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Author Topic: SlimCat food distributor/cat toy  (Read 6402 times)
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« on: September 01, 2008, 12:55:43 PM »

Today I tried a product called SlimCat, which is designed to make your cat work for its food.

I saw the product being demonstrated very effectively by the store cat when I went pet food shopping.  The toy is based on the same idea as Kongs--you put food inside and the pet has to work to get it out, and is fed, entertained, stimulated, and exercised all at once.

The SlimCat is a hard plastic ball about 2.5 " in diameter.  The ball has a lid on one side, which you open to put a little kibble inside.  When the cat rolls the ball, a piece or pieces of kibble are released.

It took Cameo about a half a minute to figure this out, and she seems to enjoy it.  Linley is trying, but it's taking him a little longer.

The pluses:  The SlimCat works well for its designated purpose.
                  It is easy to clean, and top-rack dishwasher safe.
                  It is easy to open for filling if you have opposable thumbs.  The cats don't seem to be able to open it.
                  The sizes of the holes are easily adjustable for different sizes of kibble, or for making the kibble pieces easier or harder to get out.

The minuses:  It's made in China.  However, it does not have any funky chemical smell, so I was willing to try it.  I washed it throughly with hot soapy water and dried it before using.
                    It is fairly expensive.  I paid $9.95 at a "boutique-type" pet product store.

The SlimCat is distributed by Multivet International Inc., based in Canada.  Pictures at http://www.slimcat.com/
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catbird
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008, 06:08:53 AM »

This toy is turning out to be a really positive change for Cameo.  She has always had "food issues"--gets very distressed if she can't see food available, even if she isn't hungry.  (I suspect this is related to her past history of surviving a hurricane.)  I've always had to leave a little dry food out for her, which contributes to her being overweight and is not good for my other cats, either.

Since I've introduced this, I find that I don't have to leave out another food supply when I am gone.  She has learned that this is a food source, and so far she is the only one who has made an effort to learn to use it.  It seems to meet her need for knowing that she has food available, and she has to burn a few calories to get it.  The fact that she has to work at it makes a small amount last all day.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008, 06:15:32 AM »

That's so wonderful that you found such a great thing for Cameo!  It sounds fun and gets her stress under control, and no competition with the other residents.  Congratulations!
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2008, 07:28:38 PM »

okay, this product is not at all what I thought it was!!! Roll Eyes  I was thinking ephedrin for cats.  Metabolife or something.  LOL! 

This is like a treat ball but better.  Great idea! 

Thanks Catbird!
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2008, 07:36:01 PM »

What a fantastic solution to Cameo's food insecurity!  And the other cats aren't bothering with it, so it's her own personal supply that she can access any time she wants.  Maybe she feels it's a safer supply all closed up in that little ball too.  Hope this helps in her losting some weight now.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2008, 05:01:31 AM »

I can just imagine CJ rolling her eyes at me asking what on earth I've come up with now to get her to move!!!   Roll Eyes With that said, I'm going to check it out Grin
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2008, 05:49:57 AM »

What worked for me in teaching her to use it:

At first I adjusted the ball so that the holes were big, which causes pieces of food to fall out easily.  After she figured that out, I gradually made the holes smaller, so that more and more effort was necessary.

For whatever reason, none of the other cats, including my other playful ones, have bothered with this as of yet.  Linley tried the first day, but gave up quickly.
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2008, 08:17:07 AM »

They know you're going to feed them anyway, so why put in any more effort than necessary?  Cheesy

You're very well trained, catbird.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2008, 09:21:48 AM »

Cameo probably started life as a pampered pet, then found herself living by her wits after Katrina.  No telling what she had to do to find enough food to stay alive.  This toy probably makes use of those skills she learned and perfected, so it's seems natural to her.  The other cats obviously prefer to just wait to have it poured into their bowls.

I would have to get 6 of them for my house. I don't feed kibble anymore so they would all be fighting over just one if I put it down.  They are kibble fanatics.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2008, 10:00:32 AM »

I found a SlimCat at one of our local boutiqe stores.  The cats looked at me like I must be nuts and laid down by their food dishes.  I put the food in it and rolled it around in front of Tucker, food falling out everywhere.  I don't think it even registered in his little brain that he could eat that food.

Daisy figured it out and was rolling around eating the cat food.  She thought it was for treats.


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catbird
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2008, 10:11:56 AM »

LOL Bridgett!  Linley has not yet figured it out, either.  The others have ignored it.  But Cameo goes to the ball when she is hungry.  She has it down to a science.  Now she "asks" to have the ball filled up if she discovers it empty.

I am waiting for the others to start following Cameo around to slurp up the food that she releases.  So far no one has.

Maybe it will take Tucker a few days?  In the store I noticed that they had the SlimCat in a little cardboard tray, like the one that would contain a case of cat food.  Maybe that would seem more like a dish to him?

If worst comes to worst, maybe you can use it for Daisy's amusement?  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2008, 06:33:35 AM »

Well, I think I am going to have to get a second one of these.  Isis has now figured it out.   Roll Eyes

I don't think Isis took any notice of it before, because she generally doesn't hang out in the kitchen, where I keep the SlimCat.  But this morning I heard a rattle, and looked over, to see her purposefully feeding herself from the SlimCat.

So much for Cameo's exclusive food supply.  Kalahari is watching Isis, so I believe it won't take too much longer for her, either.  Fortunately Kalahari does not eat much dry food.

At least Linley, who is the one who eats all of Cameo's food, doesn't seem to be able to do it.
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« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2008, 01:07:58 PM »

Hey catbird, the Slimcat I ordered for Sophers just arrived in the mail!  I wanted to get her one to encourage her to eat more.  Now to figure out what to put in it..... Undecided  Thanks for the idea!   Kiss
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