Interactive Puzzle Toys for Smart Cats


Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your cats entertained and mentally stimulated when you can’t play with them. The toys are designed to be filled with treats, and they challenge kitty to retrieve the treats through varied openings in the toys. Most puzzle toy manufacturers recommend using dry food with these puzzles. Since I don’t recommend feeding any dry food, not even as treats, I recommend using freeze dried meat based treats such as Pure Bites or Whole Life.

There’s a huge variety of puzzle toys on the market. The toy shown above is the CatAmazing Puzzle Toy, and it’s remained a big hit with Allegra and Ruby. In addition to using treats inside the toy, I put smaller toys inside, and that works just as well as treats in terms of holding their interest.


Hauspanther recently reviewed the Nina Ottoson Cat Treat Maze, and it’s on my list to get for Allegra and Ruby. I think they’d have a lot of fun with this one. The unpredictable movement of this toy keeps things challenging for kitty. Read the full review on Hauspanther.

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The SmartCat Peek-and-Play box is another favorite at our house. This one is designed for to be used with toys, but could also be used with treats. Ruby really likes this one.


The Catit Design Senses Maze looks like another innovatitve toy that should bring hours of entertainment for kitty. The different layers provide varying levels of difficulty, and I had to chuckle at this part of the description: “Accu-Pressure Mat provides pressure point paw massage.” What more could kitty want while playing!

And if you don’t want to spend money on a puzzle toy for your cats, I bet you already have the makings of one right in your own home: a muffin tin! Put some treats at the bottom of each hole of a muffin tin, cover with toys, and watch kitty have fun.

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17 Comments on Interactive Puzzle Toys for Smart Cats

  1. Lurchie
    August 29, 2015 at 10:25 am (4 weeks ago)

    The muffin tin is a great idea!

  2. KrampusNacht
    August 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Thank you for the disclosure. I will be sure to buy the items by searching through Amazon’s site, and not by clicking the links.

    • Ingrid
      August 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Well, actually, you’d be doing me a small favor to help contribute to the cost of running this site by purchasing through the links, but that’s entirely up to you. :-)

    • Lurchie
      August 29, 2015 at 10:23 am (4 weeks ago)

      Why would you avoid contributing to a site that you visit by not clicking through?

      • Ingrid
        August 29, 2015 at 10:45 am (4 weeks ago)

        Thank you, Lurchie! :-)

  3. Athena
    July 7, 2015 at 5:26 pm (3 months ago)

    Anyone ever seen a plush puzzle sphere or cube toy for cats? I can’t find what I have in mind anywhere. I’m looking for something made of interlocking plush pieces, so that when the cat attacks it and bunny-kicks on it, the little pieces will come apart. Ideas?

  4. Marie-louise Knapp
    February 21, 2015 at 7:13 pm (7 months ago)

    How do I order ???? Help. Please reply tomy email address.

    • Ingrid
      February 22, 2015 at 6:59 am (7 months ago)

      Click through on the links to order, Marie-Louise.

  5. Marie-louise Knapp
    February 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm (7 months ago)

    I want to order two cat puzzles but cannot figure out how to do it !!! Help !

  6. Erick Gonzales
    April 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow yeah quite a collection of those puzzle-type toys. There are so many of them out there. These are some cool and creative ones (I think sometimes the ‘coolness’ of the toy is for us owners as much as the cats, huh?).

    Why do you recommend no dry food as a snack?

  7. Dianda
    March 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I own a food maze from Cat-it. Took the kitties a while to get the idea. But they love it!

  8. caren gittleman
    March 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm (3 years ago)

    I own a couple of the interactive toys that you showcased and LOVE them!
    There is another great one that I had featured on my blog quite some time ago. It is also a treat dispenser and it is called Bat-a-rat…… wobbles and you can control the quantity of treats/kibble that is dispensed. Cody will play with it for HOURS!

    • Ingrid
      March 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm (3 years ago)

      I’ll have to check out that Bat-a-rat for Allegra and Ruby, Caren!

  9. sue brandes
    March 13, 2013 at 10:04 am (3 years ago)

    Those sure look fun. Thanks for including one you can make at home too.

    • Ingrid
      March 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Let me know if you decide to try the Muffin Tin Game, Sue.

      • sue brandes
        March 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm (3 years ago)

        I surely am going to try it out. Love the others but; when money is tight this is a cool idea. Will be fun to watch my kitties.


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