You may think that a cat fountain, providing running water for your cat to drink sounds like a bit of a luxury. However, there are good reasons why vets recommend the use of a pet fountain for your cat but at the same time, you need to know which features to look for and which to avoid.
Perhaps you have never considered purchasing a cat fountain for your cat. Cats instinctively prefer running water – perhaps you have noticed that your cat tries to drink from the faucet? If you feed your cat a dry food diet it is vital that he drinks plenty of fresh water every day. Are you concerned that your cat does not drink enough water from his bowl?
Reviews of different models are mixed, with some scoring very highly and others being disappointing. I am delighted with the model I chose and which is available online for an excellent price. The filters also work out to be quite inexpensive. I am pleased I purchased a cat fountain for my cat and now appreciate why they are so highly recommended by vets.
A cat fountain with fresh, clean, running water will help your cat to drink more water. This will keep him hydrated and help to avoid health problems. Health problems caused by dehydration can include urinary tract infections and kidney problems.
Cats are prone to a condition called feline acne on their chins. This is caused by bacterial infection. The bacteria can be harboured unseen in scratches that get caused through daily use of plastic bowls. For this reason, a cat fountain made of ceramic or stainless steel is recommended.
The best cat drinking fountains have a very quiet motor. This is important as noise can be off-putting to your cat and might frighten him or dissuade him from drinking. You need to choose a pet fountain that is easy to clean. You do not want one that is difficult or time consuming to clean. It is preferable to use one that can be washed in the dishwasher for hygiene once you have lifted out the pump. It is also important to choose one with an easy to change filter that is long lasting and economical.
Finally, you need to choose one with a large capacity. A cat fountain should hold enough to keep one cat supplied with fresh drinking water for a few days. If you have several cats, your pet fountain should hold enough water so that you only need to top it up once a day at most.