Slime may be fun to you, but it is not fun for our pets! Do you ever go to fill your pet’s bowl only to find a nasty slime on the bottom?
That slime is called “biofilm,” and it’s an icky mix of bacteria and food particles.
In fact, the National Sanitation Foundation states that pet bowls are the fourth most germ-filled place in homes. GROSS!
When your pet drinks or eats out of a bowl, the bacteria from their mouth sticks to the inside of the bowl and starts to grow. This could make your pet sick!
To prevent bacteria from growing in your pet’s bowl, make sure to wash it with warm water and soap every day.
At least once a week, you should sanitize their bowls in the dishwasher.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can soak the bowls for 10 minutes in hot water with a little bleach. Be sure to ask your parents before doing this, so they can help you safely clean your pet’s bowls.
Keeping your pet’s bowls clean will keep your pet happy and healthy. A happy pet means a happy pet owner! Photo by Avery H.
Cleaning your pets water bowl is one of the easiest things you can do! Use our tasks feature to set up a reminder or challenge to remind you to clean those bowls each day! If you want to earn points for this easy challenge, ask your parents to set up the tasks for you!