“ Manufacturer: Armitage / Type: Cat Bowls & Feeders „
The Armitage plastic cat bowl diner has polished finish, with a modest design to look great in any home.
Plastic cat food bowls can be more suitable, as seeing their reflection in a steel cat bowl can frighten felines, putting them off their food!
Size: Double Diner 19cm Diameter
Colours may vary.
When we first got Poppy and Daisy a few years ago, we all of a sudden went from needing one of everything to do with cats to needing 2 of everything including food bowls. We took a trip to our local pet shop to stock up on everything we would need. I had planned on by 2 separate bowls for the girls but while I was there spotted the Armitage Plastic Cat Bowl, 2 bowls in one, it seemed like a good idea so I selected one of the bowls (pink of course) and went off home to set everything up.
The Armitage Plastic Cat Bowl is basically 2 bowls joined together as one unit, the idea is that you can feed both of your cats side by side at the same time, with only one thing to wash up at the end of it. The bowl is made from a strong coloured plastic, and the whole unit is oblong in shape with 2 square feeding areas, the whole thing measures 19cm diameter meaning it is not too big and bulky to have in your kitchen (or where ever you feed your cats) I have since read that plastic feeding bowls are more suitable than the steel ones you can buy as some cats are frightened by their own reflection, this did make me smile as I'm sure Daisy would be scared of herself, she is frightened of everything!!!!! The bowl has 2 little cut out handles either end making it easy to pick up and carry when full, the handles make it easier to grip meaning food (or water) does not get spilt. As I said we bought a pink Armitage bowl however there are a large range of colours to choose from.
I particularly liked the plastic feeding bowl as it was very easy to keep clean, the shiny plastic meant that you could quickly wash and dry the bowl before feeding your cats. The slightly rounded edges og the bowl also meant that you could thoroughly wash and dry the bowl without any bits of food getting into the corners and being missed.
The Armitage Plastic Cat Feeding Bowl was a real bargain at £1.50, so much cheaper than some of the ceramic bowls you can buy (which we now have) We bought ours from a local pet shop however I have since seen them for sale in most pet shops including Pet at Home and also various websites so they are very widely available.
We used our Armitage feeding bowl for a few weeks, in that time it did prove to be strong and durable, it was dropped on a couple of occasions and showed no signs of damage or cracking. I cannon comment on its durability over a long period of time as we did not use our bowl that long (explained below) but it appeared to be pretty strong in the time that we did use it.
Whilst I like the idea of one bowl for our kittens (who are now 5) they were not so impressed, for the first few days they were fine however it was the the problems started. Daisy was the runt of the litter, she was so tiny you could sit her easily in one hand, she looked like a toy and she was quite under nourished. I think because she was the runt she felt that even after we bought her home she had got to eat when she could and be quite forceful about it. If she was eating from the double bowl and Poppy decided to come over for some food Daisy would growl at her (or as near to a growl as she could get at that age) and sit with her paw out blocking the other side so Poppy could not get near, she would sit like that until she had finished. Now Poppy has got to be the most laid back cat ever!!!!! Everything Poppy does she does so she uses the least energy she can, I always say she's energy efficient, anyway she would quite happily sit and wait and let Daisy have what she wanted before she would go and eat. Whilst Poppy seemed happy to do this I did not think it was fair and ended up dispensing with the double Armitage Feeding Bowl and bought them separate ones. This solved the problem as Daisy was quite happy to sit next to Poppy and eat providing she had her own bowl.
I do still think that the bowls are a good idea however they are probably more suitable for one cat to have water one side and food the other, however if you have more than one cat this could start to take up quite a bit of floor space. The bowls are very good value for money an are ideal if your cats can sit happily and eat together. As for recommending this product I would but obviously it does depend on your cats temperament as to whether it works out, unfortunately the Armitage feeding bowl at our house is sitting in the cupboard unused.
My cats have had a few dinner bowls but the ones that prove to stand the test of time are the Armitage Double Dinner Cat bowls. I always tend to replace cat bowls every few months and I have found that the double bowls suit my cats best as they have their meat in one side, their dry food in the other and then they share a big water bowl which is in the middle. When I felt the time had come to replace their bowls again I came across the Armitage Double bowls in Sainsbury's for the bargainous price of 89p so I purchased two for each of our cats. These bowls are available in many shops not just Sainsbury's.
Sainsbury's had a selection of these bowls and there were 4 different colours: pink, black, blue and red. We purchased two of the black bowls.
The bowls are square shaped rather than circular and each side is deep enough to keep the food inside it (though my two always pick the food out and eat it) but not too deep so that your cat ends up nearly falling in! On either side of the bowls there is a littler square cut out to enable you to be able to hold it steadily and easily when moving it to empty it or clean it or fill it up again. The bowls are easily cleaned - just a bit of soapy water is suffcient enough.
The bowls are made of plastic which is quite firm and sturdy though the base where the squares are cut out for you to hold do feel a little flimsy when you pick them up. Overall they are made to a good standard.
The bowls are lightweight so if you have cats which like to scrape at their bowls then you are pretty likely to hear these scraping around on the floor as they move so easily. This is a bit of a downside to them as I have had my cats manage to tip them up before now.
I never have had any issues using these bowls with my cats. As they both have a double bowl each we can feed them at the same time and not have to worry about them competing for food. They both eat out of the bowls with ease and have never had any issues with them.
I highly recommend these bowls. Not only are they made to a good quality they are are also cheap and easy to replace should there be damage to them or you just want new bowls as well as being widely available. An excellent feeding bowl though due to the lightweight I will only award 4 DooYoo stars as I think they should be made a little bit heavier to prevent your cat moving them around the house!
We have had these Armitage Double Diner Cat Bowls in the past for our cats and found that whilst they may not be glamorous to look at they are very easy to care for and can hold a decent amount of either wet or dry food. They can also be used with cat food on one side and water on the other if wanted or as something to feed 2 cats in 1 bowl.
When we had these double feeding bowls we only paid 99p each for them in a small local pet store, which was a fair price at the time. They can still be widely bought at many pet stores and supermarkets as they are a basic type of feeding bowl that can suit many users. I would recommend them to a point as they are cheap and easy to replace if they become damaged.
The only real down side to these bowls for us was that they were very easily knocked about by our over keen boy kitty at meal times. When we used these bowls for our cats we fed them together at first. Each cat ate out of a different side of just 1 bowl and water was placed in the other bowl so as not to mix the food and water.
We found our bossy male cat would often swipe at our other cat in a rather naughty 'who do you think you are eating out of my bowl' kind of way. Whilst this may not be a problem for all cats, we soon found that our other cat was missing out at meals times because of this. Thats why we changed our regime and now only feed the cats in their own bowls which are not placed together.
The double dinner bowls came in a number of colours to suit boy or girl cats when we got ours. Each double bowl can be washed in warm soapy water to clean them, which is easy enough to do. I think they are also dishwasher safe, but we didn't try that out! The shape of the duo bowls is good and they are deep enough to hold a decent amount of food.
There is a section at the base of the bowls for you to use to pick up and move the duo bowl around when needed. This makes for easier usage when placing a full bowl down for your cats to eat from. We found the bowls were an easy care product that was cheap to buy, which would have worked well to some extent. I don't feel it failed due to any design issues, but more because one of our cats is more dominant than the other.
To give the double feeding bowls a rating I feel I need to try to rate them considering the pros and cons of the product. I feel that as a cheap and easy care item the bowls ought to get 4 stars. They can scratch and become a bit dull and over worked looking over time, but other than that they can last for ages.
They do start off with a nice looking shine to them and it does take sometime for them to be effected by scratching and hazing. We no longer feed our cats together, so no longer use these bowls. However I can say that whilst they were not ideal for our cats, these bowls could be very useful for owners of multiple cats who do not compete so much over food.
When we had our kittens two years ago, I bought two of these bowls from the local petshop, a blue one for Tom, and a pink one for Pipsy. The bowls cost a reasonable £1.50 each. They looked ideal as they were nice bright colours and made from easy to clean plastic, with two compartments that you can use however suits your needs and those of your cat.
When the kittens were very tiny, I let them share a bowl for food, putting a little kitten food into each compartment so that they had a side each, with their kitten milk in a seperate bowl. As they got older, they had their own bowls, so I put food in one half and water in the other. The only slight problem I have had with this method is that occasionaly a bit of food falls into the water, and then the cat won't drink it. This can be quite yukky when a bit of food falls into the water compartment, and it swells up before it disperses into the water! Another way you could use the bowl is to put dry food and treats on one side and tinned food on the other.
To be honest though, you won't have any problems as long as you wash the bowl out regularly. These days I only buy dry food, so this tends to leave less residue in the bowl. The water side tends to get a few cat hairs in it. You don't need to use any detergents when cleaning out the bowl. I just use very hot water (you may need to soak off dried on food), and rub off any marks with my washing up glove or a bit of kitchen roll. I then dry the whole thing with a fresh piece of kitchen roll.
The bowl is just the right size to fit behind our kitchen door, where it isn't in anyone's way or likely to get tripped over or knocked by the kids. Personally, I don't have any set feeding times, other than that I always put a bit of food in the bowl at night to coax the cat in from the garden. I just make sure that there is always food and water available in the bowl and let the cat sort out its own routine.
I would recommend this bowl to anyone with a cat, or a new cat owner. As I have said, we have had the bowl for 2 years now and it looks as good as new, thanks to the fact that it is so easy to keep clean. The plastic has not marked, scratched or discoloured at all, and I see no good reason why it will not last me a few years.
One really good design feature is the fact that the bowl is very stable and difficult to tip over accidentaly. If you do knock it, the bowl is unlikely to go over onto its side,or spill its contents all over the floor.
This would also be an ideal bowl to have outside as an extra water source for your cat if it spends a lot of time outdoors. I have also used this type of bowl in the rabbit hutch, as it is an ideal size for a rabbit to feed from too. The bowl itself is made in England, which is yet another good reason to buy it, as it is supporting British manufacturing.
As a lot of you already know, when we moved into our cottage, a lovely cat came and adopted us. He kept sitting by our door mewing until we agreed to let him live with us and, for obvious reasons, we called him Mew.
Once he moved in we needed to get various bits of kit as a matter of urgency - litter tray, litter, food tray and food being the obvious ones.
For food we bought the Armitage double cat diner from Asda which currently retails at the princely sum of just 67p! Although the one pictured at the top of this review is pink we bought the blue one for Mew as he is a male cat and having a pink feeding tray wouldn't do anything for his street cred now would it?
The food tray is made from plastic and has two separate fairly deep, square compartments. It is very plain in design and so is really easy to clean - just a quick wash under the tap and a wipe with some kitchen roll (obviously I wouldn't use the tea towel that I use for our washing up!) and it's all done.
When Mew first came to live with us we would put food in one side and water in the other side of the feeding tray. Since then we have purchased one of the clockwork feeders which means that Mew can be left overnight on rare occasions so now we put his dry food in that so that he is used to eating from it.
We have also had to make changes in how we give him his water as he kept treading in it during the night and it would be splashed everywhere when we looked in his room the following morning. We now use one of those plastic trays that you use under plant pots to keep the water available for the plants.
So does this mean that we have stopped using his tray?
Not at all! Mew usually has dry food but occasionally, as a treat, we give him a little can of Sheba or Gourmet Gold. We always use the feeding tray for wet food as it is so easy to clean after Mew has finished his meal.
He has now worked out that, when I have the blue feeding tray in my hand, he is going to get a nice treat of some of his favourite food and he weaves around my legs purring like made whilst I am sorting out the food for him. I am usually daft enough to ask Mew which flavour he wants and show him the various tins! They can't touch you for it!
So, if you are buying all the kit for a new cat, this is an ideal feeding tray - for 67p you can't go wrong can you?