Cat toys with treats…mean?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@missjewels:  I think thats a great idea! It’s mental stimulation. They won’t think of it as torture – rather something they need to problem solve and then they get rewarded when they do it right!

Post # 4
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

It isn’t mean to do.

Cats are hunters. He is hunting. He has to physically work out how to get his treat out of the box and “kill it.”

There are lots of toys that work similarly, same with dogs. Like toys they have to roll or attack just right for treats to come out.

Even if it was “mean”, you’re doing it for a good cause. The end justifies the means.

ETA: It’d be different if you were scolding him when he fails. That is mean. His playtime is self rewarding.

Post # 5
2670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I don’t think that’s mean at all! His mind doesn’t work that way. Sounds like a great idea for keeping him occupied.

Post # 6
2816 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No way! It’s a great idea. We have a toy that let’s you hide a treat under one of ten little hollow bulbs… Our cat has a great time hunting for the right one. It is totally the best thing for him – keep him stimulated and interested and rewarded!

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