It’s just a cat bowl, right? Well, as most cat owners can tell you, there is nothing ‘just’ about your cat and that includes how they need to eat. Choosing the right feeding bowl for your cat can make a real difference to the way they feed, how often and how it has the right impact on their health and wellbeing. And as cats are known to be picky, then one thing is for sure when it comes to choosing a cat bowl: there’s no ‘one size fits all’.
Whether your cat needs to manage their weight, prefers shallower bowls, likes to eat higher than straight off the ground, or is really picky about cleanliness and location, you need to match the cat bowl to their preferred eating style. We take a look at the best cat food bowls you can currently buy so you can confidently choose the right one for your cat’s health and lifestyle and ensure that mealtime is a recipe for success.
The Best Food Bowl for Cats
For a stainless steel cat bowl that ticks all the easy feeding boxes and at a tasty price, the Urpower is smart-looking feeder we think your cat will love. As one of the best cat bowls, this is a versatile set that gives you two stainless steel dishes, mounted in a raised silicon mat to make it easy for your puss to feed, especially if they tend to be messy eaters. For a two-cat family they can have a bowl each or use one for food and one for water for space-saving kitty dining. The silicon mat is also non-slip so there’s no skidding when the feeding frenzy is on. And the dishwasher-safe bowls are made from high-quality rust resistant stainless steel so easy to keep clean too.
Two-bowl dinner set
For pets up to 70lbs
Non-skid silicon mat
Raised sides for elevated eating
Rust-resistant and dishwasher safe
- Weight1.61 pounds
If your puss is a messy eater and you want to cut down on your cleaning time, check out the Neater Feeder. The well-designed double cat feeding bowl has two bases which not only raises the feeders off the floor but works to catch any spills. The top layer holds spilled food, which spilt water drains down to the bottom basin to keep mess separated and easier to clean. Both bowls are made from stainless steel and while on the smaller size are enough to feed a kitten or average-sized adult, while the bottom basins are anti-skid and made from durable plastic. As well as coping with messy eaters, the raised Neater Feeder also works well as elevated cat bowls if your puss struggles to eat lower down.
Double stainless steel bowls
Set in two basins to catch food and water
Heavy duty for in or outdoor use
Raised platform design
- BrandNeater Feeder
- Weight15.1 ounces
This nice-looking elevated cat bowl from Necoichi can help if your kit has problems eating lower down. Designed for maximum comfort when eating, the bowl is also contoured to keep the food centered, reducing the need for your cat to chase their food around the plate. This is also a good cat bowl for the older feline and the raised plinth is nice and stable, so it won’t wobble as your cat chows down.
We like the porcelain material used in these ceramic cat bowls, it’s non-absorbent and durable, and helps to make the whole eating experience a pleasure for your puss, while it is both dishwasher and microwave safe so super-easy to keep clean. Just check the size of the bowl and order the size up if your kit likes a larger meal.
Raised plinth for comfort eating
A good bowl for older felines
Contoured bowl to keep food central
Made from non-absorbent porcelain
Microwave and dishwasher safe
- Weight10.4 ounces
As an eco-product at a great price, the Van Ness cat dish scoops our Best Value title. Made from bamboo and other renewable plant sources, these are not only chemical-free cat feeding bowls but also good for the environment. The design of the bowl is shallow and wide so allows plenty of room for your cat’s head and whiskers to give them a stress-free feeding experience. And the shallow depth makes it easier for your cat to clean his plate. Best-suited to kittens and smaller cats, these cat feeding bowls are tough dudes too, and effectively resist chips, scratches and cracks during everyday use. The non-skid bottom is made from silicon to help keep your pet’s dining area mess-free and while these dishes are not meant for dishwasher cleaning, they are quick to wash by hand.
Made from sustainable plant sources
Shallow and wide design
Helps to reduce whisker fatigue
Durable and crack/chip resistant
- BrandVan Ness
- Weight5.6 ounces
For younger cats or kittens getting to grip with dinner time, we like this two-bowl set from Hubulk. Made from stainless steel with a raised silicon mat, they are easy to eat from and are at a nice height for smaller pets. Use the bowls for food and water or use as a feeder for multiple cats. While they are on the smaller side, the bowls are not too deep and the anti-skid silicon mat has been designed with a raised edge to catch any spills and keep your floor mess-free. You also get a BPA-free food scoop into the bargain. The whole set is dishwasher safe and for less than $20 is a good buy for your younger kit or as a back-up cat feeding bowl when traveling or on the road.
Two-bowl cat feeding set
Sized for kittens or smaller cats
Rust-resistant stainless steel
Silicon mat with raised edge
- Weight7.4 ounces
As a practical feeding solution for your ‘whisker-sensitive cat, this ‘stress-free’ cat feeding bowl is worth checking out. It comes in a good-value two bowl set and is made from BPA-free melamine, which is non-toxic and non-allergic. But it’s the CatGuru Premium’s design that put it in the whisker friendly category.
Wide and shallow, there’s plenty of space for your kit’s head as they feed. And the rippled effect on the inside of the bowl helps to keep the food centered and easy to reach, reducing whisker fatigue and keeping their face clean. And while wide, the bowl has been designed to hold no more than 5 ounces of food, so good portion control if your feline has a tendency to over-feed. Another good feature about these cat feeding bowls is that the melamine makes less noise on the floor as your cat eats, making it an all-together more relaxed experience.
Designed to reduce whisker fatigue
Wide and shallow two-bowl set
Made from BPA-free melamine
Ribbed center keeps food together
Maximum capacity for portion control
- Weight12.1 ounces
As a stylish cat feeding bowl that will look good in your kitchen, the Dr Catesby is also an effective way to take the stress out of feeding time. If you cat has sensitive whiskers or is prone to feline acne, then this could well be the cat feeding bowl for you. Made from kitchen-grade stainless steel that is both durable and easy to clean, the hygiene levels of this solid cat bowl are easy to manage. And its scratch resistant design helps to reduce the risk of infection in an acne-prone cat.
But it is the whisker-friendly design that really stands out. Wide and shallow, there are no sidewalls or corners to catch and pressure their whiskers and the inner space is large enough for the whole of your cat’s face without causing them any concern. Underneath you also get a removable skid pad so the whole dish can be thoroughly cleaned.
Wide and shallow feeding bowl
Kitchen-grade stainless steel
No sides or corners to protect whiskers
Centered feeding for a cleaner cat
Removable anti-skid base
- BrandDr Catsby
- Weight13.6 ounces
When only a straightforward stainless steel cat feeding bowl will do, then with Ureverbasic, you get two! These fun-looking bowls come in cool cat colors and are a good solid design. Not too deep or large, these are great value feeding bowls for the cat that’s happy to eat straight from a bowl on the floor. The bowls are anti-rust/corrosion and have a rubber bottom to prevent them from skidding as well as to protect your floor. Use for food and water or just as their feeding bowl and keep the other for spare – these are also food cat feeding bowls for camper vans, RVS or general road trip traveling. And take the rubber bottom off and the bowls can go straight into the dishwasher for easy cleaning. Perhaps not for larger cats, but great for kittens or smaller cats.
Stainless steel two bowl set
Brighter outer colors to stimulate
Anti-corrosion and anti-rust
Skid-proof rubber bottom
Each bowl holds 8 ounces
- Weight5.6 ounces
For use on their own or in an elevated feeding stand, this two-bowl set from Americat is a solid addition to your cat’s feeding regime. Ok, they are at the top end of our review budget, but the build quality is noticeable, and they do give your kit a good dining experience.
Made from heavy duty stainless steel, these cat feeding bowls are impressively hygienic and easy to clean – pop in the dishwasher and you’re done. The shape is not just about their good looks either as the wide space and sloped sides can help to reduce whisker fatigue in your kit and protect their sensitive faces for a much kinder feeding experience. Plus, the non-porous surface keeps any bacterial nasties at bay. These are good bowls for most sized cats and can also be used for their water.
Two cat bowl set
Heavy-duty stainless steel
Anti-bacterial and rust-resistant surface
Wide and shallow to prevent whisker fatigue
Holds up to 16 ounces
- BrandAmericat Company
- Weight11.2 ounces
Perfect for your adult cat or small dog, the lightweight Bella Bowl is a good quality stainless steel bowl for their food or water. And for their price, you could also have a few kept as spares. This cat feeding bowl does what it says on the tin and comes in a cute range of colors and outer designs. Not too deep, your cat can feed nicely and there’s enough space for their face and whiskers. The stainless steel interior is bacteria resistant so good for your cat and for cleaning while the rubber base prevents skids as well as any distracting noises that may spook your puss. Take off the rubber bottom and the whole bowl is dishwasher safe too.
Stainless steel feeding bowl
Bacteria and odor resistant
Removeable rubber base
- BrandLoving Pets
- Weight4 ounces
Designed for feline food monsters, this cute dish is one of the best cat food bowls to slow down eating. Made from 100% recyclable and non-toxic bamboo fiber, this wide and shallow cat feeding bowl features a fun-looking raised cat puzzler pattern in its base that slows the rate your kit eats its dinner. Having to work around the protrusions and work out how to get at every morsel, your cat will eat more slowly as well as feel that he has eaten more than he has, so also good for kits that need to manage their weight. The slow-feeding method can also help improve the digestion if your cat is prone to gas and regurgitation. This slow feeding cat bowl can be used with both wet and dry food.
Made from recyclable bamboo fiber
Shallow and wide feeding bowl
Cat puzzle interior to slow down feeding
Ideal for fast eaters or managing weight
- BrandSimply Pets Online
- Weight1.1 pounds
Convenient and easy to clean, ceramic cat bowls also look good, and this adorable feeding bowl from Bone Dry is no exception. Good for larger cats as well as dogs, the Paw Patch and Stripes ceramic pet bowl will look good in any kitchen or utility room and is a decent size for water as well as food. The ceramic material means it is totally safe for your cat and the smooth surface makes it quick and easy to clean, especially as it is dishwasher safe! Underneath you get a discreet rubber ring to stop the bowl from skidding and protect your floor from marks. An excellent, solid ceramic cat bowl that’s also good value for money.
Ceramic bowl for larger cats
4.25in wide/2in high
Durable, easy-clean porcelain
Anti-skid rubber bottom
- BrandBone Dry
- Weight12.3 ounces
For older pets or just to ensure your cat maintains a healthy digestion, this elevated cat other bowls in our review but for your money you get not just two bowls but a beautifully made bamboo stand. The stand is set on an angle to create the optimum position and height for healthy eating for your adult cat and has two side carry handles to make the life of his human easier. Add in two bowls – made from stainless steel and ceramic – and you get a pretty neat cat feeding station. Another bonus of this elevated cat feeding bowl set up is that it prevents a clumsy cat knocking over or standing in their food. The stand is wipeable while the bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe.
Elevated feeder for digestive health
Bamboo angled bowl stand
Two ceramic/stainless steel bowls
Sized for larger cats and dogs
Bowls are dishwasher safe
- Weight2.95 pounds
Made from tough but smart-looking melamine, these super-cute cat feeding bowls are kind on your cat and their precious whiskers. Their shallow bowl and angled design mean your kit can get at their food without any stress, reducing the risk of whisker fatigue while keeping their face and fur clean. They hold up to 8 ounces in food so great for all sizes of cats and their non-slip legs give some elevation to help your cat’s posture as the eat. And the beauty about melamine is that it doesn’t absorb odors like plastic and makes less noise on the ground, so great for the more timid feline. As a two-pack, in black and white, they’re also a bit of a bargain.
Shallow, angled feeding bowls
Made from BPA-free melamine
Prevents whisker fatigue
Holds 8 ounces of food
Non-slip, reduced noise feet
- Weight10.4 ounces
There’s a nice retro look to the design of this double cat bowl set that gives it a quality feel. The set contains two decent sized stainless steel bowls which hold up to 11 ounces each so good for adult cats as well as smaller kits.
The bowl stand is made from food-safe PP resin which is durable as well as recyclable. The stand conveniently holds the bowls stable, while the anti-skid stick on rubber pads stop your cat from pushing it around. The result is a straightforward cat bowl set that is easy for your cat to feed from and can also be used for their water or shared feeding time. The removable bowls are also dishwasher safe so great for a busy cat-owning household.
Double bowl feeding set
Stainless-steel removable bowls
Non-toxic PP resin stand
Rubber feet to prevent slipping
Bowls are dishwasher safe
- Weight9.6 ounces
Best Food Bowls For Cat Buying Guide & FAQ
Things to Consider When Buying Food Bowls for Cat
Your cat expects a clean place to eat and that includes the bowl you use to serve their food. But when it comes to picking the best cat bowls for your individual puss, there are other things to factor into your decision so that they can happily chow down without any fuss. From the materials it is made out of to the way it enables your kit to feed, here are the main things you need to look out for:
The materials most widely used for cat feeding bowls are stainless steel, ceramic and plastic and your final choice will be dependent on preference (your cat’s and yours), budget and how durable you need it to be. Stainless steel is probably the most effective all-round cat feeding bowl material as it is easy to clean and very durable, while ceramic is also easy to clean but more prone to cracking or breaking. Plastic is cheaper and convenient although not always considered the best material for your cat as it can scratch and damage more easily, creating hiding spots for bacteria to breed.
- Durability and maintenance
Whichever material you choose, you need your new cat feeding bowl to be durable and stand up to some cat abuse come chow time. The bowl needs to be stable on the ground and not slide around and also be quick and easy to clean, ideally each day, without fading or chipping.
- Shape and size
Every cat is different and will have its own feeding quirks so you need to make sure its feeding bowl is the right shape and size to encourage him to eat. As a general rule of thumb, opt for a bowl that is wide enough to accommodate their head and whiskers and is not too deep but has gradually sloping sides so he can easily get at all the food without having to push his face too far in. A shallower bowl could make your cat feel more secure as he eats as it still allows him to see what is going on around him. Deep, narrower cat feeding bowls can also cause your puss some distress due to ‘whisker fatigue’, especially if they are a bit of a sensitive soul and don’t like the feel of their whiskers constantly touching the side of the bowl.
Raised or elevated cat feeding bowl can benefit some cats as it can help their digestion and older cats may find it an easier way to eat. A bowl that is raised off the floor can also help to reduce mess from spilt water and food.
- Feeding method
How your cat eats will also influence the type of bowl you choose. As well as the shape and size, you may need to opt for a slow-feeder style of bowl if you cat has a habit to wolf down their food. Slow feeder bowls are designed to make your cat eat slowly and are also a good idea if you are out of the house for most of the day and want to make their meal last longer or to keep your cat occupied.
Types of Cat Bowls
Just as there are many different types of cat, then there are a range of cat bowl styles to suit their differing feeding needs and habits. The main ones to consider are:
Standard feeding bowl – made from stainless steel, ceramic or plastic, these are straight-forward, circular feeding bowls that do what they say on the tin. They should be shallow and wide enough for your cat’s specific feeding needs, easy to clean and ideally have a non-slip base to keep it in place. You can also get double feeding bowls – one for food, one for their water – to save on space.
Raised cat bowls – these are your standard bowls which are raised via a base or platform to bring the bowl higher and nearer to your cat without them needing to bend to far down. Keeping your cat’s neck in a straighter position, elevated cat bowls can help them to more effectively digest their food and are also good for older or arthritic cats who may struggle a little to reach further down.
Slow-feeding bowls – these are a good choice for greedy or over-weight cats who have a tendency to bolt down their food as they are cat food bowls to slow down eating. The inside of the bowl will have a raised pattern a little like a maze around which the food gets channeled. Your puss will need to be more focused when eating to get at all the food, meaning they eat slower or feel as if they are eating more when you have perhaps cut back on the amount you give them.
Automatic feeders – these are more expensive than the rest but are a tech solution to feeding your feline when you are away or out during the day. Automatic feeders can be programmed to dispense your cat’s portioned food over a day or several days at the times they normally eat.
Best Food Bowls For Cat FAQ:
Q: Should cats eat from elevated bowls?
A: Overall, a raised or elevated feeding bowl is considered a good option for your cat as it enables them to eat in a healthier position, depending on how big your cat is. An elevated cat bowl can also help to keep their feeding area clean and tidy and are easier to pick up from the floor. However, if your kit has already been feeding from a standard bowl for some time and is showing no issues, then there is probably no real need to switch to a raised bowl unless they are getting a little older or stiffer and could benefit from the higher eating position.
Q: How often should I wash my cat's bowl?
A: While it is a good idea to quickly rinse out your cat’s feeding bowl after every use, once a day for a full clean should be enough. Most cats are fussy about hygiene and a bowl that is cleaned daily can help to reduce any bacteria or bad odors that may build up inside the bowl. Many cat bowls – especially the stainless steel or ceramic varieties - can also be popped into the dishwasher, which is a good way for a regular, deep down clean but check the packaging to make sure your bowl is safe to go in the washer.
Q: Are plastic bowls bad for cats?
A: While plastic is a cheap and convenient option for your cat’s feeding bowl, it is not necessarily considered the best material for your pet. Plastic is less durable than stainless steel or ceramic and with chewing and scratching, can be damaged quite easily. This damage to the surface of the bowl can then become a breeding-ground for bacterial nasties.
And because of these bugs, some cats can develop an allergy, often in the form of feline acne on their chin. However, most cats can get away with using a plastic bowl without any issues so as long as you can keep the bowl squeaky clean and replace if it gets too scratched or damaged or if your puss shows signs of a reaction.
Q: Can cats share food bowls?
A: As they are territorial beasts, cats can be quite possessive of their food so if you are using individual feeding bowls then it is best that if you have multiple pets, each has their own place and space to eat. However, if your cats are sociable with each other, a raised feeder with double bowls could be used, as they will still have their own feeding space.
Our Top Pick
As the top pick in our cat feeding bowls review, the URPOWER Stainless Steel Dog Bowl is an easy-to-use double cat bowl that is also great value for money. With two rust-resistant stainless steel bowls set in a raised silicon mat that is also non-skid, you can feed one or two cats in style, with minimal feeding mess. Dishwasher-safe it is super easy to keep clean too. An excellent all-round cat feeder you and your puss will love to use.
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