How Often Do You Clean Your Pet Bowls?

How often do you clean your pet bowls? As a professional pet sitter, I’ve seen my share of less than spotless bowls and I’ve noticed that NEW pet parents often space it totally. But don’t worry, we’re here to offer relevant information that will help you be a better pet parent. So read on and make some changes if you need to. If you’re one who is a neat freak and would freak out if your pet food bowl ever looked like the one below, awesome, we love you!!

how often do you clean your pet bowls

How Often Do You Clean Your Pet Bowls?

So what’s the big deal about dirty pet bowls? Germs and bacteria are the big deal and they can make your pet sick.  Bacteria such as Serratia Marcescens can cause things like pneumonia and infection. If you’ve ever seen a pink slimy ring in the water bowl then you’ve seen Serratia Marcescens and it needs cleaned immediately. See this article from barkpost on the topic.

The water bowl in this example has green algae growing in it and the hard water is caked on so badly that using a sponge and dishrag proved pointless. I had to scrape the hard water residue then wash and scrub the bowl.

how often do you clean your pet bowls?
It took me 8 minutes to clean the right side of this cat water bowl


How often do you clean your pet bowls
Normally I wouldn’t use a knife to scrape a stainless steel bowl but I was limited on supplies and this was an emergency


How often do you clean your pet bowls
15 minutes later, the bowl looks brand new

Why Are Clean Bowls Important?

Simple. To keep your pet healthy! The cleaner the bowls the less likely germs, algae, mold and bacteria will develop. Take extra care when cleaning food bowls because pet food residue when mixed with dog and cat slobber can cause the bowls to get icky quickly. Clean them frequently, ideally once a day and you’ll be good. You can even pop them in the dishwasher!

What Bowls Are The Best?

Stainless steel, ceramic and glass are good as long as they don’t become scratched from abrasive cleaners or by forceful measures (like scraping with a knife). Plastic butter bowls are commonly used but unfortunately they harbor germs and bacteria easily because they’re porous.

Don’t just take our word on this topic. Research it yourself. You can find dozens of sites that have pages dedicated to the topic — because it’s important. And if you book pet sitting or dog walking visits with us and we notice the pet bowls need a little scrubbing, don’t worry, we’ll clean your pet bowls 🙂

Thanks for reading and remember to clean your pet bowls,

Kelley Stewart, CEO|Pet Sitter
sit-stay-play In-home pet sitting & more.LLC
Serving Muncie, Yorktown, Anderson and Indianapolis, Indiana areas since 2008.