Raised cat food bowls allow your cat to eat in a more comfortable position. While felines have bodies that appear to contort effortlessly and are designed to stay low to the ground, it can still create physical discomfort when a cat is forced to eat in a position that crunches up their belly and strains their neck. Elevated cat bowls that lift a cat’s food slightly off the floor can often help relieve abdominal pressure during mealtimes and take some strain from your cat’s neck and joints. This can feel more comfortable for cats while they eat, and it can also help prevent vomiting later and promote better digestion.
It’s important to remember that elevated pet bowls shouldn’t be too high, or your cat will have difficulty eating comfortably. The ideal height for a raised cat bowl is lower than you might think—about 4- to 6-inches off the ground. The goal is not to put the cat bowl stand at a cat’s mouth height but at about their knee height. This allows cats to eat in a natural, slightly crouched position while still relieving stomach and neck pressure.