Most pet owners are familiar with the slime that forms on pet bowls. It's a glue like bio-film produced by bacteria that is gross and can harbour potentially disease causing viruses, fungi, and bacteria. A slime that has evolved to be as hard to wash away as possible.
It was observed centuries ago that water contained in copper vessels or transported in copper conveyance systems was of a higher quality. These systems didn’t develop a slime layer. In Roman times plumbing spigots were made of copper or brass. Copper water pots are prized in India and studies have shown that their use can help prevent water born diseases. In many hospitals copper and silver doorknobs and HVAC systems are being installed to prevent the spread of disease. This is due to the oligodynamic effect. The oligodynamic effect is an inherent property of copper and silver but not stainless steel or ceramic.
Simply put, copper and silver are antimicrobial.
We offer bowls in two styles and in either copper, which is only suitable for water, and in food safe silver plate. Our bowls are copper or silver electroplated on top of a stainless steel core. The electroplated layer is the thickest that is possible to manufacture, about double what is typical to ensure durability. One of the reasons we choose electroplating is that a recent scientific paper concluded that “electroplated copper surfaces killed bacteria more rapidly than either polished copper or native rolled copper”.
Many pet owners believe that stainless steel or ceramic bowls are a healthier choice for their pets as compared to plastic, because they harbor less bacteria. It is commonly known that bacteria on the lip of a bowl can cause pet acne. Many pet health specialists agree that shared bowls are possible transmission vectors for diseases such as kennel cough, canine Papilloma Virus, Feline Calicivirus, and others. A recent scientific paper has recommended copper be used to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases.
Scientific consensus has been reached on copper, silver, and golds inherent antimicrobial property and this is easily demonstrated. On stainless steel, microbes such as e.coli can survive for weeks. Studies have shown that solid copper destroys over 99.9% of certain bacteria within 2 hours of surface contact. Within six hours of inoculation, 50% of infectious adenovirus particles survived on stainless steel. In the same time frame, a solid copper surface inactivated 99.999% of adenovirus particles.
We performed an experiment plating out the bacteria in a CuBowl after a week of use and a stainless steel bowl after four days of use. We sampled both after filling them with an equal volume of water and then scraping the sides with a collection flask.
Cubowls have receive lots of positive feedback. Many people have told us the same thing; that their dogs normally will not drink out of communal water bowls and that they are shocked they went right for the CuBowl! We have found that dogs truly do tend to prefer the CuBowl
Not just for cats and dogs! Our friend's rabbit was given a CuBowl as an experiment, she was used to drinking her water from a bottle on the side of her pen; but since we placed a small non-tip CuBowl in her pen, it is evident she much prefers it as it is the only thing she uses now!
These bowls are great. You expect your pet bowl to be slimy because that's what your used to dealing with; rinsing out and filling up your pet bowls will never frustrate or make you feel guilty again!
Alternatively, many people have fallen in love with the CuBowl solely for it's elegant and classy design; if you decide to support this project, be prepared to receive many compliments on your latest home decor accessory!