Best basic cat bowls according to redditors

We found 85 Reddit comments discussing the best basic cat bowls. We ranked the 38 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Basic Cat Bowls:

u/gaycryptid · 166 pointsr/AmItheAsshole

YTA - Cat's are not dogs. They are finicky eaters. They prefer to be fed in situations that are familiar and comfortable to them. If they do not want to eat off the floor because it is uncomfortable to them and you're just waiting it out then you're pulling a trick that most people don't even do with kids anymore to cats that understand it even less.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Don't free feed. Cats can over eat if free fed. Feed the recommended amount by halves twice a day or all at once one time a day on a set schedule and try not to deviate. (Side Note: If you do this and you find one or both of you cat gobbles it too fast then there are a ton of active feeders that slow down feeding and also really entertains them. This is my favorite. I just use it to feed my cat treats some times.)
  2. Use a mat like this one. It collects any dropped food and you can just fold it up and funnel it back in the bowls.
  3. Order whisker stress free bowls. Your cats are more likely to eat all of their food though it will increase push out food but the mat will decrease your stress there.
u/Saved_myself · 148 pointsr/pics

Try getting a shallow bowl like this lots of cats won't eat the food around the sides of the bowl cause they dont like the feeling of their whiskers pressing against the sides. I actually feed my cats off a plastic plate and wash it between uses

u/DomoVahkiin · 71 pointsr/WatchandLearn

She might have whisker stress, Google it. There is a special type of bowl that you can buy that will solve it.

Edit: here I googled it for you

Edit 2 electric boogaloo: Here is an example of a whisker stress bowl.

u/klimly · 36 pointsr/MEOW_IRL

I got my cat this dish, which has shallow, tapered walls, and now there’s no more cratering: Dr. Catsby's Food Bowl for Whisker Relief

u/littlestray · 8 pointsr/Pets

Here it is, I happen to have the same one. Resolved my cat's binge-/over-eating problems.

We aren't the ones profiting from the product or the solicitors, I'm pretty sure it's okay to recommend products as consumers.

u/TortuouslySly · 7 pointsr/montreal

>Pioneer Pet Tiger Diner Ceramic Food Dish/Bowl, Black 

>The number one problem with most food dishes is that they allow cats to eat too much. The Tiger Diner fixes all that with a design that challenges cats to fetch out their own food. They will eat only as much as they need, so there's less waste and less overeating. The Tiger Diner also helps aid in digestion and stop stomach upsets due to eating too fast.

> * Cats eat less – saves money on food bill

u/MilkyWhiteMistress · 5 pointsr/CatAdvice

I had a similar issue with my boy. I tried the ball in the bowl, I tried a slow feed bowl, I tried wet food, I tried an automatic feeder. Nothing seemed to work until I found this puzzle bowl: Pioneer Pet Tiger Diner Ceramic Food Dish/Bowl, Black

They have to stick their paws in the holes and can only get out a few pieces at a time. It's seriously been amazing. He rarely ever throws up now from eating too fast. It is a bit pricey, but it's worth not having to clean up puke constantly.

u/NeedingVsGetting · 5 pointsr/CatTraining

My vet calls that "scarf 'n barf"

I have 4 cats and one of them was my "gorger". Our vet recommended these to stop the scarfing. They work beautifully!!

That, and slo-bowls

And Puzzle Bowls

Keeps them all from scarfing it down so they eat slower, don't "scarf & barf", and it reduces desperation at the next meal time.

u/AstridDragon · 3 pointsr/Pets

Something like this is good for kitties who eat too fast as well, but less cheap than your idea, good job!

u/LakotaSilver · 3 pointsr/cats

Chronic vomiting in cats is not normal! It drives me insane when I hear that vets have told owners that nothing is wrong with their cat that pukes every day. You see any wild cats doing that, vet? Cats are essentially physiologically unchanged from their wild ancestors - they should not be puking out their guts.

Before we look into things - wet food should be a cat's only source of food. for all the reasons never to feed kibble again. No joke, no more kibble, not even "special magical prescription kibble the vet insists you have to buy". The reason - cats are descended from desert critters who have a low thirst drive. They are designed to get their "moisture needs" from their prey - namely, meat. Kibble is a completely unnatural food for them (and it doesn't "clean their teeth" like some people will tell you!) When we feed them dry food, we literally force our cats into a state of constant dehydration. My cat ate kibble for the first 14 years of her life - I didn't know any better then. Then she was diagnosed with kidney failure - she had lost over 75% of her kidney function and was not expected to live another 6 months. I switched her to an all-canned diet immediately and eventually to a fully-raw diet, and she is still happy and healthy four years later at age 18! She loves her raw food and has the appetite and energy of a cat a third her age.

So I am a huge proponent of canned food diets for cats. ESPECIALLY males - Dr. Pierson's site above goes into some of the horrible urinary tract problems male cats can develop when they are on kibble.

So - we have to start at the beginning to help your little guy. When does he vomit? Does he vomit IMMEDIATELY after eating, or some time later? Does he puke white foam, green foam, or partially-digested food? Have you offered him "cat grass"? - helps you determine whether your cat is vomiting vs. regurgitating.

This site has a chart that may help:

And this is an excellent paper/info packet on feline vomiting except for their recommendations on completely inappropriate kibble diets:

Basically what we're getting at is, your cat's problem could be as simple as excess stomach acid. You can literally give a cat Pepcid - in a much smaller dose - for the same reasons a human would be using Pepcid. I'm going to link you to Tanya's CRF site, which is a site for kitties with chronic kidney failure (like mine), but the medication/vomiting info might still be helpful:

I wouldn't necessarily jump into medicating your little guy with Pepcid off the bat - though it probably won't hurt him - without discussing it with a vet first.

Some of the treatments I'd start out with -

-Raise his food dish. Either get an elevated food dish such as or - this can help a TREMENDOUS amount.

-Feed him small portions more often (schedule permitting). For example, if you usually put the whole can of cat food in his dish at once, put only 1/4 of the can. Let him eat it all and wait 10 minutes. See if he vomits. If he doesn't, you can offer another 1/4 of the cat. Space out the meal if you can, or feed him small portions throughout the day. He'll need some adjustment time as he will feel as though he is "starving to death" in the meantime, but this can help if he's overeating or eating too fast and vomiting because of that.

-As someone else mentioned, try a truly "limited ingredient" canned food such as Natural Balance, or try freeze-dried raw food or frozen raw. My cat is on a fully-raw diet, and although it IS expensive, it is literally a miracle. I have a friend in Arizona whose cat was a chronic puker, plus had chronic diarrhea, before switching to a raw diet.

I know I tossed a lot of info at you at once - my apologies! But your kitty's case definitely isn't hopeless and you shouldn't have to be resigned to cleaning up vomit for the rest of his life.

u/Sugar_Sana · 3 pointsr/Newfoundlander

Use this bowl for our boy It works pretty great. :)

u/JemKata · 3 pointsr/cats
u/knitkitty · 3 pointsr/aww

My cats used to snack throughout the day and then suddenly one of them was gorging herself and puking. To slow Little Miss Piggy down we bought this upside down bowl thing with holes around the edges. Mine is plastic and has a little cover so we just dump dry food in the top and they have to pull each piece out one at a time. The piggy one complained that it was some sort of torture device, but she figured it out. Sometimes they'll scoot it across the floor a bit, but they've never tipped it over.

u/pornographicnihilism · 3 pointsr/WTF

Oh, sure! It's one of these:

The one I bought is plastic, though, and my cat is strong enough and smart enough that sometimes he doesn't want to wait and sticks an arm in the hole, lifts, and dumps the whole thing over. I think the ceramic one is heavier and less prone to that sort of behavior. They also make one with a lip on the base so there is less mess, but I corral my cat's mess by keeping the bowl inside an old cookie sheet so the kibble doesn't get everywhere.

u/Oranges13 · 3 pointsr/blackcats

A slow feeder did wonders for our chonk.

Pioneer Pet Tiger Diner Ceramic Food Dish/Bowl, Black

u/PurpleWomat · 3 pointsr/mainecoons

In that case, you could try a portion control bowl (they have to fish each piece of kibble out of it with a paw, slowing down the rate at which they can eat). If Hercules isn't the brightest, it should keep him occupied for hours.

u/lurkotato · 3 pointsr/Newfoundlander this is what you want. It won't stop the dog from sticking their feet in, but it certainly reduces how much water gets splashed on the floor.

u/5-MeO · 2 pointsr/DIY

Very cool idea. It's similar to this bowl I got for my cat, which she definitely seemed to prefer over her old one with steep sides.

u/karolijn · 2 pointsr/progresspics

We free-feed our cats and one was eating too much and making herself sick. We got her one of these which just slows her down - she's not eating as much, has lost weight and stopped being sick so often.

u/t_stone · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Maybe try one of these. Might filter out the bugs and cats like to drink moving water more anyways.

u/VannaVictorian · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

one - two - three - four also in black&white - five if you have a dog/cat - six - seven - eight - nine - ten - eleven - twelve - thirteen - fourteen - fifteen - sixteen

u/rSpinxr · 1 pointr/funny

I used the Tigerdiner bowl for our cat - she decided to be a moron one day and ate so fast that she would throw up. Every. Single. Day.

It works fairly well for our situation, here is where we got it:

u/ElegantAnt · 1 pointr/Pets

One thing that has helped with my barfing cat is to get a slow feeder which makes it impossible to gulp all the food down at once.I use this one: Slow Feeder example

u/squidboots · 1 pointr/TryingForABaby

Phew! Glad that's all it is.

If she has to go on a diet with dry food (kitty crackers as we call 'em around my house) we have been using this interactive feeder in our house for the past few months with great success. Crackers go in every morning, and they have to fish 'em out with their paws and drag them onto the floor to eat. It slows them down and makes sure they aren't eating out of boredom. Both of our pudgy cats have been losing weight with it - one is back to normal weight, and the other (who has a little more to lose) is still losing.

u/DEADB33F · 1 pointr/dogs

What kind of bowl are you using?

Ones with a wide flared bases are much harder to flip over (example).

...and if it's still an issue you can always fill the underside with resin or the like to make it much heavier (I know someone who used concrete).

u/iluvpotatas · 1 pointr/samoyeds

This is the exact product I got though there are many others like it in Amazon. Charlee (@charlee.thecloudbear) kept knocking her previous bowl over and splashing water everywhere. This prevents her from getting too messy, haha.

u/AllFourSeasons · 1 pointr/cats
u/LumosDC · 1 pointr/aww

I have the same food bowl for my cat. The little paw prints and says 'Happy Dining' on it. Almost nauseatingly cute for a food bowl.

u/bookishgeek · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


I would totally want this for my crazy, hyperactive cat!

As for me? If I win, surprise me? :)

u/ZubinJohnson · 1 pointr/cats

You can look at the a ceramic water bowl like this one or Neater Feeder elevated station.

u/weffey · 1 pointr/cats

It's a food dish that they need to dig their food out. Keeps them from gorging themselves as soon as food is put out, and is supposed to "[satisfy] your cats need to hunt and play".

Amazon Link

EDIT: did vs. dig

u/kinenchen · 1 pointr/Rabbits

It's never easy. I think you just have to remember that she's lucky to be so loved and few bunnies get a forever home for one year, let alone 9.

Things that have helped our old man with his moulting is giving him lots and lots and lots of greens. They keep his guts hydrated and full of fiber to help push the fur through. In addition to his regular evening salad (which is about as big as he is) we give him a bunch of mint in the morning (1-2 cups) and leave a head of romaine in his pen for him to eat whenever. We brush him at least every other day with a rubber mit too until the mit comes away clean. We also got a bowl that filters his water and makes water noises because he can't see too well and the noise helps him find it and reminds him to drink when he isn't thinking about it. He also likes to rest with his front half up on a pillow, you can roll up some t-shirts and make a stack 2-3 inches thick for her. I think it takes some of the pressure off his arthritic hips and knees. If Momo is arthritic, cetyl-M/myristol has been really helpful. I got some from a friend who has a horse, but if you want I can send you some when I get a tub. It'll go bad before he can eat it all.

u/notjohnconner · 1 pointr/WhatsWrongWithYourDog

Lol, absolutely hilarious since it doesn't happen to me, but you really should change the dog bowl style. I don't think the pedestal style ones are the answer. Need a bowl that is wide and low to discourage tipping.

Something like this.

u/sunniidisposition · 1 pointr/persiancat

My little peke-faced rescue kitty has a tough time getting food in her mouth, but not on the floor. This bowl has an inside lip that helps keep the food mostly in the bowl and it’s elevated for easier digestion.

u/oCerebuso · 1 pointr/3Dprinting

We tried a couple of automatic feeders for our 2 cats but they never worked reliably.

then we went low tech.

Been working fine for a couple of years now. Can go away for a week and come back to happy cats.

u/My_Eagles · 1 pointr/DIY

>his use of 3D printer to solve a problem and segued.

He "solved" a problem that was already solved. Whisker stress is well documented and there are plenty of shallow bowls already for this exact reason.

Here's a classy one!

And one for the rest of us

u/Rayleie · 1 pointr/cats

I think it would work just fine. There are bowls like this that might work too. Depends on what each one costs and which one you prefer more.

u/yougotpurdyhair · 1 pointr/Pets

I switched to this food bowl after my cat kept scarfing & puking his food. He has to fish out each piece of kibble with his paw so he can't inhale the entire bowl at once.

u/crick2017 · 1 pointr/cats

Cat are finicky about water and prefer running/flowing water over standing one. You can look at getting a cat water fountain.

Catit Flower fountain is available for under 25 bucks, but if you are concerned about the cat playing with that, you can get a ceramic model. They would not tip over.

You can also look at something like this:

u/meriqa · 1 pointr/Truckers

get a spillproof water bowl they are awesome. We never had any spills unless I overfilled it.