THE FEEDING BOWL, NOT JUST ANY BOWL

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!

Plastic

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.

GETTING PERSONAL 

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. 

Glass

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.

 Ceramic

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!  

FEEDING YOUR PETS REQUIRES QUANTITY CONTROL

Quantity control feeding helps keep pets healthy
Photo credit: Karen Arnold

Let’s face it, pets are so food motivated they will eat as much as they can in case it’s their last meal or the only food they’ll get in quite some time.

This used to be the case when dogs and cats lived in the wild and were forced to hunt but today that has all changed. It’s we, the pet parents, who decide the when, what and how much for them and, often times, we get it all wrong.

Constant access to food and the ability to eat any quantity at any time will soon, inevitably, result in over-eating which translates into becoming overweight or, worse, obese. And, we are all very much aware of the health hazards that poses.

I recommend two options but this is the preferred one that most pet parents can manage.
Precise quantities served in person, morning and evening.
Wait 10-15 minutes.
Pick up each time if left unfinished.

GOOD TO KNOW #1 – Avoid the temptation to guess the amount of food you should give your pet at each meal. Consult your veterinarian who will advise you what that amount should be based on the weight, age, health and physical activity of your pet.

GOOD TO KNOW #2 – Once you know the right quantity to give, don’t guess the amount. Measure the food accurately using a measuring cup and a measuring spoon.

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