Pet food bowls to match your kitchen style
While all pet bowls fulfill the basic function of storing measured portions of dog or cat food and water, there are many different styles available and options available. You have your choice of materials, including ceramic, plastic, stainless steel and metal; elevated pet bowls, travel bowls and even automatic and heated pet bowls are also available. Each of these options has its own benefits and drawbacks, and you should take your pet's personality into consideration to find the best match.
Pet Bowl Materials
The characteristics of the main pet bowl materials are as follows:
- Stainless steel: You can safely wash these in a dishwasher, and stainless steel is very durable.
- Glass: If you have a well-behaved animal, glass pet bowls can be an attractive option. However, be cautious if you have an unpredictable pet, as glass bowls break easily and can be hazardous.
- Plastic: This economical option offers ease of care and use for pet owners on a budget.
- Ceramic: In addition to excellent functionality, ceramic pet food bowls can easily be personalized or decorated to match the rest of your kitchen décor.
Pet Bowl Styles
At the basic end, your options include single bowls designed to hold food or water, or dual bowls that have a food chamber and a water chamber. Elevated pet bowls are also available, offering improved ergonomics for larger animals; however, watch out if your pet has a habit of pawing at its food, as this can cause the bowl to tip over and create a mess.
Automatic pet bowls are relatively new on the market, but offer advanced features you may find helpful. They are attached to food and water reservoirs that sense when the bowl is empty and automatically refill it; these are excellent for independent cats, which only eat when they're hungry (unlike dogs, who tend to eat as long as food is available regardless of when they ate last). Some even have timers to automatically dispense food at certain hours of the day.
Travel pet food bowls are portable and convenient, and are typically made of plastic or other lightweight material. You can even get personalized pet bowls that are adorned with your dog or cat's name or picture to give your furry friend a special place to enjoy meals.