I have my cats bowl up on a table in the kitchen. Its kinda in the corner out f the way, so I just placed it on one side and put a cookie jar on the other side of the table to soften the veiw. It works out well for us because it doesnt collect dust this way. It isnt close to there food, so no yuckys get in it.
I am out of filters at the moment, so I have to clean it really well every week or so. Before I only had to clean it every 3 weeks or so.