I also have a Scarf and Barf kitty, and this dish works well to prevent vomiting after eating. My vet suggested that I get this feeding dish to reduce the speed with which my kitty consumes his food, as she thinks his speedy eating is causing his vomiting. Like other buyers, I found modifications needed to be made: 1) My cat will not use the round portals, only the tunnel feeders. His head is too large to get to the food at the bottom of the round portals. So, the central food storage bin is of no use, as dry food put into the central bin goes into ALL the available outlets, both round and tunnel shaped. 2) My cat was a homeless stray for two years before we adopted him. So, he also has food anxiety, as he spent many hours searching for food to fill his hungry tummy. Thus, he does not stop eating if food is available. Again, the central storage bin when used to hold multiple meal feedings does not work for us, as my kitty would simply continue eating as long as food fell into the available outlets, getting very overweight. I have solved the above two dilemmas by simply putting his AM (or PM) dry cat chow meal in a measuring cup, and carefully pouring it into the tunnel feeders. I skip the round portals because they are not useful for us. It takes a little bit of patience to not spill the dry cat chow as you place it into the tunnel feeders. Obviously, I get to do this twice a day?once for the AM meal, and once for the PM meal. While this feeder does not save me the task of manually giving my cat food twice a day, it does help prevent his vomiting immediately after he eats. He does still vomit occasionally, but far less so than with any other method of eating his meals.
To start, this works for our cats exactly as intended. They’re getting some stimulation and work out of their dinner, and since they’ve stopped scarfing it in one mouthful we’ve had no issues with them eating too much at once and getting sick. Couple of things I wish were better: I wish the tray outside the tubes was bigger. As it stands, when they reach a paw in to scoop food out, it spills off the tray and onto the floor. Second, the food holding container is very small, our two cats aren’t big and they finish it in two days. Seems to be well-built and as I said, working quite well for what we bought it.
I bought this to slow down one cat from overeating. He quickly mastered sticking his paw in the tunnels and getting the food out but also mastered removing the lid which is not a tight fit. I switched to an automatic feeder for him instead. I now use this as an enrichment toy by putting a few dry food pellets in it and he will happily spend 15 minutes getting them out. And in fact asks me to do it each morning and evening as he enjoys it. So gave it 3 stars for that reason but wouldn't recommend it as a slow feeder.
I have four cats, one will scarf and barf. This works well to keep her from throwing up immediately after she eats. I have found that the tunnels do not refill from the main supply when they're empty though.
It's been about a year and a half since we purchased this so we have definitely gotten great use out of it as a daily feeder and it worked overall to slow the cats down. That said a few things to consider: - Central storage bottom opening is too large so dry food just goes straight through to fill the tray so it ends up being just an open feeder. We fixed this issue by adding a couple small rocks to act as an additional block. Since they're loose they move around as the cats try eating letting a few pieces of food through at a time. - Lid is super hard to remove/place. It's kind of a screw on but really only snaps because it's too thin. - Lid sides broke. This is the reason I'm writing now. The lid finally snapped on the edge so it's not going to work much longer. It was just too thin of an edge and the tight fit of hard plastic isn't flexible enough for continual use. Without a lid the point of the slow feeder is moot since the cats can just get to the food directly. All of that to say while we got good use out of this slow feeder after a few finagled adjustments it didn't last nearly as long as it should without other interventions.
My cat liked the interactive toy/feeder. It helped him eat slower. He liked digging around in the "mouse holes" for his food. Entertaining for both him and me. 2 problems...1)It's promoted as non skid, but my cat easily scooted it across wood floors 2)The lid on top to load food is very, very difficult to get off. Tried prying with screwdriver but was afraid I would break it. It needs to screw off or have a tab to grab onto. I've been putting a flat ribbon in to help pull it off. Still hard tho.
I've tried a couple other of these feeding puzzle toys (a mouse and a ball), but this one seems to better require my cats to actually have to work a little bit. One of my cats was slower to figure it out, but when he didn't have to compete with his faster, more aggressive companion, he got all the treats. It's sturdy enough not to topple over, and a small rug underneath stopped the cats from pushing the whole thing around during their efforts. I'm glad I took a chance on this one.
My girls weren't especially thrilled with this. I don't fill it up since they don't eat from it regularly. I just put a sprinkle of treats or kibble in the various openings. After a few days I notice that the treats are gone so somewhere along the line they had a bite or two but I never see them really playing with it. Just depends on your cat, I suppose. The toy itself is nice, well made, I like the looks of it.
Our cat over eats & needed to lose weight so we tried finding a feeder that fit all our needs. This is it! He has lost his belly without us losing quality or an arm & a leg! The lid is secure, even though our cat does try to claw it off. The feeder is wide enough, it doesn't tip. The middle is able to be screwed up and down for an over-time feeding option, which is super helpful. It's also dishwasher safe- awesome!
I was torn on this item based on the reviews but figured to give it a go based on the price. I was tired of babysitting the wet food because my other cat bullied her way into eating it before the cat who needed it could finish eating it and then I was tired of grinding up dry cat food and getting the consistency of water per dry food JUSSSSTTTT right so my scarfer would eat it. My scarfn’barfer actually uses this feeder and it slows.him.down. The lid is thin but it hasn’t given me any issues with screwing it on the container. Only downside so far is my normal pace eating cat won’t use it but she’s pretty prissy so I’m not surprised but I’m very happy so far!