Thursday, May 25, 2006

Food Bowl

Food Bowl
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

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Blogger calsifer said...

For a long while, btmao and mum would diligently make these kitty food bowls, and they were useful in keeping the juices from running.

But food bowl processing has ceased since last mid-year, if memomry serve. The diners don't seem to fancy having to crane and stretch their necks, and shove their faces into the food bowls, especially the small dainty-shaped ones. (And it can get quite uncomfortable for them)

Also, food bowls, being light weight, tend to move when the food's almost gone so the cats find it annoying to have the food bowl 'travelling' as they try to clean it.

Some food bowls also crumble, if the food's a bit wetter than usual, and if they crumble inward, hungry cats aren't amused.

Now we just use food plates - magazine paper in their original form - flat and uninteresting. The cats seem happier to return to the days of full plate-reach.

But by all means, food bowls are a great idea. However, I would like to remind food bowl makers - please do not use newspapers, laser-printed, bubble-jet or photocopied papers, or other papers that have prints/colors that will turn runny when wet - the inks are harmful.

25/5/06 2:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing Calsifer! What a lot of other people do is use disposable or otherwise, plastic bowls - you can rewash and use them again.

25/5/06 3:16 PM  
Anonymous mr giggles said...

want to share personal experience. these foldable food bowls are great when flattened out, for carrying dicreetly in handbags, esp for the unexpected hungry cat. however, suggest people use glossed magazine paper that doesn't crumble too easily, and better to use these paper bowls for dry kibbles, not wet food, if possible. Alternatively, I find it works if I pour in some dry kibbles first, then top it up with a scoop of wet food. that way, the kibbles sort of absord the juices and keep the bowl relatively dry.

A good alternative to bowls: transparent plastic disposable burger boxes (you can buy them in 50's or 100's) that you can cut in 2 halves. Shallow enough for most cats, plastic, so keeps all juices in and can hold water too, reusable if you don't mind washing, disposable if you don't like washing, and almost not noticeable if you should forget to clear up.

25/5/06 4:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Mr Giggles. You can also get the slightly larger plastic boxes with covers that can be used. As you said, they're transparent and sturdy and can be reused if you so wish.

25/5/06 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think glossy paper is good. wet food sticks to the newspaper and it's quite difficult for the cat to eat. newspaper is also poisonous.

what about small pcs of banana leaves.

25/5/06 11:14 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Hi Dawn,
because of the schedule, and the fact that we take public transport, plastic containers aren't feasible.

Otherwise, I'd love to reuse the plastic ones - enviro-sentimentalism and all that.

Yah, Anonymous,
definitely not the newspapers!

Magazine pages so far the best. The only problem is supply... got to beg and beg friends and family. Someone I know who just started feeding tore up her prized bridal mags, and amazed her husband no end with the sacrifice!

26/5/06 1:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Calsifer - whatever works best for you :)

26/5/06 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not a bad idea. at least, it will keep the juice inside and the food will be clean and fresh for the kittys.

thanks to the contributor.

27/5/06 6:43 PM  

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