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Food Puzzles can Help with Cat Behavior Issues
The Berkeley-based scientists described more than 30 instances where they personally used food puzzles to help cats overcome specific behavioral or health problems.
One of the instances described the changes observed in an obese 8-year old shorthair cat, which lost 20% of its weight in just a year of implementing the food puzzle.
In another instance, a 3-year old male cat that had become aggressive changed its behavior in just six months of "foraging" using a food puzzle. Another example described the unusual fear of people experienced by a 2-year old cat.
The cat overcame the problem after starting using both stationary and mobile food puzzles.
How to pick a food puzzle for your cat
When you are looking for a suitable food puzzle for your feline friend, you must consider its preferences.
The researchers pointed out that different cats had different preferences as far as the puzzles were concerned.
You may have to use trial-and-error method before you get the type of puzzle that best suits your pet. You may even need to use different types of puzzles to ensure that the cat is engaged as much as possible.
Do not use the same puzzle for all your cats if you have several pets. In addition, it is recommended that you separate cats and dogs if you keep both types of pets.
It is a good idea to fill the puzzle to overflowing during the initial stages when the cat may find it more challenging to retrieve it. You can then gradually reduce the amount of food as the cat gets used to "foraging" for it.