“They are looking for bowls that make both them and their pets
happy. This involves making a durable, functional bowl for the pet in a
style and pattern that is pleasing to the owner,” says Gretchen George,
president of PetRageous Designs in Wilmington, Mass. “With the pet’s
dining area becoming more inclusive in the home décor, it is important
to offer pet owners colors, styles and patterns that they’ll be proud to
Pet;ageous offers bowls in a range of colors, patterns and materials,
including stoneware, stainless steel and lightweight, durable plastic.
“All our bowls incorporate function and style. Customers will find
more colorful bowls in smaller capacities, which typically appeal to
smaller breeds. Larger breeds requiring larger capacities will follow
more neutral colors and patterns,” says George. “The pattern, color
and capacity are always considered in our design process.”
Another major concern for many pet parents, especially dog owners,
is the sliding of dishes. For overly enthusiastic pets, meal times can
A home is incomplete without a pet for many U.S. families— 84. 6 million families, in fact, according to the 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey. So, it makes sense that owners want products that are designed with both home décor and pets’ needs in mind.
“Pet products for the home have changed a lot in the last couple of years.
Companies—and not just pet companies anymore—are realizing that pets are
part of the family and they need to incorporate them when building product
lines to keep with the trends,” says Lisa Hisamune, director of sales at San
Francisco-based P.L.A. Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You).
From high-tech upgrades to beautiful designs, there are a number of ways
manufacturers are rethinking pet furnishings for the modern home.
Food and water dishes have long been a staple of the pet industry. Today’s
owners, however, want more than just plain plastic bowls; they want something
both beautiful and functional.
BY CARLEY LINTZ
Who says you have to
choose between functional
pet products and beautiful
PHOTO BY © GLISIC_ALBINA