Face it. Traditional pet feeding bowls may not be very accommodating to your dog or cat's comfort. And anything less that total comfort may keep your pet from totally enjoying the wonderful meals you serve.
But now it's possible to accommodate not only your pet's height by raising the level of her food bowls, so she doesn't have to strain to lower her head, but some of the ergonomic bowls are tilted forward, tilted backward, are very shallow, or very deep, contain compartments or obstacles.... It all depends on what your dog or cat needs to be comfy while he eats.
Here's a bowl for a long-eared dog!
Ergonomic Pet Bowl For Dogs With Long Ears
Do you love this bowl, or what? You have to admit, if you're a dog with long ears, the PETish Spaniel Bowl is the way to go! Get one for food and another for water and your dog's ears will stay clean and dry. There's a really sweet yellow version of the Spaniel Bowl too, and it comes in small and medium sizes!
Ergonomic Pet Bowls That Tip Food Backwards
Dogs and cats lap their food and water, so their tongues go from the bottom of their mouths to the top and, as they eat, food moves to the back of the bowl. Have you seen your dog's bowl up against the wall or cabinet after he finishes eating? Then you know what I mean.
The SanRan Tilted Ergonomic Tilted Pet Bowl naturally positions your pets food and water to the back of the bowl for their convenience. These bowls are small, which is why they are for young'uns or small pets.
What you don't see in this diagram is that the ceramic walls of the SanRan pet bowl are weighted in the back the back and bottom. This is to provide resistance and balance to the bowl as your pet eats and drinks. This is to keep your dog or cat from pushing his food dish into the wall while trying to lick up the stuff in the back of the dish.
This great dish is ceramic too. It comes in white with yellow (above), turquoise, and orange interiors.
Another beautiful ceramic bowl, at 5 inches long, 5 inches wide, and 2.5 inches high, this bowl is not going to feed Marmaduke, but it is nice and solid. Like the SanRan bowl, above, the Living World Ergonomic Bowl is ceramic and its bottom weighted, so your pet shouldn't have to push the bowl into the wall while she's eating. According to the manufacturers, this bowl can be used to feed animals as small as gerbils! Maybe a pet rabbit....
The Living World bowl comes in pink (above), teracotta, blue, and green.
If you have a larger dog or cat, you might go for the cool Petego Yoga Dog Bowl, designed by Emanuele Bianchi and inspired by the classic "Downward Dog" yoga position. It is tilted forward, and the front of the bowl, like the two bowls above, is lower than the back. If you don't like this color, there are a dozen other colors to choose from. Also, the Yoga Dog Bowl comes in small, medium, and large.
This stunning bowl, also designed by Emanuele Bianchi, comes in small, medium, and large. As a stand-alone or as a companion to the Petego Yoga Dog Bowl, above, the Petego Ergonomic Tulip Dog Bowl shows and serves well. Look how nicely they go together....
Ergonomic Shallow Pet Bowls
Cats are notorious for shunning their typical round cat bowls. They have very sensitive whiskers and they don't like them rubbing up against the sides of their bowls. So, we've got some great wide flat bowls for the kitties here.
Gorgeous bowl! And a great silicone pad that can be placed underneath the bowl to keep it from sliding or used to cover the bowl to keep the flies out of it! But that's not all....
Dr. Catsby's Food Bowl was created to leave just the right amount of width for cat whiskers so they don't rub against the sides of the bowls. By doing this, cats can not only avoid the discomfort, which can be painful, but can reduce the risk of feline acne! Did you even know about feline acne? It's a painful bacterial outbreak of sebaceous glands that are located under a cat's chin, which may be exacerbated by whisker rub. (Read more about feline acne at Healthy Pet.) For this reason, as well as just your kitty's basic comfort, he needs to eat and drink out of flat bowls. Dr. Catsby's Food Bowl for Whisker Relief is designed to keep food in the middle of the bowl, so your cat doesn't have to remove food from corners or walls of his food bowl.
These shiny stainless steel bowls (they come two to an order for water and food) offer your cat comfort and cleanliness in containers that are un-pushable. The SuperDesigns have flat inner surfaces, unlike Dr. Catsby's curved interior. However, the edges of the SuperDesigns bowls are curved so food will not get stuck in sharp-edged corners. These bowls are dishwasher safe and are a more economic buy than Dr. Catsby's bowls, above.
Ergonomic Raised Pet Bowls
Most pets prefer to eat from at least a slightly raised bowl, depending on their height and age. Like humans, our pets get less flexible as they age, so about the time they are middle-aged, if not before, you should consider providing water and food bowls slightly lower than their chin level.
Here is a method of measurement for raised pet bowls suggested by OurPets
There are tons of raised pet bowls out there waiting for your money, some very plain, some more stylish. You just have to make sure the feeder measurements match your pet's need for height and that the bowls are comfortable for her.
This OurPets raised feeder, shaped like a bone, comes in four sizes, from 4 to 16 inches. It's a popular bowl with Amazon customers, who like its design as well as its function, offering comfort to their pups, as well as cleanliness. The stainless steel bowls are included, dishwashable, of course. I love the grooves around the bowls that help to catch any messes before they hit the floor.
I love the look of the Dexas Popware. Its very stylish, comes in several color combinations, including different stand colors, and it's practical. The small and large sizes are the same height - good for small to medium pets - but the large has a bigger eating and drinking surface and larger silicone bowls. It's great for travel as it collapses to 1.5 inches and it's lightweight.
Polish Pottery makes many styles of this cat bowl, which is: 5.4" high. The bowl itself is 5.5" wide and 1.25" deep, holding 1.5 cups of food. You can use this bowl for your cat's (or small dog's) food or water. It's nice and heavy which is great for balance. It's also darn cute.
The Catit Raised Multi-Feeder is not only raised, but it has a round feeding area so a few cats can eat out of it at one time. There are also two food areas - the outer ring for wet food and an inner pocket for dry food. This inner pocket is clever, as it allows cats to use their natural grasping movements to trap kibble. The base of the feeder can be used to store extra dry food. The Catit is easy to clean by simply removing and gently washing its lid. You don't have to have multiple cats to invest in this feeder! You might also like the Catit Raised Water Fountain; my cat won't drink out of anything else! And my dog loves it too!
Ergonomic Slow Feeder Pet Bowls
Your dog eats too fast and gobbling up his food in one gulp is going to make him sick. It can make him choke and can result in a serious ailment - gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) - aka bloat. Gobbling food can also lead to aggressive behavior, especially around your dog's food bowl. To slow your dog down, there are several dog bowls molded with obstacles inside them, making it tougher for your dog to get at his food. Most of these are made primarily for kibble eaters. Here are a few of some popular feeders that will slowww your dog down.
Some manufacturers call these slow feeders "interactive" pet bowls, but the bowls don't interact, they provide obstacles, so I'm going to avoid using 'interactive' in this context. Some of the slow feeder bowls also create more obstacles than are necessary to slow your dog down. They may be more appropriate to use as a game or puzzle than as a dinner dish, so take that into consideration when choosing.
The Outward Hound Slow Feeder is the most popular slow feeder, according to dog parents. As you can see, it makes it difficult to 'inhale' this kibble. Parents say it's fun for their dogs to dig the kibble out of this dish with their tongues. Many say that the Outward Hound Slow Feeder slowed their dogs down enough that they can eat out of regular bowls now. It comes in small and large.
Do these dogs look like they're having fun? They certainly look intent on removing their kibble from the bowls. Siensync Ergonomic Slow Feed Dog Bowl is a popular design for dogs who eat very fast.
If you don't want a lot of obstacles to your dog's slow feeder, I recommend the Aikiou Ergonomic Slow Feed Pet Bowl. You spread the kibble meal among the 14 little cups and your pup eats it, nice and slowly, moving the cover and caps around as he moves from cup to cup. It can't be too fast. The cups are deep enough that your dog has to exert a little effort to scoop the kibble out with his tongue. This bowl was very effective at slowing my own dog down. Now he eats out of a regular bowl and actually takes breaks between swallows.
Okay! Now we've got it. A slow feed bowl that is also adjustable so it can be raised. The Outward Hound 3-In-1 fits both needs - to eat slowly and at the right level to avoid neck strain. The Outward Hound is one circumference, but extends up to 10 inches high. The ridged bowl can be removed and, don't worry, this bowl also comes in white!
So, among all these bowls, perhaps you can find something ergonomically suited to your dog or cat. They will love you even more for it!
That's the buzz for today!