Frisky Kitty Bowls for Cats by Petrageous - Doctors Foster and Smith
It’s the proprioceptors that deserve our special attention here. Because a cat’s whiskers are so exquisitely sensitive, it can be terribly irritating to a cat if their food or water bowls are narrow enough to cause the whiskers to touch the sides of the bowl. You may assume your cat is merely being picky about her food, but she could actually be very uncomfortable with the feeding dish – not the food itself.
Each bowl of Signature Housewares extra small size really holds about 50% of a cup of dry food (in order to not spill when your cat is eating). This means each bowl contains 150 calories which does not meet the daily requirement for an average sized adult cat, so you will need to fill the two bowls to complete the daily intake, dividing the total 240 calories in two portions, or whatever amount you need to feed your cat, calculating the portion according to your cat’s weight.
Did you know that most cats hate when their whiskers are being pressed closer to their face? Often times, feeding bowls found at pet shops are actually too small for cats. When it comes to the size you have to measure the length of your cat’s whiskers from tip to tip, left to right. The length will vary with age, weight, and breed. Generally, you don’t want to use a bowl that is less than 5 inches wide unless it is very shallow. When a bowl is not big enough, it can actually make your cat uncomfortable while eating and cause them to eat faster. This makes it more likely that they will be leaving you a lovely surprise to step in not too long after they have finished.There are endless choices of cat food dishes and bowls these days. From cute kitty ceramics costing under $10.00 to designer raised-platform deluxe models costing upwards of $200.00. What’s right for your cat will depend on your cat and not your taste. Cats don’t care about cute kitty designs but all cats know what they like. Over many years of experience, I’ve discovered the best way to find out (without breaking your budget) is go to your local thrift shop. Buy a selection of sizes and materials and let your cat decide. They usually cost well under a dollar. The selection of bowls (pictured above) are our favorites, all from a local thrift shop. Plus, recycling leaves a low carbon footprint.Ceramic tends to cost the most in pet shops because the bowls are not only heavy and sturdy, but very attractive to us hoomans. While it is a good option, you have to make sure the coating used on ceramic dishes and bowls is safe! If it is certified for food, the glaze on the bowl should be lead free. I use black ceramic bowls for my cats but they are intended for human use. If you want to be certain, stick to small dinnerware plates and bowls marketed for hoomans, not kitties.Location Location Location: If you have multiple cats, everyone needs their own food and water bowl. Place bowls a comfortable distance apart. We have three feeding stations on two floors and additional water bowls. Yeah, we’re fussy and spoiled. We also recommend elevated bowls. Our trick is to place bowls on a non-stick mat over an upside down tray or wooden box. Be creative but be sure it’s stable and non-slip.