Male blue Indian ringneck parakeet standing in the middle of a large container of parrot food.

Bowls for Companion Pets and How to Clean Them

Bowls for Companion Pets and How to Clean Them

Washing bowls. The prime directive for all companion animal lovers. Big bowls, little bowls. Bowls that clip to the side of cages. Bowls that sit on floors. Bowls that sit inside swinging doors that any parrot of any self-respect know how to swing open.

Stainless steel, plastic, ceramic, rubber, stone. We live for the search of the best answer to the companion animal life's biggest question; Which one of these won't they spill, and I can clean well?

We've boiled our entire bowl life to three materials. Stainless steel for durable cleanability. Ceramic for durable cleanability. Plastic for durable cleanability. The animal creates the divide. Parrots need bowls they can bang. Dogs need bowls that resist dogs. Guinea Pigs needs bowls that are small and natural and slick. Rabbits need bowls to throw, dump, and thump. 

And there's one more requirement item; Bowls that a Kirby can bathe in.

Washing the dog's water bowl is an event for Kirby. It is literally a "thing" for him. He gets so excited while I'm washing that one bowl. He climbs up, down, and all around my shirt front, hangs upside down to get as close as possible to the bowl in my hands, walks out to my hand via my forearm to inspect my work and spends a good amount of time pretending to bath.

He's a water bowl bather. But not just any bowl. It has to be THIS bowl. And it has to be this bowl right after I've washed it. Set on the T that separates the two sinks. Filled with cold filtered water direct from the fridge. Cold water is important. Stainless steel to make sure I've completely cleaned the Komodo dragon dog drool off. And that rubber bottom so it doesn't slip off the T bridge of the sink. In this place and time Kirby can get his bath on.

It takes a special cleaner to beat Komodo dragon dog drool. This cuts through all that bio drool slime. Rinse well. I use it to clean parrot perches as well. Because clean feet and talons of fury are a thing around here.

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