10 Cat Owner Insights Into Buying a Water Fountain for Your Cat

Water fountains for cats are growing in popularity among cat owners, so one owner who says their cat has difficulty staying hydrated asks several others online whether a fountain would be a good investment. Other felinophiles are more than happy to chime in with their own experiences and thoughts on the new trend in cat hydration.

1. Fountains Encourage Drinking

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Many feline parents highly encourage the original poster to invest in a fountain for their cat because they’ve seen firsthand that their cats now drink more water from their fountains than they ever did from bowls.

2. Drinking More Keeps Cats Healthy

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Others highlight that staying well-hydrated keeps cats healthy beyond issues of dehydration. Drinking more water helps protect cats from kidney issues and potentially urinary tract diseases.

One cat lover states that beyond keeping a beloved pet safe, ensuring kidney and urinary tract health also keeps owners safe from the significant vet bills accompanying those health problems.

3. Make Sure To Buy One That’s Easy To Clean

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Some felinophiles with fountains for their pets encourage the original poster to buy a fountain and ensure they buy one that is easy to keep clean. Several cat owners say that keeping the fountain clean is one of their biggest issues because it won’t help your cat stay healthy if they become dirty.

4. Do Not Buy Plastic Fountain

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While the consensus seems to be that buying a fountain for your feline is a great idea, several cat lovers specify that you shouldn’t purchase plastic fountains. For one thing, people agree that plastic fountains are more challenging to clean than their ceramic and stainless steel counterparts, but more than that, these plastic fountains can cause cat acne.

5. Remember To Change Filters

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Cat owners who support buying a fountain based on their experience note that filters are essential to keeping your cat’s water clean and healthy for them to drink. Some fountains don’t have filters at all, and several people advise against getting one of those. Regarding filtered models, some users change the filters once every two weeks, while others say once a month is enough, but either way, it’s something to keep in mind.

6. Some Cats Would Rather Play Than Drink

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A feline parent with multiple cats bought them a fountain and said their cats prefer playing with the flowing water more than drinking it. So while the fountain turned out to be a dud for getting them to drink more water, they are enjoying it as a toy.

7. Get A Covered Fountain

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While some cats prefer to just play with their water fountain, others like to use it as a toy and a water source. One respondent notes that they had to switch out their old open-top fountain for a covered one because their cat kept playing with the water and dropping her toys in it. They suggest buying a covered fountain to ensure others don’t do the same.

8. All Cats Are Different

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Along with the cats that prefer to play with the fountain rather than drink from it, someone notes that their feline friends just stare at it, while another says that three of their four cats love it, but one isn’t interested. As with many things regarding cats, many agreed that mileage might vary depending on your specific cat.

9. Start With A Less Expensive One

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While the majority of cat owners agree that plastic fountains are not suitable for extended use, one  suggests buying a cheaper model fountain to see if any prospective fountain owner’s cats would even be interested in drinking from the fountain.

10. Sounds Can Be An Issue

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Does your kitty freak out at strange sounds? One notes that their cats haven’t used the fountain at all because of its mechanical sound. Another says they had issues with a fountain that began to make loud noises in the middle of the night, so it’s best to make sure you and your pets are ok with the noise. To learn more about pet owners favorite water systems, check this out.

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