Feeding bowls made from stainless steel, the preferred material for dogs
Metal food and water bowls on a stand for a rather long-legged dog
Feeding bowls made from stainless steel, the preferred material for cats
Cat enjoys drinking and feeding out of metal bowls raised off the ground

Have you ever thought that the material a food bowl is made of can make a difference? “What kind of difference?” you might ask. Well, let’s find out!


This may come as a surprise but plastic is certainly not the best. Some pets are allergic to it and anything made from that material can cause a health episode. 

However, allergic or not, plastic is likely to break down over time causing harmful chemicals—Bisphenal A (BPA) and Phthalates— to seep into the food or water in a plastic bowl. Even traces of lead have been found by some researchers.


I once cared for a family of four cats and one of the white ones suffered from skin allergies caused by anything made from plastic. Yes, anything. Plastic bags, plastic containers, you name it, needed to be kept out of reach. I had to be extremely careful what it could come into contact with and never bring anything into the home myself that could be potentially harmful. 


This material is stable and can be sterilized but there is always the possibility that it could break. If you do choose glass, avoid products made in developing countries that often contain lead.


Generally this is a reliable material. Just make sure the label says “lead-free.” The reason being that the colors used in glazed items produced in some countries could contain lead and cadmium.

Stainless Steel

This is definitely the preferred material of choice since it doesn’t react to foods and liquids, is strong, and can be sterilized. Nevertheless, if the bowl were to become severely scratched or damaged, metals could seep out over a long period of time.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

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