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What’s a Food Puzzle?|
Cats are safer indoors without dealing with the risks of getting outside. However, there is much to explore out side and it is a big challenge to provide enough “environmental enrichment” inside to keep them stimulated and prevent problems that may arise out of boredom. Cats are intelligent animals with instincts for the mental and physical challenge of catching their meal. When we offer their food exclusively in a bowl, they miss out on this natural creative exercise -in short, we make it too easy for them.
Make a food puzzle for your cat! There are many options, but the basic goal is to create a challenge your cat must solve before he can eat. Here are three things you can make with a similar theme, each in increasing difficulty.
Small amounts of dry food are hidden inside each one.
All cats should be fed canned food for at least half of their diet, but since it will spoil when left out, it will not work well for most puzzles. Food puzzles are a great activity when you are away for an extended period. Be sure to vary the exercise as much as you can, and ask yourself, “How can I challenge my cat today?’