Obvious but often overlooked: a cat bowl doesn't have to be a cat bowl. Why spend $30 on a designer chow bowl or $9 at a big box when there are better options in your own cupboard? Then you can all enjoy it.
What other people stuff have you surrendered to your pet?
We regularly switch out our cat dishes and bowls with odd dishware bought on trips, at flea markets, etc.
Next up: We're transitioning this Anthropologie mini-bowl from water to food, hoping the optical illusion of a smaller dish will work on our cat Olive who really, really likes breakfast.
Surrendering favorites is nothing new in our house. A once-favorite wool sweater is now all hers.