As most pet owners are already painfully aware, dogs and cats can make a mess of your kitchen at chow time. And whether they are scattering kibble to dripping water, most leave evidence of their feeding activities after every meal.
But don’t worry – we’ll show you how to keep your kitchen clean by sharing five great tips for mitigating these messes.
Feeding Messes Are Gross and They May Even Be Dangerous
The food, water, and slobber left behind after your pet eats not only makes your kitchen look terrible, it actually presents a few hygiene concerns too. These types of things are often covered in bacteria, and the food particles themselves serve as food on which these germs can subsist.
When your child then crawls across the floor later, he or she can become sick. Accordingly, it is important to clean up these types of messes quickly and spray down the area with some disinfectant (a weak bleach solution is perfect) to kill any germs present.
Or better yet, just embrace the tips below, so you can prevent messes from happening in the first place.
Five Great Mess-Eliminating Tips
The following five tips should help you keep your kitchen cleaner. Although you don’t have to utilize each strategy, it will behoove you to use as many of these tips as possible.
1. Provide each pet with his or her own food bowl.
Forcing your pets to share food bowls can lead to tension, aggression and general chaos. This will usually cause your pets to begin wolfing down their food as quickly as possible, which will cause food debris and saliva to spray in all directions. But by feeding them in separate dishes, you can eliminate these mess-causing behaviors and keep your kitchen cleaner.
2. Use extra-large food bowls.
Instead of using a food bowl that will barely contain the amount of food your pet needs, try to use food bowls that are a size or two larger. This will help keep the flying particles to a minimum and keep the mess inside your pet’s bowl.
3. Place a silicone feeding mat under your pet’s dishes.
Silicone feeding mats are essentially placemats for your pets. They are easy to use and clean – just slide them under your pet’s bowl before chow time and then rinse them off after your pet finishes. These types of mats often cost about $10 or so, but the labor-saving benefits they provide make them well worth the cost.
4. Feed your pets at specific times, rather than allowing them to eat as they wish.
While some owners like utilizing a free-choice feeding paradigm, you’ll have a much better chance of keeping your kitchen clean if you feed your animals at specific times. Feeding at specific times will help discourage pets from playing with their food, and it will make it easier to clean up any messes created quickly, which will prevent them from staining floors and walls.
5. Avoid foods with artificial colors or dyes.
It is a good idea to avoid foods with artificial colors or dyes for your pet’s health (they’re unnecessary and some owners believe they can trigger food allergies), but it will also help prevent your pet’s food from staining the area around their food bowl.