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What is the Best Material for Pet Bowls?

By Katherine Cebrowski on October 25, 2017
What is the Best Material for Pet Bowls?

An essential part of your pet’s kit, food and water bowls play an important role in feeding a raw diet.

You’ll want to put a bit of thought into what you choose for your dog or cat since they will be using it several times a day and for years to come. Here is a brief analysis of bowl materials to ensure your pet enjoys good health for years to come!

So what is the difference between Plastic, Ceramic and Stainless Steel bowls?

Stainless steel is the #1 choice of vets and our Furchild team. This is because...

  • They are the safest, most practical choice for pet bowls.
  • Stainless steel bowls are easy to clean and sanitize as they do not harbor bacteria.
  • They are the most durable and can last a lifetime.
  • They do not leach potentially toxic chemicals into food like plastic or ceramic bowls with low quality paint.
  • A rubber coating on the bottom prevents sliding on the floor.

Problems with Plastic Bowls: Many people choose plastic pet food bowls because they are readily available, inexpensive and come in a variety of colors and sizes. However, a plastic bowl is not the best choice as a pet’s food bowl. Avoid using this type of pet bowl for food and water.

  • Aside from potentially causing an allergic reaction, plastic bowls can breed bacteria. Even with regular washing, scratches, nicks, and micro-gouges in plastic bowls can host bacteria.
  • Plastic cannot be boiled, and some plastics, if subjected to heat will release toxic chemicals into food and water.
  • Plastic bowls are difficult to keep clean. If you decide to use plastic bowls, replace them regularly.
  • Also, in many plastic bowls the use of bisphenol or BPA is an issue. BPA is a chemical that many studies say is an endocrine disruptor that can have serious adverse effects on a mammal’s brain, cardiovascular system, and potentially cause cancer, among other issues.
  • Phthalates are also an issue in plastic bowls. Used as “plasticizers”, phthalates are used as solvents, and to make plastic products more flexible. There are studies that say that phthalates are toxic to mammals if absorbed long term.
  • Some pets will chew on the bowl and swallow little bits of plastic that could build up over time and cause a blockage.

The Problems with Ceramic Bowls

  • Ceramic bowls can shatter or crack. Micro cracks, sometimes invisible to the human eye, can also host bacteria.
  • If your pet tends to scoot their bowl around or be rather “aggressive” eaters, there is the danger of a ceramic bowl breaking into shards - not to mention a mess.
  • Also, be sure that any ceramic bowl you or your pet uses for food consumption does use lead-free based paint and food-grade glaze. Lead based paint flakes are toxic.

Furchild understands the needs of pet parents and their raw fed pets and that's why we've designed the 'purrfect' food bowl and dish for your pet. These are not the basic, thin, metal bowls which you often find in a pet store.

A Furchild's Food Bowl or Food Dish is constructed from a non-skid, non-toxic, high quality stainless steel material. The silicone bottom keeps the bowl from sliding around under the nose of a hungry, eager dog, especially if you feed Furchild's fresh, healthy meals.

Written by...

Katherine Cebrowski
Katherine Cebrowski
Co-Founder and Owner - An accomplished event promoter, airline professional, vegetarian, yoga instructor and English Bulldog owner she works each day to bring out the best in people and their pets.
Katherine Cebrowski

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