We are trying to answer all questions that you may have. thsi is a list of the casual question that people may have. if you need more informations, send us an e-mail and we will reply to you shortly.

My cat is declawed, can he still use it?

Actually, the Stimulo will work for cat declawed or with claws no problems.

My dog has no behavioural problems. Why would he need the Aïkiou?

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.

Must I remove all of the parts before I clean the Aïkiou bowl and how often should I clean it?

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.

My dog paws at the bowl, causing it to slide across over the floor. What can I do?

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.

My dog breaks all of his toys. I’m scared that he will chew on the Aïkiou bowl.

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.

I have a large breed dog and find that the compartments of the Aïkiou bowl are too small for him.

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.

I have a cat. Can I feed him with the Aïkiou bowl?

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.

I have several dogs. Can I use the Aïkiou?

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.

Must I feed my pet from the Aïkiou bowl each day?

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.

Why put a lid instead of an open slow feeder with spikes?

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.

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