Cats don’t like to stick their head too far into a bowl to eat, as it could be too straining for them and mean they can’t monitor what’s going on around them a shallow bowl which is wider may help if you need a large capacity. This is especially relevant to flat-faced cats, such as Persian breeds
Most bowls will hold enough for about two or three cups of food, which should do your cat once or twice depending on their portion sizes. But if you prefer to fill a bowl up and leave it for the day so your cat can go back to it when they want, or you maybe will have a few cats who share, you may want to look for a larger one
Many specialists recommend that you avoid cheap plastic bowls which can be picked up for under £5. They can become easily scratched, and therefore when they are washed, not every little bit of bacteria is removed.
This build-up of bacteria and oils can actually cause cat acne, which are little black spots on your cat’s chin and is not pleasant for them.
Any plastic bowls which we have featured are speciality bowls and will be pretty scratch-resistant and easy to clean. Ceramic and steel are the best options if you want something as clean as possible, but still on a budget.
The cost of a food bowl can vary anywhere between £1 up to over £100, which is a huge scope.
Those at the lower end will often be plastic, and as you read above, this isn’t always ideal. They can be flimsy, too, meaning they could need to be replaced often.
At the higher end is the smart bowls, with sensors and automatic feeding schedules. You may also find some designer cat bowls at this end, for the real pampered felines.
If just an ordinary bowl will do, you don’t have to spend over £10 for a ceramic or metal bowl which is suitable, but if your cat needs a medical bowl or one which can connect to an app, it could be worth investing so it isn’t money wasted down the line if it breaks or isn’t as good as you hoped.