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Food Puzzles for Cats Make Great Tripawd Therapy

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Products

Interactive food puzzles and enrichment games aren’t just for dogs. You might be surprised to learn that food puzzles for cats can stimulate your Tripawd kitty’s mind, encourage fitness and ensure emotional well-being. A group of feline behaviorists have recently documented food puzzles for cats’ many benefits.

The Benefits of Food Puzzles for Cats

Food Puzzles for Cats

Food puzzles are a great way to keep your cat entertained while recovering from amputation surgery. Science backs this up. “Benefits we have observed include weight loss, decreased aggression toward humans and other cats, reduced anxiety and fear, cessation of attention-seeking behaviors and resolution of litter box avoidance,” write four renowned feline behaviorist scientists in the report “Food puzzles for cats: feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing.”

The report was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. This detailed report contains everything you need to know about the benefits of food puzzles and how to teach your cat to enjoy them. You’ll learn how food puzzles:

  • Help cats get fit and lose weight.
  • Exercise a cat’s natural hunting instinct.
  • And may also reduce behavioral and mental health problems created by indoor confinement.

How to choose food puzzles for cats

food puzzles for cats

Click to enlarge. Table: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

How to introduce food puzzles to cats

food puzzles for cats

Click to enlarge. Table: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

Think your cat will never use a food puzzle? Or did you try one once and your cat walked away from it? Never fear. This awesome article helps solve these dilemmas and more.

We have not encountered cats that could not adapt to food puzzles. Senior cats, kittens, three-legged cats, blind cats and cats with other disabilities, such as partial paralysis, have all been observed to use a food puzzle of some type.

The article is written for veterinarians but is quite useful for pet parents too. You’ll learn how to keep your Tripawd cat interested and challenged by food puzzles, what to do if you have multiple cats — or dogs — in your house and how to manage the mess a food puzzle can make.

Read “Food puzzles for cats:
feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing

Great Food Puzzles for Cats

Now that you’ve read the article, it’s time to get your Tripawd kitty some fun and challenging food puzzles on Amazon. We like these puzzles, how about you?

PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser

Food Puzzles for Cats

  • Treat or food-dispensing toy that encourages playtime using your cat’s natural instincts
  • Combines exercise with feeding to control your cat’s weight
  • Adjustable openings increase or decrease the challenge for your cat
  • Improves cat’s digestion by feeding several small portions
  • Distributes an adjustable amount of food as your cat plays
  • Helps your cat fight obesity and maintain optimum height
  • Can be filled with treats or meals
  • Improves cat’s digestion by feeding several small portions
  • Fun source of play and exercise

Petmate Jackson Galaxy Go Fish Cat Toy

Food Puzzles for Cats

  • Sprinkle cat kibble or treats among the tails and watch as they fish them into the trough
  • Silicon tails rotate easily to continuously change the puzzle
  • Tails are removable for cleaning
  • Melamine base with rubber feet limits excess movement
  • Dishwasher safe

TRIXIE Tunnel Feeder for Cats

Food Puzzles for Cats

  • Simply fill with small, hard treats and watch your cat play
  • Treats released into 6 tunnels as cat pokes, scoops and jabs
  • Adjustable level of output to vary how quickly treats are released
  • Can also be used as a daily feeder
  • Dishwasher safe

See more great Food Puzzles for Cats on Amazon

A small but helpful portion of Amazon sales help offset the costs associated with keeping Tripawds online. Start your Amazon shopping experience through any links found in this blog and you’re keeping this community going. Thanks so much!






Please Remember Tripawds as You Shop Black Friday Deals

November 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Sale

As you get hammered with emails and promotions to Save on Black Friday Deals in your email inbox and on your Facebook feed this weekend, we would like to politely remind you just one time to…

Please consider #Tripawds when shopping online!

Purchases you make through the Amazon links in this blog help keep Your Tripawds Community online!

It’s not much, but every little bit helps!

There are many ways to Help Support Tripawds. Shopping online during the holidays is just one.

Start your Amazon searches here, and please consider the Tripawds Foundation in your year-end charitable giving plans.

Thank you for your support!





Purrfect Ear-Scratcher for Tri-kitties

November 14th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Products

A Tripawds Fan shared this unsolicited product testimonial on the Tripawds Facebook Page with hope that it may help other pet parents concerned about their tripawd kitties being unable to scratch themselves after amputation…

So ever since Rocky lost his back leg I’ve seen him so many times tilt his head and see his stump start twitching because he is trying to scratch his ear, of course I always scratch it for him but I felt bad knowing if no one was around to scratch he’d be stuck with a itchy ear. I saw this Purrfect Arch…so I figured what the heck let’s try it out.

purrfect arch

Got it set up and Rocky was a little hesitant at first but pretty soon he was in love with it. I think he rolled around, rubbed his face, bit at it and played with it for almost 30 minutes. So the reason I am sharing this is just in case any other tripawd kitty parents have the same issue with the itchy ears going unscratched. This is purrfect for your little tripawd kitty!

I know theses can be easily made out of board and bottle cleaners as well but…you’ll be spending about the same, maybe a little more and all you have to do is pop the end of the scratchers into the board and its ready to go!

So I hope this helps at least one tripawd kitty parent.

—Kim W.

Do you have any pawsome products to share with Tripawds fans? Let us know!



Try Tripawd Dog Trick Training for Mental Exercise and Health

November 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Books, Uncategorized

Tripawd dogs need more mental exercise than physical exercise in order to preserve those joints. Mental exercise is anything from a game of hide and seek to canine nosework to interactive pet puzzles. Earlier this year Tripawds member Tails a Waggin’ gang (aka Tina Hopper) introduced us to Trick Dog Training and we’ve been having a blast ever since.

Here’s why you need to add it to your Tripawd dog’s exercise routine.

The Benefits of Tripawd Dog Trick Training

Teena raves about dog trick training for her Tripawd Roxy and quadpawd Miss Charlee:

…to be honest I don’t even remember how I came across it, but I am so thrilled that I did!!!  Over the past several months I have developed some health issues that is restricting my activity, which in turn restricts what I am able to do with my dogs, so I started do more brain games with them and it has been my saving grace…and theirs!!!

As she suggested, we bought a copy of 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog and got inspired to try Tripawd dog trick training with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray.

Written by acclaimed dog trick trainer Kyra Sundance, this dog trick training book explains numerous tricks dogs can learn. Tricks range from simple ones like

  • Sit, Shake Hands
  • Fetch and Roll Over
  • Tidy Up Your Toys into the Toybox
  • to Get a Beer Soda from the Fridge.

Trick training helps us bond with ours dog and keep their minds busy and active. Studies show that the more mentally engaged a dog is, the less chance of doggie Alzheimer’s happening to the pooch. Tricks keep dogs mentally and physically challenged and help to establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills used in dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work.

About the only drawback is that a few tricks are just too difficult for three-legged dogs to do. Well, at least that’s the experience we had with Wyatt, a rear-legged amputee. But the book is still a great tool to have in your bag of Tripawd dog activities.

Check out how our Tripawd dog trick training has been going with Wyatt. We taught him the “Bang!” game:

Stay tuned for more great dog tricks from Wyatt. And if your Tripawd has any to share, we’d love to see them! Comment below and tell us more.






New “Travel with Dogs” Book Helps Plan Your Dream Getaway

October 13th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Books

Are you following Eurydice’s European Escapade? Do you love watching Jasper Lily’s road trips with Alison? If these packs have given you the travel bug, now’s the time to pick up the helpful new book, Travel with Dogs.

Travel With Dogs Book Makes Adventure Easy

Written by the world travel experts at Lonely Planet, you’ll love how this adorable guidebook explains the ins and outs of air, land and sea travel with dogs.

This cute little book caught our eye because we were inspired to hit the road with Jerry when he got bone cancer. There were many things about traveling with him that we had to learn along the way. If only this book was around then!

Travel with Dogs teaches the most essential tips for having a good time seeing the world together. The authors explain how to:

  • Understand your dog’s needs while traveling.
  • Be a great traveling pooch ambassador.
  • Find places to stay, eat and have fun together.
  • What documentation and vaccines are needed for each kind of travel.
  • Which gear items to pack.
  • And so much more!

If you’re in the early stages of dreaming up your perfect travel itinerary with your pup, you need this book. For starters, you’ll learn the pros and cons of each type of transportation. The authors strive to teach you what kind of travel your pet will be happiest doing. For example, not all dogs are happy air travelers, even those who can fit beneath a seat!

The book also provides realistic insight on the various ways you’ll need to modify your travel activities in order to keep your pooch happy. For instance, you’ll have to be realistic about sightseeing with your dog, and when you’ll need to have a good quality boarding kennel as a backup plan.

travel with dogs

Learn what kind of trip will make your pup happiest,.

An extra little feature we really love in the book is this no-nonsense list about the benefits of traveling with our favorite canine. It’s all true!

The 10 best things about traveling with your dog

1. You see more when you explore on foot
2. You make new friends
3. Dogs make the most agreeable travel companions
4. You spend quality time with your pooch
5. Dog make things more fun
6. You can travel with other dog lovers
7. You’ll never be alone
8. You go places you otherwise wouldn’t
9. It’s good for your dog
10. And it’s good for you!

As permanent RV travelers with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray, we can vouch for the spot-on advice provided in Travel with Dogs.

Wyatt Ray only knows the travel life. He's been doing it 7 years now!

Wyatt Ray only knows the road dawg life. He’s been doing it 7 years.

If you’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug, pick up this little pocket guidebook and get started planning your trip of a lifetime!

Win a Copy of Travel with Dogs!

Would you like to receive our press copy of Travel with Dogs? If so, just comment below and tell us more about the dream trip you’d like to take with your pooch. We’ll choose a winner at random on midnight on 10/28. Contest is open to U.S and Canadian residents only.