Friday, November 22, 2013

Feline Friday - Guest Post

First: Congrats to everyone for knowing that humping Baggy was the untrue story. I caught her chasing him last week, but she wasn't successful.

 Now to our special guest post!


For those of you who don't know, I am Aunt C and I have two cats, no dogs.  My cats are Panda, a 2.5 yr old black and white darling girl and Lupul, a 1.5 yr old fawn tabby boy.  We got them almost 7 months ago through the Humane Society, and they are the perfect cats for us.  They are energetic and playful, and Panda is the cuddliest girl!  They have a lot of fun chasing each other, and their favourite toys include a tunnel, a laser pointer, various cat nip mice and each other!

I had read on a blog about someone using treat puzzles made for dogs for their cats.  As a matter of fact the exact one i saw is one I got for Lee a few years ago!  Anyway.... I decided my cats needed a puzzle toy to work their brains.

I ended up finding the RawHide toy at a very good price.  The idea is that you put the treats under the cups and the cats have to get the cups off to reap the rewards.   They were very interested in the process of preparing the puzzle, as they are very interested in treats:)
Almost right away, Loopy figured it out.  He would open his mouth super wide to get around the cup, and take it off and set it down away from the toy.  Then he went back for the treat.  Panda watched carefully, but she had a different approach.  After a few times of watching Loopy, Panda realized that in the time it took him to set down the cup, she could easily swoop in and grab the treat without having to do any actual work!!

We've tried the puzzle a few more times and have determined that the treats need to be something special, not the usual Greenies, or Lupul isn't very motivated to remove the cups.  We have also determined that Panda sees absolutely no need to do any work herself, and she still gets treats. Fortunately Loopy's getting faster, so she's not stealing too many:)

Here's my pros and cons from a

cat perspective (keep in mind the toy is designed for dogs)

- easy to clean, dishwasher safe
- easy to fill, light weight and transportable, although works best for our cats on carpet
- easy to do.  Lupul figured it out super fast!
- multiple ways to get the cups out.  While Loopy uses his mouth, they could move the cups with their paws

- the cups are a bit big for cats, Loopy has to work a bit to get his mouth around them
- lots of pieces, there's 7 cups plus the base laying around my floor
- maybe a bit too easy, since he caught on so quick, despite it being the first treat puzzle we tried.

Overall, we do really enjoy it, and give it 3.5 paws out of 4.


  1. That is fun. We are just awaiting out interactive bowl to arrive for Ancient Pip. Should have it at the weekend. Thanks so much for giving us the idea of finding something for her.
    Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. That looks super fun, will see how Molly the Wally gets on with hers, then might get one for Mollie, she ate the wooden one LOL xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. I just noticed you were listed for an installment on NaNoWriMo Nov 22. Rocco's House had it listed on her 1st entry on Nov 1st. Thought you might like to know this and hopefully you can add a piece for all of us to read!!

    Sophie and Ron

  4. WE loved BOTH of your Confessions. THAT was sooooooo fun.

  5. Mom is thinking about getting us a puzzle toy for Christmas.
    stella rose

  6. Oh Jeez I guess the wrong confession. I thought humping Baggy the cat sounded like so much fun I wanted it to be true. Bawheheeeeeeee
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  7. Nope, I think you're confused you know you really humped Baggy. BOL

    Aroo to you,

  8. I didn't think cats were smart enuff for that...BOL



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