This item falls under the category of "Duh." With 74.8 million owned dogs and 90 million owned cats in the United States (according to a recent survey by the Humane Society), you kind of wonder why pet feeding stations are not standard in new homes.
The feeding station pictured here was built into the Glassell Park kitchen remodel done by Kristina Johnson and David Franke. This couple had the same problem with their pet dishes that I have with mine: kicking. And that means I keep kicking the dishes once they’re on the floor.
Rather than continue that sorry tradition, Kristina and David decided to get the cat dishes out of the kitchen’s traffic pattern. This nook required a little bit of advance planning, as the Drinkwell pet fountain ($40 at PetSmart) requires an electrical outlet to keep the water moving. The benefits of the fountain, the couple say, are that it filters the water and cats drink more water when it’s clean and moving. And well-hydrated cats are healthier cats.
For me and my kicking problem, this needs to go into my Kitchen Remodel Ideas notebook.
(Photo: Los Angeles Times)