Someone mentioned that they were on the look out for a water fountain for cats. For things like these, I always look at what is available outside India first. It helps you understand what are the products that are available and what are the functions you are looking at. This is simply because India does not have many products that are designed with cats in mind. Those that are available are usually expensive. Sometimes ordering a product and paying the shipping still makes better sense than buying in India!
WATER FOUNTAIN FOR CATS: THE VARIOUS VARIETIES
Choosing a water fountain for cats is not exactly an easy job. There are a number of different varieties of fountains in the market. While many people may find that the concept of buying a water fountain for cats is silly, people who have cats will attest to the fact that cats love flowing water. In fact, a number of cats love to drink from the tap. A water fountain for cats solves the need to continuously open the tap and also prevents the water wastage.
An interesting fact to note is that according to Wikipedia, a water fountain is also called a bubbler. I suppose that this is because of the sound the drinking water makes as it continuously runs from the tap into the basin.
Let’s take a look at some of the fastest selling water fountains in the market!
THE PETSAFE DRINKWELL PLATINUM PET FOUNTAIN
Among all the water fountains for cats that are available on the internet, the Petsafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet fountain has the highest ranking. With over 6,500 buyers, this product still has a 4.3 star review. I consider this pretty awesome.
The Petsafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet fountain is designed to have a capacity of 168 ounces. Due to this large capacity it works well for pets of all sizes.
A problem that a water fountain for cats usually faces is keeping the water fresh and odor free. This product does this by using a replaceable carbon water filter. Not only does this filter help remove odors, it also helps remove bad taste. That’s why it isn’t a wonder that pets find the filter appeasing.
Another plus point in this water fountains favor is the fact that the plastic is dishwasher friendly. This means that this product is easy to wash and clean.
You may at times notice a that the motor is humming loudly. In such situations, all that you need to do is check the water levels. Ensure that the water level is always above the minimum requirement and the humming noise will go away instantly!
The video below that is provided by PetSafe on Youtube gives you a visual understanding of how this water fountain for cats works.
THE CAT MATE PET FOUNTAIN
The Cat Mate Pet fountain is one of the highly recommended fountains on the internet. The interesting part about this water fountain for cats is the multi-height drinking levels. This gives the cat (or any other pet) the option to drink water from wherever it wants.
When compared to the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet fountain, you will find that the Cat Mate Pet fountain has a smaller storage capacity.
This water fountain for cats can store only 70 ounces of water. That’s why this product is suitable for cats and small dogs only!
This water fountain for cats function by using a low voltage power supply. It comes with a 10 foot long cord which is long enough to reach most plug points. The filtration of the water is done by using a polymer carbon filter which is very effective.
THE DRINK WELL 360 PET FOUNTAIN
The Drink Well 360 Pet fountain is very different from the other water fountains wee have discussed. For one thing, this water fountain for cats is made of stainless steel. The others were made of plastic. This means that it is easy to clean.
The way that the water falls from the fountain is also interesting. It doesn’t fall as a single stream.
It falls from all angles of the spout. That is why it is called the 360 Pet fountain! The free falling streams range from one to five and you can adjust them according to your liking.
This water fountain for cats has a large storage capacity (i.e. 128 ounces). It can be used for multiple cats as well other animals of all sizes. The water is passed through a carbon filter and a foam filter which are removable and replaceable. These filters help to remove everything from pet hair to foul odor and bad taste!
Take a look at the PetSafe video below for a visual description of the Drink Well 360 Pet fountain.
PETSAFE DRINKWELL STAINLESS STEEL ZEN WATER FOUNTAIN
The PetSafe Drinkwell Stainless Steel Zen Water fountain has a storage capacity of 128 ounces. This makes it perfect for pets of all sizes. The sound of the wide free falling water serves as the attraction for most pets and entices them to drink.
This water fountain for cats uses a carbon filter just like the other products we spoke about. It helps remove impurities, improves the taste and gets rid of foul odor.
The stainless steel makes the device easy to use and safe to be placed in a dishwasher.
HYDRATION: A FEW POINTS TO NOTE
I sifted through a lot of information when I was searching for a water fountain for cats. Most of it was relevant but this one particular video by PetSafe on tests for hydration caught my eye. The describe simple tests that you can use to check if your cat/dog is hydrated. So before you switch off, do check and see if you find the video as useful as I did.