Ever since I learned about the not so pawesome side effects of plastic dishes I’ve switched all our pets to ceramic. I like the idea of stainless steel and glass (which also hinder mold and bacteria from forming) but both tend to be limited in the style department. Stainless steel looks too industrial on its own and glass can be a bit boring. I want some color in my kitchen, so of course Martha Stewart came along and solved my pétcor problem.
Last year Martha Stewart debuted her pet line for PetSmart. The line was super popular, but it left cat ladies (and lads!) like myself a little bummed that there was nothing for our feline friends. Being the business maven that she is, Martha saw an opportunity and recently expanded her Martha Stewart Pets brand to include toys and accessories for little kittehs. One of the products Martha has on hand is a stainless steel dish nestled into a Robin’s egg blue melamine dish holder. A silicone ring wrapped around the stainless steel bowl’s rim keeps it from jostling and making noise in the melamine holder and a rubber base on the holder keeps everything in one place even if your cats tend to forcefully lick every last crumb out of their dishes.
Pookie and Gizmo got to try out the $15 double feeder. I love the idea of having two dishes in one. It keeps everything streamlined, and lets these two chubs enjoy their meal together. That said, I wouldn’t recommend it for cats in which one is more aggressive about food than the other. For example, I wouldn’t feed Dim Sum and one of the other cats with this dish since Dimmer would be too intimidated eating so close to one of the fatties. They would push her out of her dish in no time. I also wouldn’t recommend using this in a single cat household and putting water in the extra dish. You’ll just end up needing to clean out soggy cat kibble from the water bowl. There are single bowls for only-cats.
We also got to try out Martha’s $7 silicone feeding mat. It’s designed to catch any crumbs your cat is surely to leave around their dish. Unfortunately it also picks up everything else and it isn’t easy to simply wipe clean. The silicone really grabs gunk so you have to bring the whole thing to the kitchen sink and do a thorough cleaning to get it back to its crisp look.
Another bummer, if you order the mat online you can’t choose which color you get (white, blue, or pink). Say what?
So, skip the mat but definitely take a look at the melamine/stainless steel dishes. They’re cute, hygienic, and add a dab of color to an otherwise brown meal.