How to Choose the Best Cat Water Fountain
In this article, you will learn:
- Why you should consider getting a cat water fountain.
- Why vets recommend them.
- Whether ceramic or stainless steel pet fountains make a better choice for your cat (or dog).
I hope to persuade you on the basis of a veterinary recommendation—some articles out there are just interested in selling! I hope to demonstrate to you the benefits of such fountains for both you and your cat and the type that is not only the most beneficial but also the easiest to clean and to maintain.
Why Vets Recommend a Cat Drinking Water Fountain
You may think that a cat fountain, which provides running water for your cat to drink, sounds like a bit of a luxury. However, there are good reasons why vets recommend a constant supply of running water for your cat.
Provide Running Water for Your Cat to Drink
Cats instinctively like to drink running water. This probably dates back to when cats were wild and had to fend for themselves. Running water is likely to be fresher and healthier than standing water, and this love of running water is very likely to manifest itself in a cat who tries to drink out of the faucet!
By providing running water, you are encouraging your cat to drink. Many cats nowadays eat a dry food diet, and drinking plenty of water is vital for keeping them healthy and free of urinary tract infections and kidney problems, making them feel better.
What Features Should I Look for in the Best Cat Water Fountains?
1. Look for a model made from ceramic or stainless steel.
Plastic ones should be avoided. You should choose a ceramic or a stainless steel cat fountain. Plastic can easily become scratched, and these scratches can harbor bacteria. Cats are very prone to a condition called feline acne(1) which results from coming into contact with the bacteria that can lurk unseen in scratches on plastic water and feed bowls. This is an unpleasant and distressing condition for your cat that requires a visit to the vet.
2. Choose a model with a quiet pump.
Cats are easily frightened, so the best water fountain will have a very quiet pump that will not frighten your cat or discourage him from drinking.
3. Choose a low maintenance model.
It goes without saying that you need to find a model that is very easy to maintain. There is no point getting something that needs to be taken apart every couple of days and cleaned out with brushes and all sorts of paraphernalia—you just want something that can be washed easily and, preferably, popped into the dishwasher.
Why Do I Recommend the Pioneer Pet Fountain?
From my research, the model that best meets the criteria I have set out above is the 'Raindrop,' as shown in the video above. I like it best because:
- This Pioneer Pet Drinking Fountain is available in either heavy-duty ceramic or stainless steel.
- The flowing water encourages your cat to drink and avoids problems that can be caused by dehydration.
- Because of the ceramic or stainless steel, the cat fountain is really hygienic and easy to clean so your cat will not get feline acne from unseen bacteria.
- It has a large capacity, so if you have more than one cat, there will still be adequate drinking water even if you are away from home all day.
- The whole unit is very easy to clean once you have removed the pump unit, which just sits on the base under the top section by means of suction cups. The ceramic parts (or the stainless steel if you have chosen this option) can easily be washed by hand and can be popped into the dishwasher if required.
Watch the video below to see the cat fountain in action and how easy it is to take apart to change the filter and clean.
Filters are quick to fit and inexpensive
What Are Your Cat's Drinking Habits Like?
Is Your Cat Dehydrated?
The simple skin turgor test, shown in the video above, could potentially save your cat's life by helping you recognize dehydration and take action promptly.
Treat Your Cat Right
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the benefits of cat fountains for you and your cat and that you found it helpful to read about the features to look for if you are considering purchasing one.
The bottom line is, all cats love to drink running water, and some cats need some persuasion to ensure they remain adequately hydrated, especially if they are on a dry food diet. Buying a suitable drinking water fountain for your cat is an expense, for sure, but it could save you money on vet's bills in the long term and help to ensure your cat remains free of the health problems associated with dehydration.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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