A cat water fountain may sound a little extravagant to some and to be honest with you i thought so too when I first heard of them. But after seeing the benefits of them for my cats I really do think they are a good way to provide your cats with clean fresh water day or night.
Cats do get some of their hydration from their wet food but that's not a lot so cats do need to take on other water supplies. The trouble is if the only other sources are dirty puddles with all sorts in them then they run the risk of picking up a tummy bug.
Most people don't realise that cat dehydration can be a serious and even life threatening condition and can be caused by many things such as:
If a easily supply of fresh drinking water is not available than this can quickly cause severe dehydration in your cat (they only need to loss 5% of their natural water balance to cause serious problems).
Our first cat Little Mo suffered from constant urinary infections causing her to pass block in her urine which we could see was very painful and distressing for her. After many courses of medication from the vet we finally solved the problem for good by making her drink more water by giving her only dry food and a ready supply of fresh drinking water 9the dry food made her feel extra thirsty and this made her drink whereas wet food didn't).
Our current two male cats (male cats are more prone to urinary crystal build up if they don't drink enough), have always had fresh water to drink and have never suffered any problems.
OK you may say why bother with a cat water fountain when your cat could drink from a bowl or even from the tap?
Well firstly, many of us work all day and so we are not around all the time to be able to make sure the tap is on or dripping. Plus i don't like to leave a pat on. Secondly, would you like to drink warm stagnant water? Not very refreshing i would think.
The benefits of using a water fountain for your cat are:
There are several different designs available these days and just like anything else in this life they range in prices too depending on their benefits such as a quieter motor etc.
I have picked out a couple which I have either used myself or have examined in the shops and which I think provide the best value and benefits for you and your cat.
Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design
This is a smaller option with a rather nice look to it. This may be a better option for you if you live in a smaller home as it won't take up too much space.
I hope you found this article useful and helped you to decide whether or not a cat water fountain is something you would like to provide for your cat too.