How To Make a Cat Puzzle Feeder

Siamese cat approaching toilet roll puzzle feeder containing cat kibble

Just a few years ago none of us had even heard of cat puzzle feeders (also known as interactive cat feeders), let alone bought one. However, the market now seems to be awash with an amazing array of innovative feeders, usually marketing them interactive cat toys.

I’m a huge fan of these – not only do they provide stimulation for cats by encouraging them to forage for their food but they can also slow down the food intake of cats who are prone to obesity.

However, you don’t have to spend a fortune on an ultra complex or flashy feeder that your cat won’t recognise as such! With a little bit of imagination you can make your own as the following examples show!

Compilation of images showing different cats using different types of cat puzzle feeder

But if the idea of taking glue to cardboard or plastic doesn’t appeal, there is a huge variety puzzle feeders available to buy. To wet your cat’s appetite here are some videos of cats working out how to use some of the more complicated varieties of feeder.

Clare Hemington

Clare has worked in the field of cat behaviour for sixteen years. She is an accredited Cat Behaviourist and respected member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers. Clare believes that understanding cat behaviour is key to their overall welfare. Through consultation and education her aim is to share information with owners that enables them to give their cat a life that is as happy as it possibly can be. Clare is also founder and owner of Honeysuckle cat toys. Toys made from Tatarian honeysuckle wood which provide wonderful natural enrichment for cats.

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