When it comes to finding the ideal food and water bowl for your cat, things can get a little complicated. There are a slew of options out there, and depending on your particular cat’s needs, you may lean heavily toward one type or another.
Ceramic is a pretty solid bet if you’re trying to choose a particular material to help you narrow down your options. It’s mighty easy to wash and keep clean. It doesn’t hold on to bacteria, which I’ve heard some plastics do. These two factors mean if your cat suffers from feline acne/blackheads you’re probably better off with ceramic than most anything else. Ceramic is dishwasher safe, affordable, easy to get a hold of, and really – in terms of downsides – I can only think of one: ceramic is breakable.
Don’t have a cat that’s going to knock his or her bowl over or – if you place your cat’s food bowl in high place like a counter-top – going to knock a bowl onto the ground? The fact that ceramic is breakable should be no issue at all. It’s also not an issue if you’re happy to invest in a non-slip cat food mat, so really, in my mind, there aren’t true downsides to using ceramic for cat food & water bowls.
In terms of what will work best based on your particular cats needs. If your cat scarfs food down way too quickly, a slow feeder ceramic bowl should be perfect. If your cat is particularly tall or you think some added height would benefit him or her – a raised food and/or food and water bowl combination should do the trick best. There are even ceramic water fountains for cats that struggle to drink enough water, and gravity fed water bowls for multi-cat households that drink quite a lot.
I personally use a couple very large break and chip resistant glass bowl – a Corelle deep 28 ounce bowl – for my two cats to drink water from. I love the fact break resistance feature, not because the cats may knock things over, just because I’m often a pretty big klutz. These bowls are like tempered glass, and are thus even smoother to the touch and easier to wash than ceramic. The fact that they’re so large, wide, and tall means they work almost as a raised cat bowl for the kitties as well. Avery, my first cat, is a large cat who’s incredibly tall. I feel like he finds the additional height preferable over lower options. He also prefers wider bowls based on my experience slotting in and out different drinking bowls and even cups over the years to see what he likes and dislikes more. With the Corelle, I feel like I have the perfect water bowl, and since I use these bowls for my “human” meals, I have plenty extra to spare. Before running the dishwasher, I simply take two unused ones out and throw the ones out for the kitties in to clean.
In terms of food dishes, Bjorn and Avery are both ridiculously fast eaters if given the opportunity, so I’ve fed both of them out of slow feeders and/or cat toys for most of the time they’ve been with me. Nowadays, I give Bjorn water and kibble mixed together before the main bulk of his meal in a standard Corelle 18 ounce soup bowl, so he starts feeling fuller right at the get go of his meal. The remainder of his kibble he gets in the food toy/slow feeder, Mogoko Cat Catch Interactive Feeder Bowl. I’d strongly consider switching this out for a ceramic feeder – either the Tiger Diner Ceramic Cat Feeder or the DotPet Slow Feeder Bowl.
Truth be told, when I first bought the Cat Catch Feeder toy, it was intended to be a test. Back then I only had Avery, and purchased this feeder as a secondary cat food toy to see if Avery would be slower with it eating kibble than the Catit Design Senses Food Maze, which is thus far the absolute best cat feeder I’ve tried. It didn’t work out as well as I hoped (Avery hacks puzzle toys like a pro), but soon after I found an alternate use for it.
Bjorn, originally a stray/feral cat from the neighbourhood (we took him into our home a couple months ago) started showing up at our house more often, and while I originally thought he was somebody else’s cat and refused to feed him, he just wouldn’t leave our property. When I noticed him eating pretty much exclusively at our neighbour’s house, I started to supplement his food him a little, worried they may be feeding only dog food (which doesn’t contain the Taurine cats need in their diet), but not knowing enough Portuguese (I live in Portugal) to ask. Bjorn scarfed down food like nobody’s business, so I put this feeder out for him. Now that he’s been using it for months, I feel like I should upgrade it to something ceramic.
Anyway, plenty of options out there these days, though I never would’ve guessed half these options existed if I didn’t look into these types of things on the regular. Let me know if there’s a type of ceramic food or water bowl you’re curious about trying, or have tried and has worked well with your cat(s). Onto the list!
Ceramic Food & Water Bowls for Cats: Combos, Raised Bowls, Fountains, & More
Cats really do seem to prefer to eat and drink from raised bowls based on my experience, and while there are a lot of elevated food and drink bowls on the market, even ones made purely of ceramic, the general consensus seems to be that it’s hard to find better than the ones made by Necoichi. I honestly feel like it’s more common for pet parents to grab one, find they love it, then grab a whole set for their cats, than it is for pet parents to dislike these raised bowls.
Besides the standard food bowl, there’s also an excellent water bowl, and if you want, a small mini treat bowl to top things off. In my opinion, the food and water bowls are the best combo if you just want what’s necessary, but if you’re thinking of getting all three, they do look super cute together. Necoichi also sells a three-piece set including raised ceramic food and water bowl + a beautiful tray; I feel like it’s a gorgeous, practical gift especially for those with elderly cats who struggle to bend due to arthritis, or those who have cats with issues keeping food down, as supposedly when bowls are raised it’s less stressful on a cat’s digestive tract (need to look into this more to double check it’s actually true – if you have firsthand experience or knowledge to share about this, let me know!).
There are a lot of pet fountains out there made of plastic material. If you’re looking for something made of ceramic, your options are much more limited – that being said what is out there does seem to be well-loved by pet parents. I actually love the look of the PetSafe Drinkwell aesthetically on top of it being a practical. Looks very modern and has a sort of spa vibe to me somehow.
While there are a lot of great slow feed cat bowls on the market, there aren’t a lot available made out of ceramic. Most are made of plastic, which is a material many pet parent’s aren’t a fan of using for giving their cats meals – either due to a cat struggling with feline acne, or due to plastic bowls holding onto smells and/or bacteria more easily than ceramic. If you’d prefer to feed your cat from a slow feeder bowl, but don’t want to compromise on the ceramic, there’s this DotPet slow feeder bowl and the BestVida Sparks Premium Stoneware Bowl that are, in my mind, the two best options currently.
I hope more ceramic slow feed bowls pop up on the market – and just in general cat puzzle toys that are made out of ceramic, but I don’t think they will start appearing everywhere until the ones that already exist gain a little popularity to show retailers these are the materials we want.
Just want a regular ceramic food and/or water bowl for your cat? There are a lot of options: some round, some square shaped, some with high sides that are quite deep, some that have lower edges. Besides the Bone Dry DII, some popular picks include:
- SPOT Ethical Pet Products CSO6898 Fresco Cat Dish
- Ethical 5-Inch Cat Or Reptile Stoneware Dish
- Waggo Dipper Bowl
- MushroomCat Cat Head Pet Ceramic Bowl
There are a lot of raised cat food and water bowl sets that have ceramic plates on metal stands. They’re typically very affordable, and in my opinion, if you find bowls your cat likes better than the ones they come with, they’re typically ideal for slotting in those other bowls since they’re so open at the top.
If you like the idea of a raised pet feeder food and water bowl combo, but would really prefer something more stable because your cats often move their bowls around while they eat, this ProsperDog pet feeder is an excellent option.
This is another product I absolutely adore the look of, and if my two cats would eat at a reasonable speed, I might pair this one – using one bowl for each cat’s food – with the PetSafe Drinkwell fountain. I think they’d look gorgeous and incredibly modern together.
These whisker stress free shallow food bowls are not made of ceramic, but what I think is something similar: melamine. I’m not 100% sure what exactly that material is or how it stacks up to ceramic, but based on the product listing, the material is BPA free, more durable than ceramic, quieter than stainless and does not absorb smells like plastic. They’re dishwasher safe, but shouldn’t be microwaved, and pet parents and their cats seem to love them.
This particular raised pet feeder comes with either 2 ceramic and 2 stainless steel bowls, or you can buy one or the other (stainless steel or ceramic) instead. Compared to the other elevated pet feeder, this one stands out because of it’s slight tilt, which should make eating even easier for cats than simply elevated bowls.
Raised and tilted ceramic bowls for food, water, and snacks – this three bowl and food mat combo by ViviPet steals the show in terms of full sets in my opinion. I’ve seen a lot of these products reviewed individually, and they seem to be quite good. Between the Necoichi raised bowls and these, I do think the others are likely a little better in terms of practical use, but I can’t help being head over heels for the cute look of these. I mean they’re bowls shaped like cat heads – how could I not?
This ceramic cat food toy I really want to try out. Considering it has multiple openings in the bottom that cats can pick food out of, I feel it’s a much better option for multi-cat households than standard slow feed cat bowls. I’d imagine it’s excellent for snacks or those who want to open feed their kitties, but do want to provide a challenge for them to get their food to keep their cats mentally stimulated. Really want to get my hands on this one!
If you’re looking for a ceramic gravity water bowl for cats that’s also quite a hoot and pretty darn hilarious to have around – I can’t think of a better option than the BigMouth The Toilet water dish. It seriously does look as funny in people’s homes as you might imagine, and apparently it doesn’t have issues with leaks and is quite highly reviewed in general. Love this for the idea of it. Cat drink out of the toilet? Now he/she can have his/her own. 😉
Another tilted raised/elevated cat water and food bowl combo set, but this time with a gorgeous little spot to grow and offer your cat cat grass on the side of. I would absolutely have to keep this hidden away in a spot not accessible to the cats until mealtime, as I know at least one of my cats (Bjorn!) would way overdo eating that cat grass to the point where he’d vomit (this cat enjoys liking soap, he’s definitely going to need some time to adjust from feral mode to my-meals-are-always-taken-care-of mode). Would absolutely entertain getting this one as a gift for a grazer kitty I know, as it’s perfect to leave out for cats who don’t overdo the eating.
Your Thoughts on Ceramic Cat Bowls?
What do you think about ceramic as a material for cat bowls? Is it your favourite material to use?
Do you have another preference? Is there a material you’d never grab a cat food and/or water bowl in?
Are there types of ceramic cat bowls you didn’t know existed? Any you’d like to try and/or have actually tried with a lot of success?
Love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments down below!