As a long time rescue volunteer in the Vancouver area of B.C. I had a lot of opportunities to observe our pets’ eating habits and problems. In 1986 my vet suggested raising my cat’s dish to prevent her chronic vomiting of meals, that simple modification solved the problem and the first of the pedestal pet dishes was born! It was a shallow desert dish on top of a 4″ Terracotta plant pot. I designed them from that shape, and after retiring early from my job I started making them in my garage in 1988.
I was soon being asked to make them for the pets of friends and family. A website was designed and the demand for the dishes soon created a full time endeavor for me! Over the years since then they have evolved into the models available today. All US orders are now shipped from within the US, and I continue to ship the orders from our Canadian customers and all International orders from B.C. Resulting in faster delivery service and lower shipping costs. It became necessary for me to give up making them myself as I couldn’t keep up with the demand as I aged.
Currently they are made in Taiwan to keep them affordable for the majority of pet owners. This company normally makes dinnerware for people. They are naturally certified free of cadmium and lead. I absolutely would not sell anything that is not safe for our companions.
There are ‘copies’ of my dishes made in China by others now, however they are much smaller, lighter and 2″ shorter and no color choices. For those that don’t wish to buy Asian products and can afford ‘US made,’ Classy Cat Dishes are now available Made in America. Unfortunately the prices are much higher of course. Taiwan potter’s wage is about 50 cents an hour, US potters rates are over $25. an hour. Consequently ceramic pet bowls made in the US are very rare and expensive.
A substantial portion from all sales of this product is donated to Animal Rescue Groups. Dishes/Bowls are also donated on occasion for their fund raising events.
I hope you and your pets enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed creating them. It is so gratifying to have produced such a beneficial product for our little companions.