The Best Puzzle Toys for Cats and Cat Puzzle Feeders
Originally published February 27, 2013, but updated often.
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!
The Senses 2.0 Food Tree is a 3-story toy that will stimulate your cat to play. You place the treats at the top level and your cat will have to play to get them to the bottom, where the treats are available to eat. It is an excellent toy because it keeps the cat mentally and physically entertained.
This cat food maze can be set to several levels of difficulty, which will keep the toy interesting to your cat in the long run. After a while, cats get bored with some puzzle toys after they figure out how to solve them, but with the food maze, the game can keep on changing, which will keep your cat interested for a long time. To change the difficulty, all you have to do is rotate the middle disc and adjust the size of the openings.
The food maze is easy to assemble and disassemble and it is washable. The makers recommend hand washing each part with natural soap and rinsing thoroughly, and avoiding chemicals and abrasive solutions. The Catit Design Senses Food Maze can be paired with other Catit toys to create a play station for your cat.
This treat maze from Cat Amazing is extremely exciting for cats. Made entirely from durable cardboard, it is very easy to assemble and disassemble. It can be assembled into 4 different versions according to 4 levels of difficulty – Beginner, Intermediate, Top Cat, and a fourth Secret Expert level. So, there is a lot that your cat will have to discover with this treat maze. Just when it thinks it has it all figured out, you can upgrade it to the next level.
After you assemble the treat puzzle, your cat will have to sniff, search, and explore to retrieve the treats. Not only will this keep it entertained physically, but it will stimulate it mentally as well. Moreover, when it finally manages to get out that treat, it will be that much tastier. This cat puzzle is so easy to use and it is guaranteed to keep your cat on its paws for a long time.
We reviewed this years ago. It was a hit with my cats. Here is our Cat Amazing Review.
This treat puzzle has an innovative design, which is going to challenge your cat. The treats are placed in three tubes, which are suspended over a portion of obstacles. The cat has to keep spinning the tubes to get the treats to fall and then, to get the treats out from inside the obstacle course.
While the design is rather simple, this toy promises a lot of fun for your cat. Also, just like the Stimulo toy, the Trixie Mad Scientist for Cats will not get dull over time because the cat has to put in the work every single time to get the treats out, so it has high chances of becoming a long-term favorite.
If you liked the Cat Amazing interactive puzzle toy, then you have a lot to be excited about with the Sliders. This is another puzzle toy produced by Cat Amazing and it promises a lot of fun for your cat. Made entirely from industrial-strength double-layer ultra board cardboard, Sliders features several levels of puzzles – an exterior piece with openings on all sides, and an interior matrix, where the treats are placed.
Your cat will have to put in quite a bit of work to claw out the treats inside and it will be a great mental challenge. Please note that Sliders is an intermediate difficulty toy, which promises 15-25 minutes of play time.
We are reviewing this now! Check out our Cat Amazing Sliders Unboxing video here.
This interactive feeder promises to turn your cat’s meals into fun games. What better way to get your cat’s attention than with treats? Only instead of feeding them all at the same time to the kitty, you can place them in the Catch Feeder and turn eating into an activity. The feeder has many smooth rounded spiked on its surface. These are oriented in various directions, which adds an extra challenge to get to the treats.
Your kitty will have to paw, claw, push, and slide out the treats from inside the feeder to get to eat them. With this feeder, even small quantities of treats can be enjoyed thoroughly because getting to them is an achievement in itself. The feeder is made out of non-toxic hard plastic, which makes it very durable. Your cat can claw away at it and there won’ t be any marks on it. It is also very easy to wash – in the sink or in the dishwasher. Purchase here.
This is a very exciting cat toy that features 5 adjustable openings with different tube lengths. You put the treats inside the tubes and your cat will have to get them out to start eating. While the tubes are no match for your kitty’s witty claws, it is guaranteed to keep it entertained. It is an excellent way to feed it its treats because the cat has to work for every single treat.
Not only does this make the treats taster because the cat sees them as a prize, but it also keeps the cat from eating too quickly. This helps with digestion as well as weight management. While this toy has a simple design, cats will love playing with it for a long time because it does not get simpler over time. While the cats will remember how to get the treats out, they still have to put in the claw work every single time. Purchase here.
This ingenious cat feeder from Doc & Phoebe doubles as a feeder and a toy. This is a toy that stimulates hunting and that also delivers. The toy is shaped like a mouse, it has a head, a body, and a tail. In the mouse’s body, it has a special space, where you can put the treats in. The cat will be drawn by the smell of the delicious treats, but it will have to play with the mouse to get the treats out, which is similar to the dynamic of hunting.
While the idea is simple, it is extremely efficient because it appeals to the cat’s natural hunting instinct. The Doc & Phoebe mouse feeders come in a pack which includes one trainer with dispensing holes, 3 feeders, which feature two dispensing holes each, and 3 feeder skins – the mouse-shaped exterior, as well as one scoop, which you can use to insert the treats.
It is very easy to use – you fill the feeder with tasty treats, you hide the mice in the house to make it even more of a challenge, and then your cat will hunt them down and shake out the treats. In the end, your cat will be happy because it got to play-hunt, but also got a delicious treat. Purchase here.
While most cat toys are made out of plastic, this one from Ethical Pet is made out of wood. It features a collection of puzzle games, all in the same toy, that your cat will have to solve to get to the treats. It features two roller wheels open flaps where you can hide the treats, as well as three holes with two sliding disks. Purchase here.
9. Nina Ottosson Dog Smart Beginner Dog Puzzle Toy
This is the beginner toy in Nina Ottosson’s collection. It features a disk-shaped feeder with 9 compartments where you can store the treats. These compartments are covered with bone-shaped covers, which your cat will have to nuzzle and paw at to remove. The bones have central scent holes, where the aroma from the delicious treats will get out and lure your cat in.
It is a simple toy, but a very efficient one. If your cat is new to puzzle feeder toys, then it is a good idea to start with this one because it is a beginner-level difficulty toy. Moreover, even after your cat figures out how to get to the treats, it will still have to remove the bones every single time to get to the treats. This makes this toy efficient for a longer period of time. Purchase here.
10. Dog Hide n’ Slide Nina Ottosson Puzzle Toy
Also from the Nina Ottosson collection, the Hide n’Slide is an intermediate-difficulty toy. It is suited for cats that have already tried puzzles and it promises a lot of fun playing. It also has a feeder section, with special openings to place the treats. Covering them are cups and flaps, which the cat will have to paw to move and uncover the delicious treats inside.
The cups must be slid and the flaps must be rotated to get to the treats, which adds an extra challenge to the toy. It is an excellent way to stimulate the cat mentally and it all ends with a tasty reward. This toy is made out of plastic, which makes it easy to clean. Purchase here.
The fourth game from the Nina Ottosson Interactive Pet Toy collection is an activity board for your cat. There are several places where you can put in the treats and for each of them, your cat will have to figure out the way to get them out. Moreover, this toy has several layers of puzzles. Your cat will have to flip, sniff, and slide to get to the treats. It is a complete activity that is bound to keep your cat on its paws.
This activity box features 4 types of treat compartments, each bringing a new type of challenge to the table. The Trixie Poker box features a lid, a drawer, a rope and a sliding Knob. You can put in treats inside of each one and then watch your cat work to get them out. It’s all in good fun and it is also very healthy for your cat.
Not only does it help with obesity prevention, but it also stimulates the cat’s brain. This Trixie toy is made out of plastic and it has non-slip rubber feet to keep it steady. It is easy to assemble and easy to wash. It is also dishwasher-safe. Purchase here.
Which one of these puzzle toys for cats did you like best? Do you have a puzzle treat toy for your kitty? Does it like to play with it? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.