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Stimulo Cat Feeding Station and Activity Center

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  • Slows down ingestion and promote weight control
  • Satisfies your cats need to hunt and play
  • Manufactured from food grade plastic and is dishwasher safe
  • Disassembles for easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe
  • Approved by veterinarians and cat behaviorists
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 3.2 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004EG21FS
  • Item model number: STI-BS001-BT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,309 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Product Description

The Stimulo is an interactive cat food activity center. By necessity, animals in nature spend much of their time hunting and foraging for their meals. Cats in particular are adept at seeking and finding food. Unfortunately, this innate problem solving skill is often under exercised in domesticated animals sometimes leading to unwanted behaviors around the home. The Stimulo bowl was developed with this in mind. Food is hidden inside the bowl's many tubes, which your cat can access by using their paws. Allowing your cat to exercise his or her problem solving instincts with the Stimulo bowl fun and rewarding for you and your pet.


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Customer Reviews

Very well made product and the idea is great.
jenna mickelson
By doing this she's been able to scatter enough food around the room that she can eat now without being attacked as much.
Sally Foster
My cats love hunting for the food, and they no longer throw up right after they eat, because this slows them down.
Art Lady

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

235 of 238 people found the following review helpful By Sally Foster VINE VOICE on March 15, 2012
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I have two cats, who (play) fight about everything. I needed something to calm them down when they ate because their eating became, well, weird. One cat figured out that if she stopped eating and sat there staring into the hallway she could freak out the other cat, and then get the other cat to go into the hallway to figure out what was there. The first cat would then eat the second cats' food. That was bad enough. However, after a few days of this the first cat somehow got confused and decided that there really was something out there, so she would end up in the hallway too. I could have lived with that, I mean eventually they would have to come back to the kitchen to eat. Only, the two of them decided the best way to deal with the imaginary `thing' in the hallway was to bolt down their food, then run into the hallway ready to attack. Attack a thing that one of them had totally made up in the first place. Anyway, that was when the cat barfing started. Everywhere. All of the time. The cats could clean their bowls in 15 seconds flat, and two minutes later it came out like their stomachs were spring loaded. My living room was overpowered with the stench of cat spew and carpet cleaner.

I figured these feeders would be perfect for slowing down their eating. I purchased two of them and put them in a bedroom, nowhere near the kitchen or hallway. I figured changing things up would help stop the whole fake monster thing and get them back to eating like normal cats. My first cat absolutely went crazy for the feeder. She loved pulling the food out; she actually would get so caught up in it she would pace back and forth, pulling food from the various levels. Unfortunately, she also became territorial about the feeder. Being that there are two feeders, that shouldn't matter, right?
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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina on July 26, 2011
My cat LOVES this feeder. He's an agressive boy and always gulped down his food so fast! So, I got him the Stimulo to slow him down and give him something to think about. He figured out how to use it after a couple of tries, and though he knows how to get the food out, it's still fun for him, he makes sure to get out every little drop of food.
Move the tubes around to different spots, don't put food in every tube or put different amounts in different tubes to keep it fun. The company sells another tube length as well, seperately from the dish.
I use it for both dry and wet food, and yes, it gets dirty, and yes you need to clean it. But I do MY dishes everyday, so why not his too? Just do them at the same time. I soak the tubes in a pan of really hot water and then just have to rinse them out. It can be tossed in the dishwasher too, nice and easy.
Kitty will think it's great!
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Gardener575 on November 25, 2011
I have 2 of these, and I'm buying 2 more so my 4 cats will each have one. I have a male cat that was notorious for eating too fast, and then vomiting. This center has slowed him down, and he LOVES it. He no longer vomits from eating too fast. He actually prefers his food to be placed in this versus a bowl, and will stare at his bowl, waiting for me to put it in the center. My other cats liked it too, so I bought a second one, and now I'm getting 2 more. It seems to entertain them to scoop the food out. The surface is "pebbly," which keeps them from scarfing it up. This is just a great product!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Chipper_Shopper on August 31, 2012
I was out for 12 hours and my automatic feeder broke so I came home to two unfortunate starving cats. I served them their usual amount in bowls and they sucked up their food like a vacuum.

10 minutes later they regurged their food. Silly me- I had this product but I didn't use it...

Originally I bought it because I have 2 Bengals and I wanted them to forage for their food but they were making too much of a mess. I went back to bowls and occasionally used an automatic feeder when I knew I'd be out for a long time.

PROS:
- Prevents gorging.
- Stimulates foraging (makes them "work" for their food")

CONS:
- Makes a mess.
- Light weight. One of my cats picked up the whole station by gripping one of the taller tubes with his mouth. He figured out that if he picked this up and tip it over, he'd get all the food easier. To overcome this, I duct taped a 5 lb. flat weight under it. Problem solved :-)
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86 of 102 people found the following review helpful By simone on March 28, 2011
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The bowls are neat--a plastic platform with tubes and cups that hold the food. They are huge. Check the specs.

I bought these because my cats are now 11 and they are hungry all the time. They ask me for food constantly. I bought these to make the cats eat more slowly and hopefully to help them feel some intellectual stimulation. It did slow them down.

This bowl may encourage your cats to play with the empty bowl. My cats never used to do that and now they bang them around and knock them off the cabinet. Annoyingly the rubber stops on the bottom don't grip the wooden surface where the bowls sit.

It's messy. The surface is not smooth plastic so small pieces of food get caught between the raised edges. I don't know why the designer didn't leave the surface smooth.

Also you're not really supposed to feed pets from plastic dishes. Besides there are other pet food bowls for half the price. Or you could just put out several small cups and bowls for your cat to pick and choose and locate. For the price of this product, it should be much better quality.

So room for improvement but also not a bad item for cats who believe they're starving to death.
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