Should I Use a Cat Feeding Toy?

Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
By Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
Updated: 5/13/20241-2 minutes
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Toys at Feeding Time

If your cat is overweight or has a tendency to gulp her food in a single sitting, consider using a puzzle feeder or a food distributor ball. These are also great for engaging the natural curiosity of active cats.

Where to Find Them

Find these at your pet store, or search online for simple ways to make your own.

Types to Consider

Both puzzle feeders and food distributor balls stimulate your cat's desire to hunt and work for food.

Advantage of Feeding Toys

By rewarding her efforts with a bite or two of kibble, they prevent her from rapidly polishing off her daily allotment of food. Remember to check your feeders after use to make sure your cat is actually eating the recommended daily amount of food.

We hope your cat enjoys the challenge of acquiring food from a feeding toy!

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