A kitchen is a natural place to feed your dog or cat, but pet food bowls can get underfoot and large bags of chow are awkward to store. As shown here, standard cabinets have features that can be converted into easy-to-reach feeding stations. You also can keep your pet's food in convenient bins and stow dishes in hideaway compartments that remain out of sight until needed.
Designed to hold trash baskets and bags, pullout drawers and swing-out bins are typical lower-cabinet features that are readily adapted for storing bulk quantities of dry dog or cat food.
This island features a feeding station set at the perfect height for Skipper, the shih tzu. It closes with a tambour door. There are also drawers for storing grooming accessories.
This cat culinary center in an island can be closed off with a flick of the wrist to eliminate messy pet dishes sitting on the floor. Ordinarily, the door stays open for Natasha, but when guests arrive, the homeowners can close the door, and the mess disappears.
Improperly-stored pet foods can grow stale or draw insects. Here are some ways to prevent these problems, recommended by pet food company Ralston Purina.
If insects do become a problem, the following steps will help eliminate them: