As long as people have had indoor animals, it's been a back and forth battle between toddlers and the pet food bowl. For whatever reason, it's the most magical, mythical place and a day's work isn't complete in the world of a 2 year old unless the whole bowl has been emptied and examined piece by piece. Many people simply remove the challenge by feeding their pets at scheduled times throughout the day, leaving the bowls empty or off the floor during the other hours. We've known some cat owners to leave food and water out on countertops so little fingers can't snack on any Meow Mix when they get bored, but giving your cat a buffet in the middle of your work space can be tricky.
Have you found a good way to train your little ones that kibble is bad and carrots is where it's at? More often than not, it's not that wee tots want to taste the food (one attempt at that and usually they're cured of that curiosity), but empty the bowl all over your nice clean kitchen floor! How do you combat the problem in your own home?