Raised or elevated feeding stations enable healthier and tidier eating habits. By letting your pet eat upright you reduce the strain on their neck, shoulders and joints. This is great for taller or older pets and has been shown to improve digestion and reduce bloat which can be dangerous. They also help prevent your pets from tipping over their food bowls or making a mess of their meals. Elevated feeding stations are largely designed for cats and dogs and fit within a range of heights. If you are looking for food bowls that sit on the floor or slow feeders, take a look at our list of the best dog bowls. If your pet is a really messy eater or heavy drooler, also consider getting a feeding mat to place underneath their food areas. This helps contains messes and protects your floors.
When deciding on a raised/elevated pet bowl, you need to find the optimal platform height. Too high or too low and your pet will still be straining their neck or shoulders. Some feeding stations have foldable or adjustable legs but not all do, so be sure to consider the height you need beforehand, The ideal height is about chest level. The best way is to measure from the highest part of their shoulders to the floor and subtract 6 inches. Take this number (in inches) and follow the chart below.
|Pet chest height -6″||Feeder bowl height|
|8-11 inches||4 inches|
|12-15 inches||8 inches|
|16-19 inches||12 inches|
|20 inches & taller||16 inches|
While these are the optimal heights, as long as the feeder is somewhat close to these numbers your pet’s eating will feel more natural and comfortable. They will also usually make less of a mess and eat slower rather than gulping down their food. As pet owners ourselves, we understand your desire to provide a comfortable and healthy environment for your pet. Look no further than the list below for the best raised / elevated pet food bowls and find one that suits your pet’s needs as well as your design preferences.
Best raised pet food bowls
We found the best all-around elevated pet feeder to be the Neater Feeder Dog Bowl. It comes in 3 sizes — small, medium and large to fit any dog size. We really liked this feeder because of how thoughtfully designed it is. The eating area is enclosed on 3 sides so spilled food and water stays inside and falls into a recessed area. A short lip prevents any water from spilling out the front, and holes in the recessed area allow any spilled water to drain into a basin below for quick cleaning. The self-contained design is also great for pets that are easily distracted as it helps them focus on their meal more. It also helps contain any drool and water spray. Let’s also not forget the tip-proof and kick-proof factors too. The stainless steel bowls slide into holes that prevent them from moving which prevents your pets from playing with their food or bowls. This feeder is an excellent elevated bowl and accomplishes what it advertises very well. The small size will also work for cats too. If you want to increase the height for larger dog, you can also purchase Neater Feeder leg extensions.
The Petmate EZ Reach Diner sits at 14.5″ tall and is for larger and taller breeds. Spill free rims keep food and water from spilling with removable recessed stainless steels bowls. Rubber inserts also help reduce noise and prevent the bowls from moving too much while eating. Each bowl also holds up to 12 cups of food so any big hungry dog will be very happy!OurPets Right Height Cafe FZeeder has two stainless steel bowls and a spill ridge to prevent food and water from falling out. Made in the USA with a sleek and modern design, it sits at 12 inches tall. Recommend for any medium to large dog.
Suncast Elevated Feeding Tray is another simple but effective raised feeder. Comes with two stainless steel bowls and sits at 13 inches tall. Sturdy with a wide base.
An excellent, high quality adjustable feeder, the Dexas Popware Double Pet Feeder can move between 8 and 13 inches tall. The adjustable nature of this is good for growing and younger pets who will need a taller feeder later on. Comes with two removable collapsible 32 ounce bowls that can also be used during travelling or taking to the park. The entire unit collapses to 2.5 inches tall for easy storage. Overall great for travelling with your pet and is dishwasher safe.
The IRIS Airtight Elevated Storage Feeder serves both as an elevated feeder and a food storage unit. Sitting at 15 inches tall, this works best for large dogs (20 inches and taller). Each stainless steel bowl holds 2 quarts of food or water while the storage area holds up to 64 cups of dry food or a 40 lb bag of kibble. The storage area is convenient and easy to access by unclamping and lifting the lid. You only have to be a little careful if one of the bowls on top is full of water. When we received this, the non-slip feet were taped inside the lid so remember to pop them on!
This anodized aluminum PetFusion Elevated Pet Feeder has a very clean and simple design. The corrosion resistant aluminum is lightweight, long lasting and easy to clean. It comes in two sizes, small at 4 inches and large at 8″ tall. The food bowls themselves are food grade stainless steel with each holding 3 cups of food. This is a high quality and well-constructed feeder that your pet will enjoy.
The same PetFusion Elevated Pet Feeder also comes in Premium Solid Wood. The wood is made from New Zealand Grade A Pine plantations and has 3 coats of water resistant sealant. It comes in two sizes, a short version at 4 inches and tall version at 10 inches. We wouldn’t recommend this for pets who spill a lot of water, but otherwise its a beautiful, functional and aesthetically pleasing feeding station. Some individuals have recommended using this with two dog food bowls, one for dry kibble and one for wet food, and avoiding using water bowls entirely.
The Petrageous Designs Buddy’s Best Feeder Taupe has a simple curved design with thick bowls made from solid ceramic that meet FDA standards. A non-slip coating on the bowls also prevents the bowls from moving and flipping easily. The ceramic is polished and attractive and looks nice sitting in any corner. Perfectly sized for small dogs. Each bowl holds about 1 cup.
A great looking and inexpensive elevated dog bowl, the Loving Pets Rustic Bone Diner is constructed of aged copper. It sits at a mere 3.5 inches so it works well with small dogs and puppies. Comes in bowl sizes of either 0.5 quarts, 1 quart of 2 quarts.