Messy Eaters, Tidy Home

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It would be helpful to understand what percentage of cats are messy eaters. We feed our cats mostly wet food (which has helped one of our cats drop weight, improve her coat and energy levels), but it usually gets everywhere. We moved the bowls to the counter so it would be easier to clean. We also tried a place mat but the food still went everywhere. After a 1-2 days the area around the bowl is gross and the constant need to clean is annoying. Is my situation unique? Anyone else have the same issue? Even when we feed them dry food it tends to get everywhere.
 

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You are not alone, one of mine is messy too. He chases the wet food around the bowl and it inevitably goes over top and onto the floor. You could put the bowl on a sheet of kitchen paper then pick it up and bin it.
 

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I have one messy eater and one neat eater. We have a little raised platform, placed against the wall with a washable barrier behind (it's actually a small cutting board). Iris, the messy eater, seems to scoop up the wet food with her tongue which flings it against the wall. But I just pull out the cutting board when she's done, give it a wipe, and put it back. Very occasionally there will be some food to either side, but not very often. Mocha is a very fastidious eater, although I do have a raised platform for her, too. Just seems to make it easier for them to eat. And for Iris, it's important because she's so arthritic.
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Maybe put the bowls into a large shallow under the bed type storage container and let the cats eat as messily as they want in there. Any food mess would be contained inside the container and easily cleaned up. Take a cue from Tobermory Tobermory and put something on one side of the container to keep wall messes to a minimum.

You can try a different bowl for the canned food, too. Maybe instead of a bowl shape try a saucer or plate shape.
 

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My kitty likes to pick up her wet food from the raised bowl (extra wide/shallow to avoid whisker fatigue) and eat it on the floor. So I use a large cloth placemat underneath. It gets disgusting pretty quickly but I bought half a dozen on the cheap from Target and can throw them in the washer/dryer on a regular rotation. I find the cloth easier than a plastic mat; the mess sinks in instead of just sitting on the surface.

(Having said all this, I can't claim to have a tidy home at the moment....🤷‍♀️)
 

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I have a somewhat messy eater. He has had a few teeth removed. I just take it as a fact of: life with a cat.

I just was his place mat, every morning, when I wash my breakfast dishes.
 
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Thanks for the responses. Part of this is also getting the bowl off the kitchen counter. It's a tad embarrassing when we have people over (and "cat people" get such a bad rap). So, it'd be nice if there was something that would allow me either get the bowl off the counter or make it less of an eyesore in addition to making clean up easier. I'll have to do some digging.
 

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Feeby gets food on the floor around her food dish too. I have tile wood-look flooring, so a wet paper towel or two a couple times day does the trick.

But I really am posting more to warn you about getting the cats back on the floor to eat. As they age, the counter may become inaccessible to them due to possible arthritis or just general aging. If it is a habit by that time, you may have issues getting them to eat. Just something to think about.
 

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It would be helpful to understand what percentage of cats are messy eaters. We feed our cats mostly wet food (which has helped one of our cats drop weight, improve her coat and energy levels), but it usually gets everywhere. We moved the bowls to the counter so it would be easier to clean. We also tried a place mat but the food still went everywhere. After a 1-2 days the area around the bowl is gross and the constant need to clean is annoying. Is my situation unique? Anyone else have the same issue? Even when we feed them dry food it tends to get everywhere.
I place the food bowls and the water fountain in a plastic tray. That sits on a absorbent mat
 

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My cat peaches licks her food, and flings it all over the place and gets food on her so I'm going to try switching to a bowl with edges,not flat. Very messy for the queen.It takes 45 minutes to feed my cat Maggie in the morning. She has 3 small servings and eats a little,looks around,eats more,and so on. I think she tries not to make a mess. Even in the litter box,after going,she gets out,looks around,then covers it. Peaches pees standing up and makes a mess.
 

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My kitty is clean with her wet food, but incredibly messy with her dry. She quite prefers to scoop up her dry food with a paw, dump it on the floor and eat some (but not all) of it there. Then she is vocally annoyed that she can see the bottom of her food dish, though half her dry food is on the floor!
 
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