5 Best Cat Food Puzzles to Help Slow Down Eating

50 percent of cats are obese or overweight. Feline obesity is defined as an excess of body fat and is the result of overconsumption of food, lack of exercise, or a tendency to retain weight.

This can be a major problem for cats, as it a reduces feline lifespan, and even causes bone and joint pain.

This excess of body fat can be decreased either through increased play, by changing your cat’s diet to a lower amount of food, or purchasing special protein-rich cat diet food.

The only problem is that most cats, especially older ones, no longer play or move around as much as they used to. Cat food puzzles engage a cat to play with their favorite thing, FOOD! By making your cats have to work for their food, they also only eat when they are truly hungry, not just bored.

Slowing down the eating process can also prevent the nasty vomit you occasionally get after your cat gulps down their food too quickly.

If your cat has one of these problems then I would strongly recommend purchasing one of

Our Top Choices

Best Value

Catit Sense 2.0 Digger For Cats

  • Multiple sturdy tubes to paw at
  • Dishwasher safe 
  • Easy to learn
  • Weighted base for stability
Most active

PetSafe Egg-Cersizer Interactive Food Toy

  • Unpredictable rolling movement
  • Adjustable holes to manage dispense amount
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Makes your cat really get moving

Best Overall- Cat Amazing Best Cat Toy Interactive Treat Maze
"Multiple difficulty levels to entertain any type of cat"

Best Value- Catit Senses 2.0 Digger For Cats
" Sturdy design and materials that will last years"

Most Active- PetSafe Egg-Cersizer Interactive Food Toy
" A mobile meal that makes your cat chase"

Best Design- Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree
" A look even cats find intriguing"

Best Food Bowl- The Company of Animals Slow Feed Bowl
" A simple bowl that slows down meal consumption"

Best Overall-Cat Amazing Best Cat Toy Ever! Interactive Treat Maze

Things we like

  • Stimulates all levels of cat intelligence
  • Extra thick cardboard
  • Multi-Cat
  • Vet recommended

Things we don't like

  • Box slides across floor

Cat Amazing’s stimulating puzzle toy is one of Amazon’s best cat products. Its multiple difficulty levels make cats work hard for their treats. Hours could pass by before they finally get the last treat out.

This puzzle not only works with dry food and treats but also small toys.

The strength of the reinforced cardboard lasts years before the need of replacement. It can even withstand a 15+ pound cat sitting on it.

Since the puzzle is made of cardboard it is not very bottom heavy, so it tends to slide across the floor. This, however, does not take away from the treat retrieval experience.

Best Value- Catit Senses 2.0 Digger

Things we like

  • Sturdy design
  • Easy to clean
  • Cats adjust quickly

Things we don't like

  • Some cats found it too easy

Catit’s Senses Digger makes cats scoop out treats and food one by one. This engages them in an entertaining feeding process of tracking and retrieving their food. The five different sized feeding tubes give cats different levels of difficulty and make it suitable for even large paws.

One cool feature that Catit added is the box it comes in can even be cut at marketed holes and then serve as a treat puzzle box.

The wide base and rubber mat make it impossible for even large cats to knock over the feeder. Each tube can be removed for a super easy cleaning process, and are even dishwasher safe. Any food crumbs your cat doesn’t go for collects at the bottom of the bowl-shaped base, and for even messier eaters it collects on the larger rubber mat.

Most users found that it didn’t take their feline very long to become familiar with the design. It’s quite simple, just scoop and eat. For those cats that couldn’t get over the learning curve, it is helpful to take out the tubes and just put the food in the shallower tube holes. You can then add tubes as they get used to it.

The only drawback to this product is more advanced cats found it too easy. They could scoop out lots of kibble with one swipe and then chow down on it.

This product still provides a more engaging, and slower, eating process which is a big plus for your cat’s health and happiness. That is why I would recommend this product not only for obese cats but any cat in general.

Most Active- PetSafe Egg-Cersizer Interactive Food Toy

Things we like

  • ​Unpredictable rolling
  • Adjustable to kibble size
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Quick shipping

Things we don't like

  • Noisy on hardwood

If you want your cat to really work for their meal than a food dispenser ball is the way to go. PetSafe’s ball has adjustable openings that you set by twisting the top. This makes it able to use any size kibble and also controls how quickly the cat can finish their meal.

Balls like these can also be used with treats if you just want to engage your cat in some fun exercise.

The product is especially helpful for cat owners whose cats like to space out their eating into smaller meals rather than a big lunch and dinner. Instead of them constantly bugging you for food or waking you up, just have the ball out to service their needs.

Since this is a cat puzzle there is going to be a learning curve depending on your cat’s intelligence. Most cats, however, figure out how to use the dispenser if you put some kibble in it and push it around to show them.

One thing I recommend before buying this product is checking to see if your cat will eat kibble pieces off the floor. This is because some cats, like my older Siamese, refuse to eat food off the floor and therefore won’t cooperate with this the food system.

Best Design- Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree

Things we like

  • Durable, washable materials
  • Uses less food throughout day
  • No Mess
  • Works with large and small paws

Things we don't like

  • Some cats learn to tip over

If you are looking to really slow down your cats eating or maybe shave a few pounds off of them than this will do the trick. This product along with others made by Catit really exceed buyers expectations.

This food tree has three levels that cats need to paw at in order to knock down and obtain their food. The collection bowl at the bottom prevents any messy food from touching your floor.

The design of this product is made to last years(Sorry Cats!) so you shouldn’t have any durability problems.

One problem some owners did experience was devious cats would tip over the entire tree by grabbing it. The base is pretty big to begin with, but if this is a problem for you others solved it by putting one end of the base under a heavy object like a table.

Overall, this product is extremely helpful for your cat’s weight loss goals. From a cat owners perspective, it is great to see your cat being stimulated at mealtime along with knowing that you won’t be woken up due to demands for food.

Best Food Bowl- The Company of Animals Slow Feed Bowl

Things we like

  • Premium materials
  • Modeled off a tuft of grass
  • Too heavy to flip over
  • Silicone bottom prevents sliding

Things we don't like

  • Pricey

The easiest way to stop your cats from scarfing and barfing their food is the Company of Animals Interactive Cat Feeder

It may look weird, but the product is made to simulate a cat’s natural sense of searching through grass. And since its design is so simple, your cats won’t get overly frustrated by it and scream in protest.

One thing to note is that this product is not the size of a regular cat bowl. It is more like the size of a small cat (9.2 x 10.8 x 2.8 inches).

The BPA free silicone material is soft to the touch, so your cat won’t get poked in the nose when going in for food. This material also prevents any movement of the bowl on any surface.

This product is a simple solvent to your cats eating too quickly, and offers a fun brain stimulant at the same time.

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