Catering to Cats

Cat food bowls often aren’t designed with cats in mind. Co-Founder Loren Kulesus discovered this when his own cat left food uneaten. Hunger strikes, scooping food out of the bowl, and acting up are all signs of whisker fatigue. That’s a real condition for our feline friends, whose ultra-sensitive whiskers can get over-stimulated. It’s painful for cats and stresses them out. And in most whisker fatigue cases, repeatedly bumping whiskers on a food bowl’s sides is the prime suspect. So Loren and Co-Founder Erik Strom created their own bowl. Their sleek, stainless steel design has a shallow curve that piles food up in the center, and it sits on a non-skid mat for extra stability. When testing it out, they found that cats treated the bowl like a utensil, using the slope to nudge food into their mouths. (Cats are quite clever, after all.) With no more whisker fatigue, Mr. Fluffles will be feeling stress-free and well fed, and that will make both of you happier.

Dr. Catsby's

Whisker Relief Food Bowl

Catering to Cats

Cat food bowls often aren’t designed with cats in mind. Co-Founder Loren Kulesus discovered this when his own cat left food uneaten. Hunger strikes, scooping food out of the bowl, and acting up are all signs of whisker fatigue. That’s a real condition for our feline friends, whose ultra-sensitive whiskers can get over-stimulated. It’s painful for cats and stresses them out. And in most whisker fatigue cases, repeatedly bumping whiskers on a food bowl’s sides is the prime suspect. So Loren and Co-Founder Erik Strom created their own bowl. Their sleek, stainless steel design has a shallow curve that piles food up in the center, and it sits on a non-skid mat for extra stability. When testing it out, they found that cats treated the bowl like a utensil, using the slope to nudge food into their mouths. (Cats are quite clever, after all.) With no more whisker fatigue, Mr. Fluffles will be feeling stress-free and well fed, and that will make both of you happier.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Loren
    Loren

    Hello everyone! I’m Loren Kulesus, the designer of today’s Grommet, Dr. Catsby’s Feline Remedies Bowl for Whisker Fatigue. I am excited and honored to be here today, not only on The Grommet, but also to talk with everyone about whisker fatigue and how I’m hoping to eliminate the problem. My own cat was suffering which led to my discovery and it warms my heart to hear from others about how this ergonomic bowl is putting smiles on all cats faces. Designed from the feline perspective, my bowl is perfect for every cat, whisker fatigue or not.

  • Martha
    Martha
    7/8/2016 10:22 AM

    I knew that cats didn't like their whiskers to touch the sides of the bowl so I have always used large food and water dishes but your sloping design is much better than just my large bowls. Also, did you know cats don't like their water dish next to their food dish? My cat drinks a lot more water since I put her water dish in a different room. My sister had the same result with her cat.

    Marty

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 10:40 AM

    @Martha Indeed! During my research, I started by separating my cat's dishes to see if that would help resolve the initial problem, and while it did help a little, there was still more to explore. I encourage cat owners to keep the dishes separate if possible. Thanks for writing in!

  • Laura
    Laura
    7/8/2016 10:43 AM

    @Martha

    Thanks for sharing that interesting bit about the water. I had no clue.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 10:52 AM

    @Laura To be honest, neither did I! A reviewer wrote back with the success story and I was overwhelmed with the continuous ways my bowl has been able to aide felines.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/8/2016 4:20 PM

    @Loren I've noticed that my cats drink a lot more water if I put it in another room as well. Even more so if it's my glass of water on a table with ice, unfortunately. I did not realize that was a known thing, however. Anyone know the reason? I'd never heard of whisker fatigue either.

  • Sandy
    Sandy
    7/8/2016 10:29 AM

    This is really interesting! What is the estimated shipping time from the time of order?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 10:36 AM

    @Sandy Hi Sandy! Thanks for your interest in my product. Estimated shipping time would be based on The Grommet's shipping methods. Here's a quote from their website:

    "We do our best to estimate shipping times for you during checkout. Right before you submit your order, you’ll see an estimated shipping time for each item in your cart.

    However, many factors can affect shipping. Keep in mind that many of our Makers are small operations.

    Here are some good general guidelines:

    Ground Shipping: 1 - 2 business days for the shipper or Maker to process it, plus 5 -7 business days (many orders arrive sooner)

    2-Day Shipping: 2-3 business days

    Express Shipping or Next Day Shipping: 1- 2 business days

    Some items, like custom-made Grommets, may have a longer lead time before shipping. Check the product details on that Grommet’s page to see if that is the case."

    Let me know if you'd like me to get more information for you.

  • suzanne
    suzanne
    7/8/2016 10:46 AM

    This sounds really great. One question...if it does not work with my cat, what is the return policy? Thanks

  • Eliza
    Eliza
    7/8/2016 10:51 AM

    Hi Suzanne! Thanks for the feedback. You can view our return policy here.

  • Lesley
    Lesley
    7/8/2016 10:48 AM

    I never knew how sensitive cat's whiskers are. I love this bowl but am wondering if it can be used with wet food as well as dry?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 10:55 AM

    @Lesley Absolutely! I've heard positive reviews relating to all types of food.

  • Laura
    Laura
    7/8/2016 10:49 AM

    I love your design, it just makes sense for both the whiskers and for keeping dry food at the center of the plate, where cats want it. I'm wondering if wet food slides to the center too. Did you perform any tests with wet food?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:00 AM

    @Laura I tested both types of food and sometimes it depends on the stickiness of the wet food, but it does work! I'd say the food would only slide if it has loose viscosity.

  • Courtney
    Courtney
    7/8/2016 10:49 AM

    I'm assuming this bowl is dishwasher safe, but wanted to check to confirm. Also, how well does it work with wet food? Our two boys only get dry food as a snack, their main meals are canned food.

  • Eliza
    Eliza
    7/8/2016 10:56 AM

    Hi Courtney. The bowl itself is top-rack dishwasher safe, but we recommend hand washing the mat. I'll let Loren confirm the details for your question about wet food. Thanks for commenting!

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:01 AM

    @Eliza Hi Eliza! I made sure to test with both wet and dry food, and they both work equally well. It may depend on the stickiness of the wet food, but I've never seen disastrous results due to wet vs dry food.

  • Smarz
    Smarz
    7/8/2016 3:30 PM

    @Eliza Hi! My cat likes to eat a mixture of lemonade and worms. Will that come out in the wash?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 3:33 PM

    Whether or not that unique concoction comes out, Smarz, would depend on the power of your dishwasher and/or scrubbing abilities.

  • Jane
    Jane
    7/8/2016 10:53 AM

    Does this design work with moist (canned) cat food?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:02 AM

    @Jane Hi Jane! Indeed, it does! When designing, I wanted to ensure this could be useful for all types of food. Leave no food source behind!

  • P.A.
    P.A.
    7/8/2016 11:00 AM

    Does this work with dogs also?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:03 AM

    @P.A. Funny you ask! I've received feedback that a shih tzu has been using my bowl ever since it arrived at it's home. While dogs may not suffer from whisker fatigue, the slope keeping the food in the middle is a great feature for both cats and dogs.

  • Kerene
    Kerene
    7/8/2016 11:16 AM

    Hi Loren! Will you possibly make a plastic version...my cats will NOT eat out of stainless bowls.

    Thanks!

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:36 AM

    @Kerene Unfortunately, we will not. We love using stainless steel to prevent feline acne that can occur from plastic dishes.

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    7/8/2016 11:25 AM

    I think this is a great idea, but at $20. per bowl, I can't afford to buy the four I would like to buy for my cats. I'll wait and see if they go down a bit.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:37 AM

    @Carolyn Completely understand, however, this would be a 1-time investment for your cats lifetime. We try t think of the positives and how you get the most for your money.

  • Joe
    Joe
    7/8/2016 11:26 AM

    What is the radius between the top edge of the bowl and the center of the bowl? What is the horizontal distance (using a top view) between the bottom edge of the mat and the top edge of the bowl? I am not referring to the height of the bowl. Maybe a mechanical drawing would help. I am concerned about my cat's toe-to-mouth reach.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:44 AM

    @Joe Hi Joe. The dimensions are 3" radius (6"diameter) with the toe-to-mouth reach being less than a half inch.

  • Joyce
    Joyce
    7/8/2016 12:58 PM

    @Loren Just so I have this right; the bowl is 6" across, correct? So two or three (dry, wet, and maybe water) would fit on a food tray?? Right now I have Mr Fluffy Butt's dishes on a tray... and wet food all over the floor in front of it, lol! Has this been tested on a tray to see if Miss Priss would throw food on the floor when using a tray??

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 1:40 PM

    Hi Joyce, it would of course depend on the size of the food tray but you should be able to fit both. I'll let Loren chime in on testing on food trays.

  • Joe
    Joe
    7/8/2016 3:42 PM

    @Loren Thanks Loren but I would like to know the answers to my two questions. Or, clarify what dimensions you are talking about in detail.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 5:50 PM

    @Joyce I guess they could fit on a food tray- but the overall diameter is slightly larger than the lip diameter, so realistically the bowl and its mat will be about 7" in diameter. If the dimension of the tray is at least 15"x8" then it should be able to hold at least 2 bowls

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 5:54 PM

    @Joe, Apologies for the miscommunication. I guess if the toe was at the edge of the foot of the bowl, if the mouth were then at the center of the bowl to eat the distance from toe to mouth might be around 3.5" or very close to that. Hope that's more helpful!

  • susan
    susan
    7/8/2016 11:33 AM

    My elderly cat needs to use a dish that is elevated with a stand. She is uncomfortable trying to eat from a dish on the floor. Any chance you will be designing a stand feeder?

    Susan

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:39 AM

    @susan Hi Susan! We're hoping to look into an elevated feeder to accompany the bowl in the future as we explore more opportunities for the brand.

  • susan
    susan
    7/8/2016 12:01 PM

    @Loren Great! I hope that the Grommet will feature it !

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 12:10 PM

    @susan That would be something! Only time can tell, thanks for your support :)

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    7/8/2016 12:50 PM

    @Loren

    Amazon sells an elevated bowl i am using for my cat.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 1:01 PM

    Hi Sandra, if you want an elevated bowl compatible with Dr. Catsby's for your cat's comfort, keep an eye out for an update here.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    7/8/2016 11:45 AM

    Do you recommend getting two bowls, one for food and one for water?

    I don't notice this problem with my cat's food but if I give her treats she wants them on the floor instead of in her food bowl.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:49 AM

    @Jennifer That's more of a personal preference. If you'd like to have a matching set, you have two opportunities for whisker relief! That way while one dish is in the wash, you have another ready to go. I know folks who do have for both food and water and are extremely satisfied.

  • Gyl
    Gyl
    7/8/2016 2:09 PM

    My cat takes her food out of the bowl and eats it all over the house. Could this be her problem and do you think this bowl would help?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 2:23 PM

    @Gyl Absolutely! We consider the signs of whisker fatigue to be:

    -Leaving food in the bowl, but is still hungry

    -Pulling food out of the bowl with their mouth or paw to eat off the floor

    -Leaving a mess behind on the floor

    -Acting aggressive toward other animals in the house during mealtime

    -Standing by the bowl before eating for a period of time, pacing around the bowl, or being hesitant to eat, though hungry

  • Mister Whiskers
    Mister Whiskers
    7/8/2016 3:35 PM

    Hi! I often experience whisker fatigue so I am very excited by this bowl! Is there a money back guarantee if my whiskers still hurt once I use it? Ty! Meow!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 3:44 PM

    Hey there, Mr. Whiskers and congratulations for being what I can only assume is our first cat commenter. Here's hoping you are not the last.

    It seems this bowl was made especially for you, but if you don't find success and need to return it, you can find our complete return policy info here.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 3:45 PM

    Mister Whiskers! I hope this bowl helps ease all your pains and worries, wishing you all the luck!

  • Mister Whiskers
    Mister Whiskers
    7/8/2016 4:40 PM

    @Loren Thank you, Mike and Loren for your help! Meow! I am also wondering if there is gift wrapping available. I was thinking of ordering one for Mrs. Whisker's birthday, but us cats are not the best at wrapping presents. Thank you! Meow!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 5:12 PM

    Happy to help, Mister Whiskers. We do not have gift wrapping available, but you can include a special gift message to Mrs. Whiskers. I imagine your difficulties wrapping are similar in writing.

  • Margo
    Margo
    7/8/2016 4:03 PM

    Are rabbit whiskers that sensitive too?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 5:32 PM

    @Margo That's an amazing question! Sorry for the delayed response, been doing some Google-ing on your behalf. It's possible they could be as their whiskers tend to do similar things as cats. Both animals use their whiskers to determine the size of holes and passageways, helping them to navigate their surroundings. I'd love to explore this further, thank you for your interest!

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    7/8/2016 4:04 PM

    Hi Loren, My cat loves his bowl! I got two from Amazon, but will get more from The Grommet for a couple Christmas gifts. Here's a weird question. Do big cats (lions, tigers, cheetahs, etc) also get whisker fatigue? Maybe zoos, wildlife/rehab centers could use larger versions?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 5:44 PM

    @Elizabeth I'd never thought about it, but it's possible. A larger version would be incredibly interesting to explore, but may be extremely worthwhile as the stainless steel material would hold up better in wildlife/rehab centers with the larger animals. I truly appreciate your thoughts, you may be on to something!

    Additionally, thanks for your support today! Hope the gifts are a huge hit.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 11:05 PM

    @Elizabeth, I'm the Grommet co-founder chiming in to express our appreciation for switching your support to Grommet. We invest a great deal in each of our Grommet makers and their launches and maintain a very hands-on level of support to help them grow their businesses. When you buy on Grommet (or from a local retailer who sources products from our wholesale arm) you are helping that Maker grow much faster because you give them Grommet credibility.

  • Diane
    Diane
    7/8/2016 6:13 PM

    What grade of stainless steel is used?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 6:32 PM

    100% human grade, Diane!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Dr. Catsby's

Whisker Relief Food Bowl

Catering to Cats

Cat food bowls often aren’t designed with cats in mind. Co-Founder Loren Kulesus discovered this when his own cat left food uneaten.

Hunger strikes, scooping food out of the bowl, and acting up are all signs of whisker fatigue. That’s a real condition for our feline friends, whose ultra-sensitive whiskers can get
over-stimulated. It’s painful for cats and stresses them out. And in most whisker fatigue cases, repeatedly bumping whiskers on a food bowl’s sides is the prime suspect.

So Loren and Co-Founder Erik Strom created their own bowl. Their sleek, stainless steel design has a shallow curve that piles food up in the center, and it sits on a non-skid mat for extra stability. When testing it out, they found that cats treated the bowl like a utensil, using the slope to nudge food into their mouths. (Cats are quite clever, after all.)

With no more whisker fatigue, Mr. Fluffles will be feeling stress-free and well fed, and that will make both of you happier.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Loren
    Loren

    Hello everyone! I’m Loren Kulesus, the designer of today’s Grommet, Dr. Catsby’s Feline Remedies Bowl for Whisker Fatigue. I am excited and honored to be here today, not only on The Grommet, but also to talk with everyone about whisker fatigue and how I’m hoping to eliminate the problem. My own cat was suffering which led to my discovery and it warms my heart to hear from others about how this ergonomic bowl is putting smiles on all cats faces. Designed from the feline perspective, my bowl is perfect for every cat, whisker fatigue or not.

  • Martha
    Martha
    7/8/2016 10:22 AM

    I knew that cats didn't like their whiskers to touch the sides of the bowl so I have always used large food and water dishes but your sloping design is much better than just my large bowls. Also, did you know cats don't like their water dish next to their food dish? My cat drinks a lot more water since I put her water dish in a different room. My sister had the same result with her cat.

    Marty

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 10:40 AM

    @Martha Indeed! During my research, I started by separating my cat's dishes to see if that would help resolve the initial problem, and while it did help a little, there was still more to explore. I encourage cat owners to keep the dishes separate if possible. Thanks for writing in!

  • Laura
    Laura
    7/8/2016 10:43 AM

    @Martha

    Thanks for sharing that interesting bit about the water. I had no clue.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 10:52 AM

    @Laura To be honest, neither did I! A reviewer wrote back with the success story and I was overwhelmed with the continuous ways my bowl has been able to aide felines.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/8/2016 4:20 PM

    @Loren I've noticed that my cats drink a lot more water if I put it in another room as well. Even more so if it's my glass of water on a table with ice, unfortunately. I did not realize that was a known thing, however. Anyone know the reason? I'd never heard of whisker fatigue either.

  • Sandy
    Sandy
    7/8/2016 10:29 AM

    This is really interesting! What is the estimated shipping time from the time of order?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 10:36 AM

    @Sandy Hi Sandy! Thanks for your interest in my product. Estimated shipping time would be based on The Grommet's shipping methods. Here's a quote from their website:

    "We do our best to estimate shipping times for you during checkout. Right before you submit your order, you’ll see an estimated shipping time for each item in your cart.

    However, many factors can affect shipping. Keep in mind that many of our Makers are small operations.

    Here are some good general guidelines:

    Ground Shipping: 1 - 2 business days for the shipper or Maker to process it, plus 5 -7 business days (many orders arrive sooner)

    2-Day Shipping: 2-3 business days

    Express Shipping or Next Day Shipping: 1- 2 business days

    Some items, like custom-made Grommets, may have a longer lead time before shipping. Check the product details on that Grommet’s page to see if that is the case."

    Let me know if you'd like me to get more information for you.

  • suzanne
    suzanne
    7/8/2016 10:46 AM

    This sounds really great. One question...if it does not work with my cat, what is the return policy? Thanks

  • Eliza
    Eliza
    7/8/2016 10:51 AM

    Hi Suzanne! Thanks for the feedback. You can view our return policy here.

  • Lesley
    Lesley
    7/8/2016 10:48 AM

    I never knew how sensitive cat's whiskers are. I love this bowl but am wondering if it can be used with wet food as well as dry?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 10:55 AM

    @Lesley Absolutely! I've heard positive reviews relating to all types of food.

  • Laura
    Laura
    7/8/2016 10:49 AM

    I love your design, it just makes sense for both the whiskers and for keeping dry food at the center of the plate, where cats want it. I'm wondering if wet food slides to the center too. Did you perform any tests with wet food?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:00 AM

    @Laura I tested both types of food and sometimes it depends on the stickiness of the wet food, but it does work! I'd say the food would only slide if it has loose viscosity.

  • Courtney
    Courtney
    7/8/2016 10:49 AM

    I'm assuming this bowl is dishwasher safe, but wanted to check to confirm. Also, how well does it work with wet food? Our two boys only get dry food as a snack, their main meals are canned food.

  • Eliza
    Eliza
    7/8/2016 10:56 AM

    Hi Courtney. The bowl itself is top-rack dishwasher safe, but we recommend hand washing the mat. I'll let Loren confirm the details for your question about wet food. Thanks for commenting!

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:01 AM

    @Eliza Hi Eliza! I made sure to test with both wet and dry food, and they both work equally well. It may depend on the stickiness of the wet food, but I've never seen disastrous results due to wet vs dry food.

  • Smarz
    Smarz
    7/8/2016 3:30 PM

    @Eliza Hi! My cat likes to eat a mixture of lemonade and worms. Will that come out in the wash?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 3:33 PM

    Whether or not that unique concoction comes out, Smarz, would depend on the power of your dishwasher and/or scrubbing abilities.

  • Jane
    Jane
    7/8/2016 10:53 AM

    Does this design work with moist (canned) cat food?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:02 AM

    @Jane Hi Jane! Indeed, it does! When designing, I wanted to ensure this could be useful for all types of food. Leave no food source behind!

  • P.A.
    P.A.
    7/8/2016 11:00 AM

    Does this work with dogs also?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:03 AM

    @P.A. Funny you ask! I've received feedback that a shih tzu has been using my bowl ever since it arrived at it's home. While dogs may not suffer from whisker fatigue, the slope keeping the food in the middle is a great feature for both cats and dogs.

  • Kerene
    Kerene
    7/8/2016 11:16 AM

    Hi Loren! Will you possibly make a plastic version...my cats will NOT eat out of stainless bowls.

    Thanks!

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:36 AM

    @Kerene Unfortunately, we will not. We love using stainless steel to prevent feline acne that can occur from plastic dishes.

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    7/8/2016 11:25 AM

    I think this is a great idea, but at $20. per bowl, I can't afford to buy the four I would like to buy for my cats. I'll wait and see if they go down a bit.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:37 AM

    @Carolyn Completely understand, however, this would be a 1-time investment for your cats lifetime. We try t think of the positives and how you get the most for your money.

  • Joe
    Joe
    7/8/2016 11:26 AM

    What is the radius between the top edge of the bowl and the center of the bowl? What is the horizontal distance (using a top view) between the bottom edge of the mat and the top edge of the bowl? I am not referring to the height of the bowl. Maybe a mechanical drawing would help. I am concerned about my cat's toe-to-mouth reach.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:44 AM

    @Joe Hi Joe. The dimensions are 3" radius (6"diameter) with the toe-to-mouth reach being less than a half inch.

  • Joyce
    Joyce
    7/8/2016 12:58 PM

    @Loren Just so I have this right; the bowl is 6" across, correct? So two or three (dry, wet, and maybe water) would fit on a food tray?? Right now I have Mr Fluffy Butt's dishes on a tray... and wet food all over the floor in front of it, lol! Has this been tested on a tray to see if Miss Priss would throw food on the floor when using a tray??

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 1:40 PM

    Hi Joyce, it would of course depend on the size of the food tray but you should be able to fit both. I'll let Loren chime in on testing on food trays.

  • Joe
    Joe
    7/8/2016 3:42 PM

    @Loren Thanks Loren but I would like to know the answers to my two questions. Or, clarify what dimensions you are talking about in detail.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 5:50 PM

    @Joyce I guess they could fit on a food tray- but the overall diameter is slightly larger than the lip diameter, so realistically the bowl and its mat will be about 7" in diameter. If the dimension of the tray is at least 15"x8" then it should be able to hold at least 2 bowls

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 5:54 PM

    @Joe, Apologies for the miscommunication. I guess if the toe was at the edge of the foot of the bowl, if the mouth were then at the center of the bowl to eat the distance from toe to mouth might be around 3.5" or very close to that. Hope that's more helpful!

  • susan
    susan
    7/8/2016 11:33 AM

    My elderly cat needs to use a dish that is elevated with a stand. She is uncomfortable trying to eat from a dish on the floor. Any chance you will be designing a stand feeder?

    Susan

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:39 AM

    @susan Hi Susan! We're hoping to look into an elevated feeder to accompany the bowl in the future as we explore more opportunities for the brand.

  • susan
    susan
    7/8/2016 12:01 PM

    @Loren Great! I hope that the Grommet will feature it !

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 12:10 PM

    @susan That would be something! Only time can tell, thanks for your support :)

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    7/8/2016 12:50 PM

    @Loren

    Amazon sells an elevated bowl i am using for my cat.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 1:01 PM

    Hi Sandra, if you want an elevated bowl compatible with Dr. Catsby's for your cat's comfort, keep an eye out for an update here.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    7/8/2016 11:45 AM

    Do you recommend getting two bowls, one for food and one for water?

    I don't notice this problem with my cat's food but if I give her treats she wants them on the floor instead of in her food bowl.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 11:49 AM

    @Jennifer That's more of a personal preference. If you'd like to have a matching set, you have two opportunities for whisker relief! That way while one dish is in the wash, you have another ready to go. I know folks who do have for both food and water and are extremely satisfied.

  • Gyl
    Gyl
    7/8/2016 2:09 PM

    My cat takes her food out of the bowl and eats it all over the house. Could this be her problem and do you think this bowl would help?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 2:23 PM

    @Gyl Absolutely! We consider the signs of whisker fatigue to be:

    -Leaving food in the bowl, but is still hungry

    -Pulling food out of the bowl with their mouth or paw to eat off the floor

    -Leaving a mess behind on the floor

    -Acting aggressive toward other animals in the house during mealtime

    -Standing by the bowl before eating for a period of time, pacing around the bowl, or being hesitant to eat, though hungry

  • Mister Whiskers
    Mister Whiskers
    7/8/2016 3:35 PM

    Hi! I often experience whisker fatigue so I am very excited by this bowl! Is there a money back guarantee if my whiskers still hurt once I use it? Ty! Meow!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 3:44 PM

    Hey there, Mr. Whiskers and congratulations for being what I can only assume is our first cat commenter. Here's hoping you are not the last.

    It seems this bowl was made especially for you, but if you don't find success and need to return it, you can find our complete return policy info here.

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 3:45 PM

    Mister Whiskers! I hope this bowl helps ease all your pains and worries, wishing you all the luck!

  • Mister Whiskers
    Mister Whiskers
    7/8/2016 4:40 PM

    @Loren Thank you, Mike and Loren for your help! Meow! I am also wondering if there is gift wrapping available. I was thinking of ordering one for Mrs. Whisker's birthday, but us cats are not the best at wrapping presents. Thank you! Meow!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 5:12 PM

    Happy to help, Mister Whiskers. We do not have gift wrapping available, but you can include a special gift message to Mrs. Whiskers. I imagine your difficulties wrapping are similar in writing.

  • Margo
    Margo
    7/8/2016 4:03 PM

    Are rabbit whiskers that sensitive too?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 5:32 PM

    @Margo That's an amazing question! Sorry for the delayed response, been doing some Google-ing on your behalf. It's possible they could be as their whiskers tend to do similar things as cats. Both animals use their whiskers to determine the size of holes and passageways, helping them to navigate their surroundings. I'd love to explore this further, thank you for your interest!

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    7/8/2016 4:04 PM

    Hi Loren, My cat loves his bowl! I got two from Amazon, but will get more from The Grommet for a couple Christmas gifts. Here's a weird question. Do big cats (lions, tigers, cheetahs, etc) also get whisker fatigue? Maybe zoos, wildlife/rehab centers could use larger versions?

  • Loren
    Loren – Special Guest
    7/8/2016 5:44 PM

    @Elizabeth I'd never thought about it, but it's possible. A larger version would be incredibly interesting to explore, but may be extremely worthwhile as the stainless steel material would hold up better in wildlife/rehab centers with the larger animals. I truly appreciate your thoughts, you may be on to something!

    Additionally, thanks for your support today! Hope the gifts are a huge hit.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 11:05 PM

    @Elizabeth, I'm the Grommet co-founder chiming in to express our appreciation for switching your support to Grommet. We invest a great deal in each of our Grommet makers and their launches and maintain a very hands-on level of support to help them grow their businesses. When you buy on Grommet (or from a local retailer who sources products from our wholesale arm) you are helping that Maker grow much faster because you give them Grommet credibility.

  • Diane
    Diane
    7/8/2016 6:13 PM

    What grade of stainless steel is used?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/8/2016 6:32 PM

    100% human grade, Diane!

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