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!!