I tend to find the majority of cat feeding mats fall into two categories: tacky or twee. Not so these handsome slate numbers from Pets Made Personal, which will make an attractive addition to the kitchen floor, and can also be personalised with your cat’s name .
The slate feeding mats are available in three designs and two sizes:
Cat Head Large (48cm x 26cm) £35.00; Cat Head Small (34.5cm x 18.5cm) £25.00.
Rectangular (35cm x 25cm) £20.00.
Fish Large (38cm x 39cm) £35.00; Fish Small (28cm x 25cm) £25.00.
The slate mats can be personalised with your cat’s name for an extra £10.00. There’s a choice of two fonts, and a handy preview feature so you can get an idea of how your mat will look before you order. All mats are made from 4mm thick riven slate, have non-slip rubber feet and are treated with a food-safe oil finish.
Pets Made Personal also make acrylic feeding mats – probably a safer choice for those of us with clumsy tendencies.
The mats are made from 2mm clear acrylic, with a choice of 14 different backing colours. These mats can also be personalised, with either black or white text and an option of five emblem designs.
Acrylic Feeding Mat (48cm x 33cm) £35.00. As far as I can make out the price is the same for personalised and non-personalised versions of this mat.
Pets Made Personal feeding mats are handcrafted, so please allow 5 – 7 days for delivery.
The rest of the Pets Made Personal Cat Range is worth a look too – I particularly like the tweed Cat Cushions.
Ciottoli Bowls, by Italian company, Imac, feature elegant curves, smooth lines and earthy tones, inspired by … erm … rocks. Which admittedly sounds more Flintstones than fine dining, but I think the sleek shape and muted tones of these dishes are a cut above your average plastic cat bowl. (Please resist the urge to yell ‘Yabadabadoooo!’ every mealtime though, as this may disturb your cat.)
Ciottoli cat bowls are available in grey, anthracite and biege as single or double bowls, with non-slip rubber feet and the option to fill the base with sand for added stability.
These bowls are produced in a range of sizes for both cats and dogs; ‘Small’ should be fine for most cats. Measurements: Small Single - 20cm x 17cm x 5.5cm, capacity 300ml; Small Double – 20cm x 30cm x 5.5cm, capacity 2 x 300ml.
Ciottoli bowls are available in the UK from Brunos Pets priced at £2.50 for a Small Single bowl, and £4.29 for a Small Double feeder.
The Kozoil Cat Dish, has a cute little bird perched on the top edge, which acts as a handle to make lifting the bowl up from the floor that much easier; which in turn will shave a few vital nanoseconds off food preparation time – very handy when you’re being subjected to pawing, head-butting, incessant yowling, and various other ‘Hurry up with my bloody dinner!’ demands.
The dish is made from plastic, and has a high-gloss, easy to clean inner surface with a matt exterior. Rubber feet prevent the bowl from sliding around during meal times. Measurements: Diameter 18.5cm; Height 13cm.
Available for £17.00 from John Lewis in stylish, minimalist white, and VERY LOUD lime green.
These Cat Bowls from Hopscotch are finished in clay or cream enamel, and decorated with retro-style fonts, so will look great in your kitchen. Your cat couldn’t give a mangled mouse about the trendy colours and cool fonts, but should appreciate that these bowls are nice and shallow, and feature a non-slip rubber base – which makes the business of eating a meal that much easier. Priced at £5.00.
Hopscotch also have Cat Food Storage Tins in the same colours and fonts. The tins measure H23cm x D16cm x W18cm, and feature a secure lid and a very handy serving scoop that hangs from a hook on the side. Priced at £22.00.
If you fancy buying either of these products as a pressie for a fellow cat servant, they both come with the option of a hand stamped, personalised gift tag at no extra cost.
The lucky recipient of the WTF? Award must be offering for sale in the UK an item of cat paraphernalia so pointless and/or hideous that the average response to said item would be one of utter disbelief.
It’s been a few months since I’ve come across anything worthy of a WTF? Award, and I was beginning to think The Well of Hideous Cat Stuff had finally run dry. Not so. Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you the Aykley Furniture Double Cat Bowl, guaranteed to bestow an air of quiet sophistication upon anyone who gives it house room.
Available here for £19.97, if you’re interested!
I’ve featured the blue and pink versions of the CRICK (by Italian design company, United Pets) previously on Cool for Cats UK, but at the time couldn’t find anyone in the UK who wasn’t charging an arm and a leg for other colours in the range (the best price I spotted was £40+!).
But I’ve been keeping an eye out, and was pleased to spot the black, ivory and lilac versions of this cute way to store one’s cat biscuits over at Oz & Mr Curious. And, what’s more, they’re currently on offer for £28.65!
The CRICK has a capacity of 2kg, and also includes a scoop – the handle of which doubles-up as the cat’s tail. Measurements: diameter 20cm, height 28cm.