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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22 Comments on Interactive Puzzle Toys for Smart Cats

  1. I have the cat-it design senses maze and my cat just knocks it over to get the treats or food out she can’t be bothered to send them around and around until they get to the bottom

    • seen it suggested for dogs before with tennis balls as covers – didn’t even occur to me to make one for my cats. Would probably work better – the border collie used to flip the muffin tin and get all the treats at once! The cats aren’t as strong so they should actually have to lift each toy individually.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

    • That is an amazing idea! I’ve never seen it but I’m going to make one for my cats myself! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

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