A cat eats food from a puzzle feeder.

Food Puzzles for Cats

Food puzzles are toys intended to decrease boredom, frustration, and environmental variables in cats! Cats often display behavioral problems as a result of these stressors. By encouraging cats to forage for their meals, food puzzles mimic their natural hunting instincts, which otherwise lay dormant in a domestic environment. Based on a recent article in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, food puzzles slowed mealtimes and encouraged activity and enrichment.** Cat owners were surveyed about what type of food they feed their cat, the method of delivery, and their attitudes toward and use of food puzzles. Many owners were using food puzzles in weight management and obesity prevention for their fuzzy felines and over 50% were filling their bowl throughout the day.

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your food puzzle: