Is there a better pet feeding alternative than the standard pet food bowl?
Yes there is! Most people will buy and use traditional pet food bowls, but more and more we veterinarians are recommending the use of Feeding Toys, also known as Puzzle Toys or Smart Toys.
Remember, three of the most important needs a dog or cat has are:
- a job (for mental stimulation);
- regular exercise (to avoid obesity & behavioral vices; a busy dog is a healthy dog);
- just enough food but not too much (to keep fit and trim);
A feeding toy or puzzle toy helps a dog or cat meet his or her needs for all three of these things.
Doctors Sue and Clint Chastain have food bowls for all their pets but they are seldom used these days. Instead their pets – both dogs and cats – are fed from feeding toys. These devices are available from a number of manufacturers but they all operate on the same basic premise: you put food into them, give it to your dog or cat, then the pet has to use his or her own wits and strength to get the food out. In other words, they have to work for their food, just like their ancestors did in the wild. This is excellent stimulation for both mind and body.
We encourage pet owners to check out the wide variety of feeding toys now available. From personal experience, we can tell you that some are easier for the humans to use than others. You might want to buy several puzzle toys and change them out every few weeks to keep the pet interested.
As of 2011 here are some feeding toys for dogs:
- Kong Wobbler (small or large)
- Smarter Toys IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy
- Premier Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble Dog Toy
- Buster Food Cube Interactive Dog Toy
As of 2011 here are some feeding toys for cats:
- Kong Wobbler for Cats
- MultiVet SlimCat Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser
- Our Pets Go Cat Go Play-N-Treat
- Premier Pet Products FUNKitty Egg-cersizer Cat Feeding Toy
If you have any questions about feeding your pet, please contact the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. In north Dallas, call 972-239-2309 for Preston Road animal Hospital. In the McKinney / Frisco area, call 972-529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital
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