Puzzle Toys for Cats

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Puzzle Toys for Cats

Originally published February 27, 2013

Lately, I have really been interested in cat puzzle toys.  Here is a list of ones I know about – some we have reviewed and some we haven’t (I’ve included a list of all of them below the photo, so you can see our reviews, if you want).  Would be curious about your experience with any of these cat games!

Cat Puzzle Toys

  1. Catit Design Senses Treat Maze – sells on Amazon for $15.57.  We have not reviewed this one yet – but I would love to try it out.
  2. Cat Amazing – Best Cat Toy Ever! Interactive Puzzle Box Game for Cats – sells on Amazon for $14.95.  This is a great one – we have reviewed it – and you can see our video here.
  3. Dog Spinny – Nina Ottosson Interactive Pet Toy – sells on Amazon for $19.07.  This was our very first cat puzzle toy that we reviewed – it was an immediate hit – see our video here.
  4. Nina Ottoson Treat Maze Interactive Game for Cats – sells on Amazon for $19.99.  We reviewed this one recently – here is the video – it isn’t terribly challenging, but good for a busy food motivated cat.
  5. Ethical Pet Seek-A-Treat Flip ‘N Flap Dog Puzzle – sells on Amazon for $15.66. We have not reviewed this one – I love that it’s made of wood for the environment, but not sure how sanitary it would be over time.
  6. Dog Tornado- Nina Ottosson Interactive Pet Toy – sells on Amazon for $24.12.  We just reviewed this one too.  Here is the video – it is definitely more challenging than the Dog Spinny, but overall, I still like the Dog Brick (#12) best.
  7. Ethical Pet Seek-A-Treat Shuffle Bone Dog Puzzle – sells on Amazon for $12.09 – this reminds me of the Dog Brick, but in the wood version.  Again concerned about sanitary-ness.
  8. Stimulo Cat Feeding Station and Activity Center – sells on Amazon for $24.95.  Love this one and they just announced an upgrade at Global Pet Expo!  Here’s our video.
  9. Trixie Mad Scientist for Cats – sells on Amazon for $29.99.  Floppycats reader, Gale, recently told me about this one and #10 – interested in trying them out.
  10. Trixie 5-in-1 Activity Center – sells on Amazon for $46.12
  11. SmartyKat Seek ‘a Boo Paw Puzzle Cat Toy – sells on Amazon for $9.31.  Have seen something similar at CVS and wondered how interested the cats would be.  I think Chiggy would like it more.
  12. Dog Brick – Nina Ottosson’s Interactive Dog Toy – sells on Amazon for $21.89.  This is probably my favorite of them all.  Here’s our video.  But you’ve got to have a food motivated cat!

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  1. I just bought #1 Catit Senses Maze (I actually bought the ball/track and massage center, too). My 3 kitties like it but have not really gotten too excited about it. I have it set with lots of treats so they can get multiple rewards if they just barely play with it. I think I need to put a new type of treat in it to really hook them on playing with it. I love that I can load it up and walk away leaving it for them whenever they decide to go for it. (I have a miniature schnauzer and he leaves it alone.) I also use dry cat food (a kind that they do not get on a regular basis) as their treat. It is not only less expensive than the packaged treats, it is not loaded with stuff they don’t need to be eating. I have tried the high end (dried meats) and they love them but they are so expensive and I don’t think they would work well in this maze.

    Here’s another one that I was thinking about buying – the Kyjen Dog Games Star Spinner Treat Toy:
    It’s a lot like your #6 but it’s not a dog bone!

  2. We have the Stimulo Cat Feeding Station and Activity Center. Too easy for my Raggies. One (Freya) doesn’t play with it as she doesn’t like too many kinds of treats. The rest love it. Freyr usually has all the treats gone before anyone else get a chance though lol

  3. You don’t know what a puzzle toy is until you have Brothers and Sisters, the Boys attack their sister’s tails and constantly want to
    know like Mom does that really have to be attached to her? That would
    make a great chew toy!

  4. We bought Cat Amazing several months ago. It was a hit but, for wrong reasons. One of our cats decided it was a comfortable spot for napping in. She’s on the small side and the box gently molded to her shape when she discovered she could lay in it. So I spent $15 for a box with hole in it for her to sleep in.

    1. Lalalaughing. When I bought the Cat Amazing, I had two food-motivated cats, one very bright, one, um, not so bright. After her first few encounters with the Cat Amazing, Zen the genius had an epiphany: Why go through all this effort when I can just knock the box upside down and sideways and ram it against the walls to shake the treats loose? Better yet, why not just destroy the blasted thing?

  5. Wow! What a great list! Thanks for putting this together so I can study and research it! I don’t have ANY puzzle toys like this for Ms. Pink Sugar Poofypants yet. I want some!

    Thanks, Jenny!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar (who told me “I iz gud at puzzelz!) 🙂 <3

  6. I bought a few weeks ago the Trixie 5-1 Activity Center. Meko had fun getting the treats out until it came to the balls which he had to put his paws in to get out the treats. His paws were too big to fit inside the ball so didn’t get the last treats out.

    Also bought the Dog Brick. I started him out without the bones so it was easier for him to get the hang of it. He did so quickly and had everything eaten in 5 min. I have not put the bones in it, but will do so soon 🙂

    Meko will be one yr. old in April. He is 14 lbs., breeder believes he will be a 20+ pound boy once fully grown, is that possible?!! 🙂

    1. How fun about Meko – good to know about the Trixie 5-1 Activity Center we have not product reviewed that one yet. I’d like to check it out.

      Yes, a 20 lb Ragdoll is possible – just make sure he’s a healthy size – rather than worrying about #s.

  7. Thanks for reminding us of this list again, Jenny! I still don’t have any experience with any of these.

    Great info!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink SugarFluffyPants 🙂 <3

      1. This is true. You never know what I might purchase next from my Ginormous Kitteh Wish List. lol 🙂

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