I Need to Mentally Challenge Dylan, My Siamese

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Registered: 11-01-1999
I Need to Mentally Challenge Dylan, My Siamese
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Wed, 08-15-2012 - 10:32am

Dylan doesn't play.  He has a cat tree, toy mice, laser pointer - no interest.

The other evening my daughter brought her young Pug over to stay with my pets while we went out to dinner together.  She brings Pre's food in a Ziploc bag inside a Subway kids' meal bag.  There is always a second plastic bag of food, in case of emergency.  She acccidentally left the bag here when she went home, and Dylan apparently spent the night trying to get to the dog kibble.  I found the lunch bag on the kitchen floor, the Ziploc in the living room, torn open, some food scattered along the way.

Thinkjing now that Dylan needs a puzzle toy with food as the reward.  Such toys exist for dogs, but I didn't see any for cats when I was last in PetSmart.  I put some liver treats inside an empty paper towel roll and taped the ends partially so the treats would stay in but Dylan could still see and smell them.  I left it on the kitchen counter.  It has remained untouched for three days, now.

Any suggestions?

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Wed, 08-15-2012 - 4:06pm

It seems like I have seen some puzzle toys for cats not too long ago.  Does he have one of those rings with the holes and a ball or toy in it?  Most cats like those unless it's too simple for him.

Does he like the liver treats usually that you hid in the paper towel roll?  I think I have seen things like the Kong type things only for cats.

You might try some of the on line catalogs like Dr Foster and Smith.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Thu, 08-16-2012 - 8:48am

Yep - sounds like your boy needs some mental stimulation. I have seen the cat food puzzles online. Put cat puzzles into the amazon search under pet supplies and several came up.

There is a cat at Best Friends named Raed who has similar issues (you can click his name to read more about him). He was rescued and is FIV+. However, due to his aggression, he can't live with other cats. They are clicker training him and have started him with food puzzles to keep his brain busy.

 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Sat, 08-18-2012 - 10:26am

Raed is adorable and sure a survivor.  They are doing lots of things at Best Friends to help him.  It will take a special person to adopt him as he is so street smart.  I hope he will find his forever home someday.

 

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