Took my person longer to assemble it than it took me to figure out how to feed my face. Just to please her, I pretended to politely paw nuggets to my mouth, or knock them down. I’ve already seen if I lean on it, it will surrender all goodies, but I haven’t let *her* see that yet, I’ll wait till her back is turned. I dunno why the tower wears a frill that smells odd, but it took her ages to get it on and doesn’t look good. Maybe that but was to confound the human?
The smart one gets it
So we've got one big, fat, stupid cat, and one small, thin, clever cat. If we leave kibble out for the thin cat, the fat cat eats it. But you know what he's not good at? Figuring this one out. The thin one got her head around it, using her paws to fish out or knock down kibbles, but the big one can barely fish out the ones that have fallen. So the thin cat can munch when she wants and the fat one can't get to her food! Strangle he hasn't figured out how to get the kibble stuff inside the tree...
Slows down cats who gobble dry food.
The food maze slows Luna, my cat who would normally gobble her crunchy food pellets down, and makes her have think a bit about how she reaches them. She's quite a dab hand at scooping up the pellets individually in her paw and it's fun to watch and guess which one she'll go for next!
02/23/18 | Aphroditi
Hilarious to watch them around the Maze as my young one, who is the hunter, is also deaf! He found out immediately how to paw out the treats but could not hear them falling down. My older chubby boy was patiently waiting for the other one to do the work and eat the fallen treats! Good product, had to spend sometime to teach them how to use it as they chubby one was too bored to bother and the deaf one could not hear the reward falling! Eventually the deaf learnt the process well!
11/13/17 | Tara Dawson
Great product but needs to be heavier!
My cats enjoyed using this however they worked out way too quickly that due to it being so light in weight they could just pull it over and get at the food that way. Fab product but definitely needs to have a heavier base to withstand greedy cats!
06/03/17 | Estefania Veira
Cats like it.
03/31/17 | Emma Hunt
A true life-saver for obese cats.
I decided I had to do something for my obese cat as I sadly lost one podgy puss and felt completely responsible for his early demise. I didn't want to go too aggressive with it so I opted to letting her get her food whenever she wanted from the feeder and a healthy portion of wet food once a day. She is no longer fat. She plays, climbs my 5ft fences with ease and can clean her bits. I really didn't see this happening but once I saw the changes in her habits and activities, it has probably been a life-saver. Just like people, she has to deal with a bit of extra skin and will probably always have an enormous appetite but she's taken to this really well. I've learned a lesson the hard way so please...if you see your cat's weight get out of control, use a good quality obesity cat food and give this a go. You won't regret it. I'm now about to purchase a second one for upstairs. Thanks to CatIt for your continued innovative products.
12/31/16 | Rahid
My cat sees the treats so be goes for it and eats one then stop getting them unless you tap inside it and sometimes gives up on getting them. Other then that it sometimes keeps the cat busy
10/06/16 | Emma
Needs to be heavier!
I have two cats and Larry will just eat all his dry food in one go and then move onto Marvin's, but Marvin likes to graze. So Marvin gets no dry food and Larry eats too much! This has been a perfect solution. They worked it out quickly but it's not too easy for them. My only gripe is that it isn't heavy enough (hence 4 instead of 5 stars), the boys knocked it over within a few minutes. I've had to solve this by putting a hand weight on one side, not an ideal solution!
08/07/16 | hannah josiah
I bought this for our boys because a recent vet check up showed that Doyle (the feline hoover) is starting to get tubby. When it arrived I set it up and showed them how to use it. Bodie got the hang of it straight away and I can hear him now in the kitchen dispensing and eating biscuits. Doyle DOES know how to use it because he's showed me, but he's just too lazy too - if he can't shove his face in the biscuits he's not interested. I figure that if he really is hungry he'll make the effort, but its doing what it should do and Bodie is finally getting a look in at the biscuits.
Kerplunk for cats continued
PS. Paris does knock it over completely on occasion, but I suspects he tried to avoid it because if he does, Hector gives him the silent treatment. They're brothers and very close. Hector can't meow, so he looks at it forlornly until it's put back. Both of them are also over 5kg in weight (they're very big, but not overweight) with big fat paws. I guess it depends on the cat. They're all temperamental, but that's why we love them :)
Kerplunk for cats
Our cat Paris used to bolt his dry food & then throw it up undigested. We got this to slow him down, but as soon as we set it up, his brother (Hector) fell in love & hissed at him when he got close. Now he lets him in, Paris gives it a punch & eats what falls in the tray. It's a smaller amount but with more sittings per day. He's stopped vomiting. Hector spends hours removing one piece of dry food at a time, even if a bowl of dry food is there. He's enthralled. It was a win all round :)
04/15/16 | Vikki
Good for smaller cats
When we bought this we had two cats - one is quite small, and the other (sadly now passed on) was much larger. The smaller cat loves this and it helps us to slow down her eating a bit. She's a bit greedy and will eat so fast it makes her sick if we aren't careful. However, our other cat worked out the best way to use it was to pull it to one side, then release so it shook all the biscuits out the other side!!! He pulled it completely over a few times. Better for smaller cats.
Too easy but looks nice
Our rescue cat (about 2 years old) figured out how to use this in one minute. On the plus side, he uses it as intended, and doesn't knock it over. On the minus side, I don't think it's much of a challenge for him, but he's one of the smartest cats I've ever had or known. He's also a big (not fat) boy, so he can't push his face into the openings, but a small cat could, I think. It's attractive and easy to clean, but as other reviewers have noted, it needs a heavier base.
01/20/16 | Lesley
We have 3 ragdolls and as indoor cats there is a chance they may become overweight. This maze took a few weeks for them to master and I had to remove the top shelf for about 2 months but now even the stupidest one of the three has mastered it, with the three layers in place.
One of them had to go for his annual check up and he has lost a little weight so all good
11/28/15 | Penny
Not for clever cats !
Two of my (admittedly large) cats thought this was great fun and it entertained them for, oooh two minutes. The other cat sat and watched until they got the treats to the base and then wandered over to eat them....... then he (number three) decided the waiting was boring so pulled the maze over. And he does the same every time i try to use it ! he is a clever cat though.....
11/12/15 | alan green
Great I love the way Maisie ( my cat ) worked it out in about 2mins. she just looked at it up and down then straight in, it still amazes me when I see her use it. She has now learnt to rock it so the food falls though the holes, so I have now closed the holes up a bit. it is very stable.
08/24/15 | Debbie
My cat loves it
Took her a while to work it out fully, and she hasn't knocked it over once, but she's a calm eater, so she enjoys the game rather than just trying to grab all the food in one go. Other cats I've had would have definitely stormed it. She neatly pulls out what she wants one at a time. Well made and looks cool.
Love this product
... 2 of my 3 cats love this product ... Happy days! We have 2 for "fun" rather than to manage greedy cats. We've had 1 for over 2 years and it's still like new. Easy to clean, robust and durable - they need to be as 1 of our 3 is a Bengal and the other 2 Savannahs. It's not easy to knock over ... unless 1 of your cats is a 7.5kg beefcake who stands on one side of it ... Then it's no effort at all :) It survives every time. Really pleased with it.
06/11/15 | Lynda Adams
Ignored it at first, but now....
...she's got the hang of it. I wanted something to stimulate her for when I'm away, and she also needs to lose some weight, so thought it would be good to make her work a little for her food. She completely ignored it for almost a week, until I put a few of her favourite treats on top of the food, and now she really seems to enjoy using it. I purchased a 'slim ball' at the same time, and am happy to report that she is slimming down and looking better.