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Food Puzzles for Better Physical and Mental Health

Food Puzzles for Better Physical and Mental Health

Having to hunt for food makes cats happier, calmer, thinner!

Two animal behaviorists and a veterinarian reporting in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery have shown that feeding cats using food puzzles — either little balls with holes in them or gadgets that need to be manipulated by the cat to release food — can reverse a variety of psychosocial and physical problems.

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