Petfood puzzles: Remedies and prevention
According to Kong, maker of petfood puzzle toys, treats, pastes and other products, interactive feeding can affect multiple areas of your pet's life.
- Boredom and depression -- Interactive feeding will provide the pet with hours of physical and mental stimulation. Using a toy containing treats to play fetch or hide-and-go-seek with will further cement the pet-human bond;
- Destructive behaviors -- Many inappropriate behaviors, such as chewing, can be remedied or prevented through positive replacement strategies. When a pet is engaged or about to engage in a negative behavior, substitute that behavior with a positive behavior and reward the pet;
- Separation anxiety -- Hiding petfood puzzles around the house or yard will distract a pet from the stress of their owner leaving. This is also an effective way to fill the pet's time alone with appropriate, stimulating play;
- Dental care -- Random and repeated use of interactive feeding methods will produce positive reinforcement and bonding, resulting in more chewing. As the cat or dog chews, their teeth will repeatedly penetrate the toy, producing an effective and thorough dental cleaning;
- Obesity and lethargy -- Use of unrestrictive, self-feeding methods can allow pets to over eat, quickly leading to obesity and its associated diseases. The controlled food release compels dogs to eat slowly, allowing them to feel full before overeating.