Best Cat Bowls for Messy Eaters (Buyer’s Guide 2022)

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Do you always find yourself back on cleanup duty after feeding time? Well, you’re in luck, because we’re going to end your troubles today. We have scoured the internet for solutions and found a few excellent products that will end your misery. Here are some of the best anti-slip feeding bowls:

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Tips for messy eaters

  • Check if the bowl is slipping: A slippery bowl will force your cat to push the bowl around in an attempt to grab the contents, which leads to big mess. Yikes! This goes for the water bowl too. If this is the case, you have two options: invest in one of our recommended bowls that can’t slip (like one with a silicon base), or place your feeding bowls on a good feeding mat, a piece of cloth, or pretty much anything flat with a rough surface.
  • Material choice: If you have established that the bowl is not slipping but still find yourself on cleanup duty every night, consider that your cat may simply dislike the material of the bowl. Switching to another type may solve this issue. You can find bowls made from plastic, stainless steel, rubber and more. You can also try switching to a deeper design, or a more shallow and wider one. Plenty of things to try!
  • Puzzles and feeders: Food puzzles and slow feeders can be very helpful for messy eaters, because they force your cat to slow down and eat small chunks at a time. As an added bonus, they also promote the mental health of your cat by stimulating natural hunting behavior. (We have an article that lists the best food puzzles for cats)
  • Rule out medical problems: Oral problems such as periodontal disease can make eating a painful experience for cats. If your cat is suffering from such a medical issue, it will certainly contribute to the mess being caused. When suspect this is the case, it’s probably a good idea to take your pet to a professional for a proper checkup.

Product Reviews

1. Double Stainless Steel Pet Bowl with Silicone Mat

If you’re looking for the best budget cat bowl for messy eaters, this might be it. Frisco’s simple design consists of an anti-slip silicon base with room for the two included 6.5-inch diameter bowls that are sure to stay in place.

Considering the price and the fact that both bowls can be removed and placed in the dishwasher, this surely is a winner in our book! The only downside is that it comes in just one size, which may not be large enough for big breeds.

What we liked:

  • Stainless steel bowls can be removed
  • Dishwasher proof
  • No BPA’s

What we didn’t like:

  • Only one size, which is a little large for kittens
  • Not elevated

2. No-Slip Seaflex Dog & Cat Bowl

Our second-best cat bowl for messy eaters is this no-slip bowl by Frisco that is made from recycled materials. It has a nice, rounded design and is large enough to accommodate both smaller and bigger cat breeds.

It’s great that you can pop this one in the dishwasher, but it is also pretty easy to clean by hand with some soap and water thanks to the smooth inner surface.

What we liked:

  • Made from recycled materials
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean
  • Suitable for all breed sizes
  • Available in multiple colors

What we didn’t like:

  • Not elevated

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