…is actually an antique dough bowl.

Through the quarter of a century we have owned it, it has been occupied by a variety of things, including fruit, mail and placemats. Tom does bake bread from scratch but never uses it for its intended purpose. Kitties Blue commandeered it early on as a prime locale for napping.


White and brown tabby cat lying on its back in an antique dough (cat) bowl.

Our first kitty, Skooter, was the first to occupy the bowl.


Calico Cat curled up in a ball sleeping in an antique dough (cat bowl).

Lily Snoozing

Sometime in the past we started calling it Lily Olivia’s bowl as she has claimed it as her own. Since joining our clan in September, 2011, Astrid has taken to sneaking into the bowl when Lily Olivia isn’t around. She’s the first kitty brave enough to take up this spot since Lily claimed the bowl. But at 13 years old our crazy calico has mellowed a tad and only a few disagreements have arisen over which of the two “owns” this space.

Tortoise shell cat sitting in antique dough (cat) bowl.

Astrid defiantly occupying “Lily’s” bowl.

The bowl currently is located in front of a window that provides the perfect spot in the kitchen from which to watch the dogs and cats living next door as well as birds, bees and butterflies.


All of the Kitties Blue have a bad reputation with bowls. I refuse to name names, but Tom’s favorite bowl for making biscuits was pushed off the counter and a giant antique, yellow-ware bowl, weighing nearly as much as any of the felines, was nudged to its demise.

Brown tabby cat sitting atop newspapers in an antique dough (cat) bowl.

Steamer, our second kitty, is forced to share the bowl with mail; thus, the grumpy face!

They have a variety of attractive ceramic bowls for dry food and water as these remain on the floor. Until I purchased pet-bowl-specific placemats, Fiona and Giulietta dragged and nosed the bowls around the floor if not filled to capacity. The only one who has broken any of these is this clumsy human. Their canned Friskies, however, is served in cheap, nearly indestructible Corelle bowls, as these are kicked, nosed and shoved around the tile floor as the kids jockey for position and try to steal each other’s portion. They’d be just as happy if we threw this goop on the floor, which has happened unintentionally more than a few times.

Popular With All the Kitties Blue

When I first thought of writing this post, I had forgotten this dough bowl had been occupied by a variety of Kitties Blue prior to Lily, as evidenced by the included photos. I feel certain that as new cats join the clan, some will find this cat-comfortable resting place.

the years I have written about the cat/dough bowl on several occasions.

Update – 07/11/2023

In sprucing up this post, I came to discover that over the years I have written about the cat/dough bowl on several occasions. If you have any interest checking out any of those posts, click on the title.





A Final Photo

Our beloved Mau from 2016.


Tuxedo cat lying on a small quilt in an antique dough (cat) bowl.