3 Great Cat Puzzle Toy Games
What to do with a Ragdoll kitty who is a little treat-fiend? Get them to work for their snacks! There are so many great puzzles and games for cats to play available for your treat-loving cat. Not only are these games entertaining for cats, but this food-based reward system is a great way to motivate cats to exercise their bodies and brains.
Playing with cats is important to their health at all ages – for Ragdoll kittens, it is an important part of their development, and it becomes a joy of home life for all cats as they age. Older cats will be more limited in what they can do, but it is still important to help them maintain mobility, flexibility, and mental responsiveness through level-appropriate games.
Not only are games essential for warding off physical cat health problems, but they are also good for the mental health of your kitty. Indoor cats, in particular, need this stimulation.
An outdoor cat can climb, run, and be endlessly entertained by backyard nature, but indoor cats risk getting bored, primarily if their owners work all day. Part of a pet owner's responsibility is caring for a pet's mental and physical health, and challenging games that cats love can be essential in keeping an indoor cat stimulated and happy.
Knowing what your cat likes and dislikes is important to finding what puzzles, toys, or games best suit them. Some of the factors that might influence a cat's interest in a particular toy or game include:
- size & shape
- material & texture
- noise level
- type of movement
- location of the toy
- presence of other cats
- your level of interaction with them
You can experiment with different toys and routines to find out what is most appealing to your cat. Still, fortunately, one thing that is almost universally appealing to cats is treats, and there are so many toys out there that are designed to reward kitties with dry cat food or treats. Here are a few of our favorite of these toys for treat-loving kitties:
#1 Cat Amazing – Best Cat Toy Ever! Interactive Puzzle Box Game for Cats
The Cat Amazing challenges cats to sniff and search out hidden treats or small toys. It has three different difficulty levels, so it is a great way to challenge your cat as they improve its skills continuously. It is an excellent opportunity to marvel at their intelligence and learning abilities! The Cat Amazing sells on Chewy. This is truly a great one – we have reviewed it – and you can see our video below.
#2 Dog Spinny – Nina Ottosson Interactive Pet Toy
The Dog Spinny is a dog toy that is equally fun and challenging for cats. To get to the hidden treat, your cat has to dislodge a bone and spin the toy to access eight compartments around the edge.
You can increase the difficulty level by hiding treats in fewer compartments so they have to hunt for their reward! The Dog Spinny sells on Amazon. This was our first cat puzzle toy that we reviewed – it was an immediate hit – see our video below.
#3 Dog Brick – Nina Ottosson's Interactive Dog Toy
The Dog Brick is probably my favorite of them all. This toy is another dog one that is also suitable for cats of all sizes and ages. The difficulty level is a little higher, starting at 2/3, and can be adjusted to make it even more difficult as your cat learns – so you have to have a food-motivated cat!
Many pet owners also use this toy as an interactive training opportunity, teaching pets to wait or start looking for the treats on command. The Dog Brick sells on Chewy. Here's our video:
If you've got a Ragdoll cat who loves treats, these three toys are great options for keeping them physically and mentally active – a crucial part of maintaining a beloved family member healthy and happy!
Additionally, I have found that putting Whole Life Pet treats in these puzzles works excellently since they are freeze-dried, so they don't leave a mess.
What are your treat-loving cat's favorite games, and which treats do you like to use?