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Aikiou Stimulo: A Review of a Cat Feeder or Toy or Something. With Cat Pictures.

Updated on January 31, 2012

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A Cat's Perspective

The tall apes have provided us many small tubes of food. Food is joy. Nom nom nom.

Hey, I cannot stick my mouth into this tube. The food is down there. The ape's food machine defies me.

Ha, I am not falling for that. I must verify that no apes are around. No. I now reach in and grab a paw-full of food. Nom nom nom.

I mock you ape, you have not defeated me!

Pictures of Cats with Aikiou Stimulo

Annabelle, Sydney, and Rose hang out and eat.
Annabelle, Sydney, and Rose hang out and eat. | Source
Peter comes in to see what's going on.  Sydney continues to eat.
Peter comes in to see what's going on. Sydney continues to eat. | Source
Sydney becomes suspicious.
Sydney becomes suspicious. | Source
Sydney wants to eat out of the deeper tubes, but fears a human is watching.
Sydney wants to eat out of the deeper tubes, but fears a human is watching. | Source
Edwin walks in and points out the location of the human.
Edwin walks in and points out the location of the human. | Source
Annabelle decides to come back and eat some more.
Annabelle decides to come back and eat some more. | Source
Liz makes a suspicous noise and everyone is distracted.
Liz makes a suspicous noise and everyone is distracted. | Source

A Human's Perspective:

I was a little dubious when Liz bought this Aikiou Stimulo Activity Food Center. It's just a series of tubes that you put food into. The cats are supposed to eat with their mouths until they can no longer reach the food. Then they have to figure out how to get the rest of the food out of the tube. It's supposed to stimulate their kitty brains or something.

Our cats are pretty smart already. For years we've walked in on Minkus eating from his paws. The Foot has opposable thumbs. The rest of the gang are quite capable of imitating these two.

Since it spreads the food into several different little containers, it's lowered strife amongst the cats. They can get their nom on without getting mad at everyone else. We do have to refill it rather often, but that's not a big deal.

Our two cats that eat out of their paws declined to come and have their picture taken, alas. You have to look at cats eating the normal way. Since I filled this thing earlier (and I always spill food everywhere), they have no reason to reach in. Hopefully I can nab a few pictures of them digging for food to add a bit later.

Dislikes

It came with two different level tubes. The box tells you that you can buy deeper tubes to make the activity more stimulating. I find it rather annoying to get what ought to be a complete product to learn that I have to send off for more parts. Nope, not going to play ball with you.

The box claims that it will make your cat more agile. Our cats are already pretty agile, thank you very much. If they get much more agile, they'll be walking across the ceiling spider-pig style in a few days. I'm really not looking forward to that.

Get one for your cat. Or don't.

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      Alexandre Tremblay 5 years ago

      Hello Liz, wasn't sure if you were talking about me being involved in the product. Sorry but my English is sometime rusty...;)

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      DougBerry 5 years ago from Abilene, TX

      We don't use harmful words like fat. We would say, "He is a cat who enjoys eating small children," or "Why is that Cat climbing the Empire State Building and holding a blonde woman?"

      Actually, I think that means you should absolutely not buy one of these for the 27 pound cat.

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      Eric Newland 5 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      Doug, really, he's just fat.

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      DougBerry 5 years ago from Abilene, TX

      Eric, I rather fear an agile 27 pound cat. It it a Maine Coon or just some sort of mutant? If it's a mutant, what powers does he possess?

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      Liz Green Berry 5 years ago from TX

      OMG Doug, how awesome is that??? A comment from someone involved in product!! That's more than my pie article got me!

      Thanks, Kathy, I'll pass the compliment on to the kids.

      :-)

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      KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very cool! I had never heard of these, thanks for sharing! ;) And you have such pretty (and handsome!) cats! :)

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      Alexandre Tremblay 5 years ago

      Hello Doug, thanks for the review and yes, I work with Aikiou so that nobody thinks I'm spamming. I love the pictures and the review. in fact, to make it more difficult, just put toys on top of the food. It works even better if your cats are not declawed and they really like that. Regarding the separate level, I'm sorry but we found out that if we did put them in the box, too many people were scared of it and it raised the price of the product. And yes, working for food is good, your right. Thats what they call behavioural enrichment. Thanks again

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      Eric Newland 5 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      Can't say I often look at a cat and think, "You know, that animal really needs to be more agile." Except maybe for my sister-in-law's cat who weighs 27 pounds. I can see how making his food harder to reach might make him more agile.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Love the pictures to go with the hub and food contraption.

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      Liz Green Berry 5 years ago from TX

      That's me -- all supicious noise and distractions.