June 05, 2009 11:45 AM

My cat is a big fan of water sports. There have been times when I’ve narrowly missed the after-splash following a Mickey belly flop into his water dish. There’s water everywhere – in his food, all over his fur, around his bowl. These pool parties are a riot to watch but not so hot on my wood floors.

When I saw this new invention called the Neater Feeder ($34.99), which dubs itself as “the World’s First Pet Feeding System for dogs and cats that contains spills and splashes,” I thought, “Why didn’t I think of that”? It’s a cool elevated feeding contraption that has a patent-pending design featuring three key parts: the feeding bowls, the feeding bowl holder and the bottom drain. The drain catches spills and easily detaches for quick cleaning (all of the parts are dishwasher-safe). So, when water and food comes flying out of the bowl after a Mickey cannonball, it does a great job of keeping the splash contained. And the Neater Feeder comes in different sizes for your pet – short for cats, taller for dogs.

Even Mickey has taken a liking to it. It may be bye-bye to belly flops, but there’s more lounging by the pool: He passes the time by batting at the tin bowls with his paws – they’re like kitty cymbals!

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