As a Cat Behaviourist I’m always on the lookout for innovative products that promote healthy cat behaviour, or that simply make our cats’ lives more comfortable.
One such product is the Rotho MyPet Adjustable Bowl. As soon as I saw this product online I couldn’t wait to try it out. The market for adjustable pet bowls is still fairly limited and I’ve not yet come across any that offer the benefits of this one. Although it’s advertised for dogs, in my view, it works equally well for cats and it’s on behalf of our family felines that I’m writing this review.
Firstly it’s a single bowl unit. This might sound fairly obvious, but many of the adjustable cat feeders I’ve seen come as a pair, sometimes intrinsically linked together. Given the choice, cats prefer to eat in separate locations from one another and they would also rather we place their water as far away from their food as possible. So either way, I would usually avoid a two-bowl unit.
The bowl itself is stainless steel and removable for ease of cleaning, the rubber foot on each leg makes it more difficult for over-enthusiastic cats to push it across the floor, and (for us humans!) it comes in three attractive colours.
However, the really clever feature of this feeder is that it has an independently adjustable leg at each of its three corners. The legs have three locking positions into which they easily slide in and out, meaning that not only can the feeder be adjusted in height, but also in angle. This is what, in my eyes makes it unique. The photos below show these options as ably demonstrated by my own cat Billy.
You might wonder why a cat might need these options, and for some cats a floor level feeding bowl will do. However, there are many cats for which this feeder will provide huge benefits, such those with injuries or disabilities, as well as for elderly cats, many of which will suffer from degenerative joint disease such as osteoarthritis which makes lowering their heads difficult, uncomfortable or even painful. This is where I believe this feeder fulfills its true potential, giving owners the option of a food bowl that they can adjust to their cats’ specific needs. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
The Adjustable Bowl along with other Rotho MyPet products is available for sale to both retailers and individuals. For retails sales please visit http://shop.4cats.de. Individuals can buy the products from the Katzenworld online shop https://shop.katzenworld.uk/.
Clare Hemington is an accredited Cat Behaviourist offering behaviour consultations in owners’ homes as well as consultations by telephone and Skype. You can find out more information about your cat’s behaviour at her web site: www.catbehaviour.net