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Kyjen Dog Games Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder

- posted October 12, 2014 @ 10:00pm

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When dogs eat their food too quickly, they can get gas and upset stomachs, so it's important to slow them down if they get too excited about mealtime. Most days, we use an awesome slow bowl that we found online to keep Cipher from inhaling her food. It's called the Kyjen Slo-Bowl, and it works amazingly well. When we want her to wear herself out during her meal, we put her food into her IQ Treat Ball, which you can read bout in a previous blog post. We have the large orange Coral Kyjen Slo-Bowl and the large purple Flower Kyjen Slo-Bowl, so I will give you first-hand information about them and tell you what I know about the other bowls based off of the research I've done.

Accomplishments

The Kyjen Dog Games Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder was chosen as one of Dr. Marty Becker's Best New Pet Products at the 2014 Global Pet Expo and was featured as a Fav Find in Modern Dog Magazine on May 5, 2014.

Material

Every Kyjen Slo-Bowl is made with material that is BPA, PVC, and phthalate free, and each bowl is top rack dishwasher safe, which is helpful when it comes to cleaning because of how many grooves the bowls have.

Sizes

The size of a large round Kyjen Slo-Bowl is 12" in diameter with a height of 2" for the Coral and Flower designs and a height of 3" on the Drop style. Each of the round designs is available in "mini", which are all 9" in diameter and 2" in height, even the Drop design. The large Kyjen Slo-Bowls hold about 5 cups of dry food, and the mini Kyjen Slo-Bowls hold about 2 cups of dry food. There is also a rectangular Kyjen Slo-Bowl, the Hills design, which measures 12" x 9" x 4".

Coral Slo-Bowl

Coral Kyjen Slo-Bowl

Coral design

The Coral Slo-Bowl has a spiral design formed by a tall wall that gradually increase in height as it approaches the center of the bowl. Cipher is a small-medium sized dog, and the wall is a little tall for the length of her tongue, but she still manages to work the food into the outer ring of the bowl so that she can eat it. Because of the rubber feet that Kyjen puts on all of its Slo-Bowls, the bowl stays in place as she eats from it. I recommend the mini size of the Coral design for people with small dogs.

Flower Slo-Bowl

Coral Kyjen Slo-Bowl side

Flower design side - note the sloping walls

Flower Kyjen Slo-Bowl top

Flower design top

The Flower Slo-Bowl also significantly slows Cipher down while she's eating, but not as much as the Coral one does. The inside walls of this bowl create the shape of a flower, with walls that curve up and down in height for easier access to kibble than the Coral design provides. I believe that the large Flower design would work for any size of dog.

How Well They Work

In the video at the top of the page, we time Cipher as she eats 1/4 of a cup of food from a normal bowl, a Coral Slo-Bowl, and a Flower Slo-Bowl. The results are below.

Normal Bowl

It took Cipher a total of 12.58 seconds to eat the food that we put in her normal bowl.

Coral Kyjen Slo-Bowl

It took Cipher 2 minutes and 18.85 seconds to work her food out of the spiral in the Coral Kyjen Slo-Bowl.

Flower Kyjen Slo-Bowl

Cipher took 1 minute and 7.61 seconds to eat 1/4 of a cup of her food from the Flower Kyjen Slo-Bowl, which is easier for her to get food out of than the Coral Slo-Bowl because its inner walls have low points.

Prices

Below are the cheapest buying options for each Kyjen Slo-Bowl design on Chewy.com and on Amazon.com. If a bowl comes in more colors than the ones listed for it below, then the other colors were more expensive when I wrote this post.

Orange Coral, Large: $10.65 (Amazon.com and Chewy.com)
Orange Coral, Mini: $14.99 (Chewy.com)
Purple Flower, Large: $10.78 (Amazon.com and Chewy.com)
Purple Flower, Mini: $14.99 (Amazon.com and Chewy.com)
Teal Drop, Large: $10.62 (Amazon.com and Chewy.com)
Teal Drop, Mini: $8.99 (Chewy.com)
Green or Gray Hills: $12.99 (Chewy.com)

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