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Cat lacking table manners?

A bib probably won't work but a PlaceTray will

 

MetPet.com Staff Writer

We know that cats are nature's delicate eaters, with their noses and tails in the air they examine every can of food to decide what to eat for dinner.  We also know that they are the messiest eaters we have ever seen! 

This is the basic procedure.  Sniff at the food, look up, sniff again, look around to see if anyone is bothering you, lick all the gravy and sauce off.  Lick your mouth and leave.  Come back in a few hours, warm from snoozing on the back of the couch.  Pick up a chunk of food, eat part of it and deposit the remainder outside of the dish.  Pick up a chunk of kibble, eat part of it and deposit the remainder outside of the dish. 

Continue until the less desirable food particles are widely scattered everywhere but inside the food bowl.   Leave again to let the food dry into unappealing chunks. 

After years of table manner lessons, dozens of different foods and many different bowls, we have given up on all of our cats.   Someone had the great idea of letting the dogs pick up after the cats but that mostly resulted in the cats looking aghast and the dogs eyeing Fluffy as a meal interloper. 

That's when we hit on the idea of setting down a large plastic serving tray underneath the bowl.  What we went looking for is a large, rectangular tray with straight sides and a minimal lip so that Fluffy's caretakers can't step on it and tip it over.  The sides need to be solid (that is, no slots for hands where water can run through) and at least an inch high.  We call this a PlaceTray --- a word MetPet.com coined for just this purpose!

We tried the flat plastic place mats but, no matter how cute they were, the water and food chunks kept ending up on our floor.  With the PlaceTray, we simply lift it up off the floor, take out the food and water bowls, rinse the tray in the sink and then dry it in the dish drainer.  It comes down again in the evening for Fluffy's next picky meal. 

We found any number of them from stores as diverse as Crate and Barrel and Wal-Mart.  We wanted plastic because it won't corrode like metal, it's lightweight and won't become a breeding ground for bacteria like wood.   They are usually seasonal and are available from Spring through early fall.  

People tend to use them for picnics and at barbecues hence the greater availability in the Summer.  They ranged in price from $2.00 (Wal-Mart) to $20.00 (Crate and Barrel). 

 
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