Originally published Mar 1, 2011
After we received and reviewed the Nina Ottosson Dog Spinny Interactive Cat Toy, I asked for the next level up, so Charlie could be challenged further. So The Company of Animals, that makes the Nina Ottosson Dog Brick Interactive Cat Toy sent us one!
FYI - we have already received the 3rd level in the Nina Ottosson Interactive Cat Toys - the Dog Casino. You can check out the arrival post of the Dog Casino here.
I love this cat training toy - and the Dog Brick is definitely more challenging than the Dog Spinny. Since Charlie is overweight, it is important that he has the opportunity to forage for his treats. Of course, even if he wasn't overweight, it is still a great option for him to use his brain power and keep him stimulated.
How it works -
Your kitty has to dislodge the removable bones, then push the sliding covers around to access treats hidden inside. The Dog Brick is great stimulation for your cat, requiring mental and physical dexterity to play.
This cat toy is great because it provides hours of entertainment - I love to set it up before I leave for several hours so that Charlie doesn't get bored. I also love that it comes completely assembled. It is also dishwasher safe, which makes it easy to keep it clean and free of bacteria. It measures 17.5 x 11.5 x 2 inches.
I also love that it comes with a DVD to show you how to use the toy and slowly interact with your pet on how s/he can accomplish the goal of finding the treats!
All of these toys are toys that I will continue to use in years to come - in fact, I brought the Dog Spinny and the Dog Brick to my parents' house for their German Shepherds to play with. I shot a video of it, so you could see. I have included that video at the bottom of this post.
If there is a downfall to this cat interactive game, it is that your kitty needs to be food motivated. Trigg is not and therefore isn't terribly interested in the "game" - he just looks at me like I am crazy. Of course, Charlie is the dominant cat, so I cannot be for sure that Trigg wouldn't go after the cat toy if he was the lone cat.
You can buy the Dog Brick on Amazon, it's eligible for Amazon Prime.
Here are some videos I took of Charlie mastering the Nina Ottosson Dog Brick Interactive Cat Toy:
Here is a video of my parents' German Shepherds using both the Nina Ottosson Dog Brick Interactive Cat Toy and Dog Spinny:
UPDATE! Nearly 3 years later and still going strong: