cat_content_logo When buying food and water bowls for your cat, look beyond the cute patterns. Plastic scratches easily, and tiny fissures can harbor germs. Stainless steel is sturdy, unbreakable, and dishwasher-safe. Ceramic is another good choice. Be sure to wash out all food bowls daily.

Cat bowls should be shallow, yet large enough to hold a full cup of cat food. Straight-sided bowls are less likely to tip. Automatic feeders help keep kitty’s routine consistent when you’re away. If you care for outdoor strays, electrically heated bowls keep fresh water available all winter long. And, if you want to “bowl” your older cat over with kindness, buy an elevated bowl frame and watch her chow down in comfort!