Cat Water Fountain- Do You Need One?

Cat Water Fountain

Cats are quite unique in many respects but one thing most people find is that their cat doesn't drink enough water. As we all know water is vital to cats to keep them hydrated and provide them with the vitality they need. This is where the cat water fountain comes in.

What is a Cat Water Fountain?

​A cat water fountain is a water bowl that has a small pump to create a supply of fresh clean water. You're probably thinking exactly what I did when I first heard of cat water fountains, does this require any plumbing? The short answer is NO because the water bowl will typically have a generous water capacity of 1.5-2L and this is self-contained within the bowl.

So there's no need for any messy plumbing or any alterations within your house phew! I'm glad we got that sorted!

The only thing you will need is a plug nearby so you can connect the cat water fountain to the mains electric as this powers the ultra low voltage pump.

Are Cat Water Fountains Worth It and Do You Really Need One?

There are no correct answers to this really so let's look at the main purpose and benefit of having a water fountain.

The whole idea behind a cat water fountain is to encourage your cat to drink more water. You're probably wondering how a water fountain can achieve this- well it's simple, cats love moving objects especially water so this will entice them into drinking more water. Some cats, of course, will play with the water as they see it move but they will still generally drink more water as a result of the fountain.

The other main benefit is the fact that it's an ongoing process to keep your cats drinking bowls clean and topped up. With a water fountain, there is a constant supply of fresh clean water that's filtered within the system.

If you're a multi cat household this will mean that you may need to fill the fountain up every 3 or 4 days. At the moment if you have a normal drinking bowl you will need to clean the bowl and put fresh water in daily.

Of course, most people are fine with this but if your cat eats mainly a dry diet or just generally doesn't drink much water a cat fountain is definitely worth looking into.

In my opinion, they're worth the investment but only if you have a cat that doesn't drink much water or eats mainly a dry food. I suppose any cat could benefit from drinking more water but how do you really know what is enough water for your cat?

Which Is The Best Cat Water Fountain?

I'm going to review the best cat water fountain and look at the top 4 I recommend based on some quite in depth research.

Quality

Price 

Our Rating

The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is a top of the range cat water fountain. Boasting a huge 5L tank supplying filtered water for your cat or even small dog.

This fountain used a low voltage pump and as with the Cat Mate water fountain, it's near silent in operation. ​

It comes with adjustable flow control so you can set the speed of the water flow to your cat's needs. Some cats do prefer a faster flow of water. ​

This fountain also comes with a built in water filter so you can be assured that the water is in its purest form.​


​It takes the top spot as an all-round water fountain based on quality, tank size and ease of use.


Pros

  • Top of the range product with a huge 5L tank
  • Low voltage pump
  • Well built and high quality
  • Quiet in operation

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive than its rivals

Quality

Price 

Our Rating

The Cat Mate drinking fountain is a high-quality water fountain, it's a best seller on many websites and for good reason too. This water fountain is well made and sturdy and it will hold 2L of water. It has the ability to change the intensity of the flow of the water.


The layout of the fountain makes it very easy for the cat to drink the water. The pump is almost silent in operation and much quieter than some other models on the market. The bowls are dishwasher safe which makes cleaning quick and easy.


The Cat Mate drinking fountain comes with changeable filters to ensure the water quality is good. Cat Mate states these last about one month but if you have a water filter for your own water at your house then these may not be needed as often as Cat Mate suggest.


The main downside to this cat water fountain is its small water storage tank which is only 2Lso not ideal for multiple cats.


Pros

  • Quiet in operation
  • Energy efficient
  • Well built and high-quality
  • Well priced compared to rivals

Cons

  • Not the largest tank at 2L

Quality

Price 

Our Rating

​The Catit flower water fountain is certainly unique in its design and holds an impressive 3L. This fountain has been designed to provide a natural drinking experience for your cat and provides a "whisker stress-free surface" at a comfortable height for adult cats.

The unit is very compact and is dishwasher compatible making cleaning a breeze.

The fountain used a low voltage pump as most of its rivals do to ensure quiet operation and energy efficiency.

This fountain has the ability to alter the water speed and flow.

Overall a very good cat water fountain but it's been noted by some users that some cats just don't like the colour or the flower on the top and have refused to drink from it. Just to note this was only noted by a few users but as a result of this, I can't rate this product any higher than the third place I've given it.​

Pros

  • Unique design
  • Whisker stress-free surface
  • Well built and high quality
  • Quiet in operation

Cons

  • Some users reported that their cats didn't use the fountain due to the flower design

Quality

Price 

Our Rating

​The Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain is a high-grade stainless steel pet fountain. With it being made from stainless steel this is a product that's built to last. This cat water fountain is dishwasher safe.

Near silent in operation using a low voltage pump and being energy efficient are just some of the features of this product.

This is an aesthetically pleasing unit if this is something that's important to you. Other than being stainless steel there wasn't anything unique about this product that's not available in other more cheaper cat water fountains.

​I rated this 4th in this review on the basis of the relatively small water tank 1.77L compared to its rivals in this category. There is a larger version available which holds 3L but this is even more expensive.

Pros

  • Stainless steel design
  • High quality
  • Quiet in operation
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Expensive compared to rivals
  • Small water tank

Conclusion

If you're looking for a cat water fountain then the best product on the market is the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain in my opinion. It offers everything you need in a cat water fountain at a reasonable price. If you have multiple cats then this is ideal due to its large 5L water tank.

There are a few things worth considering before buying a cat water fountain for your Persian cat. There's obviously the cost element of purchasing the cat water fountain and then the ongoing cost of changing the filters as well as the small amount of electricity these fountains will use.

I currently don't have a water fountain for Milo as he often likes to drink from the tap in the kitchen and has no problem drinking from his bowls. He also has a wet and dry food diet I recently wrote an article about cat food What is the Best Cat Food for Persian Cats. However, my other cat Teddy (who's a British Shorthair) doesn't seem to drink as much water as Milo does. For this reason I'm going to be purchasing a cat water fountain and it will be interesting to see if Milo does drink more water than he already does and more importantly if it increases Teddy's desire to drink more water.

Have you bought a cat water fountain and has it worked and made your cat drink more water? Let me know in the comments section below I'd be interested to know.

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