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Some of mew may think that this is a completely irrelevant subject and that any old thing will do but we can assure mew that's not the case, or on the other paw, some cat pawrents spend humungous amounts of cash on designer or gimmicky items.
Let's start off with the humble, normal feeding bowl before we start talking designer stuff.
There are 1000's to choose from, literally 1,000's, so where do mew begin?
Furstly let's talk size, as size does matter. From our experience mew want something that's at least 5" or 13 cm in diameter; go get your ruler and check the size, anything smaller and it makes it hard to eat from as mew need to think about whiskers.
And talking about whiskers, don't ever buy deep bowls as this squishes whiskers and makes for an unpleasant eating experience. Ideally, the bowl should be no more than 2" or 5 cm high, this is the Goldilocks height [aka just right] as it also stops the food being pushed out onto the floor. We used ceramic saucers for years, and they were great, no whisker impediment there but the food was readily pushed off them, so great for whiskers but really bad for food containment especially with messy eaters.
Soon after, the P.A. noticed that Amber had a few little red bumps under her chin, anyhoo the P.A. began to investigate what could be the cause. Aftur much elimination of trying different wet and dry food, she finally addressed the bowl, and aftur removing it and using something else non-plastic, the chin acne went away aftur a few weeks, so learn from our mistake;
DON'T USE PLASTIC BOWLS
Your cat may not be susceptible to chin acne from plastic bowls but our advice would be don't go there, go stainless or ceramic.
These are what we use, we have 12 in total. They are stainless steel, so easy to clean and hygienic, plus they flare out at the top so are purrfect for whiskers. The dimensions are just under 6" or 15 cm in diameter and 0.75" or 2 cm high approx.
Designer and Gimmicky Food Bowls
Ok, let's talk about designer and gimmicky bowls. In our 25+ years we have seen so many different types of bowls, all the way from supurr cheap to mega expensive. Just because it's expensive and has a fancy name doesn't mean it's better, some of the designer brands are no better than something from let's say B and M or Target, mew're just paying for the name, and really your cat doesn't care who it's made by as long it is doesn't squish their whiskers and has their favourite food in.
Honestly don't get sucked into parting with your hard-earned cash because mew want to be hip and fashionable and have expensive everything matchy-matchy, mew can get great stuff at a great price if mew shop around and create your own vibe, and as we said earlier your cat doesn't care what brand it is, it just needs to be functional and practical plus easy to clean. Don't buy it because mew think it'll look cool on Instagram for five minutes and get a few likes, keep your cash for something better.
And now let's talk about gimmicky bowls. The P.A. just bought Amber a new ceramic bowl, see pic below, only a few days ago.
It looks great right? Sadly that's the only thing going for it.
Amber will be 18 in October and has a bit of arthritis so the P.A. thought getting her an elevated bowl would be just the trick to help her out at this stage in her life. It cost about £14 or $18 US dollars, and what a total waste of money it was. The wet food slides onto the floor and if mew put dry food in it, it ends up everywhere.
In all honesty, we've now put a little non-slip box under her regular stainless bowl to elevate it, see pic below, and she's as happy as a kitty in a catnip meadow. If the P.A. had thought about it before she jumped in and bought it, she could have saved £14 to go towards something else far more useful, like 14 packets of Dreamies. The P.A. should have used our *money-saving tip below - don't wurry we've written to her and said, "Don't let it happen again!" MOL
We also have a funky-looking elevated double bowl holder, see pic below, which we bought years ago and use for freshwater and dry food/kibble only, but we hardly use it preferring our water fountain in the main kitchen instead and we like to eat the dry food/kibble from the normal ceramic bowl in the catservatory better.
So purrlease don't get sucked into buying expensive or gimmicky things, try this easy way to save money; *before mew hit check-out if mew're shopping online wait 24 hours and see if mew still want the item/s. Chances are mew won't. Put that cash towards cat food, treats, cat litter or just save it for something epic.
BONUS TIP FOR
Easy Peasy Clean-ups!
We are very lucky that we have our own kitty kitchen at BBHQ, and it's a rather organised affair at mealtimes as mew can see in the picture below. Smooch usually has the middle slot aftur Fudge - the ginger ninja but this morning he was having a lie-in! MOL
Look top left and mew'll see the tip of Parsley's tail, he eats on the countertop, don't ask us why he prefers to dine alone.
We find that using plastic placemats and putting kitchen roll under each bowl is a great idea, not only is it a supurr civilised way to eat, but it helps if there are food accidents; remove the bowl, pick the kitchen roll up and throw it in the bin, wipe the placemat and put a new piece of kitchen roll down and mew're ready for the 2nd course, instant easy peasy clean-up.
Fudge wants to know when lunch is being served, and could he see the menu, he says he rather fancies the fish today! MOL
Well, that's us cat experts done for Monday, we do hope mew enjoyed today's post, we'd love to hear your thoughts and feel free to share on your social media.
We'll be back tomorrow with the next thrilling and claw-biting chapter of our mega-adventure, The Clockwurk Labyrinth, and if mew've missed any of the previous chapters, click here to catch up.
Until next time...