TRIXIE Mad Scientist Turn Around Activity Strategy Game Cat Toy

Rated 3.8009 out of 5 stars
$16.99Chewy Price
$19.99Chewy Price
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About This Item


  • Interactive toy is designed to channel your cat’s energy and curiosity into positive ways.
  • Includes base, frame, three beakers, two sets of patterned lids (6 total), and instructions with tips.
  • Cats must flip and balance beakers upside down to release the treats.
  • Start off with no lids, and then add them to increase the level of difficulty.
  • Made of durable, kitty-safe plastic and rubber and measures 8.5” wide x 6” diameter x 12.75” high.

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MaterialPlasticPlasticPlastic, PolypropylenePolyesterPolypropylene
Toy TypeGames & PuzzlesGames & PuzzlesChasers, Games & PuzzlesGames & Puzzles, Plush ToysGames & Puzzles
Toy FeatureTrainingTrainingExerciseCatnip, Teething, DentalExercise
LifestageAdultAdultAdultAll LifestagesAdult
Breed SizeAll Breeds

Questions & Answers

8 Customer Questions

What size treats work best with these? I want to make sure the treats will fit through the holes in the lid.
Answer by ChewyNov 19, 2018
This interactive cat toy comes with two sets of patterned lids (6 total) that can fit a variety of treats, including kibble.

Will this work for a declawed cat? Even at the second stage of play/puzzle solving?
Answer by ChewyJan 17, 2021
This toy may be used with a declawed cat, they will still be able to use their paw to tip the beakers and bat out the treats.

Is this dishwasher safe?
Answer by ChewyOct 17, 2019
The beakers and the lid is dishwasher safe.

Does this suction to the floor or attach to the floor in some other way? My cats are big and will turn this over quickly
Answer by ChewyApr 25, 2019
This interactive cat toy doesn't require to be attached to the floor.

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Rated 3.8009 out of 5 stars
211 Ratings
Would recommend to a friend

211 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Rhonda on Sep 7, 2023

Awesome puzzle!!

My 19 year old, who shows little interest in anything, went right over and immediately started working the snacks through the pegs. The 7 year old watched with as much amazement as I did and just let her do her thing!! I have been adding puzzle to their toys and love how much they seem to enjoy the challenge!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By ST on Aug 12, 2023

Great slow feeder

My cat is a fast eater, and I use this to get her to slow down a bit. It took her a couple of weeks to figure out completely, and she doesn't always realize that she can spin the middle tube, but this definitely helps her keep her food down. The base seems a little unstable and detaches easily, but other than that, it's a great food puzzle.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By becky on Aug 6, 2023

Scientific success

I bought this in hopes that it would take my cat a while to figure out how to work it. Well, it took me longer to put together than it did for him to figure it out. However, he absolutely loves this treat puzzle. He will go over and sit beside it and knock the beakers when he wants them refilled with more to play with.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By ReadingCat on Jul 14, 2023
Top 250 Contributor

Weird Science Cat Puzzle

My cat is very smart and inquisitive, but it took her a few weeks to figure out how to rotate the three test tubes to get treats out. At first, I only put one tube on the pole, but once she figured it out, I put the other two on. It's well made and cleans nicely with dish soap and water. Vivian is so excited to play with it, she stands next to it and meows until I put her treats in the tubes.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Tee on Jul 25, 2023

Well Made!

This is very well made. I tried all the suggestions to get my cat to use this. She will get the treat out of the maze at the bottom. She will not try to turn the tubes over even though she can smell the treat in it. She is a short legged cat and it appears too tall for her. I am leaving it out. Maybe she will figure it out.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Christina on Sep 10, 2023

Little interest

My cats figured this out pretty quickly but don’t show much interest in it, even when I put their favorite treats in it, possibly just not their speed.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sue on Jun 23, 2023

Catloves this puzzle

We are all entertained by this puzzle. He actually bangs on it to let you know ow he wants treats in the tube. It is fun to watch him get them out. We use this when we are gone for the day to give him something g I threshing to do.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sullyn on Mar 12, 2023

Great Treat Puzzle

My cat figured out how to spin the tubes fairly quickly. He will purr and rub his face against the tubes which tells me he loves the challenge. A few reviewers mentioned how the toy can tip over fairly easily which can happen if my cat puts all his weight on it trying to flip the tubes. When that happens I hold the base down with my hands but overall it is not a big issue. Very happy with this purchase.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on Mar 3, 2023


We have several puzzle toys and this is the most challenging. Starting with the recommended setup in the booklet of 1 tube with no lid (definitely start with this!), my smart one didn't show interest at first but can get the treats out within a few minutes by day 2. It's time for the next step! I suggest putting 3-4 hard treats in so that they make noise and it's easier for the cat to tell they are in there.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By LGHK on Mar 2, 2023

Great Toy!

Would highly recommend! It took my cats a few days to finally get it (I had to assist for a bit) but if you put in the effort up from they will get it and then this toy will keep them occupied!! I put about a teaspoon of low calorie cat food in this before bed and it keeps them occupied for at least an hour!