We’ve often heard the phrase “Don’t play with your food.” But what if it helps your cat to eat more slowly and make your pet healthier? Slow feeders are designed to be this way. A good slow feeder helps your pet to eat slower especially if your pet is too enthusiastic when it comes to food. Pets that eat too fast may develop some health issues like bloating, choking on food, vomiting and obesity, and a slow feeder can help prevent or address these. Aside from the physical benefits, a slow feeder provides mental stimulation for your pet too. Depending on the complexity of the design, it allows your pet to be resourceful on how to be able to eat the food in the feeder.
Slow feeders come in various shapes, sizes, and types. There are simple ones and there are also complex ones. When choosing a good slow feeder, you must consider some important things such as material, durability, price, and complexity. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve listed some of our favorite slow feeders for cats.
CATCH Interactive Feeder
If you want to help your cat to slow down his munching but in a fun way, let him try The Company of Animals Catch Interactive Feeder. It is a feeder made of plastic with smooth, rounded spikes where you can scatter the food around. To get the food, your cat must grab or push the kibble and find a good way around the spikes. This is a good way to stimulate your cat’s mind and entertain him while prolonging his eating time to help with his digestion. This fun feeder is durable and dishwasher-safe.
DotPet Slow Feeder Bowl
The DotPet Slow Feeder Bowl is a great choice if you’re looking for a ceramic slow feeder. It is of high quality, non-toxic, and odor-free. It has a smooth surface, making it easy to clean. This interactive feeder has lots of ridges to create a maze for your pet using his favorite food. Your pet can push, poke, or find other creative ways to catch the food which can help your pet eat more slowly and avoid bloating, indigestion, occasional vomiting or obesity.
Simply Pets Online Slow Feed Cat Bowl
A slow feeder can be fun not only for pets but also for you. The maze in the Simply Pets Online Slow Feed Cat Bowl forms a cute kitty face that is adorable to look at. The puzzle has been designed and tested by two feline veterinarians and it has an optimal balance between being challenging enough to slow down eating but not being too frustrating for your cat. It is eco-friendly too since it is made from 100% natural materials, which are bamboo fiber and rice husk. It is durable, lead-free, FDA-certified and dishwasher-safe.
IAMUQ Slow Feeder
The IAMUQ Slow Feeder is an affordable option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly slow feeder. It has high ridges to help your cat to eat slower but the puzzle is simple enough to not be frustrating. Your pet can rotate the middle part of the feeder for a more fun and interactive mealtime. This feeder can hold up to 2 cups of food and is suitable for small- to medium-sized cats. It also has an anti-skid bottom to prevent the feeder from sliding around while your pet is going through the maze.
Homend Pet Toys Cat Puzzle
If you want your cat to have a little bit more fun with a challenge and you want him to eat more slowly, then the Homend Slow Feeder is a good option. It contains three dangling food containers with holes that your pet can touch and rotate to drop some kibble onto the maze beneath. The maze has smooth, rounded spikes that can help stimulate your pet’s mind while he figures out how to get the food. The feeder has anti-slip pads at the bottom to prevent it from toppling over or sliding in different directions. It is made of food-grade material and is easy to clean.
Zqasales Pet Fun Feeder
The Zqasales Pet Fun Feeder is a cute feeder with adorable little hearts placed inside to help your pet eat slower. It has a simple design that will challenge your pet enough but not too difficult to be frustrating. This feeder can hold up to two cups of wet or dry food and is suitable for small- to medium-sized pets. It has four anti-skid pads at the bottom to keep the feeder in place while your pet is solving the puzzle.
Treat Ball Slow Feeder
The Holiberty Treat Ball Slow Feeder is a fun and colorful feeder for your cat. This interactive feeder has five holes where you can hide the food or treats. Each hole has a round cover that your pet can nudge or turn in order to reveal the treat inside. It can provide your pet with a fun mental stimulation while slowing down his eating time for better and healthier digestion. This feeder is made from durable and food-safe material.
Slow feeders can provide many benefits especially to cats that are overweight. But remember that to properly help your cat to lose weight, you must talk to your veterinarian on the right type and amount of food you must give to your cat. A good slow feeder must also have the right balance between being able to slow your pet down and not being too difficult for your pet. Make sure to also keep the feeder clean always.