Post # 1
So our cat started pulling out his hair and apparently its psychological…so the vet suggested toys.
Well he loses interest within 5 minutes of everything!
So tonight I just picked up an old cheerios box, cut a bunch of holes in it and dropped his ball in…loved it…for 5 minutes.
Now I got frustrated and I grabbed about 8 treats and dropped them in the box.
He has been going for 40 minutes now.
He has gotten about 5 out so far with 3 left to go.
So now I feel like an ass cause I feel like I am teasing him (even though he can technically get them out, he just has to work hard at it)…but at the same time this is the most engaged he has been in something in a really long time and we need to curb this hair pulling.
Is it mean to do this to him?
Post # 3
@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
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
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
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!