Editor’s Note: It’s worth mentioning that Ivy is something of a local celebrity here at UncommonGoods, where she frequently features in our #uncommonpets Slack channel. After all, who can resist those little paws?
Although Ivy is perfect in every way (besides her habit of biting everything that moves and eating laptop chargers), she is a very, very messy eater. Her preferred method includes using her paws to fling food out of her bowl and eat it off wherever it lands, be it the floor or walls. The area around her bowls was a complete disaster, and her paper bag place mat had to be replaced every three days since it got so soggy. When I saw the Silicone Suction Pet Set had been added to our assortment, I knew I had to give it a try.
If I switch out Ivy’s current bowls for these new ones, her eating area will be easier to clean and look nicer. However, I don’t think the bowls will help with her table manners or food-flinging tendencies.
Ivy really likes eating, and is very protective of her food area, so I knew it would be a bit tricky to distract her while I switched out her bowls. I let her sniff the packaging while I pulled up the old ones, then let her “help” me take the new ones out of the box.
Next, I poured in her dry food on one side, and gave her a scoop of wet food on the other. If you’re planning on switching out your pet’s bowls like I did, I recommend doing it right around when you normally feed them. She seemed hungry, and went right up to her new bowls to eat without hesitation.
As the weeks went on, I continued to see really great results with the bowls. She couldn’t tip them over or move them since the mat holds them in place. If you have thumbs, they’re easy to remove from the mat for washing. The mat, as I predicted, did not improve her table manners much, but did look way nicer than the old setup.
If you have a pet who eats like they live in a barn, you should definitely consider purchasing these bowls. At $35, they’re reasonably priced and well made. The set is the perfect size for a cat or smaller dog, but if your furry friend is bigger, these ones will do the trick.