What type of bowl is best for cats who don’t like their whiskers touching the bowl?

Mealtime should be a pleasant time for your tiny tiger, and that means making sure you select the right bowl.

Cats are clean and fussy creatures who hate getting the whiskers grubby. Because of this they don’t like deep bowls, because it means their whiskers touch the sides of the bowl. A shallow bowl with tapered edges is most appropriate. They also like to keep one eye on their surroundings at all times when they are eating, and putting their head deep into a dish does not allow for this.

Here are some other things to consider when choosing a bowl:
• Look at the wide range of materials of which bowls are made. They are typically plastic, ceramic, stainless steel or stoneware.
• Remember that bowls come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Select one that appeals to your cat’s taste and personality. For instance, you might find one
• Make sure the bowl you select is dishwasher-safe.
• Check to be sure a ceramic bowl meets FDA guidelines so your cat won’t ingest unsafe levels of lead.
• Decide if you want to purchase two separate bowls – one for food and one for water – or if you would prefer to get a set that is connected.
• Look for a sturdy dish that won’t be easily knocked over and broken if your cat is very playful.
• Realize that a no-skid bowl is another important option for keeping the bowl in place for a frisky eater.
• Look for a cork bottom if you are worried about protecting your floor.
• Consider purchasing a more expensive thermal or heated bowl which is designed to keep your cat’s water from freezing in the winter if you leave it outdoors.
• Consider giving her a food puzzle. It will stimulate her mentally and physically and will keep those whiskers from getting dirty!

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