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To feed and hydrate your little cat, you need to invest in a food bowl. But faced with the millions of models available on the market, it is often difficult to make a choice. Should you opt for the cheapest, prettiest, lightest or most practical bowl? Is it better to choose a toy bowl or a sophisticated model? In this file, we propose you to discover the different types of cat bowls that exist as well as the criteria to take into account to choose the one that will suit your little friend. Finally, you will be able to browse our advice on where and how to install it, but also on how to carefully maintain it.
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What are the different types of cat bowls?
In all supermarkets and pet shops, you can find classic cat bowls, usually round in shape, which are suitable for serving food and water. They can be single or double for serving both food sources.
Made of plastic, stainless steel, glass, silicone or ceramic, they come in many materials, shapes, colors and designs.
These bowls are real devices that allow to distribute the cat's rations for several days in a totally automatic way. They are practical to divide a daily ration into several meals without effort, but also to feed the animal in the absence of his master. In general, these feeders can feed the cat for up to five days, but sometimes more depending on the model.
Even more advanced than automatic feeders, electronic feeders allow you to feed your cat à la carte. Indeed, they are an ideal solution for households with several cats, as they are equipped with a sensor that detects the cat's microchip and delivers the appropriate food. As a result, it allows to feed one animal differently than the others, without any human intervention after filling.
It allows to feed differently a cat that needs a light or medicalized food. It even has the advantage of distributing different kibbles or pate to a kitten, a whole adult cat, a neutered adult cat or a senior cat. What to delight all appetites and all needs, without effort!
The balance bowls are very interesting to ration more easily the overweight or obese cats who have to follow a strict diet, because they integrate a scale which allows to weigh the right quantity of kibble that they need for the day or the meal.
Food dispensing toys
These playful bowls are actually games that allow you to ration your pet and encourage it to spend time feeding itself. They also allow you to occupy the little tomcat who can't stand solitude and who tends to get bored in the absence of his master.
The principle is simple, since the tomcat pushes the toy previously filled with kibbles or treats with his paw to release what it contains in small quantities. This pushes him to move and to eat more reasonably, while contributing to remedy his boredom.
These bowls work on a principle similar to that of food dispensing toys. They allow to slow down the food intake in order to satisfy the cat more easily and to slow down its gluttony. They are ideal for limiting the risks of indigestion and vomiting in voracious cats.
There is a whole range of travel bowls, foldable to be transported more easily and/or hermetic to better preserve food.
There are cooling bowls that keep water, kibble or food cool thanks to their cooling pockets. Ideal in hot weather, these bowls are only useful for a short time, but they are interesting to satisfy the well-being and comfort of cats in summer.
Some cats refuse to drink stagnant water from their water bowls, even if it's fresh and clear. Many prefer to drink from the tap or other sources. Water fountains are a good solution for these cats who are attracted to moving water. They are practical, stimulate the animal and allow it to consume more water in the absence of its masters.
How to choose a bowl for your cat?
You are now aware of the many different cat bowls available on the market. Here are our tips to help you choose the one for your little friend.
You can find cat bowls made of plastic, stainless steel, ceramic, glass or silicone.
We advise against choosing a plastic model, as some cats are allergic to it and develop redness and irritation on their chins, which can lead to feline acne. While plastic bowls are light and inexpensive, they also tend to wear out quickly and give off a bad odor when in contact with food, despite frequent washing.
Therefore, prefer another material, much better tolerated by the animal. You will have to remember to clean it regularly, whatever model you choose. Glass and ceramic are ideal materials for home use. When traveling or on vacation, silicone and stainless steel are very practical.
In order for your cat to eat properly, it is important to choose the right size bowl, i.e. one that corresponds to the size of your feline and the amount of food poured at each meal. Avoid high bowls and prefer flared models, which are easier to access.
Here again, there are many choices. You'll find both single and double bowls, round, square, oval or any other shape, with high or low sides, etc.
Above all, adapt to your pet's needs, but we recommend that you choose single bowls rather than a double bowl. Double bowls are more difficult to clean, less convenient when it comes to replacing water or disposing of excess food, and less suitable for cats who tend to put kibble on the side. In this case, it is common for kibble fragments to fall into the water section, requiring you to replace everything regularly.
Where to place the bowl of his cat? How to clean it ?
You've finally found the perfect bowl for your little kitty! Here are some tips on where to put it, how to install it, and how to maintain it.
How many bowls do I need for my cat?
A cat needs a bowl for its water and a bowl for its kibble or food. We advise you not to opt for a double bowl, which is much less practical.
On the other hand, if you have several cats, it is recommended to provide one set of bowls per cat, or even one more to avoid any stress at mealtime. So, if you have two cats, plan on three water bowls and three food bowls, for example.
Where to put your cat's bowl?
Some owners make the mistake of putting all of their cat's necessities in one place for convenience. However, this is to be avoided at all costs! The cat is a ritualized animal, routine and which compartmentalizes its territory according to its activities. He therefore needs a sleeping area, an elimination area to do his needs and a feeding area that are quite distinct.
This need is finally identical to ours. We would not imagine eating in our toilet, or even sleeping in our kitchen. For the cat, it's the same! So, set up a space for his bowls well away from his bed and his litter box to prevent him from relieving himself elsewhere or abandoning his food.
You can also place the bowls high up so the cat can eat in peace. Meals are sacred for the little feline. It will be safer from children or other pets in the house.
Should the cat's bowl be raised?
For large cats and older cats with arthritis, bending over to feed from a bowl on the floor can be painful. For their comfort and well-being, it may be wise to place their bowl on a small support that raises them a few centimeters so they don't have to bend over too much to eat or drink.
When and how to maintain your cat's bowls?
Whatever bowl you choose, you should ideally clean it every day. The procedure to follow is the following:
- Rinse the bowl with cold water to remove any residue without cooking the food proteins that could stick to the walls and attract bacteria;
- Then wash the bowl in hot water with dishwashing liquid or put it directly in the dishwasher;
- finish by rinsing it with the hottest water possible and then dry it well.
Popular questions about cat bowls
Why won't my cat eat from the bowl?
Cats are sensitive and very selective animals. They check the food with their muzzle before swallowing it. This applies to the food bowl as well. Your cat may despise his meals because something is wrong with the bowl. Cats like cleanliness. That's why they want their food in a clean bowl. Leftover food or dry, soaked lumps quickly spoil a cat's appetite. If you have more than one cat, each cat should have its own bowl from which they can eat without being disturbed. The size of the cat bowl also plays a role. For example, flat-nosed breeds of cats with long whiskers need a shallow bowl for easy access to its contents. This can be disturbing if they are constantly biting into the bowl while eating.
Why do cats scratch their bowls?
If your cat scratches next to the bowl, it is initially harmless. Your cat is following a natural instinct: It wants to bury its "treasure". Feral cats hide the remains of their food ration from enemies in this way. After all, there are no regular meals in the open. Smart animals store their food for bad weather. When domestic cats scratch their food bowls, they are usually full and want to put their leftovers away. If the cat doesn't even touch its food and only licks it cautiously, it's checking to see if the food tastes good and is worth the effort. But it may also be that particularly picky cats prefer to bury the food they don't like, in the hope that there is still something more to their liking. Every cat has its own eating habits.
What does a perfect cat bowl look like?
The surface material is important for hygiene: High-quality plastic bowls, a ceramic bowl or steel, porcelain and enamel cat bowls are suitable. They have basically a smooth surface. Ceramic should always be well glazed to prevent bacteria from nesting in the pores. With enamel and porcelain, you must ensure that no cracks are visible. The same goes for plastic bowls. Bacteria settle quickly, even in the smallest cracks. Also, the bowl should be easy to clean and hold securely. Suction cups or rubber stoppers provide the necessary slip resistance when feeding becomes more turbulent. Some felines also appreciate a raised cat bowl.