Whenever possible, Dogster likes to test the products given away as Friday Freebies. Field agent Dolly received this week’s assignment: the Green interactive feeder from the Company of Animals.
This turf placemat resembles a large patch of grass with multiple “blades” and “valleys,” which require the use of snout, tongue, and paw to get at the food. The design aims to turn mealtime into a challenging game, thus slowing down eager eaters who suffer from gulping-related issues such as vomiting, choking, bloat, and other digestive problems.
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I volunteered Dolly to test the feeder because she typically cleans her bowl in less than a minute, then moves on to help sibling Spot with his meal. She also suffers from seriously stinky gas, which could lessen with slower eating.
When I placed the feeder on the floor, she came over to watch as her evening allotment of food fell into the various “valleys.” She sniffed around the edges, then moved to a safe distance and began to whine. There also was glaring — at the feeder and at me.
I picked up pieces of kibble and dropped them back onto the feeder in case she didn’t get the point. Her glare told me, “Oh, I get it. I just don’t like it.” An hour later, the food remained in the feeder and her stomach was growling.
So, you might be wondering, why would I approve the Green interactive feeder as a Friday Freebie? Because Dolly does not speak for all dogs, and I believe that many would not only enjoy the challenge presented but also benefit health-wise from the prolonged eating time.
Designed by Danish product developer Frederik Lindskov, made by Northmate, and sold by the Company of Animals, the one-size-fits-all feeder for dogs and cats contains durable, phthalate-free plastic, which is dishwasher safe.
Would you like the chance to win a Green interactive feeder for your dog? If so, please do the following:
If you don’t score the Green interactive feeder, not to worry: You still have plenty of opportunities to win other great prizes — every Friday, in fact!