What Are Raised Cat Bowls?
So I am sure you have seen the growing trend of Raised Cat Bowl all over the internet recently but what are they and why are cat owners all around the world swapping their traditional bowls to these raised cat bowls?
Raised cat bowls come in a multitude of different styles and variations, but fundamentally, they are cat bowls that are lifted from the floor. The ideal height of the raised cat bowl is approximately between 4″-6″, or around your cats’ knees.
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What are the benefits of raised cat bowls?
Raising your cats’ bowls has so many benefits to your cats’ health, both physically and mentally.
As we all know cats can be super fussy when it comes to mealtimes. I know for sure Owlie has her moments when she will flat out turn her nose up and her food bowl and walk away. Diva.
Traditionally, cat bowls are placed on the ground level, forcing the cats to crouch down and lean forwards to eat or drink. This body position causes their stomachs to become crunched, making it harder for them to digest their food.
When their bowls are raised it puts less pressure on their oesophagus which allows food to pass easier into their stomach. More importantly, it also stops the contents of their stomachs coming back up. Although, vomiting in cats is fairly common, raising their food bowl will dramatically reduce this.
Raising your cat’s food bowl will reduce the strain and pressure on their skeletal system. Their leg joints, necks, and spine will be less stressed whilst they are eating.
Older cats and cats that have joint and mobilities issue benefit the most from having elevated feeding bowls.
Benefits To The Owners:
It’s not just cats that benefit from raised cat bowls. Cat parents with mobility issues will be ever so grateful for these bowls. As they are higher than traditional cat bowls which means they are easier to pick up as you don’t have to bend down as low. because they are higher t- easy to pick up, less distance to travel down to the floor
If your feline friend has that fantastic habit where they scoop and attempt to bury their food than you are in luck! It is a lot harder for them to do that due to the height of the bowl and also the hight of the sides of the bowl.
I cannot tell you how frustrating it used to be when I would turn my back and one of my mothers’ cats decided to scoop out all the food and then flip the bowl for good measure.
If you are clumsy like me and often find yourself kicking the cat bowls or even walking into them (yes this has been done and yes it was disgusting), you will appreciate an elevated cat bowl. They are simply just easier to see and hopefully easier to avoid.
What Cat Bowl Do We Use?
As it was our first time trying ergonomic cat bowls, we (we being me and Owlie) went for one of the cheaper raised cat bowls. With Owlie being a bit of a princess I wasn’t sure how she would take the new change.
This is the bowl we purchased:
There are lots of styles and designs to suit all households. Here are some other options you might be interested in. If you didn’t want to splash out on a bowl your kitty might not use, you can place they current bowls on a box or step to elevate it. It will have the same effect as using a raised cat bowl purchased in-store or online.