Like most living things, your cat needs to stay hydrated, it’s a vital need. While this is natural for cats in the wild through their prey, this is not the case for your pet, especially when the basis of its diet is kibble.
There are a number of reasons why your cat is not inclined to drink from his water bowl and the Cat Water Fountain is a good solution to remedy this lack of water. It will encourage your small feline to drink more fresh water, the water will be healthier and will leave him healthy.
Why should you buy a water fountain, does your cat need one?
Your domestic cat is often fed exclusively on kibble, which is completely dehydrated. Therefore, he needs a higher water supply than normal, to avoid possible illnesses due to insufficient water intake.
Cats need 50 ml of water per kilo per day and in hot weather, your cat can drink up to 100 ml of water per kilo per day.
Best Cat Water Fountains
Ever since I became a cat mom (which was several years ago) I have tried and carried out several comparisons of water fountains for cats.
Therefore, I put together this article and selected some of my favorites that correspond to the important purchase criteria. Ideally, they come in several colors and with a pleasant design, with spare parts such as filter, cleaning kit or pump.
Very easy to maintain, as you will see in the customer reviews, these products are both reasonably priced and popular and recognized brands, not to mention my favorite part about them – they are silent fountains.
What is a cat water fountain for?
You’ve probably noticed that your cat freezes in front of his water bowl, or worse, snubs it, preferring the jet of the tap! Before drinking, he analyzes it. It must be fresh, odourless and free of dirt such as hair or dust.
If you don’t change its water regularly, it will warm up and fill up with bacteria, which is why it’s a good idea to buy a cat water fountain that will naturally encourage your cat to stay hydrated.
A source of fresh water to prevent cat health problems
Cats are not perspiring animals, therefore they cannot regulate their body temperature and need a regular supply of water, especially in summer.
The water fountain avoids diseases when the cat is fed dry food which is a dry matter and therefore does not represent any water supply.
The most common health problems caused by lack of water are dehydration, especially in summer, diabetes, kidney stone problems such as feline urological syndrome.
How to choose a water fountain for your cat?
Before making your purchase, you should ask yourself several questions: the capacity of the water dispenser, the material of the water cooler, the duration of its autonomy, maintenance, the noise level of the water fountain.
These are simple things that allow our hairballs to have continuously fresh and pure water. A real treat for our loved one.
The water capacity of the water fountain
On average, a cat drinks 250 ml of water per day. The amount of water to drink depends on the number of cats, also according to your lifestyle.
If you are away regularly, this implies that you will not be able to replenish it at any time. With this in mind, you should choose a large model instead, or even opt for two water fountains, in case of a long absence.
To make your life easier, some tanks have an apparent level and are independent of the appliance for easy refilling.
Just like the food and kibble dispenser, the water fountain will give you greater freedom of movement when you’re away or on a weekend. Your cat will have fresh, clean water for several days, with a capacity that can vary from 1 to 5 litres, without the need for a human presence. He will be able to regulate his hydration on his own.
The autonomy of the device
As well as the water capacity, one of the criteria to be seriously taken into consideration is the autonomy that allows the cat’s water fountain to remain active.
The ideal is to use water fountains with an electrical outlet and in case of absence, one with spare batteries should be provided.
The noise of the water fountain
In general, the noise is barely noticeable for brand name water fountains, but cheaper ones are less quiet.
This is due to the renewal of the water that takes place in a closed circuit through the filters and the pump. If you are disturbed by the lapping of the water jet, it is better to opt for a quieter cascade model. In addition, if you fill the tank when the water level leaves the pump visible, you should not be disturbed by the noise of the pump.
Maintenance of the water fountain
Cat water fountains are mainly available in 3 materials: ceramic, stainless steel and plastic. All the elements have to be cleaned and maintained, whether it is the tank, the pump or the filters. Both to protect the appliance from limescale and other deposits and for your cat, the filters are probably the elements that clog up the fastest.
In general, all accessories can be put in the dishwasher. The fewer the nooks and crannies, the easier it will be to wash the appliance. Some models have a pre-filter to retain the biggest impurities, however, the filters should be changed every 2 to 4 weeks.
When choosing known brands of water fountains such as Pet Safe with Drinkwell it is very easy to find ready-to-use cleaning kits with a set of replacement filters, either for the activated carbon filter or the fibre filter.
How does a cat water fountain work?
The water fountain consists of a tank, pump, and filters. You need to fill the tank. Through the pump, the water is oxygenated – which makes it fresher – and cleaned through the filters. These are fibre filters or carbon filters that retain impurities and heavy metals that are harmful to the cat.
There are also foam resin filters to soften hard water. The water then comes out as a jet or cascade, depending on the type of fountain.
Precautions of use, the important points
Cat water fountains are electric. Therefore, there are a few checks to be made, especially if you plan to be away from home.
- It is best not to install the water dispenser directly next to the outlet because of possible splashes.
- In the event of a power failure, check whether the cat will have access to water, whether the fountain has a water collector or back-up batteries.
- If you place it outside, watch out for changes in temperature (heat/freeze).
- A little piece of advice to the owner, remember to keep the water fountain away from the dog in order to avoid the dog drinking all the water from the cat.
How much does a cat water fountain cost?
Prices vary depending on the model and brand, generally between 16 and 70 dollars. The higher the quality of the water fountain, the higher the price.
The water fountain will depend on your situation. Certain criteria should not be neglected, such as ease of maintenance: ceramic or stainless steel will be a wise choice. Also, if you have several cats, a tank with a large capacity will be more useful.
While the price of some popular models such as Pet Safe’s Drinkwell fountains, Cat It’s Catit Senses fountains can easily be found on special offer in online stores like Zooplus.
Cats need their water to be constantly fresh, clean and odorless. Even if you constantly change the water, bacteria and dirt can settle in it, which is not the case with a simple bowl of water. A water fountain prevents your cat from contracting diseases, especially in animals that don’t go outside. In the long term, this investment will save you money at the vet’s.