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How to Choose the Right Bowl/Feeder for Your Pet

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You have plenty of choices when it comes to pet food and water bowls for your pet, and there’s a good reason for that. Pets and Pet Parents alike have unique individual needs, and there are varieties to meet just about all of them. According to PetSmart Buyer Reyna Jew – who personally selects the bowls carried in PetSmart stores – you can follow these simple criteria to help figure out which might be best for you and your pet:

You have plenty of choices when it comes to food and water bowls for your pet, and there’s a good reason for that. Pets and Pet Parents alike have unique individual needs, and there are varieties to meet just about all of them. According to PetSmart Buyer Reyna Jew – who personally selects the bowls carried in PetSmart stores – you can follow these simple criteria to help figure out which might be best for you and your pet:

 
Bowl Size
Ensure the food bowl you choose is large enough for your pet to access and hold the proper portions of food. Size is especially important when it comes to water bowls. Ensure thewaterbowl you choose holds enough fresh water to keep your pet hydrated all day.
 
Consider the Materials
 
Plastic bowls: Plastic bowls are an ideal option because they don’t break easily. However, they’re not great for dogs who might chew on them, however, because small, indigestible pieces of plastic can be broken off. 
 
Stainless steel bowls: The most durable option, stainless steel is also easy to clean. Vets love stainless steel bowls because they can be sanitized quickly and because their surface is pore-free, they don’t harbor bacteria. Another plus: Most styles have a rubber bottom to prevent sliding.
 
Ceramic bowls: If your pet tends to push his bowl around when eating, a ceramic bowl can provide more weight to help minimize movement. They’re relatively durable and come in many colors and styles, but should be cleaned and sanitized daily because of their porous surface.
 
Determine Whether Special Features Could be Helpful
 
Elevated Feeders: Elevating pet food and water bowls off the ground can help improve pet posture and digestion. It can also offer some relief to dogs and cats with stiff joints. Another plus: Elevated feeders help prevent spillage which means less food and water on your floors.
 
Narrow bowls: Deeper bowls with narrower openings can help long-eared dogs keep those ears out of their food and water.
 
Heated bowls: If pet has to spend time outdoors in colder weather, heating the water can keep it from freezing and should provide a nice warm-up. Note: This is a seasonal item.
 
Slow-feeding bowls: Eating too fast can lead to choking, bloating and even obesity. One viable solution is a slow-feeding bowl that only allows pets to grab a few pieces of food at a time.
 
 
Think About Self-Feeders and Waterers
 
If you’re away from your pet all day and concerned about him getting enough to eat and drink, self-replenishing gravity pet food feeders and waterers offer an alternative to pet-sitters. While they’re undeniably convenient, gravity feeders aren’t right for pets that have a tendency to overeat. This behavior can lead to illness or, in the longer term, obesity – so be sure your pet is a responsible eater before going choosing this option.
 
Electronic automatic feeders provide the same convenience but have a portion control feature. Electronic automatic waterers provide a constant supply of filtered water so your pet can stay hydrated. And the water circulates continuously, minimizing bacteria.  
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