Designer and manufacturer Delapre Distribution has relaunched an innovative long-handled pet bowl which allows disabled pet owners to fill the bowls on a convenient surface.

The No Bend Pet Bowl has an extendable handle that allows owners with limited mobility to fill the double 8oz bowls with food or water on a convenient surface, before simply placing it on the floor. The handle can be removed for washing up or when placing in the dishwasher.

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A rubber overmold now surrounds the base to prevent sliding, with an ‘easy-grip’ handle makes carrying even easier.

In the UK, more than 24 per cent of UK households have a cat, and a slightly larger percentage, 27 per cent, own dogs, according to findings by the PDSA.

According to Delapre, studies showing the mental and physical advantages of owning a pet are well known and yet mobility and disability products designed specifically to help with pet ownership are few and far between.

Matt Oakley, co-inventor and Director at Delapre said: “We kept getting emails via our website and messages on social media from people all corners of the world asking where they could buy a No Bend Pet Bowl. And we had to tell them they couldn’t! It was madness.”

Designed the manufactured in China, the product was originally introduced in 2015 after one of the co-inventors’ relatives struggled to feed their cat following hip replacement surgery. It was then withdrawn due to supply and quality issues two years ago.

Just over a year ago Delapre looked again, both at the product and where it was made, and decided early on that if it was going to made again it would be made in the UK.

Working with a design and manufacturing company based outside Kings Lynn, Norfolk, the first of the new No Bend Pet Bowls began to leave the factory last month and is already receiving positive feedback.

Matt continues: “We ran a pre-order and have only just finished completing fulfilment. Straight away people absolutely love it.

“We get lots of messages from people telling us how much difference the No Bend Pet Bowl has made to their daily lives. It’s important for people to feel like they can care for their own pets.”

Currently available on the No Bend Pet Bowl website in red, the range will soon expand to include different colours including grey and black.

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