Cat Water Fountain- Do You Need One?
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.
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.