Cat Bowls & Accessories
Cat Bowls and Accessories
If only cats could eat using a knife and fork! Life would be so much tidier. Unfortunately, they can’t and so you will need to invest in cat bowls for them to eat from and mats to catch the Cat Food that will inevitably be dropped.
At Time for Paws we have an excellent range of cat bowls for you to choose from. With stylish ceramic, stainless steel and melamine bowls in our range there is sure to be a dish to suit both your pet and your home décor. Your floors will remain clean if you stand your chosen cat bowls on the handy Dinner Mate mats. These wipe clean mats are available in different styles to suit and provide a clearly defined feeding area for your cat or cats.
How to Choose Perfect Cat Bowl?
On the face of it you could use any plate or dish to feed your cat. In reality choice of cat bowls might prove crucial to your cat’s health and happiness. The wrong cat bowl can see your cat refusing to eat and it is equally important that you find the right place to put it. Cats can be very particular when it comes to their table manners!
Shape and Style
Cats are best suited to eating from bowls rather than plates. Large plates can mean that some of the food provided is out of easy reach. Plates will also encourage other cats to pinch the Food. The sides of the bowl should not be too high though as this can discourage cats from feeding. They feel uncomfortable when their whiskers have to bend in order to access the food.
Your cat bowl should be fashioned from a material which is easy to clean and which is resistant to damage. Scratches and gouges can harbour bacteria or hurt your cat’s mouth as they feed. Soft plastic bowls tend to scuff and can absorb odours which will put your cat off their food. The best materials for Cat Bowls are stainless steel, ceramics and rigid plastics.
No cat will care what their food bowl looks like. They are only interested in the contents. However, if you prefer everything in your home to be stylish and coordinated then there is no reason why you can’t choose a great looking bowl which complements the décor in your home.
How Many Cat Bowls?
Your feline friend needs a water bowl as well as a food bowl. The two bowls are best kept completely separate as the water is easily contaminated with dropped food and odours. For this reason you might want to avoid double bowls. If you have more than one cat then you should provide each cat with its own food bowl as they may refuse to eat or be too intimidated to approach the food in a shared bowl.
Food and water bowls are best placed in quiet areas of the house where the cats do not feel threatened. The bowls should be kept well away from Litter Trays as cats are naturally hygienic and will shun food that is placed close to their toilet.
It can help if you place the bowls on a mat which is easy to wipe clean. Cats do not benefit from hands and do not use cutlery so some spillage is inevitable. This should be cleaned away frequently before it starts to rot. The mat will also serve to anchor the bowls and to make them more visible to people who might accidently step in them.
Cats are fastidious creatures and this tendency can be confused with fussiness. If you provide a nice clean bowl which isn’t too deep and locate it in a cat friendly position then your cats will be happy to eat. Cats which refuse to eat may not be rejecting your choice of cat food, they could be saying no to their bowls.
Cat food and water bowls
When you are at home you doubtless take care to give your cat the meals that it needs. But what about when you are away from home? If you are out and about for a day or two and don’t want to bother the neighbours with cat feeding duties, then we have some great solutions for you. The Cat Mate Automatic Cat Feeders are a fabulous innovation and enable you to leave your cat knowing that food will be provided. Simply add food to the feeders, set the timer and your cat will get his dinner at the usual time. The food is kept fresh and chilled too.
When it comes to dinner time, you cat will never have had it so good!
Tips for choosing the best cat food fowl
Here is a great article looking at tips for deciding on the best cat bowl for your feline friend