This was one of the best purchases I've made. I have two cats that are sisters. One inhales her food and then inhales her sister's food. I now give the "inhaler" her food in this mat. Not only does it slow her down, she loves it! Side note, the one who loves it will not use other activity games where she can't see the food/treat. She loves tje treat ball where she can see the treat in it. Her sister does not enjoy this one or the treat ball, but loves other activity games where she can't see the food/treat. It appears to be personality preference.
My vet told me my cat was pushing overweight and likely needed to lose a pound. They recommended a slow feeder/activity board and recommended this one in particular. The slower he eats, the faster he feels full and the less he has to eat. Plus, it keeps his mind going with an activity, which is a fantastic way to wear him out. I had to sit with him the first time or two. He'd get frustrated after a few pieces and walk away, but we did NOT feed him in his regular bowl as he would get hungry enough to come back to it. I avoided the wavy lines and spots on top of the tunnel at first as he's a big boy and he has big paws that I thought wouldn't fit. The first 2 weeks were magical. He wasn't screaming at us at dinner time and was almost free feeding from it. Unfortunately for us, he has since gotten very good at the board and can use all different pieces of it. However, even though he's good at it, he still takes a good 15 minutes to eat. He's always been very active and causes a lot of issues (knocking things over, eating things he shouldn't, etc) but this has given us some moments of peace and quiet. It's not a miracle product, but he is so food motivated and active that it works perfectly. If your cat isn't either one, it may take a lot longer for them to adjust, but they do figure it out after a while! Also the actual item is sturdy and well designed (:
I was a bit hesitant here, as it's a little pricey and I have a pretty big part Siberian Forest cat (20 lbs!) with huge paws. He's very picky about toys, and he's 10, so he's less playful than he used to be. But he's really into this puzzle! Haven't tried the little liquid containers yet, and he's not really responding to the tunnel (I think that's actually too small for his paws). But he's into everything else! He's not the most persistent cat when it comes to other types of play, but with this puzzle, he keeps at it until all the bits of kibble are gone. With the bowls he has trouble getting kibble out, but larger treats work well with those. I feed him mostly wet food, but this is a great way to allow him a little bit of treats or kibble that will include some play time! The instruction booklet was super-helpful to introduce him to the puzzle and get him started. Definitely glad I sprung for this!
I love it when moma and papa get me new toys. Chewy also has such wonderful boxes to play in its like getting two toys for the price of one, and I know moma and papa like that. They also like it when I am entertained while they are busy so I dont destroy the furniture. This new one is really fun! It keeps me busy and gives such tasty treats. Who knew playing with your food could be so fun.
I like that it has different ways for my cats to work at it to get treats. The bowls are the hardest, but my cats still manage (with some effort and multiple attempts). I love that I can put it in the dishwasher, I just unscrew the cups and put them upside down when washing it. For cats who can't seem to get treats out of the cups, an option might be to use them unscrewed from the tray, lying on their side.
It serves its function, though my two young adult cats are having trouble with the bowls. But I am writing this review as the description did not mention this product being gray. The pictures are misleading.
FYI the unit i received was grey, like very grey, not white (like i thought from the pics). My 5 year old kitty looves to eat his dry food super quickly. We got this to slow him down and it really does! Unfortunately the bowls are too small for his big paws and he hasn’t tried the little squares yet (also probably too small) but everything else is a purrfect challenge for him.
Put treats in here and they are very interested in getting them out. Some portions are more difficult than others and they don't even try to get the treats out (globes) but they love fishing them out of the waves and tunnel. Would recommend if you want to give your pets some type of interaction
My boy loves this. He will jump hoops for treats. This challenge is fun, and meets the requirement of hunting possibilities. A must have for curious cats.
I have two cats and it's great to see how their approaches differ to retrieving treats from different sections. Feel less guilty giving them treats this way, plus they are happier having games to play. Super easy to clean and sturdy, I have one cat who chews things when frustrated so very happy with this