Last Updated: January 23, 2021
Celia Miller Author: Celia Miller

Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

Slow feeder dog bowls are a great option for pups who are enthusiastic eaters. There are many shapes, sizes and types on the market, predominantly made from stainless steel, ceramic, plastic, or silicone. Our top choice for 2021 is the Buster Dog Maze– it’s sturdy, food-grade plastic and top quality!

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Staruby 2 Pack Collapsible Dog Bowl
Staruby 2 Pack Collapsible Dog Bowl
$20
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Collapsible, can be folded flat
  • Easy to take along for camping or road trips, one for water, one for food
  • 2-pack is convenient
  • Easy to wash- dishwasher safe
  • What we Dislike
  • Best for smaller to medium sized dogs
  • Ridges in bottom of bowl are relatively shallow- don’t slow down eating as much
  • Rim is made of plastic
Product Details
MATERIAL Silicone
Plastic
SIZE 7” diameter
5” bottom diameter
2.5” deep when expanded
0.7” deep when collapsed
CAPACITY Up to 3 cups of food or 20 oz of water
COLOR CHOICES 2
Our Review

This is an excellent product for pets on the go. We love that the bowls can be folded flat for a backpack or in the car. We don’t recommend for daily use as it doesn’t look to be as durable. The rings around the top are made of plastic and could crack with repeated folding/unfolding.

Simply Pets Online Slow Feed Dog Bowl
Simply Pets Online Slow Feed Dog Bowl
$23
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Zero plastic content
  • Deep ridges and knobs effectively slow dog down
  • Design of ridges makes it impossible for dog to “follow” the groove and gulp food
  • Environmentally friendly
  • What we Dislike
  • We do not know how long the bamboo fiber composite material lasts
  • Bamboo fiber composite can be brittle and shatter
  • May be difficult to clean
Product Details
MATERIAL Eco-friendly bamboo fibers
SIZE 11.8” diameter
2.7” deep
CAPACITY 3 cups
COLOR CHOICES Orange
Our Review

This is an outstanding design as far as the orientation of the ridges and knobs in the bottom. It will very effectively slow down dogs of all sizes. Bamboo fiber composite materials are definitely better for the environment and as this material breaks down it will not be as toxic as decaying plastic would be. The downside is that it can be brittle and feel slimy and not “squeaky” clean as plastic might. Can be washed in the dishwasher. Molded from Ridges and bumps in various heights to slow down eating. Not suitable as a water dish.

Jasgood Dog Feeder Slow Eating Pet Bowl
Jasgood Dog Feeder Slow Eating Pet Bowl
$10
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
3/10
  • What we Like
  • Cannot be tipped over easily
  • Grooves and ridge construction is varied and will effectively slow eating
  • Dishwasher safe
  • What we Dislike
  • Not well suited for dogs with short snouts such as bulldogs
  • Plastic is not as durable
  • Dish can be pushed around
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE 7.1” diameter
1.7” depth
CAPACITY 1.5-2 cups of food
COLOR CHOICES 6 colors
4 styles
Our Review

These are cute bowls, in lots of cute colors and styles (the hearts!) but they are not good for bigger dogs, power chewers, or long-term use. Dishwasher safe. While the plastic may be safe (ABS Plastic construction, PBA, PVC and Phthalate free), it’s definitely on the lower-end of the quality spectrum.

Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slow Feed Bowl
Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slow Feed Bowl
$15
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Ideal for medium to large dogs
  • Base keeps it from sliding or tipping
  • Heavy-duty construction
  • What we Dislike
  • Not well suited for smaller dogs or short-snouted dogs
  • Should not be washed in the dishwasher or plastic begins to peel
  • Somewhat brittle
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE Small (8.6” diameter x 2.2” depth)
Large (11.8” diameter x 2.7” depth)
CAPACITY Small (2 cup capacity) and large (4 cup capacity)
COLOR CHOICES 5 Colors
5 Designs
Our Review

Overall this is a well-made bowl, it’s pretty heavy duty, sturdy and the wide construction makes it more difficult to tip over. We like that there are so many designs and colors to choose from. Some of them though don’t seem as though they would slow a dog down who could easily gulp the food following the spiral or circular grooves. In fact, we know a certain bulldog who did just that after using the bowl twice.

OurPets DuraPet Slow Feed Premium Stainless Steel Dog Bowl
OurPets DuraPet Slow Feed Premium Stainless Steel Dog Bowl
$25
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
10/10
  • What we Like
  • Rounded plastic dome is not as rough on dog’s snout and face
  • Silicone ring keeps it from sliding
  • Easy to clean, hygienic
  • Smooth edges
  • Ideal for wet or dry food
  • What we Dislike
  • May not slow eating down as effectively as multi-groove and ridge designs
  • The small size may still be too large for toy or very small dog breeds
Product Details
MATERIAL Stainless Steel
SIZE Small (7.63” diameter x 1.75” depth)
Medium (9.5” diameter x 2.25” depth)
and Large (11.25” diameter x 2.5” depth)
CAPACITY Small (3 cups)
Medium (5 cups)
Large (8 cups)
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This is definitely a premium-grade dog bowl. We love the bonded silicone ring on the bottom and the rolled smooth edges that should prevent the cutting and irritation some dogs experience from plastic bowls with rough or narrow ridges. The big smooth dome in the middle is not going to cause as much chafing as the dog eats, however some dogs may try to bite it, so you’d want to monitor your dog to avoid that. The small size is as big as most other dog bowls’ medium capacity so it may not slow down your little pups as they eat.

Decyam Pet Fun Feeder Dog Bowl Slow Feeder
Decyam Pet Fun Feeder Dog Bowl Slow Feeder
$30
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Soft rounded edges
  • Rubber grips on bottom to keep dish from sliding
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe
  • Very difficult to tip over
  • What we Dislike
  • Dogs with shorter snouts may struggle with this bowl
  • Smaller capacity- one cup only
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE 7.8” diameter
CAPACITY 1 cup
COLOR CHOICES 8
Our Review

This is one of our favorites of the plastic “maze” style bowls because of the complexity of the design effectively slowing down eating. It is really sturdy plastic with a smooth feel to it. It slows down smaller to mid-sized dogs but larger dogs or dogs with a shorter snout may have a hard time eating from it without using their tongues. It’s great for wet or dry food and cleans up easily in the top rack of the dishwasher. It has not become as brittle over time as other dishes.

Dogit Go Slow Anti-Gulping Dog Bowl
Dogit Go Slow Anti-Gulping Dog Bowl
$7
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Unique construction
  • Higher off the ground
  • Rounded edges and protrusions
  • Suitable for wet or dry food
  • What we Dislike
  • Can get brittle over time
  • Plastic is appealing to power chewer dogs
  • Dish may be too shallow for sloppy eaters
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
Rubber
SIZE X-Small (5.6” x1.8”)
Small (7.1” diameter x 2.5” depth)
Medium (8.7” diameter x 3” depth)
Large (10.8”diameter x 3.8” depth)
CAPACITY X-Small (4.7oz)
Small (10.1oz)
Medium (20.2oz)
Large (40.5oz)
COLOR CHOICES 4
Our Review

This is a unique design among the plastic slow feed bowl options. We love the anti-slip rubber on the base and the sloped design making it more difficult to tip over during feeding time. These bowls are fairly heavy duty, with the medium weighing nearly a pound and a half. The bowl may be easy for smaller pups to gulp their food from, as the raised areas and protrusions are not as close together as on other bowls.

TechDutch Pet Slow Feeder Dog Bowl
TechDutch Pet Slow Feeder Dog Bowl
$19
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
4/10
  • What we Like
  • Square base with rubber feet discourages sliding
  • Lots of raised areas/protrusions discouraging gulping food
  • Dishwasher safe
  • What we Dislike
  • Rubber feet are not glued in
  • Lightweight, attractive to power chewers
  • Not suitable for dogs with a shorter snout
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE 7” diameter
8” base
1.6” depth
CAPACITY 1 cup
COLOR CHOICES 2
Our Review

We love the square, sturdy base of this slow feeder bowl but this one is cheaply made and the rubber feet come out easily. Once those have fallen out the bowl will slide everywhere. The bowl cannot easily be flipped because of the shape of the base, and that’s a big bonus.

Foir Anti-Gulping Fun Feeder Slow Feed
Foir Anti-Gulping Fun Feeder Slow Feed
$0
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Deep protrusions and center compartment
  • Food-safe plastic
  • Top-shelf dishwasher safe
  • Suitable for wet or dry food
  • Slip-resistant base
  • What we Dislike
  • Not suitable for dogs with shorter snout
  • Plastic can be attractive to power chewers
  • Edges are not as rounded as they could be, may irritate dog’s mouth and jaws
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE 7.8” diameter
1.6” depth
CAPACITY 2 cups
COLOR CHOICES 7
Our Review

For dogs that may get discouraged with a slow-feed bowl, this has a lovely rounded compartment in the center that will allow them one or two big gulps to spark their interest, then they will be more motivated to forage for the rest of the food in the bowl. While the edges are rounded, they are a little squared off and the mouth and jaws of some dogs may be irritated by this. This is also a fairly lightweight bowl.

The Company of Animals - Northmate Interactive Green 1 Feeder
The Company of Animals - Northmate Interactive Green 1 Feeder
$35
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Unique design
  • Difficult to tip over
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Slip-resistant base
  • Suitable for wet or dry food
  • What we Dislike
  • Dog may push dry kibble out of bowl onto floor
  • Short-snouted dogs may be frustrated by this one
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE 16" long x 11.5" across x up to ~4" high
CAPACITY 2 cups
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

We love this dish because of its unique but thoughtful design, comprised of varying heights of plastic “blades” of grass. While initially we were concerned about it being shallow, by the time the dog pushes food out to the edge he’s usually going to be able to eat it. If you have a hard time with your dog figuring out slow feed bowls, this one might actually slow him down. It might be attractive to a power chewing dog so we do recommend supervision while using this feeder. It is well rounded and smooth.

All For Paws Interactive Maze Slow Feed Dog Bowl
All For Paws Interactive Maze Slow Feed Dog Bowl
$13
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
5/10
  • What we Like
  • Very distinctive design
  • 2 inserts, one bowl
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • Food-safe plastic
  • Slip-resistant base
  • What we Dislike
  • Green inserts can come out and become chew toys
  • Bacteria can build up under green inserts
  • Does not hold liquids
  • Use in the car only
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE 11” across
3.1” depth
CAPACITY 2 cups
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This is a very interesting slow feeding bowl because of the interchangeable two inserts that come with it, and the construction of the main bowl. This is more of a puzzle bowl than a feeder and we feel that it would be best used under close supervision, because the inserts can come out and become chew toys or determined dogs. It’s still a great design but we’d recommend use with treats or dry kibble only instead.

ProSelect Dog Stainless Steel Brake-Fast Slow Feed Bowl
ProSelect Dog Stainless Steel Brake-Fast Slow Feed Bowl
$21
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
1/10
  • What we Like
  • Slip-resistant base
  • Made in the USA
  • What we Dislike
  • Construction is flawed
  • Visible soldering at the base of the stanchions
  • Not a seamless design
  • Rubber ring falls off
Product Details
MATERIAL Stainless Steel
SIZE small (7.5” diameter
1.8” depth)
medium (10.5” diameter
2.8” depth)
large (13” diameter
3.2” depth)
CAPACITY small (1.5 cups)
medium (5 cups)
large (8 cups)
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

The protrusions/stanchions in this bowl are not molded/stamped/welded as part of the bow. They are screwed on, and not watertight. Moisture, dog saliva, and bacteria can accumulate under them. It will begin to rust and is not very good quality steel. This design was promising but the execution is poor and we cannot recommend this dog bowl. The metal on the stanchions is thin and can be crushed by a dog, creating an extremely dangerous hazard.

JW Skid Stop Food and Water Bowl
JW Skid Stop Food and Water Bowl
$6
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
3/10
  • What we Like
  • Slip-resistant base
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Bacteria resistant plastic
  • Stackable design
  • What we Dislike
  • Not suitable for smaller dogs
  • Bowl will slide on smooth surfaces
  • Easy to Flip over
  • Light weight
  • Cheap construction
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
rubber
SIZE medium (8.5” diameter x 2.5” depth)
large (10.5” diameter x 3.25” depth)
jumbo (13.25” diameter x 4” depth)
CAPACITY Medium (1 cup)
large (3 cups)
jumbo (6 cups)
COLOR CHOICES 2
Our Review

This  bowl is poorly designed. We are not confident that it would work efficiently and slow down any size or breed of dog. While the protrusions are relatively high within the bowl, it’s far too easy for a dog to still eat quickly and gorge himself with this bowl. The high arches around the base of the bowl make it easy for any dog to flip the bowl over.

Best Overall
Buster Dog MazeSlow Feed Bowl
Buster Dog MazeSlow Feed Bowl Best Overall
$26
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Heavy duty plastic
  • Made in Denmark
  • Food grade plastic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • What we Dislike
  • Cannot be used with wet food
  • Dog may push food out of the bowl’s openings
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE small (11” x 9” x 2” depth)
large (16.5 x 15.8 x 2.8” depth)
CAPACITY small (1.5 cups)
large (3 cups)
COLOR CHOICES 5
Our Review

We were very excited about this bowl  because of the unique, organic design, super rounded surfaces,  and outstanding materials and construction. This is a very heavy duty bowl and while we weren’t too excited about the fact that you cannot use it with wet food, for kibble eating pups this is an excellent choice.  Bonus: this is made in Scandinavia.

Animal Planet Slow Feed Maze Feeder Bowl
Animal Planet Slow Feed Maze Feeder Bowl
$0
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Heavy duty plastic
  • Slip-resistant pads on base
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Deep grooves
  • What we Dislike
  • High narrow walls may be irritating to dog’s mouth and face
  • Not suitable for smaller dogs
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE small (9” diameter)
large (14” diameter)
CAPACITY small (2 cups)
large (4 cups)
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This is a nice sturdy classic slow feeder bowl. Because of the narrow obstructions and wider channels, this bowl might be easier to empty quicker for some dogs. We like the heavy-duty, thick plastic and slip resistant pads on the base appear to stay in place even after being washed.

Machao Dog Bowl Slow Feeder Food Bowl
Machao Dog Bowl Slow Feeder Food Bowl
$15
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Suitable as insert for stainless steel bowl
  • Softer against dog’s mouth and jaws
  • What we Dislike
  • Will result in a huge mess if used by itself
  • Not suitable for wet food
Product Details
MATERIAL TPR Rubber
SIZE small 7.5” diameter x 1” depth
large 10” diameter x 1” depth
CAPACITY small (1 cup)
large (2 cups)
COLOR CHOICES 2
Our Review

This is an outstanding product with a lot of potential but not on its own. We’d recommend using this with a standard stainless steel bowl to keep food contained. When feeding a dog with this, it’s more like feeding off of a mat. There is no lip or ridge to keep the food contained, and your dog will end up eating most of his food off the floor. So while we are a big fan of silicone and how stable and safe it is to use with your dog, we’d recommend you only use this with a bowl.

AïKiou Dog Bowl Interactivity Feeder
AïKiou Dog Bowl Interactivity Feeder
$28
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Unique 2-piece design
  • Designed specifically for small dogs
  • Very effective in slowing down eating
  • Dishwasher safe
  • What we Dislike
  • Not for dogs with shorter snouts
  • Dogs may flip it upside down to to access food
  • May be too complicated for some dogs
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE 9.8” diameter
x 2.8” depth
CAPACITY 12.7oz
COLOR CHOICES 3
Our Review

This dish has a nifty lid that easily slides on and must be moved by the dog in order to access the six food compartments in the bowl. There are lots of ridges and holes for the dog to use in order to achieve this. We love that this bowl is designed specifically for smaller dogs and has a neat compartment on the underside that could accommodate a tennis ball to make it even more challenging for dogs to access the food.

Mr Peanut’s Stainless Steel Interactive Slow Feed Dog Bowl
Mr Peanut’s Stainless Steel Interactive Slow Feed Dog Bowl
$16
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
4/10
  • What we Like
  • Stainless steel design
  • Slip-resistant silicone ring
  • Soft, rounded edges and protrusion
  • What we Dislike
  • Silicone ring comes off easily
  • Cannot be washed in dishwasher
Product Details
MATERIAL Stainless steel
silicone
SIZE medium (7.3” diameter
9.6” base
2” depth)
large (8.6” diameter
11.4” base
2.4” depth)
CAPACITY medium (2 cups)
large (3.5 cups)
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

We are big fans of the stainless steel slow feeders and this is a great product but it has a major flaw- the silicone ring is not flush with the bowl design and the lip around the base is irresistible to dogs that like to chew. Additionally, the gap between the bowl and the silicone ring could harbor bacteria. We like the concept, but the execution is poor and without the ring, you have a bowl that slides.

Kyjen Outward Hound 2874 Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder
Kyjen Outward Hound 2874 Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder
$25
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Unique design with varying heights “hills” for food
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Sturdy and heavy duty construction
  • Slip-free silicone base
  • Made in the USA
  • What we Dislike
  • May be difficult for smaller or short-snouted dogs to use
  • Takes longer to load food properly
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE 11.1” x 9.1” x 3.9”
CAPACITY 4 cups
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This is one of the more inventive slow feeder bowls on our list with undulating curves and deep grooves to make it extremely difficult for your dog to just shovel it out with their mouth. We love the flush-mount rubber base that keeps it from sliding and the heavy duty construction. We aren’t as excited about having to arrange the food in the bowl with our hands and would like to see more colors.

Boomer N Chaser Slow Feeder Spill Proof Pet Bowl
Boomer N Chaser Slow Feeder Spill Proof Pet Bowl
$8
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Stainless steel
  • Slip-resistant silicone base and surround
  • Soft, rounded edges and protrusion
  • Dishwasher safe
  • What we Dislike
  • For smaller to medium sized dogs only
  • Only one color available
Product Details
MATERIAL Stainless steel
silicone
SIZE 6.3” diameter
1.65” depth
CAPACITY 1 cup
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This simple but effective slow-eating bowl is a great design with the silicone surround and base and stainless steel interior. We only wish that it came in more sizes as this size will not be suitable for a larger dog. This dish washes up easily in the dishwasher and is durable.

Best Quality
Paikka Naturally Cooling Ceramic Food Bowl
Paikka Naturally Cooling Ceramic Food Bowl Best Quality
$40
Review manufacturer chewy
on chewy
10/10
  • What we Like
  • High-quality construction
  • Keeps food fresh longer
  • Smooth rounded protrusion
  • Dishwasher safe
  • What we Dislike
  • Ceramic can break easily
  • May not be good for large dogs
Product Details
MATERIAL Ceramic
SIZE Small (5.9" diameter x 1.4" depth)
Medium (5.1" diameter x 2.2" deep)
Large (5.9" x 2.6" deep)
X-Large (7.9" x 3.1" deep)
CAPACITY Small (.84 cup)
Medium (1.68 cup)
Large (3.13 cup)
X-Large (5.9 cup)
COLOR CHOICES 5
Our Review

We are in love with these beautiful little bowls. Ceramic has naturally cooling properties and this effect can be enhanced by soaking these bowls before feeding. They are excellent for both water and food. Lots of smooth surfaces and nothing square or sharp to irritate your dog’s mouth or face. These are attractive colors and design and the sizes available make it likely you’ll be able to find one for every four-legged family member in your home.  They are a little on the pricey side as well.

Best Budget
Outward Hound 3in1 Up Feeder Elevated Raised Slow Feeder
Outward Hound 3in1 Up Feeder Elevated Raised Slow Feeder Best Budget
$0
Review manufacturer amazon
on amazon
3/10
  • What we Like
  • Less potential for post-meal bloat
  • Easier for older dogs to use
  • What we Dislike
  • Legs are somewhat rickety and may not stand up to a lot of use
  • Easily knocked over
Product Details
MATERIAL Plastic
SIZE 11” diameter x 3.8” depth
CAPACITY 4 cups
COLOR CHOICES 2
Our Review

This is a thoughtful design for dogs who may struggle to eat from a bowl closer to the ground. It can be raised from floor level to 6 inches to 10 inches off the ground. While it’s a good idea, the execution needs a lot of improvement. The legs are poor quality, difficult to adjust and keep in place. They often give way and are cheaply made, which is unfortunate because the bowl itself is not that bad. Don’t spend the extra money on this one.

Best Products Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowl
Product Name Best for Rate
Buster Dog MazeSlow Feed Bowl Best Overall 9
Paikka Naturally Cooling Ceramic Food Bowl Best Quality 10
Outward Hound 3in1 Up Feeder Elevated Raised Slow Feeder Best Budget 3

How to Choose a Slow Feeding Dog Bowl

What kind of food do you feed your dog? Most of these work well with wet food or dry kibble, but some may be better suited to a specific kind of food. What is the size of your dog in relation to the bowl? The length of his snout will play a big role in how effective these bowls are.

Consider the following about materials when choosing a bowl:

Ceramic bowls should be lead-free, smooth and free of any surface imperfections, chips or cracks

  • Will need to be checked on an ongoing basis for chips and cracks in ceramic, because the material underneath the glaze is porous and can harbor bacteria.
  • If bowl cracks or flakes, loose pieces of glaze or ceramic are dangerous if ingested by dog

Silicone feeders are typically mats or flat feeders, so if your dog is messy consider adding a stainless steel bowl or other tray to contain food.

  • An excellent material for dog bowls, as it is an extremely stable compound and will not break down the way that plastic does.

Stainless Steel: Look for a bowl that does not have loose rubber components or powder coating.

  • Non-porous, much more durable, not as attractive to chewers, Easy to clean and sanitize
  • Corrosion and rust resistant
  • Some dogs do not like metal bowls and they can be noisy

Plastic bowls should be high-quality, heavy-duty plastic listed as phthalate, BPA free. Cheaper plastic bowls may leach harmful chemicals and be more porous. These should be replaced more often.

Not every bowl will be right for every dog and it may be a trial and error process to find the right solution. You want to be sure that your dog is challenged and slowed down by the protrusions and obstructions in the design of the bowl, but that his skin is not irritated, he is not panting too hard or growing too frustrated where he either loses interest in his food or becomes destructive towards the bowl.

For this reason, we recommend either the stainless steel bowl, a silicone feeder (which can also be paired with a stainless bowl for containment), or a ceramic bowl. Plastic or ceramic bowls may be more suitable if you are seeking durability and the stainless bowls do not slow down your dog’s eating.