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post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
Not really sure where I should post this.. so I'll start here!

I was wondering if anyone uses more of a plate when you feed your cat? My kitten eats mostly wet/dehydrated raw food and the dish I have can be a pain at time. The end of her portion, a lot gets mashed along the sides and she'll stop eating...if I gather it and put it back on the middle she usually finishes it off...
So my question to all of you, is what kind of dish do you use? I'd like to see some options!
post #2 of 39

I use cat bowls with sides.  I take care of the 'mashed up' food problem by adding water.  It's good for their hydration and nothing gets stuck on the sides that way.

post #3 of 39
Thread Starter 
I add a very generous amount of water to both her canned and even her dehydrated..to the point its getting close to soup..if it's too watery she doesn't care for it. Even with all the extra water it still tends to mash..maybe she laps up the excess water lol
post #4 of 39
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I add a very generous amount of water to both her canned and even her dehydrated..to the point its getting close to soup..if it's too watery she doesn't care for it. Even with all the extra water it still tends to mash..maybe she laps up the excess water lol

 

My cats are like that, too--I have to get just the right amount of water.  Too much and they won't eat it.  Too little and it mashes up against the sides of the bowls!  

post #5 of 39

I found a great cat bowl.. It is like a small cereal bowl.. I used to use flat dishes, but since I have been adding a lot of water to the food, the bowl is great.. a good size, and I do have to worry about food being mushed out ...

 

I agree, too watery is not good.. it has to be the 'perfect' mix...

post #6 of 39

I use dessert bowls from Corelle.  Walmart had them in "open stock" but I've gotten them elsewhere also. They are by far my favorite.  They wash perfectly in the dishwasher and I can reheat refrigerated food.  

post #7 of 39
My boy have his food served on ceramic plates with low sides. He's on totally wet food but I still add a little water to it.

Here's a photo of his dishes.
His food is served on either the oval or rectangular plate. I use a low sided plate so that the sides does not irritate his whiskers while he's eating.
The paw print bowl is his drinking bowl which I fill it up to the brim and throw away the water once he finished drinking.
The cat face print bowl is just to hold his spoon for scooping his food from the can to the plate laughing02.gif

post #8 of 39
Thread Starter 
The oval and rectangle look like great ideas! They were what I had been thinking of!
post #9 of 39
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The oval and rectangle look like great ideas! They were what I had been thinking of!

yeah.gif I like the oval one, too. agree.gif
post #10 of 39
This tilted dish solved our problem with the food getting mashed into the back of the bowl. Like you, our cat would finish after I pushed the remaining food into the middle of the bowl. Gravity does that now.

http://www.fellipet.com/product_show_o2.php

post #11 of 39

Apparently, many cats like to eat from a slightly elevated height, so that they don't have to bend down to the ground.  I think it's more comfortable on the throat to eat from a bowl about 6" from the ground.  So, you could try putting an oval dish like @TabbyTom 's onto a small box to see if she then clears her plate  :vibes: 

 

 

Like this ingenious device, only more homemade and not as fancypants!

 

post #12 of 39
Thread Starter 
Oh I like that bowl and that stand. Both are super neat. I picked up these yesterday. They were pretty cheap so I can replace them at any time.
I'm definitely going to try and find something to elevate them and see how she likes it
post #13 of 39

They look good. I read somewhere that cats like a bowl wide enough so that their whiskers don't touch the sides, your bowls look just the job.  

post #14 of 39
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They look good. I read somewhere that cats like a bowl wide enough so that their whiskers don't touch the sides, your bowls look just the job.  
Interesting! That would maybe explain the old bowls...once the remains of the food was mashed, her whiskers probably squished if she tried to get the last bites
post #15 of 39
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Apparently, many cats like to eat from a slightly elevated height, so that they don't have to bend down to the ground.  I think it's more comfortable..........................
Since young till now, my boy is in prone position when he eats.



post #16 of 39

I use a stainless steel plate for dry food and a bowl for wet food.

 

I encountered the same problem of food migration to the margins of the plate. 

 

There is a compromise between allowing the whiskers to be free (not touching the margins) and pushing food towards the center of the plate.

post #17 of 39

@TabbyTom Haha, I've noticed that January tends towards the prone, or the supine (upside down with tummy on display).  I've also noticed that he's a bit of an oddball in the nicest, most endearing, way possible biggrinlove.gif 

post #18 of 39
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@TabbyTom
 Haha, I've noticed that January tends towards the prone, or the supine (upside down with tummy on display).  I've also noticed that he's a bit of an oddball in the nicest, most endearing, way possible biggrinlove.gif  
Yep, that's how he eats and how he sleeps. Every night his back legs are either on me chest or in me face when he sleeps in the supine position. He occupies a lot of space in that position. Sometimes I get his butt in me face too laughing02.gif
post #19 of 39

I just saw this photo on the elevated bowl search page, whilst closing my tabs:

 

 

:clap:

post #20 of 39
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I just saw this photo on the elevated bowl search page, whilst closing my tabs:



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Wow! A packed cafeteria with two cats in queue! Or are they the waiters? laughing02.gif
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post #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by Brian007 View Post
 

Apparently, many cats like to eat from a slightly elevated height, so that they don't have to bend down to the ground.  I think it's more comfortable on the throat to eat from a bowl about 6" from the ground.  So, you could try putting an oval dish like @TabbyTom 's onto a small box to see if she then clears her plate  :vibes: 

 

 

Like this ingenious device, only more homemade and not as fancypants!

 

 

We had a problem with our tall cat Ozzy vomiting after eating and someone (I think here on TCS) suggested getting elevated bowls so they all use those now.

 

post #23 of 39

I'm about ready to nail my food bowls to the floor. One of my kits thinks it's fun to get her paw under any one of them and flip it. Including the weighted ones.   She also auto dialed , thankfully my best friend and left a voicemail of several minutes of the news.

post #24 of 39
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I'm about ready to nail my food bowls to the floor. One of my kits thinks it's fun to get her paw under any one of them and flip it. Including the weighted ones.   She also auto dialed , thankfully my best friend and left a voicemail of several minutes of the news.

 

 

Utterly priceless !

 

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post #25 of 39
I actually elevate this bowl even more. I put the whole thing in a standard cylindrical bowl that raises it about two more inches.
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Originally Posted by silverpersian View Post

This tilted dish solved our problem with the food getting mashed into the back of the bowl. Like you, our cat would finish after I pushed the remaining food into the middle of the bowl. Gravity does that now.

http://www.fellipet.com/product_show_o2.php

post #26 of 39

I appreciate coming here and everyone's posts. This is a great thread!

 

Brian, I love the photo you included, what a precise little serving system the owner had going on there! Cat heaven!!!

 

Right now I have been using ceramic as that was a successful way of feeding with previous cats. I find the bowls stay on the floor without being pushed away and never get "tipped" . I have 5 on hand right now for Kaleb of which I am using three. One is more like a small treat dish for an adult cat which is what I will use it for when he is grown.. but right now I've been mashing his wet food in it. I don't give him much he's only five months.

 

The water bowl is about 3-4 inches high, and weighty which is what I seem to like about it. I may consider a wider dish with sides in the future as after seeing the photos I'm now more aware of my options. I like the idea of paying close care to your kitten's whiskers.

 

Here is a photo of what Kaleb has as of now:

 

 

 

I haven't had an issue with ants yet. I did find one a few days ago, but it was my fault. I left the small dish there all night after he had already finished his canned, and there was still residue in the dish.  Won't do that again!! mad4.gif

post #27 of 39

We have this elevated feeder:

 

We call it Coco and Callie's "dining table."  Coco objected at first, but now they eat side-by-side four times a day...

 (You can really see how small Callie is in comparison to Coco here!)

 

Coco used to fling food all over the place as she ate, but this "dining table" set has eliminated that issue.  Also, we really like the bowls.  They don't have any corners/edges, and are very shallow and wide.  And the cat ears are super adorable! :catguy: 

post #28 of 39
Thread Starter 
So cute! I love it!
post #29 of 39
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Originally Posted by dorimon View Post
 

We have this elevated feeder:

 

We call it Coco and Callie's "dining table."  Coco objected at first, but now they eat side-by-side four times a day...

 (You can really see how small Callie is in comparison to Coco here!)

 

Coco used to fling food all over the place as she ate, but this "dining table" set has eliminated that issue.  Also, we really like the bowls.  They don't have any corners/edges, and are very shallow and wide.  And the cat ears are super adorable! :catguy: 

 

The 'dining table'.  Too cute.  :clap:  They're very cool.  What brand are they--do you remember where you got them?
post #30 of 39
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The 'dining table'.  Too cute.  :clap:  They're very cool.  What brand are they--do you remember where you got them?

The  company is called ViviPet.  Here's a link to the product page: https://www.vivipet.com/blank-ngcij/vivipet-buddy-cat-collection-b1-ww-1

 

They also sell it on Amazon.

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