Cats are picky eaters but even troublesome eaters like felines don’t need to dine on fine crystals. So does that mean you feed your cat straight from the can? Certainly not, they should have their own sturdy feeders or bowls that are easy to clean.
What kind of feeders or bowls should you get?
If you spend a lot of time away from home or have more than one furry friend, you may want to take a look at cat feeders that are big enough to enough food for several day’s meals. Then, you can be sure your cats are cared for even if you are a bit busy.
Types of cat feeder and bowls
1. The feeder that refills from a reservoir as your pet empties her bowl.
You can use it to feed one feline for several days or you can feed many cats for a day. The disadvantage of this type of feeder ist that aggressive animal can prevent the more timid ones from getting their share of food. It is also harder for you to know how much each cat is eating. So one of your cats may not be eating as much as she usually does without you knowing. This can be a problem because not eating well is a health problem you should know. In addition, cats who are finicky may waste a lot of food by refusing to eat it if it has been sitting in the feeder for more than a few hours.
2. The automatic cat feeder.
This type of feline feeder has several compartments. The feeder’s cover has an opening that allows her to eat out of one compartment at a time. A battery operated motor rotates the cover using a timer so that a different compartment is revealed at timed intervals. If your cat(s) tend to be territorial, your she/they may do better with their own individual dishes. Why? Because you can feed them in separate areas of the house more easily. One more thing, while shopping for cat food bowls, look for bowls that are dishwasher safe and unbreakable.
3. The combination
If you only have one cat, then seriously consider the combination feeder. This feeder holds two bowls, one for food and one for water. This type of feeder allows you to keep the feeding area tidy but are easy to clean because you can take the bowls out of the feeder to wash and disinfect them.
4. Heated food bowls
This is reserved for the fussiest felines. These bowls are also a great way to provide local strays with water during the winter months.
Make sure that you clean the food bowls daily. This will keep your cats healthy. You may be able to just drop the bowls in the dishwater if they are dishwasher safe. Remember not to leave food sitting in the bowls for long periods of time, as dry food can grow stale and soft food can spoil. Of course, you should clean your cat’s water bowl and re-fill it with fresh, clean water on a daily basis.