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 Raised pet dish was born! It was a shallow desert dish on top of a 4″ Terracotta plant pot. I designed the current dishes from that shape, and after retiring early, 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.
Many years later, to keep them affordable for the majority of pet owners and because I could no longer keep up with the demand as I aged, I had the current remaining inventory made in Taiwan. This company normally makes dinnerware for people. They are of course certified lead free, as are the dozen or so US made ones left. I absolutely would not sell anything that is not safe for our companions.
There are ‘copies’ of my dishes made in China by other sellers now, however they are smaller, lighter weight and shorter, with no color or size choices. But very affordable for these reasons. I cannot produce these high quality Classy Cat dishes for their very low prices. But the good news is, I am passing the business onto a pair of potters near me in BC Canada, and they will be able to keep up with the demand. They will no longer need to be imported! New colours, will be available about March 2020. Plus at a bit later date, 2 new sizes; a 2 cup bowl, and an oval for long eared dogs,
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.