Undecided about meals puzzles? In Dr. Tony Buffington’s expertise, most pets can study to make use of and luxuriate in them.
Some veterinarians suggest utilizing puzzles to ship a portion of a pet’s day by day meals to confined cats and canine. However what in case you are undecided if meals puzzles are such a good suggestion to your pet? Or what in case you’re undecided your pet will use one otherwise you suppose they appear like an excessive amount of work? I’m right here to let you know that the payoff to your pet is great and effectively value any additional work.
In my years of working with pets and their homeowners, I’ve provide you with plenty of methods to “troubleshoot” meals puzzle issues. Listed here are some widespread issues about meals puzzles and the way I deal with them with my purchasers.
1. “My pet doesn’t want a meals puzzle.”
I hear this principally from purchasers who’re unfamiliar with meals puzzles and are used to feeding their pets from a bowl completely. How do I attempt to persuade these homeowners to offer puzzles a strive? First, I’m not right here to strain anybody. I do know that is one thing that many homeowners typically must “really feel” their means into attempting, so I as a substitute use mild encouragement. I’ll level out that many purchasers really feel this fashion initially however finally discover that meals puzzles can present many advantages to their beloved pets if they struggle them. I remind them that canine and cats are hunters by nature — an exercise we deprive our pets of once we maintain them confined. We will return this exercise to them with meals puzzles and, in my expertise, most canine and cats take pleasure in them when the puzzles are correctly chosen and launched. If an proprietor nonetheless doesn’t wish to strive one, I attempt to depart the door open for extra dialog and questions later if she or he reconsiders.
2. “My pet received’t use a meals puzzle.”
In my expertise, most pets can study to make use of and luxuriate in meals puzzles, together with aged pets and pets with disabilities. I hear this objection each from homeowners who haven’t tried meals puzzles and from those that have tried and failed with them. For these of you who haven’t tried to make use of one but, there are various completely different sorts of meals puzzles obtainable — simply ask your veterinarian for some suggestions. Begin by selecting puzzles (movable or stationary) primarily based in your pet’s preferences, traits (equivalent to quickness to study and chewing power, particularly in canine) and your value preferences (meals puzzles may be cheap and home made or costlier ones purchased in shops).
For purchasers who’ve tried and failed, we are able to take a look at a number of potentialities. Perhaps we selected the incorrect puzzle to attempt to the pet simply didn’t prefer it or discovered it too laborious to make use of and determine. One other risk is that the puzzle was perhaps supplied on the incorrect time (e.g., not at time for supper when the pet was hungry and motivated to study what it was). Or the puzzle might need been supplied within the incorrect scenario, equivalent to when there was a whole lot of distracting exercise within the family, just like the presence of different pets, kids or folks. As soon as we establish a doable drawback, we are able to strive once more!
three. “I don’t wish to put together meals puzzles day by day.”
This drawback is straightforward to handle. Some puzzles require no extra work than inserting meals in a bowl or you will get a number of completely different sorts of meals puzzles and rotate them frequently to additional stimulate your pet’s curiosity. You possibly can simply put together just a few days’ or perhaps a week’s value of meals puzzles at one time. Simply you’ll want to retailer them in a cool place in an hermetic container. If a perishable meals merchandise is used, ensure to retailer the puzzle in your fridge or freezer primarily based on what the merchandise is.