How Often Should You Wash Your Cat's Food and Water Bowls?
No matter how much your cat licks their food bowl, it is not clean. I have seen bowls that have a dark "crust" around the edge due to repeated usage. The crust is dirt, food and other debris including the eye weepage "rust"/"crust" from a Persian cat's eyes.
Stainless steel bowls/dishes are best because they can withstand frequent washings. At the end of each day, your pet's food and water dish should be washed with HOT water and dish soap. Better yet, put them into the dishwasher and run it with your other daily dishes on the hottest cycle in order to clean and disinfect the bowls.
My rule of thumb is: If I would not eat or drink from the dish, then neither should my cat.
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