because your pet needs to be active when you are at work
Keep your pets busy with Aïkiou pet products. Our feeders and toys have been recommended for years to help prevent boredom while you work. Your pets will stay busy with their meals and eat slowly, promoting a better health.
Animal behaviourists trust Aïkiou products
Over the years, Aïkiou gained a reputation for manufacturing only high quality products tailored to your pet needs. They are recommended to help reduce boredom, weight issues and digestion.
What makes us different
For many years, interactive feeders have been recognized as a better solution to weight and boredom issues than standard slow feeders. These feeders work in a different way since they use your pets natural foraging instinct to keep them occupied during mealtime. They can be used with treats or a full meal.
Pet owners trust Aïkiou products
For the last 10 years, Aïkiou has been manufacturing only premium quality pet feeders and pet toys to help your pets live a better life.
As a dog trainer, I am always on the lookout for tools that can stimulate dogs by offering an activity that meets their various needs. There are toys on the market that meet a dog’s need to chew and the need for physical activity, but none that meet the need for mental stimulation and the hunt for food. I tested the Aïkiou® on my dogs and can confirm that it stimulates them as they figure out how to get to the food under the wheel and behind the different doors. This product therefore helps meet part of your dog’s daily food hunting needs in addition to helping prevent digestion problems by slowing the rate of food ingestion.
According to Dr. Joël Dehasse, Veterinary Behaviourist and internationally recognized author and speaker: Dogs need an average 3 to 5 hours of activity each day. Sadly, this need is not met in 80% of family pets living in the city. Any type of complementary activity would be welcome. The most effective activities revolve around food: chewing a bone or a treat-stuffed rubber toy (Kong) or playing a challenging food game, as offered by the Aïkiou®. I talk at length about this product on my site and in my latest books, including Mon chien est heureux (Odile Jacob 2009) and Tout sur la psychologie du chien (Odile Jacob 2009). For your dog’s wellbeing, I recommend that you provide fun, enjoyable and stimulating activity… The Aïkiou can help you do so.
After our meeting and the presentation of your Aïkiou bowl, I would like to reiterate my interest in your project. The behavioural enrichment of pets is often overlooked by owners and canine professionals. Luckily, things are changing thanks to products like yours. The Aïkiou bowl’s design integrates sought-after elements that allow dog owners to keep their animals busy in the framework of their daily activities. I will not hesitate to recommend your product to anyone wanting to improve the well-being of their dog or cat.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Aïkiou is an interactive food bowl that helps meet part of your animal’s daily feeding and brain stimulation needs. Just because your dog is not misbehaving does not mean that he is not bored. Imagine a life with no challenges or stimulation. Would you be happy? Animals are very intelligent and need different types of stimulation. When you feed your dog from a conventional bowl, he will not have the pleasure and satisfaction of searching for and finding his food. In nature, animals spend a great deal of time each day on food-related activities: searching, hunting, catching and then tearing and chewing the food. Domestic animals spend only a few minutes each day eating. Some experience digestive problems because they swallow their food too quickly or have weight problems because they eat more than they need for their activity level.
Ideally, you should use one Aïkiou bowl for every dog. However, if they eat the same food, you can use the same bowl if this does not lead to fights. It can even become a game. If there are conflicts, it would be best to feed each dog separately.
We recommend that you feed your pet from the Aïkiou bowl each day to receive all of the benefits. You can also use it several times a week or as an interactive game between the pet and family members. Hide several treats or kibbles in the bowl and ask your animal to find them. You can play this game several times, alternating with short obedience training sessions: sit, lie down, stay, etc. IMPORTANT: be sure to keep it a game and make it fun for the animal. Avoid punishing your pet when you are playing an interactive game, otherwise you may increase his level of anxiety and he may no longer want to participate.
The Aïkiou was designed for all dog breeds and sizes, but it is also very suitable for cats and yields the same benefits. However, the smaller food could block the wheel. Clean the wheel often to ensure that it turns smoothly.
The size of the compartments makes this bowl suitable for all dogs. Large breeds use their tongues to reach the foot at the bottom of the compartment while smaller breeds use their mouth and must move several times to reach all of the compartments.
The Aïkiou is made of strong, food-grade plastic. However, there are few toys that are completely dogproof. As such, we advise you to supervise your dog during use if he has a tendency to destroy his toys. If he becomes too excited, just remove it until he calms down and repeat again.
The Aïkiou has rubber anti-slip grips that hold it in place, but they and the floor must be free of dirt and dust to work properly. If the bowl still moves, place it on a carpet. If your dog is too rough with his paws and is overly excited, we advise you to remove the bowl without scolding him and give it back a few minutes later when he has quieted down. Do this until he realizes that when he is calm, he can have the bowl and when he is too excited, the bowl is taken away. He should catch on quite quickly.
We recommend that you remove all of the parts (see maintenance section) before washing the bowl by hand or in the dishwasher. Those who feed dry food can clean the bowl at their convenience. Those who feed canned or raw food should clean it after each use.
Yes, the Thin Kat will work for any cat, declawed or not since the bottom is rounded to give more access and reduce pain when declawed.
Typical dog slow feeders have been commonly designed using a surface or a cavity with different types of spikes in it. While this helps reduce speed on ingestion in dogs, it does not serve any long time use other than make dogs eat slower. Using a lid gives us the ability to hide the food inside the feeder. This makes it more challenging but also reproduces more closely the natural search and find appetite of dogs. It helps reduce stress on the long time and is more fun for them than a standard slow feeder.
Yes, there are 4 rubber feet under the base to keep it from sliding on the floor.
Yes, we manufacture all our products from human food grade plastic. You can get more information on plastic safety here…
Yes, the leafs are made of a synthetic human food grade rubber. They can be moved around by your cat so he can grab the food from under.
Yes, this can be an issue since some cats can have a preference to chew non organic products. The Thin Kat leafs are flexible to prevent any harm when searching under so he could try to chew them if he has this pathology.
Yes, most veterinarians today recommend using an interactive feeder for its many benefits. Most cats are used to eating several small meals in nature and their stomach is smaller for the same reason. Gorging and eating too much can lead to several problems on the long run.
Yes, definitively! Most weight issues are due to the fact that cats dont feel satiety until 30 minutes later. Slowing their eating and having them exercise during mealtime can greatly reduce cat weight issues. That’s why most veterinarians recommend using the Thin Kat during mealtime.
Yes, reducing their ingestion speed will greatly reduce this problem. Within the past few year, we have had a 90% rate of efficiency when it comes to cats with regurgitation problems.
You can put up to 3 cups of food inside this feeder. It was designed to fit a whole meal so it can be used during any lunch for small and large dogs.
Yes, the Aïkiou feeder is made of human food grade polypropylene which is not containing any BHT nor BPA. Also, it is less rigid than other plastics so it will not crack or make sharp edges.