FYI I am giving this 4 stars only because I cannot select 3.5.
If you've seen any of my other reviews you may already know that I live out in the country side and it gets very cold this time of year. And that I tend to put food out for every animal year round. Every year I have the same problem that the wet food I put out for the kitty that has adopted me in the winter, ends up hard as a rock...sometimes very quickly.
So when this was available on Vine to test, of course I wanted it.
* VERY well made. It is heavy so it won't flip over or break.
* Stainless steel bowls are easy to remove for clean up.
* Heavy duty, well protected cord and a pretty good length (although depending on where you put this out and the location of your outlet you will likely still need an outdoor, weather stable extension cord).
* Depth of bowls is great for water as it holds about 2 water bottles worth.
* Food DOES NOT FREEZE!! If you're wondering why there is a picture of a bird bath, it is because I wanted to show how cold it was that it froze the rain water that had covered the corn in the bath. You can see some ice still in it and the rest on the ground where I dumped after breaking it.
* you can keep this outdoors on its own or, as I do, inside a cat shelter (picture with the dry food bowl) as I do. The shelter is made from an extra large tote and also has a cover.
CONS - this is why I wish I could give this item 3.5 stars
* While the bowls are great in depth for water, they are way too deep for cat food. The picture on the product showing the cat eating food is misleading. Cat food dishes are not 3-4 inches deep. If the bowl was half the depth it is it would be perfect for wet food. As it is it is super deep and the cats entire head goes inside it. No exaggeration, it is deeper and bigger than a human soup bowl I posted a picture that has pink in the bowl...that is the cat dish I was using that not only fits inside but is way at the bottom. One of my cats is also in the picture and you can see his head would fit in the bowl. Unfortunately, you cannot put another dish in there to raise it because then it would not stay un-frozen.
I recommend this if you are putting food out that more than one cat (or raccoon or any other animal) will eat as then you would put way more food out. Otherwise, I would say try to find one that is shallower and which a kitty can more easily access.