More and more pet owners are "going green." They're buying cat litter made from natural or recycled material, buying Earth-friendly dog toys, and using environmentally responsible pocket pet bedding made out of materials from paper to hemp.
Van Ness has several products that fit into this category. I saw them at the recent Global Pet Expo and brought home a few to review, including the Van Ness Green Eco Pet Bowl. It's a good size for cats, but I discovered that it worked very well with my guinea pigs, too.
A Different Kind of Pet Bowl
Pet bowls come in many different kinds of materials. Many pet owners prefer stainless steel because it's easy to get clean. Some cat owners have to avoid plastic because it causes acne outbreaks on their felines' chins. Ceramic is a popular alternative, but some people avoid it because of its breakability.
Are there other alternatives? I was pleased to discover Van Ness Green Eco Pet Bowls, which features products made from recycled organic material or plant material. The ink that colors these bowls is soy-based, and they're heavy metal- and chemical-free.
The bowls are part of the Van Ness Econess product line, which means that the products are both "green" and safe. Other cat products in the line include cardboard scratchers, litter boxes, and scoops.
Handy and Useful
Since the bowl I tested was meant for cats, I first tried it out on my four felines. Normally I serve up their evening meal of canned cat food in shallow steel bowls. I swapped out one for the Van Ness Green Eco Pet Bowl, and it worked out very well.
Many cats hate to hit their whiskers on the side of a bowl, but this one is small and shallow enough to avoid that problem. It easily held the food, and all my kitties seemed comfortable eating out of it (I rotated it between them each night).
I hand washed to bowl, and it was easy to get clean. I liked it as much as my stainless steel bowls, and it had the added benefit of being made from recycled materials. It may be a small thing, but I like to do my part for the environment when I can.
While my guinea girls haven't chewed the bowl so far, that doesn't mean they won't try to someday. At least I won't have to worry so much because it's made of natural materials.
Not Just For Cats
Since the Van Ness Green Eco Pet Bowl worked so well for my cats, I decided to try it on my guinea pigs. They love to chew, so I always worry about the toxicity of plastic toys and bowls. I give them many edible items, like the Ware Twig Tunnel, but they also chew things they're not supposed to, like their Flex-E Fun-Nels.
In the past, I've given my piggies SafeMade bowls because they're non-toxic. That makes me feel better, but the girls still chew them. They seem to like the soft texture.
Van Ness Green Eco Pet Bowls are rigid, and Amy and Quinn didn't show any interest in chewing the bowl when I used it to serve up some of their daily lettuce. They were able to get at the food easily in the shallow bowl, and its shape prevented it from tipping over.
The bowls in this product line come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. They range in price from about $4 to $10, and they're durable enough to last a long time.
If you have a dog, buy one of the larger sizes. The smaller bowls are ideal for cats, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, and other pocket pets.
Sure, these bowls might look like traditional plastic at first sight, and they're light and not easily breakable. The great thing about them is you get the advantages of plastic in a safe, earth-friendly pet dish.