our feline friends are hunters by
nature. Puzzle toys can be wonderful for indoor cats, as they help
stimulate instinctual behavior, and
this makes for a much happier cat.
They can also help decrease obesity because cats aren’t just standing at a bowl; instead they are
“hunting” their food in an active
manner (as nature intended).
I’ve tested the high-tech Petzi
Treat Cam on Casey. What’s your
view of this new puzzle toy?
I’m familiar with the Petzi Treat
Cam, and I think that’s a very fun
way of interacting with your cat
when you’re away from home. It’s
just important to remember that
not all cats will come running for
a treat, so don’t be disappointed
if you aren’t getting the response
you want. Some cats do better than
others with that type of stimuli.
Which feline food puzzle do you
like best and why?
My favorite interactive puzzle
toy is the Aikiou Stimulo Interactive
Feeder. It’s a fun way of helping
cats puzzle out access to their regular kibble. It can also help cats eat
slower, and for those who are obese,
this might be a good start. However,
exercise caution, as the opposite also
can happen. We have to switch our
Aikiou out often, as one of our cats
started picking up more weight after
she sat and played with her food
for hours at a time. Most cats would
rather hunt or stalk their food, so any
tool that engages this primal instinct
and helps them stay active while
eating is a great option.
What if all the domestic cats died off?
Horrible thought, isn’t it?
In his cautionary novel World Without Cats, Bonham Richards comes to grips with this very idea.
Veterinarian Vera Barnett is confronted with a devastating
feline illness that’s killing off the cats in the California town of
Camarillo. Nothing she’s tried is able to stop it. She suspects
that the illness began at the laboratory of her lover, a
molecular biologist at the nearby university. The conflict
causes a rift in their relationship. Soon cats are dying all over
the west coast and, then the entire world.
Ace CDC epidemiologist, Angelo Kraakmo finds that the
disease didn't originate in Camarillo after all. It began at a
zoo. Vera and Noah are reunited and, with the help of
Angelo, now work feverishly to find a cure. Can they save the
domestic cat from extinction?
About the Author
Bonham Richards describes himself as an unabashed
cat-lover. Before his retirement, Richards taught biology at
California State University San Bernardino and the University
of Southern California. Originally from Los Angeles, he now
resides in Camarillo, California.
World Without Cats is available in paperback, hard-bound or e-book from
Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other major booksellers
need to know about
keeping your cat
happy and healthy.
Cat Best in
Arden Moore is a pet behav-
ior consultant, author, and
master pet first aid instructor
who often teaches hands-
on classes with her cool cat,
Casey, and very tolerant dog, Chipper. Each
week, she hosts the Oh Behave show on
Pet Life Radio. Learn more at fourleggedlife.
com and follow Arden on Facebook and on
Twitter at @ArdenKnowsPets.