“ Brand: Pets At Home. / Type: Feeding Fork „
The idea of using the same forks that me and my boyfriend eat with for feeding the dogs actually makes me feel slightly physically ill!
I used to use an old tablespoon, however it proved to be a bit messy as the jelly and meat would come out in lumps as it was awkward to mash the food up with a spoon, so when I saw these plastic feeding forks in Pets At Home I decided to get one - at just £1.59 each, they're a bargain and a great idea!
These forks are actually for cat food and they're down the cat accessory aisle in the shop, but as far as I know all tinned food for cats/dogs is pretty similar so I didn't see a problem with buying it for my dogs!
These forks are made of non toxic plastic, which is strong and durable. I was a little worried that the fork would be flimsy or no good at getting big chunks of the food out, but for the price it is suprisingly good quality.
The fork is available in a few different colours which I like - I chose a simple black one, however there's also white as well as brighter colours such as pink and blue. The fork is a decent size and it's a little longer than an average fork, which makes it handy for digging right down into the tin.
The fork has three thick, long prongs, two of which are pointed and one of which has a sqaured end. I find the poined prongs handy as it picks up chunks of food rather than the food just sitting on the fork, if that makes sense! I use the fork for getting the dog food out of tins, but it can also be used with pouches.
The fork is great for mashing the food up thoroughly, too. The end of the fork has a little paw print design which is a nice touch and as there's a small hoop, the fork can be hung up on the wall, although I just keep ours near the tins of dog food.
The fork is really easy to clean and is dishwasher safe, however for hygiene reasons I prefer to wash it by hand which is quick and easy. I always wash it straight after use else the bits of jelly etc left over dry onto the prongs and can be awkward to get off.
Overall, this is a brilliant product - it's good quality, durable and cheap.
Years ago, when I lived on my own, I thought nothing at all of feeding my cat with the same cutlery as I used myself. It was always washed in hot water, so what was the problem. Then I got married and everything changed. My dear other half insisted it just wasn't hygienic and she made sure I NEVER used one of our forks or spoons to feed the cats their dinner. I thought she was mad. Over the years, however, I have learned to live with her eccentricities, and I used to 'mark' one of our old forks with a blob of Tippex on the top to make sure it was used by the cat, and the cat alone.
These days though we have gone up in the world (and so has the cat) and we bought him his own special fork online from pets at home. We paid £1.59 for this bright pink plastic fork (it was available in white and black too, as I recall, but for whatever reason my other half insisted that he'd like the PINK spoon) . I think she does it deliberately to annoy me, knowing how much I detest the colour pink.
The design of the fork is good. It is made from a plastic which appears to be strong and durable and very hard wearing as it is still fine and it is used regularly every day in our house. It is about 20cm long and it has three prongs, which enables me to scoop out the cat food well out of the tins, without it dropping off and all over the floor. It is actually a much better shape than a 'human' fork as I can get the bits out right at the bottom of the can.
Once out of the can and in the bowl, I can mash the food around a bit as the prongs have slightly different shaped ends - one is straighter than the two on either sides of the spoon. The end of the fork has a little dog print design on it. I haven't seen these in Pets at Home though the last time we went in there so I am unsure if they are still stocking them. The design of the pet spoon reminds me a little bit of my 'spork' which I take with me when I go camping with the little lad. This is a camping utensil I use which is part fork and part spoon and this cat fork actually reminds me a lot of mine.
The fork can be washed in the dishwasher with the rest of the dirty dishes, though my other half will NOT allow me to do this and she insists I clean it by hand in hot soapy water and let it air dry - I'm not to use the tea towel or I will be firmly TOLD OFF.
Overall, I think this is a handy little fork for feeding the cat, though I have to say I don't think he minds what we use to serve his dinner, so long as he gets fed.
One thing I do not like to do is feed a dog using my own forks! I draw the line right there! So when I spotted this plastic fork in white in Pets At Home a while ago costing only £1.50 at the time (This is now £1.59) and also available in a black I bought one for when my mates dog Daisy stays at mine.
This simply came attached to a card with labels on it telling us not alot apart from what it is and that it is a Pets At Home product really. Easy enough to snip the labels off and use it, its a fork it isn't rocket science after all to use a fork! lol.
The Fork Itself:
This is really nice in its design which is what first attracted me to it. At the time I could only see one colour option which is the one I got but that was the colour I wanted anyway!
So the fork is shiny plastic with a paw print handle to one end of it. Measuring 20 x 6 x 2cm its nice and long and made from none toxic plastic. The fork end is slightly curved and has three prongs to it which are not really very sharp but sharp enough to get wet food out of tins and pouches and the likes. One prong is squared off, the middle one is more triangular shaped (and a little more sharper than the other two) and one prong is rounded. I use the rounded one to seperate the food with and use the whole lot of prongs to dig food out with!
This is easy to use, long enough for me and easy enough to wash up. I like the fact the dog has her own fork and I can easily recognise it as well and for us this has been a nice little purchase and one I would recommend to anyone whether its a dog or cat you want it for!
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When it comes to feeding my 3 cats Poppy, Daisy and Layla I always use the pouches, they are more convenient than the tins but also my girls really do not like the tinned meat at all, they will eat it for a day or two because its something new but after that they get fed up and go back on the pouches. I usually just squeeze about half the pouch into their bowls for them to eat and let them get on with it, however when it comes to feeding my youngest cat Layla it isn't that simple, she will not eat her food unless I have cut the meat up for her, if there are large lumps of meat and jelly in her bowl she will eat round it and leave it. I used to buy plastic spoons to do this with as I didn't want to use our spoons, that was until last Christmas. Me and my Mum always doing stockings for the cats at Christmas and fill them with various treats, however this year my Mum bought a Pets at Home Feeding Fork to put in the stocking, it was ideal, their own fork to cut up their food, meaning no more plastic spoons or wasted food by Layla.
Now I cannot remember exactly what the packaging of the Feeding Fork was like, however I do know that is came attached to card with the name of the product on it, the fork was attached with two plastic tags which simply needed cutting. The Feeding Fork is basically a chunky plastic fork, it has a reasonably long handle, on the end of the handle is a small paw print shape with the centre cut out, I assume so it can be hung up should you require. The actual fork part consists of 3 extra wide prongs, with one of the edge prongs being slightly thicker and flatter than the other two, this is designed for cutting up the meat, although it is not sharp, it gives you a flat edge to break up the meat. The idea behind the extra thick prongs of the folk is so that food does not get stuck between them and waste any, the fork part is also slightly curved so it can be used for scooping, it seems a bit like a fork, knife and spoon all in one.
The Pets at Home Feeding Fork is made from an extremely strong non toxic plastic, this does not bend or crack when you use it, it is extremely strong and hardwearing. The Fork is also of a decent size measuring 19 x 4 x 2cm, this makes it ideal for getting inside both tins and pouches and the long handle means that you do not get cat food over your hands. Even the prongs of the fork are made from the same tough plastic meaning that as you cut up the meat inside the bowl they do not break. The Fork comes in 3 colours Black, White and a bright Pink, naturally for my girls I have the bright pink.
We purchased our Feeding Fork from our local Pets at Home and it cost just £1.59, I thought this was an excellent price for such a handy and sturdy product. The quality is good, made from one piece of thick plastic without bits stuck on meaning that bits cannot snap off into your pets food. For such a cheap price I was extremely pleased with the quality of the item.
I would definitely recommend the Pet at Home Feeding Fork, it is extremely handy to have, it allows you to cut up your pets food without having to use your own cutlery. Personally I use our Fork everyday when I feed my girls its especially handy when feeding Layla as it allows me to cut her meat up for her so that she will eat it whereas if I just break it up inside the packet the pieces are not always small enough for her and she will not touch it. The fork is non toxic so you do not have to worry about it harming your pets and keeping it clean is very easy. There is nothing to say that it is dishwasher safe so personally I wouldn't recommend it (not that we have a dishwasher) however I find that washing it in hot water is just as effective, I wash the fork every time I use it to ensure that no old stale meat dries on it and then dry it with a piece of kitchen roll and it is ready to use next time.
So far I have found the fork to be extremely hardwearing and ours looks as good as new. For such a cheap product it is of an excellent quality and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with a cat or dog. I only use mine for cutting up the meat squeezed out from pouches, however if you pet prefers tinned meat then this product is ideal for removing the meat from the tin without getting it on your hands. Overall I would say that this is an extremely useful product to have.
My cat has 'owned' several forks and spoons over her lifespan, most of which have the same sort of 'combination design' comprising of what can only be described as a spoon shaped fork. Whilst shopping in a local branch of Pets At Home about a year ago, I purchased their own-branded "Feeding Fork" and paid about £1.50 at the time of purchase.
Available in a variety of colours according to the store's website at www.petsathome.co.uk, there was actually only one colour available on the day I was shopping in store, which was white/cream.
Made of thick white/cream plastic, there is a cute little 'paw print' design at the top of the long handle on this particular fork, although I am fairly certain that another fork owned by my girl was near identical to this one except it had a little cartoon cat image detailed on the handle rather than a paw print, so I do believe that these forks are available from different retailers in a variety of designs.
This ' fork part' of the item is identical to other forks, thanks to it having the familiar "three-pronged" design. The right hand prong is curved and looks like the edge of a spoon which I believe is to aid the process of spooning food from a tin. The middle prong is a triangular shape, although it is not particularly sharp, whilst the left hand prong is an oblong shape. The fork's assortment of prongs are apparently "Designed for the unique shape of tins and pouches, with extra wide prongs to ensure no food is wasted" according to the store's website.
My experience of using this plastic feeding fork is that it works very well in scooping cat food from all items of packaging, whether the food in question is contained in a tin, an upright 'pouch' or in one of the flat foil 'trays.'
The curved design that the right hand side of the fork has makes it work like a spoon when needed, which makes it ideal for using with food that is contained - and served - in thick gravy. The Pets At Home Feeding Fork works well at scooping the food from the container and holds it better than a regular fork would, thanks to the prongs being much wider - and the subsequent spaces between them being smaller. This ensures that surplus gravy or small food particles are not allowed to slip between the prongs which causes excess mess.
The Feeding Fork is made of a durable plastic which seems fairly robust and allows for a good grip to be maintained during feeding time, even if my hands are wet. According to the store's website, the fork is "Made from tough non-toxic plastic" which I would agree with, given the fact that I have used this plastic fork for around a year and there is very little in the way of wear and tear evident. Also, due to the robust material of the fork, it would strike me as being a suitable implement for more robust food such as some brands of dog food, which can carry a very thick texture and be extremely meaty. I wouldn't have thought that the Pets At Home fork would struggle to cope with 'heavier' foodstuffs or meatier meals.
The fork may well be dishwasher safe, but I have not tried this myself and find that a little spot of washing up liquid with some hot water and a soft cloth or sponge will clean the fork perfectly, leaving it completely clean.
The measurements of the fork may not be entirely relevant, except perhaps for the length to ensure it is large enough (or small enough!) to fit comfortably into the hands of fellow consumers. The fork's length is around 19 cm which I find makes it comfortable to use, without feeling cumbersome or becoming too bulky to store away in a drawer.
The current price for the Pets At Home Feeding Fork is £1.59. You can buy directly in-store, or you can order Pets At Home products at their website (www.pets at home.com), where you will pay £4.95 for delivery costs unless your order totals £29 or more, when these charges are waived. Pets At Home also offer a "Click & Collect" service, where you can reserve items online and pay for them in-store. (Info as @ March 2012).
Overall, I would recommend the Pets At Home Feeding Fork and have no complaints about it. I think it is a good value feeding fork that is suitable for using with both cat food and dog food, and I would buy another one in the future as it feels fairly robust and has lasted well.