Introducing Furchild’s Food Dish for Cats, the best materials and safest option for feeding your beloved cat. Our dishes are
What is the difference between Plastic, Ceramic and Stainless Steel bowls?
Stainless steel bowls tend to be the safest, most practical choice for pet bowls. Stainless steel bowls do not harbor bacteria and can last a lifetime. Plus they do not have the potential of leaching toxic chemicals into food like plastic, or lead paint like on ceramic bowls.
Problems with Plastic Bowls
Many people choose plastic pet food bowls because they are readily available, inexpensive and come in lots of colors and sizes. However, a plastic bowl might not be the best choice for your pet’s food bowls.
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 breed bacteria, which can eventually negatively impact the health of your pet. Plastic cannot be boiled, and some plastics, if subjected to heat will release toxic substances into food. Generally speaking, plastic bowls are difficult to keep clean. If you decide to use plastic bowls, it’s best to 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.
Pthalates are also an issue in plastic bowls. Used as “plasticizers”, Pthalates are used as solvents, and to make plastic products more flexible. There are studies that say that pthalates are toxic to mammals if absorbed long term.
And if your dog takes to chewing on his or her bowl, he or she could end up swallowing little bits of plastic that could build up over time or cause a blockage.
Problems with Ceramic Bowls
Ceramic bowls can shatter or crack. Micro cracks (sometimes invisible to the human eye) in a ceramic bowl can be be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Also, if your pet tends to scoot their bowl around or be rather “aggressive” eaters, there is the danger of a ceramic bowl breaking resulting in sharp 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. Needless to say, consumption of lead based paint flakes can be toxic.
Stainless Steel with a Silicone base
Our Stainless steel bowls are sturdy, long lasting, affordable, dishwasher safe, and safe to subject to boiling water for bacteria killing purposes. Stainless steel bowls tend to be the safest, most practical choice for pet bowls. Here are a few points to remember when cleaning your pet’s bowl to make it last a lifetime.