everyone has to work for a living…even me.
4 paws are better than 2 palms!
Puzzle toys are really great for keeping kitties mentally stimulated/entertained and work very well for kitties who are very treat-driven.
Even though this Nina Ottosson puzzle toy is called “Dog Brick”, it’s a puzzle toy that cats can totally play with as well.
You place treats in the treat pockets and cover the pockets with either the sliding caps or a bone cover. Kitty (or doggy) then has to remove the bone cover to find the treat underneath or remove the bone cover to be able to move the sliding caps to get to the treat underneath. The Dog Brick is very well made and made of sturdy plastic so it is easy to clean by rinsing under the tap.
This type of pushing sliding caps to get to the treat underneath puzzle is not new to me (see my wooden puzzle toy here). So Mummy knew that this toy would not be a problem for me. The dog bones are pretty big for a kitty’s mouth. I think a dog would use their mouth to bite and lift up the dog bone but a kitty would not be able to that. So I have to use my paws and head to push the dog bone. This is possible because the dog bone pocket is quite shallow and the dog bone cover tall enough to make it possible to push it out of the pocket. This is different and more kitty friendly compared to the Kyjen Paw Hide toy where it’s not possible to push the covers out and I have to slide my tooth into the little hole to be able to bite and lift the cover up.
Difficulty level for the Dog Brick is 2 and 3. I think Level 2 is if you don’t use the dog bone covers and Level 3 is with the Dog Bone covers.
With all puzzle toys, don’t assume that your kitty will be able to figure out how to toy works on its own. You will have to help to teach your kitty how to play. I already know how to uncover the sliding cap part of the puzzle but the dog bones were new to me. So Mummy and Daddy had to slowly teach me how it worked. Initially they only put treats in the dog bone pockets without the cover so that I knew that was where I could get treats from. Then they put treats into the dog bone pocket and placed the dog bone cover to only cover half of the pocket and such that the dog bone was ajar so that it was easy for me to push it away. Then they slowly built from there until I had the hang of the puzzle. They also used the clicker to help with the learning process.
Do remember that kitties can get frustrated easily and if it’s too difficult immediately, they can give up and they’ll never touch the toy again. You can help your kitty enjoy the toy and slowly build their “patience” by teaching them how to play with the toy.
Since Mummy and Daddy are out at work during the day, they set up puzzle toys for me before they go to work so that I won’t be too bored while I’m alone at home. By the time they get home, the dog bone covers are scattered all over the table and all the treats are gone from the toy.
Mummy bought the Nina Ottosson Dog Brick from Hong Kong (Whiskers N Paws shop at Horizon Plaza) for HKD295 (about SGD51). It is cheaper on Amazon at USD25.62 (about SGD34) but this is only if you can get free shipping to Singapore. The toy is not very heavy but the box is sizeable so if you factor in international shipping Mummy figured it would be about the same price as buying it in Hong Kong or could even more slightly more expensive.
No opposable thumbs…no problem.
There is no way to keep me in at night to snuggle….or to keep me out at 6am in the morning when I’m whining for food.
Mummy went to Hong Kong again and look at the stuff she brought back for me!! All of these stuff were from Petistore online shop and Whiskers N Paws store at Horizon Plaza. If you haven’t already seen our guest post on shopping for your kitty in Hong Kong, check it out here!
We wanna say a big Thank You to Petistore for amazing service! The key difficulty with online shopping when you’re on a vacation is including your room number as part of the delivery address because you only get your room number when you arrive and you may not stay long enough for the online store to deliver (unless you pay for express delivery which can be more expensive). You could deliver your items to a friend if you have a friend living there but you’d have to make a trip to your friend’s place to collect and carry everything back to your hotel. But Petistore helped us out by being super helpful and we managed to get my stuff delivered to the hotel.
Petistore has a mobile number that you can use to contact them on Whatsapp so about a week or so before the trip, Mummy gave it a shot and texted Petistore to ask them if they would be able to deliver to the hotel if she could only tell them her room number when she arrived. Petistore was super responsive on Whatsapp and asked Mummy to send them the items she wanted to get so that they could check stock availability. Once they confirmed what was available, they asked Mummy to place the order and make payment first so that they would hold the items for her and deliver once she could tell them her room number. They even followed up the day before her trip to check when Mummy would be able to tell them her room number! Mummy texted them her room number once she arrived in HK and the items were delivered the very next day to her hotel room. Fantastic!!!
Being able to save some of the little precious time in HK by shopping online and not having to lug all the purchases around HK was so awesome! Whiskers N Paws is another really great store although their online shop doesn’t seem to be as good. They have a ton more stuff in their Horizon Plaza shop. The only thing is that Horizon Plaza is pretty out of the way and you have to take either a bus or a cab to get there. A cab ride from Central area to Horizon Plaza takes around 20min. But if you plan to do outlet shopping at Horizon Plaza (like Mummy did), then getting to Whiskers N Paws is not an issue at all!
There’s so much more pet stuff available in Hong Kong, not just for kitties but dogs too. Amazing variety and some really really good quality and high end options available. We wish Singapore pet stores could catch up!!
the things I do to humour my Mummy….
she’s so needy! but I love her anyways… <3