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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-03-2015, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Need bowl recommendations.

I recently brought home my 3 year old male tabby, Henry. While shopping for all the needed supplies, I couldn't help but absolutely hate the bowl selection! They all seemed impossibly small.

Can any of you recommend me good, deep bowls? He's currently eating/drinking out of cereal bowls, but I'd like to get him switched to his own bowls asap.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-04-2015, 12:57 AM
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I use a combination of bowls, depending on what they're used for! Deeper, heavier crock type bowls for water, wider, but shallower glass dishes for wet food, easier for them to get to it! If I feed any dry, it's in a crock type bowl too!

Glass Pyrex bowls are great for storing left over canned food in, the left overs won't smell weird, like they will, if stored in the can, plus they're micro-waveable, which is handy!

All my food dishes are micro-waveable, so if I need to reheat someones breakfast/dinner, it's no problem!
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I like the heavy ceramic bowls, try one that's meant for a water dish, or in the dog section you'll always find bigger ones
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Cats tend to like low profile bowls (for their food), it prevents their whiskers from touching the sides and makes it easier for them to eat. My cats are on scheduled meals so I don't require a huge bowl. They eat about 2.5~3.0 oz/meal.

I prefer my bowls to be stainless steel ones because I'm a klutz and having at least one counter-surfing cat means things can get knocked down/broken. Plastic tends cause cats to get acne. My choice is the Durapet stainless steel bowls with a rubber bottom.

For water, right now I'm just using a large coffee mug, lol. They don't drink much water because I already feed them wet food exclusively, and add about a tablespoon of water to their meals.
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I use stainless steel bowls; the average sized bowls with the no-skid bottoms for food (they're usually not too deep, but nice and wide, which works perfectly for us since our kittens eat out of the same bowl). We also have one of the same type for their water; it's reasonably deep (kind of like a cereal bowl) but also a bit on the wider side, because our older cat loves lounging by a big pool of water.

There are a number of brands that come in all shapes and sizes so you probably won't have to look too hard to find something deep enough for you. And the stainless steel is amazingly easy to clean (and, as others have mentioned, it won't shatter if it falls off the counter), which is great if you feed canned or raw.
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Head over to the dog section of the store. They have much better, more practical bowls there. I like flat bottom large ceramic bowls for water. I have also bought flat appetizer dishes for food bowls. I like the low sides and bigger sizes. The appetizer bowls are 4" x 6" by 1/2" tall.

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I bought bowls at the dollar store. They are stainless steel on the inside and have a rubbery type material on the bottom to prevent skidding. They are relatively wide and deep, perfect for the cats, and being a dollar was an added bonus.

These are the ones. I'm surprised I was able to find them on the net.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-04-2015, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions, all! Much appreciated. I'll keep on hunting
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-04-2015, 11:27 AM
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I use stainless steel bowls that are high sided. Lots of cats don't like their whiskers pressed back but my guys don't seem to be too concerned in general.

I have noticed with my fussy MowMow that if the food gets crammed in the corners of the bowl he wont' eat it. He gives up walks away. I have a ceramic cereal bowl that's rounded on the inside and he really likes to eat out of that.

Keep in mind that plastic bowls are thought to be a common cause in feline acne.

I love the stainless steel for it's washing power. I use 9 bowls a day (3 cats X 3 meals per day) and I put them in the dishwasher when they are done eating. Then at night I run them through the dishwasher with my regular dishes. Easy Peasy and sanitary, just the way I like it!
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