When you live in a really small space, as we do, you have to be ruthless when weighing the convenience of a thing against the amount of room that it takes up.
When I first pulled the Neater Feeder out of the box, I was pretty confident it wasn’t going to be with us for long. It comes in various sizes, of course, but our big oafs required the large. (Why were we not Chihuahua people??) The large Neater Feeder measures 21 inches wide by 13 inches deep, and is 17.5 inches high. That’s a lot of square footage for us!
However, in the ongoing battle to keep the Winnebago from resembling a post-drinking-and-eating pig sty, we were losing. And Buster’s drinking and eating habits were not helping.
Many of you know we feed the boys a dehydrated diet from The Honest Kitchen. Reconstituted it’s the consistency of oatmeal, and our dogs are copious about getting every last morsel. Ty – who avoids puddles like the plague and wouldn’t eat a treat if it were on the floor beyond the commonly accepted 5 second rule – never makes a mess. But, Buster is a completely different story.
Before the Neater Feeder, I would put Buster’s bowl on the floor and he would “chase” it around. Up against the sofa, along the cabinets, under the dinette. You could easily follow the trail marked by dog food that had rubbed off along the way. And his drinking problem was even worse!
Buster is often overcome with concern that he might be missing out on something – especially when he’s getting a drink of water. He laps up a bit and then suddenly spins around to see what we’re doing, spraying water all over. When he discovers all is as he left it, he goes back to get a drink, and the entire scenario plays out again. If we were on a boat, I’d be concerned that one day he might sink us. The best solutions we’d come up with was to keep the water bowl in our shower.
And then the Neater Feeder arrived – and the boys seemed to like it.
Here’s a diagram from the Neater Feeder website showing the design features:
In most households you’d probably have one Neater Feeder for each dog, but our boys share this one quite nicely. At feeding time, Buster eats with his bowl in the stand – keeping his mess to a minimum – and Ty gets his bowl over by his bed. During the day, we fill both bowls with water and they can get a drink at the same time. The raised sides minimize Buster’s puddles, and if we spill a bit as we’re driving down the road, the lower reservoir saves our floors.
We give the Neater Feeder 4 paws out of four. Despite my initial impression, we love it. The stainless steel bowls and durable construction mean that it will last a long time, and cleaning it is much easier than wiping up the food and water mess we used to have. As I mentioned, they come in various sizes and they also make a version for cats!
Ranging in price from $35 to $66, depending on size, you can order your Neater Feeder on the company’s website – or win one here!
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Disclosure: We were sent two large Neater Feeders for free. We did not receive payment for this review, and the opinions expressed here are my honest assessment of the product based on our personal experience using it.