Why is this bowl empty?

Have you noticed your cat pulling food out of the bowl, throwing it next to the bowl, and then proceeding to eat it? Perhaps your cat uses her paw to “fish” food out of her food bowl? Does she constantly demand food even though her bowl is half full? Does she consistently finish only part of her meal? If you notice any of these signs, your cat may be experiencing whisker stress.

What is whisker stress?

Whiskers are extremely sensitive, and when a food bowl is too narrow and too deep, a cat is forced to put her face all the way into the bowl to reach her food. This makes her whiskers bump against the side of the bowl, which causes discomfort. In extreme cases, cats may refuse to eat out of deep, narrow bowls altogether.

Dr. Catsby’s Bowl for Whisker Relief

Dr. Catsby’s bowls are wide but shallow dishes. They allow cats to reach their food without having to worry about whiskers touching the bowl. The bowls feature

  • A wide but shallow dish
  • A non-slip mat to prevent the dish from sliding around on tile or wood floors
  • A stainless steel finish, which is easy to clean. The bowls are dishwasher safe.
  • A clean, simple design that will fit in with a variety of decors


We put the bowls to the test

Allegra and Ruby love testing food bowls. They’ve learned that they get quite a few treats before Mom gets some halfway decent photos to use with the review! Even though the bowls are much larger than the small saucer size flat dishes the girls are used to eating from, they had no hesitation about eating off these bowls. You can see from the photo below that there’s not a chance that whiskers will touch the bowl.


I like almost everything about these bowls. My only issue is that Dr. Catsby’s website states that the bowls are recommended for use with dry food – if you’ve read me for any length of time, you know that I don’t recommend any dry food for cats. I tested the bowls with raw and canned food and Allegra and Ruby had no issues licking the bowls clean.

The bowls can also be used for water – the bowl holds about a cup and a half of water – but since they’re so shallow, filling them and then moving them is a bit awkward.

I think Dr. Catsby got everything right with these bowls. The only thing I would like to see in the future is a choice of colors for the non-slip mat.

For more information, and to purchase, please visit http://www.DrCatsby.com.

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.

11 Comments on Review: Dr. Catsby’s Bowl for Whisker Relief

  1. My cats Cooper and Sophia love their new cat bowls They can get to their food with Ease. It’s easy to clean and the rubber mat keeps it from moving

  2. Can a cat be allergic to plastic bowls bc i used to have a little plastic bowel for her and she got this giant blister like bump on her lip and once we switched to stainless metal it went away?

  3. I have 5 cats in my house (not all mine) and only one of theme will do this. This makes sense. I am going to experiment a bit and see if this is the case before investing in another bowl.

  4. OK but I see no explanation why the little tuxedo cat I inherited from my son would put her paw in the wet food and then lick it off the paw rather than the bowl. I suspect she learned this from the visiting raccoons. Good info about the whisker thing, so thanks.

  5. My cats don’t like stainless steel bowls — too reflective, perhaps. I serve their food in ceramic bowls made and sold for human use. (I’ve long thought the bowls usually sold for cats are dogs’ bowls with a feline theme decoration.) It’s not very hard to find ceramic “people” bowls which are shallow enough to spare whiskers, larger diameter at the top and smaller at the bottom inside. I have a stack of 8-10 small bowls I serve my cats their food in, and did not spend a lot of money on them. I bought a role of shelf liner which is meant to keep dishes from sliding — little bumps on the rigid plastic — and cut it into ‘placemats’ for the cats. Again, not expensive.

  6. I had a problem with the price of that bowl as well.

    I started feeding my cats on dinner plates, and they still tend to take their food off the flat plate and put it on the floor, so I think there is more to it than just whisker stress.. Not that I don’t believe that WS is real, I do… it is why so many cats complain their bowls are empty when we can see food in it..

  7. I really like stainless steel bowls for water as they tend to harbor fewer germs than the plastic ones. Lita refuses to drink from a fountain, so I always have a few bowls of water down for her (Carmine loves his fountains). These bowls look great – I know Carmine gets really annoyed if his whiskers touch the sides of the bowl at all.

  8. Thankyou so much…. I have been at my wits end with my kitty..pulling food out of her bowl… Now I know why…will try a plate..I live in Australia so the cost of the bowl plus postage is too expensive..but if I lived in America I would by a Dr Cataby bowl.

  9. I have noticed only one or two of my cats and foster cats dipping their paws in to pull out food, so I put down some ceramic plates and stainless steel bowls (only $1 each!) so they can choose. $20 for a bowl? Too expensive!!!

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