Review: Cubby Mini Glass Bowl from PawNosh


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. This is known as whisker stress.

I previously reviewed PawNosh’s Cubby bowls. Like the Cubby, the Cubby Mini bowls are made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass. These non-toxic bowls are designed and manufactured in the USA. 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.

New from PawNosh: The Cubby Mini


PawNosh just released their new Cubby Mini – a smaller version of the original Cubby, designed for cats and toy dog breeds. The Mini is just as beautiful as the original, but more shallow, which helps avoid whisker stress.

Of course, the true test for any pet bowl is whether your cats will eat and drink from it. 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.


As you can see from the photos, the girls didn’t hesitate to eat from the bowls – in fact, I couldn’t refill them fast enough to get some good pictures. The girls are always helpful when it comes to getting photos for reviews, but I think they really loved this particular photos shoot!

These bowls are a beautiful combination of design and function. The rich colors are simply gorgeous. They’re very heavy, so if you have a cat who likes to push the bowl around, she’d be hard pressed to get this one to move.

PawNosh offeres a lifetime breakage warranty, provided that bowls are not used in the microwave, oven or freezer. The bowls are dishwasher safe.


For more information, and to order, please visit The bowls come beautifully wrapped, making them a purrfect gift.

FTC Disclosure: I received these products for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

8 Comments on Review: Cubby Mini Glass Bowl from PawNosh

  1. marci
    January 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm (5 years ago)

    This was very interesting. my cat is fine with her food bowl but splashes in the water bowl and licks her paws. might this be connected to whisker stress?

  2. Caren Gittleman
    December 1, 2015 at 10:50 pm (5 years ago)

    I absolutely LOVE everything from Paw Nosh!

  3. Debbie
    December 1, 2015 at 12:17 pm (5 years ago)

    Forty-five dollars for a cat bowl? That’s terrible! Yes, they are pretty, but way too expensive even for this pet-oriented household.

  4. Eva Bradshaw
    December 1, 2015 at 7:47 am (5 years ago)

    Whole you acknowledge that too small a bowl can cause whisper stress, there is no doubt in my mind that those bowls will cause it. They are far and away too small. Until I can afford to buy stainless steel fountains for my cats, I use very wide steel bowls. I have already had to deal with a case of feline acne and the distress that wearing an e-collar caused.

    • Eva Bradshaw
      December 1, 2015 at 7:48 am (5 years ago)

      That should have read as whisker stress

    • Regina
      December 1, 2015 at 11:52 am (5 years ago)


      I made my own fountain by using a large ceramic souffle dish and a replacement pump for the Petmate fountain. It’s much easier to clean both the pump and dish than having to disassemble the whole commercial fountain contraption.

      • Debbie
        December 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm (5 years ago)

        Great idea! I’ll have to look into doing that. Thanks!


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