Stainless Steel Cat Bowls
Here's a carefully hand-picked range of stainless steel cat bowls from leading online pet retailers that we've put together for you.
We've listed cheap stainless steel cat bowls to expensive designer ones, so there's something for every feline budget! You can also click on the information tab for some top tips.
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When feeding your cat, you'd be right to be concerned about the quality of food, but have you given enough consideration to the quality of the bowl it's feeding from? This simple guide might help you avoid those cat bowl no-nos and explain why stainless is safest!
Stainless steel cat bowls are safest
They may not come in your favourite colour or cutesy pattern, but your vet will recommend stainless steel cat bowls for a number of reasons:
- They won't break
- They are easy to clean and are dishwasher safe
- They won't harm your cat
What's wrong with plastic?
Although plastic is tough enough for the job, they has some major flaws. Firstly, it's surface is vulnerable to damage - such as scratches and grazes, which soon become a home for some nasty germs.
It's also relatively light-weight and tends to move around the floor when your cat is feeding. Another downside to plastic is allergy; some cats have an allergy to plastic, recognised by a skin condition affecting their chins with an irritation similar to acne. If you've noticed this on your cat seek advice from your vet.
What size stainless steel cat bowl do I need?
Experts suggest a healthy adult cat will need to eat the 'equivalent' of five mice a day to meet their requirement of two hundred and forty calories. Most cat owners choose to feed their cats twice a day, morning and night, and that equates to one or two cups/portions of their chosen food*. Your cat bowl should comfortably contain this amount.
- straighter sided bowls are less likely to tip over
- too big a bowl might encourage you to overfeed your cat
* feeding portions depend on the age, health and dietary requirements of your cat/
Can you use stainless steel bowls for kittens?
Yes you can - kitten bowls are smaller and shallower but the benefits of stainless steel still apply.
Do different breeds of cats need differently shaped steel bowls?
Good question! Yes they do, a flat-faced Persian, for example, might be better suited to a flatter bowl with concave sides to help them eat, while a larger breed of cat, such as a Maine Coon, may need a larger bowl to accommodate its whiskers.
Is stainless steel the right choice for drinking bowls?
Yes - for all the reasons we've discussed. Cats are extremely fussy about water, so make sure you keep the bowl fresh and topped up at all times.
How do I stop my cat bowl slipping?
This one's simple to answer - buy a slip or place mat, or a cat bowl with a rubber base rim to prevent it slipping across the floor.
I've bought a stainless steel bowl but my cat won't eat from it!
Because cats have sensitive taste buds, they sometimes dislike the metallic taste. It has also been known for kittens to be frightened by their own reflection! In such cases, shatterproof glass or ceramic cat bowls offer an alternative.
Where to I buy stainless steel cat bowls?
You'll find a big choice of stainless steel bowls online, alternatively, visit your local pet store or veterinary practice. There's a fantastic selection available on Amazon at some great prices.
Look for the PetSafe logo on your chosen brand if you're at all worried about the quality of your chosen stainless steel cat bowl.
Remember the golden rules:
- Keep it clean - wash your cat bowl everyday
- After cleaning, make sure you've rinsed off any detergent
- If your cat bowl is cracked or damaged - buy a new one
- If your cat isn't eating, it might be ill, so seek the advice of your vet