Improving post surgical welfare with the ‘bowlevator’
The aim of this study was to provide a stand the ‘bowlevator’, that elevates the bowl of the ground, allowing the animal easy access to food or water when wearing a cone.
For every cat that was tested, the 100mm ‘bowlevator’, was initially placed by itself into the cats kennel. A small amount of food was placed into this ‘bowlevator’. The cat then had to try and eat out of it. It was marked as a negative if the cat had difficulty entering the ‘bowlevator’, bumped or unbalanced the bowl. If the cat successfully got it’s muzzle into the bowl while wearing a cone, without knocking the bowl and it began eating the it was marked as a positive. After the 100mm ‘bowlevator’ had been scored, it was removed from the kennel, and the 35mm, control bowl was then placed into the kennel. Once the feeding action for this bowl was recorded, it was removed and the next ‘bowlevator’, either the 200mm or 300mm bowl in height was then placed into the kennel for scoring.
I watched cats that were wearing cones after surgery to see how they tried to eat while wearing the cone. They all had the same problem with eating while wearing the cone.
By Alana Smith