To choose the right bowl for your pet, you need to consider a number of important points.
The first step is to know the height of your pet. Based on the size of the animal, bowls can be divided into three categories: for small, medium and large breeds.
The most popular small breeds include: Chihuahua, Pekingese, Dachshund, French Bulldog, Beagle, Poodle, Pomeranian, Jack Russell Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Chinese Crested, Pug, Welsh Corgi. Usually their height is not more than 40 cm, and their weight is up to 10 kg.
Miniature pets are usually chosen by city dwellers. Pets feel comfortable in apartments. They do not require long walks or large areas of the apartment, they eat much less compared to larger breeds.
With cats, the situation is even simpler. The following breeds can be attributed to cat small sizes: Scythian-Tai-Don, Munchkin, Napoleon, Lamkin, Skookum, Dwelf, Singapore cat, Minskin, Kinkalow, Devon Rex, Balinese cat, Abyssinian cat,
Of course, such exclusive pets are less popular than medium-sized cats. After all, they need more careful care, specialized nutrition. The growth of such cats is usually up to 20 cm, and weight up to 5 kg.
Medium breeds are standard-sized domestic cats. Their height varies about 25 cm, and their weight is about 5-7 kg. Among them, the most famous breeds are: Burmese, Bengal, American Shorthair, Russian Blue, Havana Brown, Persian, Siamese, Ukrainian Levkoy.
Medium-sized dogs are the most numerous category. To be considered medium, a dog must be between 40 and 60 cm tall at the withers and weigh between 12-25 kg. Dogs of this size include the following breeds: Chow Chow, Husky, Basset Hound, English Cocker Spaniel, English Bulldog, Border Collie, Pit Bull, Fox Terrier.
Large dogs are very impressive in size and weight. For a pet to be considered large, its height at the withers must exceed 60 cm, and its weight must be 26 kg. Large breeds also include giant dogs growing up to 75 cm and above, weighing from 45 kg. The most common breeds of large sizes: Dalmatian, Tibetan Mastiff, St. Bernard, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Newfoundland, Golden Retriever.
Of course, large cats are significantly inferior in weight to dogs. But the cat category has its giants. The largest domestic cat in the world is the savannah, its height can reach 0.6 m, and its weight is 15-16 kg, sometimes 20. The rest of the large breeds weigh no more than 10 kg on average. In height, they may not differ much from medium-sized cats. But usually their height is about 30-35 cm.
And now let’s move on to the list of the largest breeds of domestic cats: Savannah, Maine Coon, Ragdoll, Geoffroy, Ragamuffin, Kuril Bobtail, Norwegian Forest Cat, Siberian Cat.
The next factor that can influence the choice of a bowl for your furry ones is the material from which it is made. In stores you can find 4 types of bowls.
Their advantages are that plastic is a fairly cheap material and relatively safe (in terms of injuries). The disadvantages include fragile structure and short service life. Plastic cups are advised to be changed at least once a year.
This material is durable, environmentally friendly, any injuries during the use of the bowl are excluded. This material is considered the most practical. But when choosing, it must be borne in mind that the metal is quite «noisy». The pet may begin to play with the bowl or touch the edges of the collar elements.
Such bowls are the most environmentally friendly, but fragile and unsafe. They are more suitable for pets of small breeds. Since the probability of knocking over and breaking a bowl of food is reduced, based on the low weight of a furry friend.
They are also called hikers. Rubber containers are usually convenient for walking, exhibitions or travel. It is important to remember about the timely replacement of such bowls: once a year.
After choosing a bowl according to the main characteristics (the height of the animal and the material of the bowl), you should decide what other parameters will be useful to you. These include: design, the presence or absence of fastening, with or without a stand, additional containers, entertainment elements for a pet, etc. There are many options.
The most popular and functional are now considered — combining a bowl for food and a bottle for water. Thanks to such a feeder, you can easily leave for the weekend and be calm that your furry family member will definitely not go hungry. A drinking bowl in the form of a fountain will entertain the animals and provide a supply of clean water.
Some manufacturers also take into account the shape of the muzzle, for example, they make it flatter for pugs.
There are also universal bowls, the edges of which are slightly inclined so that cats and dogs of any breed are comfortable.
In summary, I would like to say that the choice of a bowl depends on many factors. Despite the above classification, choose a bowl based on the individual size and nutritional habits of your pet. Fortunately, a great variety of different products of this category are now presented on the Internet and pet stores.