Buying a food or water bowl for your cat isn’t just a matter of finding the cutest pattern or color. What’s much more important than looks is the material the bowl is made out of, and the size.
Plastic bowls may contain BPA’s, and they can also harbor bacteria once they start getting scratched. Feline acne, which manifests in small, oily black bumps on the cat’s chin, very similar to blackheads in humans, is believed to be a reaction to plastic food bowls.
The best materials for cat bowls are glass, stainless steel, or ceramic. If you use ceramic bowls, be sure that they are lead-free.
When it comes to size, the wider the bowl, the better. Most cats prefer wide, shallow bowls. High, narrow bowls allow the cat’s whiskers to touch the sides. Since whiskers are highly sensitive, this may discourage cats from using the bowl.
I’ve never used glass bowls before, and was intrigued when the makers of PawNosh contacted me about reviewing their innovative bowls. PawNosh bowls are non-toxic, made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass, and are designed and manufactured here in the USA.
I’m always looking for companies that provide safe, sustainable and responsibly-produced alternatives for cats, and PawNosh has certainly done that. Each PawNosh bowl is made from a minimum of six 8oz. glass containers that would otherwise end up in a landfill. I found it interesting that The FDA qualifies glass as the only food and beverage packaging material generally regarded as safe for use by humans. This classification allows glass to be used for food and beverage applications without toxicity testing. No other material has garnered this approval.
But the true test for any pet bowl is whether your cats will eat and drink from it, right? I “tested” the PawNowsh bowl with treats, because I wanted to get some pictures, and I won’t disrupt Allegra and Ruby’s mealtime by sticking my camera in their faces.
The bowls are beautiful and look more like a work of modern art than a utilitarian food bowl. They are extremely heavy (the smallest size weighs in at more than 3 pounds,) which I really liked, especially for use as a water bowl. There’s not a chance that your cats will be able to tip this bowl over! They’re a little deeper than I like cat bowls to be, but as you can see in the photo of Ruby above, the fact that her longest white whisker touched the edge of the bowl didn’t seem to bother her.
I’m using this bowl as a water bowl for the girls, and they both seem to gravitate toward it rather than their old ceramic water bowls.
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FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge from PawNosh. I also received a small fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion.