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Written by Aurus Sy
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Published: 05/14/2021, edited: 09/16/2022
When it comes to mealtime, our pet cats have it easy. All they have to do is wait for their bowl to be filled and served to them. Then they leave when they’re done. But the truth is, your cat would rather work for their food, as they are a natural hunter who revels in stalking and chasing prey, if given the chance.
Today’s indoor cats don't have a lot of opportunities to hunt prey; however, they still need to fulfill their instincts. This is where puzzle feeders come in. Why should you use food puzzles instead of just putting your cat’s meal in a bowl?
The good news is you don’t need to spend a lot of money to keep your furry friend mentally stimulated. You can buy puzzle games if you wish, but you can also make DIY toys using items that you most likely already have around the house.
Here are some food puzzles for cats that you can start making right now!
An empty toilet paper roll can keep your cat entertained if you know what to do with it. Here’s how to make a really quick and easy DIY puzzle feeder for your feline friend:
This is completely optional, but you can cover the roll with sparkly tape to make the toy prettier and catch your cat’s attention.
As one cat behaviorist said, an empty toilet paper roll is the key to the food puzzle kingdom. This homemade puzzle feeder will require a bit more work, but it’s still very easy to do:
Your cat can get the treats either by rolling the ball so treats fall out of the gaps or by taking the ball apart. The more loops you use, the fewer gaps there will be for treats to fall out. Again, you can cover the loops with sparkly or colorful tape to make it even more interesting for your furry friend.
Don’t throw out that empty egg carton yet! You can turn these ordinary cardboard trays into a fun puzzle game for your cat, and with minimal effort. Just follow these steps:
Your cat will have to figure out that they need to move the toys and balls out of the way in order to get the food.
If your feline friend is ready for more of a challenge, then they’ll enjoy this DIY puzzle game. You will need a low cardboard box, yogurt cups, and of course, toilet paper rolls.
Remember to let the hot glue dry before giving the puzzle to your cat!
This homemade food puzzle is similar to the Foraging Box but provides a different experience. The materials needed for this project are a cardboard box (a shoebox would work great) and the magical toilet paper rolls.
Your cat will have to reach inside the toilet paper rolls to scoop out the food, which will then fall to the lid. If your cat is having a hard time figuring out this puzzle, move the food closer to the outer edge of the rolls so that it's not hidden all the way in the back.
As with any toy, be sure to supervise your cat during playtime. If you notice any damaged parts, either fix them right away or just make another puzzle. Happy DIY-ing!
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