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The holes are so you can thread a twist tie through the holes to hold the electric cord in place as it traverses over the edge of the bowl. The concept of the holes being for overflow protection doesn't make any sense at all. If you're filling the bowl in the sink, why would you need overflow holes? And if you're filling the bowl where it is placed on your furniture, why on earth would you want to have water overflow onto your furniture? I've had this bowl for years, and overflowing has never been an issue, nor would those 2 holes solve it if it were.