What Really Matters?
Ease of Assembly
Many water fountains will need to be assembled once they arrive. Consider how the assembly of the product works. Most people don’t have time to spend hours of frustration on the assembly process. Make sure that the product comes with full instructions if an assembly is required.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Keeping your cat’s water bowl and fountain clean is essential. Without frequently cleaning the device, bacteria can accumulate, and the filters may not work effectively. This could be harmful for your cat. Consider how easy it is to clean the product in which you are interested. Do not waste too much time cleaning the product. Take extra care to read through the product description to ensure that cleaning is not a tedious task. Most products will come with a description of the cleaning process. Be sure to opt for one with quick and easy maintenance.
Regular tap water can be filled with harmful chemicals. You also run the risk of having pathogens collect in the water while it sits in the bowl. This is why you must be sure that the product you decide to buy comes with a water filtration system or be prepared to clean the bowl much more frequently. There are different filtration systems used. Some products use charcoal to collect pathogens and any harmful particles that may collect in the water. There are also activated carbon filters and ionized filtration systems.
The capacity is also something you will want to check. This criterion is more up to personal preference. Consider how many cats you have. The more cats you own, the more water will be needed. Aim to buy a product with a larger capacity if there are multiple cats that will be drinking from the fountain.
Some cat water fountains make a lot of noise. This can keep you up at night and even scare your cat away from the water bowl. Some devices, however, are built with a special pump that doesn’t make so much noise.
This is another personal factor. Consider how much you can afford to pay. Take this into consideration when searching for a fountain.
What’s in Right Now?
People are opting more for cat water fountains that are equipped with technology that helps to reduce energy consumption. This is an important factor since these devices are turned on most of the time. With smart home technology, customers also tend to prefer water fountains that can pair with smartphones.
$10 to $20 gets you a basic bowl-based fountain.
$20 to $60 gets you a fountain with a filtration system.
$60 to $100 can get you a smart device.
What are the benefits of a cat water fountain?
A cat water fountain has two major benefits. First, it allows you to provide cats with enough water to last them for the entire day in one container. A single refill per day will usually be enough. Second, it provides a constant stream of water, which helps to promote drinking and also reduces the risk of collected bacteria, as pathogens are known to make still water its breeding ground.
How safe is a cat water fountain for my pet?
A cat water fountain is generally considered to be a safe product as long as you ensure that the device’s materials are non-toxic. Look for fountains made from quality stainless steel. Also, be sure that any plastic or resin used in the device is marked as BPA-free.
What should I do if my cat doesn’t drink from the fountain?
Some cats might find a water fountain to be “something new”. The good news here is that cats are most often drawn toward running water compared to still water. Thus, most cats are likely to start drinking from the product immediately. If your cat does not, then consider trying a different setting; read the manual to see if the faucet can be adjusted. Also, listen to the device–if it is noisy, this might be what is scaring your cat away.