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 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 5 out of 5 by Lexi74 3 days and they are hooked!
It took 3 days of me being the only one to bat it around, but they watched and learned. After that, I noticed them pawing at it and getting their dry food. It's a nice way to make them work for their food. It doesn't result in them being that much more active, but slows their feeding time with dry food.
June 7, 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 amanda Love it!
My food obsessed cat would wake us at all hours of the night for a midnight snack. Now we put a little kibble in this before going to bed and she has something to play with and snack on all night.
May 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Twilight Great idea!
After much research, I decided to feed my kitten canned food, but he really enjoys his dry food so I place about 1/4 cup of it in this device each night and let him work for it! He runs to the kitchen in anticipation every night when he hears me prepare this.
May 4, 2016
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by StephanieC75110 Great for my slightly pudgy cat!
I have only had this feeder for a couple of days now, but I already love it! We have one indoor cat (Lily), and she is a bit overweight because of her inactivity and unwillingness to play with toys very long. I had been looking for something to get her more active, and to give her something to do to relieve boredom, and this does both! She is pretty food motivated, otherwise I'm sure she wouldn't have looked twice at this thing (like she does with all her other toys). She really only nudges it around with her nose to get food out of it, but it's better than just standing over her bowl. I'll up the challenge of it soon, but for now it's working great to slow down her eating. We feed her Orijen Cat and Kitten, and I think with any low carb food cats sometimes don't realize they're full until they've already finished their bowl. With this feeder, she is forced to eat slower and I've noticed she eats far less kibble before stopping for a while now, and she seems to stay satisfied between her feedings. So even if your cat never gets super active with this ball, it still has a major benefit of slowing down eating.
January 8, 2015