PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Feeder
Just what I was looking for.
I have two indoor cats that are over wieght. So my vet recommended that I put their food in an interactive feeder. In other words make them work for their meal. So I bought this and it is great. It's simple to work and easy to clean. My cats bat this ball all throughtout the kitchen. I had first started them on the easy level first so it was easier for them get the concept of it. But I just bumped up the challenge level a bit so that they had to work a little harder.
P.S. My cats both have lost a pound since I started putting their food in this ball and that was a month ago.
"NOTE: Over wieght cats shouldn't loss more then a pound a month."
Cat's 1 pound = Humans's 10 pounds
August 23, 2013
They love it!
I originally bought one of these to help switch things up for a newly adopted kitten who had some pretty bad smallest-kitten-at-the-open-room-cat-shelter food aggression issues. (Growling and lashing out at the other cats during mealtimes, trying to eat their food on top of her own, eating too fast and then getting sick, etc.) Anyway, I would dish their food up and give her a portion in this in a different room and she took to it right away. It burns up energy and has really helped her chill out about food in general. I've even seen her and the other cats nosing the ball around together and eating the scattered food side by side with no issue, which is amazing for her. I've ordered one more to keep from having to constantly refill the original since they all like playing with it, but I'll probably end up with one for each. It's a great product and money well spent for how much it's helped her.
January 6, 2014
My cats love it!
All three of my cats love their new feeder ball toy! Two of them figured it out within a day and had fun batting it around to get their noms. The third kitty was a bit more stubborn but she finally gave in. Before I got the feeder balls they would wake me up at 3 am for food but now I can put the balls out at night and sleep till the alarm goes off. Plus the added activity will keep their weight in check! Yay!
June 21, 2013
For treats, it didn't do the job
Probably okay for a small uniform shaped treats/food and then the ball's adjustable openings would work, but I tried to use it for "Temptations Cat Treats" and the shape of them made it either too easy for them to fall out or too hard and my cat gave up on it.
December 2, 2013
cat likes it
My chubby girl pushes it with her nose, not sure how many calories she's burning but it has to be more than gobbling from a bowl. The kitten plays with it too, but then he plays iwith dustl
November 1, 2013
CAT WAS NOT HAPPY
I put the treats in and tried several setting, but my cat rolled it a few times and then looked at me like what is going on. Tried it a few times but I had to roll it around and let some drop and he would hit it a few times. For him to leave food behind and not want to do anything in his power to get it was a shock. So I tried it on the lab and he completely enjoyed and batted it around like the cat was suppose to and I thought that might get the cat to have an interest, but no go. It lies in the food container.
May 3, 2014
Does the trick, but...
I got this for my formerly stray cat who is, understandably, somewhat obsessed and high strung as far as her food goes. I feed her a combo of wet and dry and she used to scarf it all down and then yowl for more and it was getting to be unbearable. Plus she had been putting on weight because I felt bad and kept slipping her treats. Not anymore! I've been putting her dry food portion of the meal in this and it definitely keeps her busy for about an extra half hour, per meal time.
It's exactly what I've been looking for concept-wise, however, I do believe the execution could be better.
First of all, the hard plastic doesn't really work for me. I live in a hardwood floor apartment and this rolling around is not the best of sounds. Not for me OR the neighbors under me.
Secondly, I had the hardest time opening this up the first time around. I was scared of breaking it since it's hard plastic and, I worried, brittle. To make matters worse, the instructions were on the INSIDE of a closed ball. It took me a while and I still struggle with it every time. Should this be easier? Feeling a bit inadequate here.
Overall, I would prefer for this toy to be more like the dog Kong, made out of thick rubber instead, or at least having a coat of rubber over the plastic.
Other than that, I am reasonably happy with this interactive feeder.
September 24, 2014
Interactive but a bit noisy
Only one of my cats enjoys this toy, the other isn't amused. Overall it keeps my one cat entranced until she has emptied it of treats. The variable hole size is nice, but after a week of being batted around no longer clicks into place. Treats fall out somewhat easier now because the size doesn't stay in place.
The major downside is its made from a standard plastic that if dropped can crack. It also makes it a little noisy when there are treats inside - if this was coated in a rubberized plastic it would have been a bit better.
Now when my cat wants treats, she rolls the empty ball into whichever room I'm in and proceeds to meow.
September 14, 2014