Friskies Pull ‘n Play with Substitute Treats

I wrote about the Friskies Pull n Play toy a few years ago (read post here) but that toy disappeared not long after that post and I recently bought a new one. This time I skipped the included treats and put in treats that I consider to be much healthier. I realize that that toy is like a computer printer, sold with the intent of making big money on the refills, so Purina will not be happy with me.

The Pull ‘n Play comes with Friskies Party Mix, which is a favorite of many cats, and some kind of string-like treat, which most cats don’t care too much about. Both treats, in my opinion, are not healthy options so instead I filled the toy with Instinct Raw Boost Mixers. This is a freeze-dried, raw cat food that I believe is a much healthier option than most commercial treats out there and our cats love them. They also love a similar freeze-dried, raw cat food called Stella and Chewy’s, which has the advantage of coming in larger sizes that are cheaper per ounce but the morsels tend to be too big and flakey for use in this toy.

There is one drawback to substituting the treats; They don’t fall out as easily as the intended treats, but that may not always be a bad thing. My plan is to fill it up before going away on vacation. I tend to worry that something may happen to the cat sitter and having a treat dispenser might just help a little if they don’t get fed. If I will use it for entertainment then I might want to make the hole a little bigger. Perhaps with a file or large drill I can increase the hole size just a little and all will be right with the world.

Here is a video of my first attempt. Of course Chris dominates the toy just like he did with the catnip.

What do you think? Have you tried this toy? Have you tried Instinct or Stella and Chewey’s?


16 thoughts on “Friskies Pull ‘n Play with Substitute Treats

  1. kittiesblue

    Mom says we have one of these in the kitchen cabinet, but we also have two other treat dispensers of a similar type. We don’t care too much for any of the Instincts mixers or any of the “toppers” available. We want kitty “crack!” Very cute video. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  2. The Island Cats

    We’ve never tried this toy because we think with those string like treats, it lets cats think eating string is okay, which it’s not. Though we think you have a better idea of substituting better treats in it.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I threw the string away when I opened the package. I saved the treats because I thought I could give them to somebody who already buys treats like that.

  3. onespoiledcat

    Great video…..and good idea to give them something better for them than the string things. I know very little about what kind of cat treats are out there as Ted is not a treat guy. The only treats he likes are those little pouches of liquid “stew” or “bisque” which obviously wouldn’t work in that little dispenser! HAHAHAHA


    1. Charles Huss Post author

      It might work if you don’t mind cleaning up a mess up your floor. 🙂 Most of the freeze-dried food is meant to be hydrated and given as regular cat food but it works great as treats. I just don’t give them too much at one time because it might be dehydrating.

  4. Timmy Tomcat

    Our resident treat monsters gave our pull-n-play a lot more interaction and Rumpy finally knocked it open. We too changed the treats but we like high test Temptations MOL
    Chris we like your “place paw on toy” technique


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