easy to learn
  • Weighted base for stability

4.6/5

  • Adjustable holes to manage dispense rate
  • Unpredictable rolling movement
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Works as a treat toy or kibble dispenser
  • Forces your cat to move around

The Benefits of Cat Puzzle Feeders

Fights Boredom

Without enough stimulation cats can become bored and even depressed. Just how a dog needs its daily walk, a cat needs its daily play. Kittens especially need lots of stimulation. If you don't have enough time to dedicate to engaging with your cat, a food puzzle is a great way to keep them entertained. This also helps distract them from any outside stress occurring in their lives.

Aids in Weight Loss

By making your cat have to work for its food, it will only eat when it is truly hungry. This helps prevent a tendency among overweight cats to eat when they are bored. Not only will your cat be eating less, they will be doing exercise they wouldn't normally do.

Reduces Vomit

Slowing down the eating process can also prevent the nasty vomit you occasionally get after your cat gulps down their food too quickly. After implementing a puzzle feeder into their homes many owners no longer have to clean up after reoccurring vomiting.

For the puzzles we picked as some of the best, read on!

5 Best Food Puzzles to Keep a Cat Healthy and Active

1. [TOP RATED] Cat Amazing Best Cat Toy Ever!

4.8/5

Cat Amazing’s stimulating puzzle toy is one of Amazon’s best cat products. Its multiple difficulty levels make cats work hard for their treats. Hours could pass by before they finally get the last treat out.

This puzzle not only works with dry food and treats but also small toys.

The strength of the reinforced cardboard lasts years before the need of replacement. It can even withstand a 15+ pound cat sitting on it.

Since the puzzle is made of cardboard it is not very bottom heavy, so it tends to slide across the floor. This, however, does not take away from the treat retrieval experience.

Things We Liked

  • Stimulates all levels of cat intelligence
  • Reinforced cardboard
  • Cute setup guide
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    Vet recommended

Things We Didn't Like

  • Box slides across floor

Price: $$

1. [BEST VALUE] Catit Senses 2.0 Digger

4.6/5

Catit’s Senses Digger makes cats scoop out treats and food one by one. This engages them in an entertaining feeding process of tracking and retrieving their food. The five different sized feeding tubes give cats different levels of difficulty and make it suitable for even large paws.

One cool feature that Catit added is the box it comes in can even be cut at marked holes and then serve as a treat puzzle box.

The wide base and rubber mat make it impossible for even large cats to knock over the feeder. Each tube can be removed for a super easy cleaning process, and are even dishwasher safe. Any food crumbs your cat doesn’t go for collects at the bottom of the bowl-shaped base, and for even messier eaters it collects on the larger rubber mat.

Most users found that it didn’t take their feline very long to become familiar with the design. It’s quite simple, just scoop and eat. For those cats that couldn’t get over the learning curve, it is helpful to take out the tubes and just put the food in the shallower tube holes. You can then add tubes as they get used to it.

The only drawback to this product is more advanced cats found it too easy. They could scoop out lots of kibble with one swipe and then chow down on it.

This product still provides a more engaging, and slower, eating process which is a big plus for your cat’s health and happiness. That is why we recommend this product not only for obese cats but any cat in general.

Things We Liked

  • Sturdy design(no need to replace)
  • Easy to clean pop out tubes
  • Cats adjust quickly
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    Spill collection area

Things We Didn't Like

  • Some cats found too easy

Price: $$

3. [MOST ACTIVE] PetSafe Egg-Cersizer Interactive Food Toy

4.6/5

If you want your cat to really work for their meal than a food dispenser ball is the way to go. PetSafe’s ball has adjustable openings that you set by twisting the top. This makes it able to use any size kibble and also controls how quickly the cat can finish their meal.

Balls like these can also be used with treats if you just want to engage your cat in some fun exercise.

The product is especially helpful for cat owners whose cats like to space out their eating into smaller meals rather than a big lunch and dinner. Instead of them constantly bugging you for food or waking you up, just have the ball out to service their needs.

Since this is a cat puzzle there is going to be a learning curve depending on your cat’s intelligence. Most cats, however, figure out how to use the dispenser if you put some kibble in it and push it around to show them.

One thing I recommend before buying this product is checking to see if your cat will eat kibble pieces off the floor. This is because some cats, like my older Siamese, refuse to eat food off the floor and therefore won’t cooperate with this the food system.

Things We Liked

  • Unpredictable rolling
  • Adjustable to kibble size
  • Dishwasher safe
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    Quick shipping

Things We Didn't Like

  • Noisy on hardwood floors

Price: $

4Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree

4.4/5

If you are looking to really slow down your cats eating or maybe shave a few pounds off of them than this will do the trick. This product along with others made by Catit really exceed buyers expectations.

This food tree has three levels that cats need to paw at in order to knock down and obtain their food. The collection bowl at the bottom prevents any messy food from touching your floor.

The design of this product is made to last years(Sorry Cats!) so you shouldn’t have any durability problems.

One problem some owners did experience was devious cats would tip over the entire tree by grabbing it. The base is pretty big to begin with, but if this is a problem for you others solved it by putting one end of the base under a heavy object like a table.

Overall, this product is extremely helpful for your cat’s weight loss goals. From a cat owners perspective, it is great to see your cat being stimulated at mealtime along with knowing that you won’t be woken up due to demands for food.

Things We Liked

  • Durable, washable materials
  • Uses less food throughout the day
  • No mess collection bowl
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    Works will all sized cats

Things We Didn't Like

  • Some cats learn to tip over

Price: $$$

5The Company of Animals Slow Feed Bowl

4.3/5

The easiest way to stop your cats from scarfing and barfing their food is the Company of Animals Interactive Cat Feeder

It may look weird, but the product is made to simulate a cat’s natural sense of searching through grass. And since its design is so simple, your cats won’t get overly frustrated by it and scream in protest.

One thing to note is that this product is not the size of a regular cat bowl. It is more like the size of a small cat (9.2 x 10.8 x 2.8 inches).

The BPA free silicone material is soft to the touch, so your cat won’t get poked in the nose when going in for food. This material also prevents any movement of the bowl on any surface.

This product is a simple solvent to your cats eating too quickly, and offers a fun brain stimulant at the same time.

Things We Liked

  • Premium materials
  • Modeled off of natural wild grass
  • Too heavy to flip over
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    Silicone bottom prevents sliding

Things We Didn't Like

  • Pricey

Price: $$$

 

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