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Purr-fect Oasis: The Benefits of Water Fountains for Your Feline Friend

Updated: Mar 18

Let’s talk about your cat’s relationship to water!

As an expert in feline behavior, I frequently see the humble water bowl overlooked as an important resource in the world of the cat. Providing fresh, clean water is essential for the physical and mental well-being of your cat.

Cat sitting next to fountain

Hydration Station: The Cat Way

Cats have a peculiar relationship with water. Many of us would turn our noses up at stagnant water, and cats are no different. If you wonder why your cats always want to drink out of the toilet or out of your water glass, that’s because those are usually the freshest sources of water in the house. Adding a fountain provides an element of freshness that appeals to a cat’s wild instinct. instincts. In the wild, running water is often perceived as safer to drink because it's less likely to harbor contaminants. So, by providing a flowing water source, you're encouraging your cat to stay hydrated and keeping those kidney issues at bay.

Whisker-Friendly Experience

Your cat’s whiskers are a very sensitive part of their anatomy. Dipping their whiskers into narrow water bowls can be an uncomfortable experience. Water fountains, on the other hand, can offer spacious pools where they can sip without feeling like their whiskers are getting squished. It's all about providing a stress-free and comfortable drinking experience.

Entertainment Galore

Water fountains don't have to be just a hydration source; they can be a kitty entertainment center. The interactive element keeps us mentally stimulated and physically active, preventing boredom and promoting overall well-being. Try adding ice cubes or even ping-pong balls to a fountain for some extra excitement.

Say Goodbye to Stagnant Blues

Nobody likes a stale water bowl, least of all finicky felines. Water fountains circulate water continuously, preventing it from becoming a breeding ground for icky bacteria. This guarantees that your cat will have access to a constant supply of fresh water.

Purrsonal Hygiene: A Clean Fountain is a Happy Fountain

Now that you've bought your cat a fountain, let's talk about maintenance. When cats drink, they dip their tongues into the water. When you think about the bacteria in their mouth you can imagine how quickly the water can become contaminated. Just like we scoop the litter boxes daily, it's essential to keep our water fountain spick and span for optimal health benefits.

Daily Cleaning Rituals:

Imagine slurping water from a bowl that's sitting for a few days. Even though the water in

your fountain is constantly circulating, the accumulation of biofilm from your cat’s tongue will turn it into a “cauldron of cat spit” – not the most appetizing thought.

Daily cleaning ensures that their water source remains an attractive resource. Wipe down the surfaces, remove any lingering fur, and give the fountain a quick rinse. This not only keeps the water fresh but also prevents the buildup of grime and potential bacterial growth.

Fountain ready to be cleaned

Weekly Deep Dive:

Even though you’re dumping, rinsing, and refreshing the water daily, the fountain can still use a deep clean every week. Disassemble the parts, scrub away any stubborn residue, and sanitize thoroughly. This prevents mineral deposits, mold, and other unsavory elements from taking residence in the nooks and crannies of our fountains. A weekly deep clean ensures that the fountain continues to be a beacon of freshness, that your cats will want to return to.

Why the Fuss?

You might wonder, "Why go through all this trouble?" Well, water and dirty fountains can become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to potential health issues. Just as you wouldn't want to sip from a glass that hasn't been washed, your cats prefer their water sources to be pristine. Regular cleaning not only maintains the purity of the water but also extends the life of the fountain, ensuring it remains a reliable fixture in the daily lives of your cats.

Fountain Shopping 101: Finding the Paw-fect Oasis

Now that we've established the feline-approved wonders of water fountains, let's talk about the art of choosing the right one for your cat. With the market flooded (no pun intended!) with options, it's crucial to consider a few key factors before spending your hard-earned money.

Size Matters:

Before you get carried away with stylish designs, consider the size of the fountain. It should be proportional to your cat's needs. Smaller fountains are suitable for single-cat households, while larger, multi-tiered fountains accommodate the water demands of multiple cats.

orange tabby drinking from ceramic fountain

Material World:

Fountains come in various materials, from plastic to stainless steel and ceramic. Opt for materials that are easy to clean, non-toxic, and durable. Stainless steel is excellent for resisting bacterial growth, while ceramic adds a touch of elegance to your cat's hydration station.

Noise Level:

Cats are notorious for their acute hearing, and a noisy water fountain can be a major turn-off. Look for fountains with quiet motors to ensure a soothing and stress-free drinking experience. You and your cat will appreciate the serene ambiance.

Easy Cleaning:

As we discussed earlier, regular cleaning is paramount. Choose a fountain with parts that are easy to disassemble and clean. Some models even come with dishwasher-safe components, making the cleaning process a breeze for busy humans.

Style and Design:

siamese cat drinking from fountain

While your cat might not care about aesthetics, you probably do! Choose a fountain that complements your home decor while meeting your cat's needs. After all, a stylish fountain can be a win-win for both you and your cat.

Water Flow Options:

Cats have varying preferences when it comes to water flow. Some prefer a gentle trickle, while others enjoy a bubbling brook. Look for fountains with adjustable flow settings to cater to your cat's unique taste. It's all about making their hydration experience as customizable as possible.

Budget Considerations:

Last but not least, consider your budget. There are fantastic options available across a range of price points. While it might be

tempting to go for the most extravagant fountain, choose one that aligns with both your budget and your cat's needs. Remember, it's the functionality that matters most.

By considering these factors, you'll be well on your way to selecting the purr-fect fountain for both you and your cat.

In conclusion, there are many options on the market that will ensure that you are providing your cat with the water fountain of their dreams. Keep those cleaning supplies at the ready, embrace the daily wipe-downs, and commit to the weekly fountain deep-clean session. Your vigilant efforts will not go unnoticed, and your feline friend will reward you with purrs of gratitude and continued good health. After all, a clean fountain is a happy fountain, and a happy fountain makes for one contented cat.


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