This bowl is perfect for my cats. They always had to constantly hunch over to eat and would sometimes eat while sitting. It looked really uncomfortable for them. This bowl is raised on a 2 ½ inch white round plastic pedestal that keeps the bowl tilted at an angle to help protect the pet’s spine from straining while they are eating. I can adjust the angle to best suit my pet by tilting it from 0 to 20 degrees. The bowl has nonslip gripper pads on the bottom so the bowl does not slide around on the floor while the cats are eating. The bowl is made of a clear, rigid plastic. I do not think that this bowl is dishwasher safe but it is super easy to clean using a soapy sponge and water. There was not a real adjustment period for them when I placed their food in this bowl instead of their normal bowl and they appeared to eat from this bowl much easier. This bowl can be used for cats, dogs or other small pets.