Cats are very clean creatures, which is why you see them paying so much attention to grooming on a daily basis. However, if there is one thing they cannot clean themselves that is the bowl you use for feeding them. Your cat will not stop eating, all of a sudden, if the bowl is not clean enough, but, if there is too much bacteria building on the bottom and the walls, your pet will notice.
Choose a bowl that is easy to clean
Plastic is a bad choice for various reasons, one of them being that the porous structure of plastic can easily harbor colonies of bacteria. Plus, plastic bowls are a pain to clean, all the more reason to consider getting one made of stainless steel or ceramic.
Pick an awesome cat bowl for your pet. Not only you will find it easier to wash it, but your pet will be healthier, for the simple reason that it will not have to eat from a bowl where bacteria start becoming a huge problem.
Washing the food bowl by hand
Since it is recommended to clean the cat’s bowl every day, you may just as well wash it by hand. You can simply wash it as you wash the rest of your dishes, but make sure to pay extra attention to rinse the bowl thoroughly.
Dishwashing detergents are non-toxic, but, if you don’t clean the cat’s bowl well, a chemical smell may linger on the surface. Cats have a much more developed sense of smell than we do, and they may refuse to eat, even from a clean pet bowl, just because they sense something that should not be there.
If your sink has a sprayer nozzle, use that to rinse thoroughly. You will be able to obtain a perfectly clean bowl that your cat will have no issue eating from.
Using a dishwasher
Unless your cat’s bowl is made from some delicate material that can easily scratch and suffer damage, there is no easier way than placing the food bowl next to the rest of your dishes in your dishwasher. Run a regular cycle, like you normally do, and pick the clean bowl at the end.
Remove stuck food in advance
There are no strict rules about how to clean your pet’s water bowl, but you should bear in mind that food remains that are stuck to the surface of the bowl can become a problem when you try to wash them later.
A tool you can use to remove stuck food is a steel wool pad. Use this in advance, no matter if you want to wash the cat’s bowl by hand, or you want to place it in a dishwasher. Bigger chunks of food that become loose during the washing process can remain stuck in the drainage pipes, and that may cause an even greater issue.