It’s empty in here!
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...
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!
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!
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!
Cats like it.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 :)
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 :)
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.
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.
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
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.....
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.
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.
... 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.
...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.
In a nut shell, this toy is huge! I have 3 adult cats, and all 3 can comfortably play this this at the same time. 1 cat has some sight problems, but because of the levels being light colours, and the openings being very big, she can see what she is doing with little to no problems. best tenner I've spent in a long time.
Not a good purchase for our big five year old tom cat. He just stands on it tipping the whole thing over
THE IDEA IS VERY INTERESTING AND MADE GORGEOUS.BUT I THINK ITS MORE FOR LITTLE KITTENS-THEY PLAY ALWAYS!
I ordered it in a Christmas pack + a drinking fountain, great value. My cats really like the whole Catit Activity Centre sett. The reason why I am just giving four stars, because the Food Maze does not have a lid. My bigger cat figured out in a few seconds she shouldn't been bothering trying to get the treats from the sides when she can easily reach them from the top. The rest of the set is arriving in a couple of days, I believe they will like the new parts as well. Not a big excitement, but here how they are using the maze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hgkGOY9gp8&feature=youtu.be
Our 4 cats love this. It's the easiest way to free feed without your cat over indulging. We are about to buy our second one so we can have a choice of dry food upstairs and down. Agree with others that covering the top is a quick fix to stop your trickier kitty eating from the top. Love the catit range.
My 8 years old cat is eating machine. This product is slowdown of her behavior and she have fun with that! Fantastic!
It's a pity as I got the 3 toys together in a pack and the only one that is of the most interest is the ball in the track which my moggy loves. I have now passed this item on to the PDSA to see if any other moggy would enjoy!
this is a fantastic way to slow down eating in greedy cats - mine will eat everyhing she can as fast as she can, but this slows down the gobbling. I have has to cover the gap at the top (a cork heat mat works perfectly) or she just stands on her back legs and sticks her face in.
Initially the cat was intrigued by having to manoeuvre the biscuits out but it was constantly putting her paws on top of the tower which resulted in it always falling over. This is poorly designed in that respect which is a pity as it had the potential to be pretty good otherwise. We gave up after a few days and have passed it on to the cat shelter.
I bought this because I was tired of hunting down treat balls when they rolled down the side of the cooker. It took a few hours for my Siamese to figure it out. But once she did WOW! Some other reviewers have noted that a cat can get wise to the maze and either knock it over, or attack from above. My cat is less than 4kg and although she has come close, she hasn't knocked it over. As for access to the top, I put my SlimCat Treat ball in there. It has room to spin and adds an extra "difficulty level" to the maze. It was so successful, I decided to go a step further. I'd bought the Snack Ball Cat Toy at the same time. It fits perfectly in the middle level and ups the difficulty even further! My cat now spends about 30 minutes hunting and catching her dry food servings. She is sick far less often now. The maze looks so good, that my baby nephew even wanted to play with it! Easy to dismantle and clean.
My cat absolutely loves this maze at first he used his paws to knock the treats through now though he just dives in head first and eats from the top ... talk about lazy :) .. but it's a fantastic gadget and keeps him occupied for ages ..
Our eleven month old cat was capable of using the food maze one minute after being introduced to it. She then got frustrated, grabbed hold of one of the edges with her teeth, shook it, and then pulled the maze over and all the biscuits came out. The base needs to be heavier. We have wedged the base with a block of wood and tried tying the maze to something else but she still manages to pull it over. We have gone back to the drawing board.
This isn't for every cat, I have four and only one is absolutely addicted to getting her biscuits out of it. When its empty she will ignore a bowl of biscuits and sit next to it till the same biscuits are put in it for her to hook out! One or two of the other cats may have the odd play, but I can understand why some cats aren't bothered. It has been very useful for letting her have the biscuits she wants that I don't want the others to get at...one is a piggy and can't be asked and another is on renal food and doesn't touch it either. For my fur family it's brilliant.
Got this to slow down a kitten eating. At first she didn't know how it worked but my 12 cat year old figured it out right away and showed her how and now she loves it. Wasn't sure if it would be worth it or just gather dust but definitely worth the money and great fun at feeding times too.
I recently rehomed a cat from a rescue centre and, as I was going to be at work all day, I decided to buy one of these to keep him amused! The first meal he had, I put into a normal dish and it was gone in a matter of minutes...I don't think he even chewed some of the biscuits! The second meal I put into the Food Maze. Wow! What a difference! After a few seconds of confusion he'd worked out how to get his biscuits out of it (the correct way...I put a bowl over the hole from the start just to make sure he didn't cheat!). Over the course of the next 2 hrs (he'd come and have a cuddle with me in the lounge, and then would go back to it) he finished all the biscuits. Total success! :)
My three cats were always scoffing their food down at 90 miles per hour! No more having to feed them separately or having three food bowls on the floor! My dogs cannot get to the food so that's another plus point-It took my youngest cat under 3 mins to work out how to get her breakfast-took my middle cat ages to work out how to get food out and decided it was to much trouble and promptly stuck his head in the top BUT when he tried to get his head back out found it was stuck he went round the room with dispenser over his head and the food all over the floor!(Now got a saucer over the top of dispenser)My oldest cat just waits for everyone else to paw the treats into bottom bowl! Love the food maze -fantastic value for money- its well made- Great idea to allow the maze to have different levels of play.My cats now eat more slowly and when they want to as the food maze is available to them all the time. Also there is no more scrapping and swearing over who eats the most food! A def 5/5 or me AND my cats!
I bought this to entertain my indoor cats and to make feeding for them more interesting. They learned the "trick" very quickly and then the male learned that by tipping it over all the food comes out. I'm pleased with the product, but would suggest a self-righting mechanism (wobble) in future versions.
My two persian kittens love the food maze one figure it out pretty quick the other one just waits for the food to fall out. As other customer have said it is not very stable and can fall over (my kittens are small) Is worth the money for the hours of fun.
Fab, robust product. Given it a few modifications such as, plasticine in base (as tips over when pulled) and a lid to stop the savage one eating out of the top! It keeps the kitty cats entertained and out of trouble for ages! Well worth the money and fits nicely with the rest of the Catit range that they now have. Spoilt brats!
Brilliant product. Didnt take long for my two to suss it out and I use it to put lower fat dried food in for my slightly overweight cat. Like some reviewers have already mentioned, it does topple over if the cats get a bit heavy pawed with it, but its sturdy enough to handle this. Would highly recommend this!
Our two cats love this labyrinth. We can see that they have more fun and they get more skilled at chasing toys in general. Very good!