What is the best material for pet food bowls?
Pet food bowls are available in a wide assortment of sizes and materials. Many people choose plastic pet food bowls because they are readily available, inexpensive and come in lots of colors and sizes. However, a plastic bowl might not be the best choice for your pet’s food bowls.
Downsides of plastic: Plastic food bowls can get small scratches over time which trap and hold bacteria that cannot be removed even with cleaning. Some cats eating from plastic food bowls may develop feline acne from exposure to bacteria in the bowl, and dogs and cats may develop an allergic reaction to the plastic. While this is a controversial issue, some experts report that some plastics may emit BPA or other dangerous chemicals which can leach into your pet’s food. Finally, a dog that is a determined chewer may end up chewing the plastic pet food bowl, possibly ingesting pieces of the plastic bowl.
Better materials for pet food bowls: The safest pet food bowls are made of stainless steel. Stainless steel bowls are unbreakable, durable, dishwasher-safe and easy to keep clean. If you choose stainless steel, look for a bowl with non-skid rubber on the bottom, such as Durapet pet food dishes and bowls.
Other choices include glass, ceramic or stoneware pet food bowls. Like stainless steel, these are sturdy, non-porous and easy to keep clean. Ceramic and stoneware pet food bowls come in a number of different colors and designs. If you choose stoneware, make sure the bowls are dishwasher safe and have a lead-free, food-grade glaze. To ensure your pet’s safety, glass, ceramic or stoneware pet food bowls should be discarded if they become chipped or cracked. Also, be cautious of using glass bowls outside as, under the right conditions, glass can concentrate the sun’s rays enough to start a fire on a wooden deck.
When choosing pet food dishes, consider an elevated feeder, which is simply an elevated stand used to raise the food bowls above floor level. Elevated feeders have a number of benefits, the most important of which is improved comfort for your pet. It can be uncomfortable for some pets to lower the head down to eat or drink, especially for larger dogs, senior pets and those with painful joints. A raised feeder allows your pet to eat using a more natural body posture, thereby reducing stress on your pet’s back and neck. Since your pet’s head isn’t pointed downward to eat from the floor, a raised feeder also makes swallowing food and water easier on your pet.
Additionally, an elevated feeder can keep the feeding area neater as less food and water falls on the floor when your pet eats, and the bowls are held in place preventing playful pets from pushing the bowls around the floor.
What type of bowl does your pet use?