or Connect
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Health › Plastic Bowls..bad?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Plastic Bowls..bad?

post #1 of 46
Thread Starter 
Ok so I was reading an article and it stated that plastic bowls are bad. Because they retain bacteria. Alright so it makes sense. But my cats break ceramic, and will not eat out of metal. So I have plastic. But i clean it every other day generaly..does that make me a bad pet momma?
post #2 of 46
I dont think it makes you bad at all..I myself have been reduced to plastic due to the fact mabby has broken 3 ceramic dishes thus far....lol.......but it is a good idea to keep them clean i know plastic containers can cause acne in some cats, because of bacteria......though i dont know much more beyond that...I am sure if you keep it clean you shouldnt have a problem
post #3 of 46
The problem is that the plastic develops hairline cracks when they have been run through dishwashers and the like and this is what holds the bacteria.
post #4 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by hissy
The problem is that the plastic develops hairline cracks when they have been run through dishwashers and the like and this is what holds the bacteria.
So would it be a wise idea to replace the plastic dishes after a certain amount of time???.....and would hand washing cause the same problem?
post #5 of 46
I would suggest using glass, metal or ceramic myself. Some people even use paper and throw them away after one use
post #6 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by hissy
I would suggest using glass, metal or ceramic myself. Some people even use paper and throw them away after one use

Metal thats one i havent tried.....thanx for the advice....to bad it isnt my thread....lol....but its always good to learn something new....
post #7 of 46
Thread Starter 
Good point. I dont use a dishwasher....dont have one. LOL i wash the dish by hand Dutchy WILL NOT eat out of metal at all...perhaps its back to trying to ceramic. i do replace my plastic ones every now and than.
post #8 of 46
Sierra and I really like her new dish. It is situated nicely in it's little stand and not very easy to knock over and break. I wash it thoroughly after each meal. There is a wide variety of cat feeders available on line similar to this made of different material, glass, metal, ceramic...all elevated in a little feeder which holds in nicely in place. Although, I have tripped over the little stand several times when I forgot to remove it when picking up her dish! Wonder if this would help prevent your kitties' dishes from getting broken? Just a thought.
post #9 of 46
Thread Starter 
Thanks I will take a look *chuckles* Last time I tried a stand however..dutchys response? she had Loki knock over the stand. Did I mention dutchy is a very picky kitten? Her plastic dish..of course had to be purple (we had green and blue before..oh no purple stays) I may just get some ceramic people bowls. as they are a little more affordable..and see what she does with that.
post #10 of 46
stephanie...thats a real neat looking dish..........made for a princess....i can see why sierra likes it...ill have to get some of them
post #11 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nebula11
stephanie...thats a real neat looking dish..........made for a princess....i can see why sierra likes it...ill have to get some of them
What a sweet thing for you to say, Bridget, thank you! Sure hope your babies like it too!
post #12 of 46
We use ceramic, but at least one gets smashed every week by the dogs jumping up on the bench. Luckily they are only $0.99c each!
post #13 of 46
we also use metal here - but to be honest i dont think it would bother Cedar what it was in - he would eat everything in site if possible

wow he certainly does sound like a picky kitten good luck in finding a dish they wont destroy
post #14 of 46
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by huggles
we also use metal here - but to be honest i dont think it would bother Cedar what it was in - he would eat everything in site if possible

wow he certainly does sound like a picky kitten good luck in finding a dish they wont destroy
Oh no you called her a He! LOL I wont tell her you said so..the dutchess would not be pleased...
post #15 of 46
Have you tried a heavier-duty ceramic dish? My cats eat out of ceramic bowls designed for (don't tell them!) dogs. They're a heavy white ceramic, shaped to be untippable, with a row of multi-colored paw prints running around the edge, so they're not a dog design. We had trouble with feline acne for quite a while, even though I washed the dishes daily, but that's cleared up completely since we started using these ceramic dishes several years ago.

pawprint ceramic bowls (click here)

The design is on clearance at the above link (it's an older style), but you can probably find similar dishes in pet stores or on other sites.

ps Sierra's dish is beautiful!
post #16 of 46
You can also use flower pot holders. Of course get the ones with no holes in them, or the food will leak out-
post #17 of 46
I bought 2 ceramic dishes about a month ago so that my 2 cats don't have to share a bowl. The ceramic dishes have a fair weight to them and hopefullly this will keep the bowls from moving around the floor as easily. I paid about $3.00 per bowl.
post #18 of 46
Bijou and Mika are little pigs and will eat out of anything. Too bad about the metal bowls as I bought 2 bags of the World's Best Cat Litter Tuesday and I got a free metal bowl with each bag. (That was the heavy duty litter - the one for multiple cats.) Since Mika has been allowed out with Bijou, she tends to prefer to use his litter instead of her own (he doesn't seem to mind) and with both of them using the one litter I thought the heavy duty stuff would work better - we shall see!
post #19 of 46
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tuxedokitties
Have you tried a heavier-duty ceramic dish? My cats eat out of ceramic bowls designed for (don't tell them!) dogs. They're a heavy white ceramic, shaped to be untippable, with a row of multi-colored paw prints running around the edge, so they're not a dog design. We had trouble with feline acne for quite a while, even though I washed the dishes daily, but that's cleared up completely since we started using these ceramic dishes several years ago.

pawprint ceramic bowls (click here)

The design is on clearance at the above link (it's an older style), but you can probably find similar dishes in pet stores or on other sites.

ps Sierra's dish is beautiful!
Well those are cute....and affordable I may have to give them a try we have puppy playdate tonight. so we will look around the store. dutchy is already looking at me oddly like "I know your talking about me" and who says cats arent smart?
post #20 of 46
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yosemite
Bijou and Mika are little pigs and will eat out of anything. Too bad about the metal bowls as I bought 2 bags of the World's Best Cat Litter Tuesday and I got a free metal bowl with each bag. (That was the heavy duty litter - the one for multiple cats.) Since Mika has been allowed out with Bijou, she tends to prefer to use his litter instead of her own (he doesn't seem to mind) and with both of them using the one litter I thought the heavy duty stuff would work better - we shall see!
Oh yes litter has always been a fun chore here..lol for her highness. No normal litter for her..no way. It has to be scoopable, or we promptly come and piddle on MOM! to let her know how unhappy we are. First time she did it i took her to the vet, nothing wrong..ah well...Thats why she is called DUTCHESS. thank goodness Tidy Cat's makes a multiple kittie Anitmircobacterial kind she loves it. and so does mom.
post #21 of 46
Thread Starter 
Well so far so good. i found some nice ceramic bowls that are sleek and black..and Picky dutchy likes them.
post #22 of 46
Hurray, Dutchy!
post #23 of 46
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Hurray, Dutchy!
Yes we must hold our breaths around here to see if she likes stuff...LOL and loki..LOVES IT because it matches him
post #24 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScamperFarms
Oh no you called her a He! LOL I wont tell her you said so..the dutchess would not be pleased...

I am so sorry!!! no no dont tell the dutchess!!!! I have an excuse for that slip up I promise!!! I will tell you the excuse one day
post #25 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScamperFarms
Well so far so good. i found some nice ceramic bowls that are sleek and black..and Picky dutchy likes them.

YAY!!!!
post #26 of 46
Thread Starter 
I know.and she appears to REALLLY like them lol
post #27 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScamperFarms
Ok so I was reading an article and it stated that plastic bowls are bad. Because they retain bacteria. Alright so it makes sense. But my cats break ceramic, and will not eat out of metal. So I have plastic. But i clean it every other day generaly..does that make me a bad pet momma?
[size=7]It is the polypropeline bowls that retain bacteria and old food smells. What you need is scratch resistant melamine that are far more hygienic and do not put cats off their food. Melamine bowls are inexpensive and will not break easily.I know of two types of melamine, one is anti slip made by Snugglesafe and the other is not anti slip by Ancol. Snugglesafe also provide a drip tray on their website that catches spillages.
Let me know ho you get on??
post #28 of 46
Sophie uses the stainless steel bowls on a stand for her water and dry food. Her canned food MUST be in a ceramic bowl, or she turns her little black nose right up at it! Has she been taking lessons from the Dutchess there????
post #29 of 46
I have one on ceramic( Gigi the dog shhh she doesnt know) one on melamine and rubber and one on glass ... there fine..
post #30 of 46
Is it OK to give water in plastic?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cat Health
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Health › Plastic Bowls..bad?