The Fun Board is offers a variety of different obstacles. For many cats, acquiring food from the clear globes is the greatest challenge of this board. The section that looks like an ice cube tray is called the tongue module and is designed for canned food. This works the cat's jaw muscles and tongue similarly to how they would remove flesh from the bone of live prey. The entire board can be used for dry kibble as well. This toy is also very easy to clean.
Take a look at the photos and video below to see cats interacting with this board!
Three generations foraging together!
In this clip a 16 year old, a 7 year old and 1 year old cat are all found foraging and exploring this new activity board together.
Tennis balls aren't just for dogs any more! For a quick and easy food puzzle, you can use a Xacto knife to cut a hole in a tennis ball - voila!
Brought to us by the Frederick Cat Vet in Maryland, which also has some other DIY ideas for creating food puzzles on their webpage. We are always excited to see veterinarians promoting the use of food puzzles!
Have a 3-D printer? Then you can turn a regular food bowl into a foraging challenge!! Thingiverse, a website dedicated to sharing resources related to 3D printing, has a template for creating your own city landscape that you can place in a food dish for your kitty to eat around.
Plastic bottles are one of the easiest sources for food puzzles - just get in that recycling bin! The plastic is usually thin enough to cut easily, and you can make several with different sized holes to give your cat different levels of challenge. This website, La Loca De Los Gatos, has a nice source of instructions in Spanish on making food puzzles (you can use google translate to read it in English or another language).
This handmade puzzle is not only functional, it's beautiful! The nice thing about a DIY stationary puzzle is that you can adjust the width of the space between the bars to adjust for your individual cat's paw size and agility!
The hardest part of this puzzle is the human element! It requires some tools, including a router and jigsaw. If you're handy with tools, you'll enjoy making this food puzzle. Instructions provided by Urban Pet Haus via Purina.
Foraging eggs are an awesome and versatile toy. They are opaque and provide erratic movement, keeping kitty entertained and on the move. The eggs can be filled and placed inside other foraging toys such as the cup, jar or any of the "gear" toys to increase the difficulty level for kitty Einstein master forager!
Once again, do not let a photo of a dog on the packaging deter you from getting toys for your cats. If you think they are up to the challenge then go for it.
This food puzzle offers erratic movement as it is big bubbly sides made to look like a molecule. The hole opening is large so would best accommodate large, dental type dry food.
You read this correctly, this is a dog toy. That is not stopping us, or your cat for that matter. Fill IQ Ball up and it is not too difficult, but fill only the opaque side and utilize the internal divider with adjust-ability options and you can increase the challenge level!
The only downside is that the opening has a slightly irregular oval shape and will not work for larger pieces of dry food.
These two holed cups can be a great beginner toy and the one hole cup is the next step up in difficulty. Because these toys are clear the cat can see, smell and hear the kibble rattling around inside the cup.
For slow starters the cup can be laid on its side without the lid so the cat can learn to simply extract food with it's paw, once that is achieved the lid can be placed on the cup.
For the master forager, fill a large foraging egg and place inside the cup for an increased challenge. Some cats really do get that skilled at foraging!