We've had this for a year and it's still holding up well. Great puzzle feeder. We bought it because it was cheap but it worked better for my cat than the dearer one I bought since then. My cat took a couple of days to get used to it but hasn't had any issues since. He sometimes get frustrated by not being able to get the last couple of pieces out but I don't think that's a design flaw. He's not the smartest cat on the planet.
Keeps my constantly hungry cat busy while we're away
I am quite pleased with this simple yet effective toy. It's perfect for a food-orientated cat who never knows when he's full. I only have to put the smallest amount of dried food in and it keeps him entertained for a while.
My feline majesties highly approve of this ball. At first, they were hesitant but soon, they were battering it all around the room! It keeps them occupied and they feel as if they've achieved something. Smiles all round.
We got one of these for feeding our indoor cat when she started to gain weight after nutering. We now have two and use them for at least one meal a day! It keeps her active and slows down eating so she will only eat when hungry, and the adjustable size in the openings allows for different sized food and adjustable difficulty!
A few times a week I will put my cat's dry food in there (not treats). I love watching her being a little footballer, and she gets some stimulation and earns her dinner. I love the adjustable holes, the product wouldn't work without them. A good way for her to use up some energy for the days I feel a bit lazy.
I use this for part meals of dry food rather than treats and our cat loves it! Almost an essential to our cat. He will sometimes leaves his meal (or part meal) to get the food from this ball if there is any food in it or left in it from the previous meal. This ball is great as a means of slowing down fast eaters and provides the cat with some mental and physical exercise - though with our cat that is at a slow pace and occasionally the ball needs 'rescuing' by us when it's trapped.
Bought this on a whim to keep our (indoor-only) cat Ollie occupied and engaged. Put it together, dropped in some Dreamies, and by the third showing Ollie had figured things out and started nosing the ball across the floor. It doesn't seem to keep him occupied for too long but he almost always gets his treats this way
This treat ball rolls very well and will end up in some very strange places but at least that means my Trixie is playing with it!
I really like that you can change the 'difficulty' on it (larger or smaller holes) because then it suits different kibble or treats.
It took Trixie just a few seconds to figure out how it works and with just one paw swipe she sends it spinning and gets several mouthfuls in one go.
I often use this to keep her busy when I'm out but also to give her an evening meal of kibble when I know I will be late home as it means she can't just eat all the food at once.
I agree with the other reviews that say it'd be better to take apart to wash but I think that would make it less sturdy so I'm happy to just leave it to dry on the draining board for a day or two.
If your cat doesn't like this toy then you're putting the wrong treats in it!!
Survives the occasional visit to the dishwasher :-)
It's well made and the hole size selection is decent.
My only suggestion would be to make it possible to fully dismantle for cleaning.
Treat Balls can wind up rolling into the strangest places (usually down the side of the litter pan).
It has survived a number of low temp visits to the dishwasher.
As an extra bonus, it fits in the top section of the CatIt Senses Food Maze! Slows down my gobbly mog even further ;-)
My cat is an ex-stray and likes his food, but needs to keep his exercise levels up. The ball is really easy to use and although the cat often needs reminding what it's for, can entertain himself for ages with it. I feel a bit weird about having crumbs and cat saliva on the floor though!
I brought this feeder to keep my indoor cat active during the day. It took a couple of days before he would go near it, now he's got the hang of it it's brilliant! Only cons are having to sweep the crumbs left over the floor each day, and trying to find where he last had it so I can refill it!
This ball is excellent, I put all of my (slightly plump) cat's meals in there and it means it takes her about 10 minutes to consume the meal rather than 30 seconds! Therefore by the time she has finished there is time for her body to recognise that she has eaten and she doesn't immediately request more food!
I use this ball not as a "slimming aid" but to keep my cat busy. I don't use it every day.
My cat (I have 2, one is quite fat and totally indifferent to this product, the other is very slim and loves this) always asks for food and can sometimes be very noisy and gets quite agitated, so I give him this ball to roll around with 6-8 tiny treats inside and it seems to calm him down.
I think this is a brilliant product, you can use it with any kind of dry food because you can adjust the gaps to adapt to the size required.
My fat cat is not interested in the ball, probably thinks it's too much hard work!!
I bought a second one for my mum's cat who is old and needs some indoors activity.
Thoroughly recommended if your cat eats too quickly or is putting on weight - my two Siamese eat like vacuum cleaners and will sometimes even eat so fast that they make themselves sick (apparently this is a common Siamese trait - nice). This ball slows mealtime to a crawl as they bat it around the kitchen floor releasing a couple of pieces of food at a time.
In fact, it's saved me a fortune as I used to buy pricy Royal Canin Siamese food which is specially shaped to be awkward to eat. Now I can fill this up with ordinary cat food and watch them eat it it slowly.
My kitten piled on weight after being neutured and had to become more active to loose it again.
He now has to work for his food and loves his ball. Great for balancing feeding with activity.
Easy to take apart and wash the fat & dust from kibbles off.
Also been stood on a fair few times but still going strong!!!
Another fantastic product.