How to choose a food-dispensing cat toy:
Just like dogs, cats need mental exercise on a regular basis. They need mentally stimulating activities to keep them from getting bored or anxious. There are lots of toys at the pet store that we can buy to ensure that our cats get their physical exercise, but what can we do to give their brains a workout too?
Cats are natural predators and have to work for their food, so food dispensing toys are an ideal way to give your cat a mental workout. Find or make a toy that your cat has to spend some time learning to solve. When choosing (or making) a food dispensing toy, here are some guidelines to keep in mind.
A food dispensing toy should be durable. Find one that will withstand repeated rough treatment.
Choose a toy that is easy to clean to ensure that it will be cleaned once in a while. This is important for a toy that holds food.
Make sure you use healthy treats or food in the toy, and that the total daily calories you are giving your cat are appropriate for his size and age.
Keep in mind that the toy should not be used for regular feedings. Put regular meals in your cat’s food bowl.
You don’t want to overuse a food dispensing toy. It’s best to use a variety of strategies to keep your cat engaged and healthy. If you have any questions about how to keep your cat physically and mentally active, contact Claus Paws, your Vancouver WA cat vet.