What Are The Best Cat Food Bowls For Messy Eaters?

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Hi, Can you provide tips on the best cat food bowls for messy eaters. I’m looking for what kinds of bowls are best for cats who are messy or like to play with their food. Should any bowl shapes be avoided? Are there any specific cat bowls you recommend on Amazon for messy eaters?


For people who like their current cat food bowls, the best option might be to place an easily washed mat underneath. Puzzle feeders and food dispensing toys can slow a cat’s eating behavior, provide much-needed entertainment, and limit messes.

Likimats are great for cats who eat wet food.

Bowls with wide bottoms and non-slip pads can prevent cats from moving bowls around and tipping them over. Raise bowls that are surrounded by guards with elevated edges can also contain any mess that is generated.

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian if your cat has recently become a messy eater. It’s possible that dental disease or other problems within the mouth is making it difficult for your cat to chew and swallow or causing pain.

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If you have any specific health concerns related to your pet, please be sure to take the pet to your vet or an emergency vet, or if you have concerns related to something your pet may have eaten another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

Dr. Jennifer Coates
Dr. Jennifer Coates was valedictorian of her graduating class at the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced in Virginia, Wyoming, and Colorado. She is also the author of numerous articles and books including the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian.