Cat Water Drinking Fountains

Last Updated on July 15, 2021 by Jenny

Cat Water Drinking Fountain

Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design
Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design

We get asked a lot about cat water drinking fountains to replace a standard cat water dish.

One of the first draws of the drinking fountains is that it is constantly recirculating cat water. This adds oxygen to the water and also makes it more interesting for the cats to drink. Most cat owners know that their cat is naturally drawn to moving water. If the water is not moving then they will do everything they can to get it moving. Cats also prefer fresh water—recirculating water is one of the best ways to keep water fresher than stagnant water that can collect dust and debris in your home.

Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain Stainless Steel
Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain Stainless Steel

Another positive mentioned in reviews of cat water fountains is that the fountains can help stop some of the bad behaviors your kitty might have developed. The moving water might help satisfy their intense need to drink from a running faucet or keep them from sticking their paws in water glasses or their water bowl and knocking it over.

There are some things to think about before you decide on which of the cat water fountains to purchase.

  • What kind of replacement equipment will you have to purchase?
  • How much do replacement filters cost and how often will you have to replace them?
  • Look at the pump. Should something happen to it will you have to replace the whole water fountain or can you replace just the pump?
Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain

You want something that will require minimum maintenance and expenses after the initial purchase.

Another consideration is placement. There is a good chance the water fountain will make noise. Are you going to be able to place it somewhere that the noise will not bother anyone in the house? Also keep in mind that it will need to be placed by an electrical outlet. This could rule out the original spot that you have in mind.

A cat water drinking fountain can be a very good idea. Make sure to do your research before you purchase. There are many fountains out there and you want to make the right decision for you and your cat.

I prefer metal or ceramic ones because they don’t collect bacteria as quickly as plastic ones:

Ceramic Cat Fountains:

Metal Cat Fountains:

Plastic Cat Fountains (don’t recommend these for kitties with acne problems): reader, Josephine said, “In my house we use a Cat it water fountain (see it in the second video below). The filters are reasonably priced and easy to find. It has a large reserve and needs to be filled no more then once every day or two. There is the sound of running water but no sound from the pump. Best of all my cats love it, and they are getting all the water they need.”

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6 thoughts on “Cat Water Drinking Fountains

  1. lrunning says:

    We have two of the Keith’s Thirsty Cat fountains. Both of mine love them and drink both from the bubbler and the bowl. They are so pretty and I actually love the sound they make. One is by the sliding glass door where the bird watching goes on, which is thirsty work, and the other is my bedroom. By modifying the pump settings, you can make them as quiet or as noisy as you like.
    In drought-ridden California a fountain is a much better idea than leaving the tap running, which was one of my past cat’s favorite thing!

  2. Patti Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for this great info, Jenny! Lurve those ThirstyCat Fountains! So pretty! We have one but it’s been stored under our cabinet for about a year now as Miss Pink SugarPickyPants grew bored with it pretty quickly and preferred to drink from an old Pyrex measuring cup. Sigh….

    But a Very Nice Kitteh Fairy recently gifted us with a beautiful PawNosh bowl and by golly my sweet hubby got Miss Pink SugarPP to drink from it after one day! Yay! I have my Pyrex measuring cup back now and Miss Pink Sugarbelle now drinks from a beautiful Tangerine PawNosh Bowl. 🙂 <3

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugardoodles 🙂 <3

      • Patti Johnson says:

        Yes, we got one as a gift from a very dear & lurvely friend of mine. Just so thoughtful and wonderful. We got the Tangerine (Amber) color. The bowl is AWESOME! And…Miss Pink Sugarbelle adores it and paw dunks and drinks for it many times throughout the day. My hubby got her to drink from it on the second day that we had it. I had placed the new bowl with water in it on the table along with the standard ol’ Pyrex measuring cup that SHE adores. Hubby put Miss Pink Sugarherself on the dining room table and he removed the ol’ measuring cup and then proceeded to gently dunk her paw in the new bowl and she figure out what to do right away and began drinking from it. (Miss PS and her Daddy have this Special Bond.) 🙂 <3

        It is hefty, durable, beautiful and incredibly functional and our baby girl really lurves it! YAY!!!!!! 🙂 <3

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