Tips to Select the Best Elevated Cat Bowls

We received countless emails from cat parents who loved Americat Company stainless steel cat bowls and asked if we could elevate them. What a great idea!

So, we went to work to design and make a made in the USA cat bowl stand. Through the process, we learned a lot about cat behavior, materials, and design. We want to give you a glimpse behind the scenes into why after evaluating 10 different designs, we created the elevated cat bowl stand below.

From 10 Elevated Cat Bowl Designs To Our Final Pick...

This is our Americat Company elevated cat bowl!

Elevated cat bowl

Many customers are surprised to learn that we design our own products with the help of our manufacturers. Working with a talented product engineer, we created and evaluated 10 different elevated cat bowls, considering different stand shapes, different legs, and different feet.

The final version we selected is made in the USA from U.S.-sourced stainless steel. It is whisker friendly, dishwasher safe, and super sturdy, elevating bowls 3 inches above the ground. It has been approved by my own cats and now our customers' cats! 

Why Do Cats Need Elevated Bowls?

More Comfortable

  • Cats don’t have to bend down as far to eat or drink
  • Reduce neck and joint strain by bringing bowls closer to the mouth
  • Helpful for cats that are larger, older, arthritic, or have digestive issues
  • Many cats find eating from elevated bowls more comfortable

Makes Meals More Enjoyable

  • Customers have shared that their cats now take their time and eat more slowly while using Americat Company stands
  • Also helps entice cats to drink more water

Less Scarf and Barf

  • Customers have shared that since their cats are eating more slowly, there have been less vomiting and GI issues

Learn from other cat lovers about why their cats use these stainless steel elevated cat bowls in the customer reviews.

This is Bella. She now knows how great eating from a raised bowl is! 

Cat eating from elevated cat bowl

Now that we've shared why elevated cat bowls are helpful to cats, we'll share how we considered every detail to create the best...

1. We Selected the Safest Material

Here's why we selected stainless steel over other materials, including wood, ceramic, glass, and other metals.

Stainless Steel is Safest

We chose stainless steel for both our cat bowls and stands for safety, since stainless steel is the most sanitary material for feeding cats. Stainless steel is nonporous, so it does not harbor bacteria, and it is easy to clean. That is why it is frequently used in medicine and food preparation.

Plastic and ceramic bowls can develop scratches where bacteria can grow on leftover food and saliva. This can make cats sick or cause feline acne. Read more about stainless steel versus other materials in another blog article we wrote.

Stainless Steel is Easy to Clean

Our bowls and stands are dishwasher safe. Wood and many other metals cannot go in the dishwasher, so we ruled them out.    

Stainless Steel is Durable

Lastly, this stainless steel stand will not shatter if it is accidentally dropped, unlike a glass or ceramic stand.

2. Made in the USA

American flag

All Americat Company products are made in the USA from U.S. materials. We believe this results in the safest and highest quality cat products. I created Americat Company because I wanted to know what materials went into my cats’ products and where they were made to ensure they were safe. So, making cat bowls and stands in the USA gives me and our customers peace of mind. 

3. We Designed an Elevated Bowl to Meet Cats' Unique Needs

Raised 3 Inches

We researched and watched cats of different heights and weights eat. We determined raising the bowl 3 inches was ideal. It raises the bowl to a safe and comfortable height without causing the cat to reach upward for food.

Elevated cat bowl benefits

Single Bowl Stand

The importance of a single bowl stand is that cats do not like eating and drinking from bowls right next to each other. Cat behaviorists believe this may be due to the fact that in the wild, cats hunt away from their water source.

Cats don't enjoy drinking when the scent of food is nearby or when there are food particles contaminating their water. So, we designed a stand to hold a single bowl, not 2 bowls side by side. 

If you're used to placing your cat's food and water next to each other, we recommend placing them in two separate locations. Then, observe whether your cat drinks more water. For other tips, check out our blog post "Where To Put Your Cat Food and Water Bowls: Location, Location, Location!"


The stands wraps around the bowl and sits compactly under the bowl. This allows cats to walk up to the stand and reach every bite easily! It also doesn't take up unnecessary space in your home. 

Whisker Friendly

It is important that elevated cat bowls prevent whisker fatigue. Whisker fatigue is the veterinary term used to describe the sensory overload cats feel when their whiskers repeatedly touch a surface. It is most frequently caused by cats' sensitive whiskers rubbing against the sides of bowls that are too deep.

Americat Company bowls are wide and shallow to prevent whisker fatigue. And the stand compactly holds the bowl in place without interfering with whiskers. 

Here you can see how Lewie's whiskers remain above this elevated cat bowl while he eats.

Elevated cat bowl stand

4. We Made Mealtime Easier for Cat Parents

Will Not Scratch Floors

It was important to me that our stands would not scratch floors. We designed feet that are flat, smooth, and provide a solid base that won’t slide or scratch hardwood and other floors.

Lewie is a messy eater. I put these cat placemats under his bowls, but the stand can be used with or without a placemat underneath.

Won’t Tip

We use a heavy, U.S.-sourced, 304 series stainless steel for both our bowls and stands. As a result, your cat won’t be able to tip over their food or water, making a mess.

Dishwasher Safe

You can clean both your Americat Company bowls and stands in the dishwasher. It’s best to clean cat bowls daily, and the stand can be cleaned as needed. 

Rubber bumpers or caps on other stands can fall off in the dishwasher, get lost, or get eaten. So, our stands are simply 2 pieces, the bowl and stand, without any small parts.  

Our Recommendation...


Elevated cat bowl stand


We strongly believe that our Americat Company stainless steel bowl and elevated stand is the best raised feeder available for cats! We hope that sharing our design process demonstrates all the thought that went into creating this product for our customers and their beloved cats.

Treat your cat to an Americat Company elevated bowl stand!

About Us: Americat Company is where love for cats meets American craftsmanship. Founded in 2016, we are a cat-loving, woman-owned, small business. We make cat products in the USA from safe, durable, U.S. materials. Shop all our made in the USA cat products here.

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