Rated 3 out of 5 by pandakitty Decent product
Even my lovable, dumb, food obsessed boy has been able to figure out this product. I was worried that he wouldn't be able to figure it out (love him, but he isn't a very bright cat), but after only a little while of batting it around for him on the easy setting, he got the hang of it. The only improvement I would make would be to make it bigger so it doesn't get lost under furniture. I put 1/4 cup of dry food in it before I go to bed in hopes that he doesn't wake me up before my alarm clock for food (doesn't always work, sometimes he plays with it until it is empty immediately), but it does help many nights. It is just frustrating to search for the ball to fill each evening. Sometimes it ends up in the strangest places (like in the trash can 2' off the ground). Not really a workout for him, but it does force him to eat slowly and move a little more. Worth the buy since it isn't very expensive.
July 14, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Sparenone Duh?
My cat gets that there is kibble in the ball but thinks I am needed to push it around and release the kibble.
If I leave the house the ball stays exactly where I left it. It is a good idea but is my cat just a bit slow? Any suggestions?
September 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by LaTalullah My cat enjoys this toy!
My cat's not fat, but he is a real challenge when it comes to toys he'll play with by himself.
Bribing him with treats totally does the trick. He'll bat this around for a minute or two and get the little treats out.
September 8, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by SueC My cat loved it!
My cat needs to loose some weight. Ive got her stretching and then racing around the apartment. I've now cut back on her food in a tower. She learned to knock it over to get the food off other levels.
She loves to knock a ball around so this item fits her play style. She pushes it with her nose but primarily swats it and she follows and eats the kibble.
August 23, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Shirlgirl Cats didn't use these
Maybe the large size intimidated my cats, but they did not play with these to get the kibble.
August 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Schmantowsky Love this product
My cat LOVES this product ! For rescue cats i would recommend this highly.
July 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by ThisGirlLovesHerKitties Depends on the Cat
One of my kitties loves this thing. She is very food-motivated, so getting treats out of a ball she pushes around with her nose is right up her alley.
Unfortunately my other cat doesn't get it.. he moves it with his nose once or twice and if nothing comes out, he's bored.. so I try to move it for him or set it up so that a treat will fall out when he just moves it once.. however after he takes the easy treat and can't get it to reproduce the result after one push with his nose.... he gives up. Maybe it's because he's young, maybe he just thinks he has better things to do like napping and playing then spending his time trying to get a treat reward.. whatever it is.. he just doesn't get it like my other cat does.
Besides the cat personality issues, I would like the holes to be more diffused around the surface, and not in a single plane around the ball. That way if the ball falls sidesways instead of straight, there is still a chance some treats will fall out (may help with my other kitties ambition to use this thing).. there needs to be a super super easy setting
April 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by beka 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