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Water Fountain For Cats:
Have you ever seen your cat trying to dig up the ground around her water bowl, prior to settling down for a good lapping? Or maybe she will only drink from the faucet in your bath? One of the main reasons for these interesting cat behaviors – if not the entire reason, I believe, is that cats much prefer for their drinking water to be moving.
Maybe it is a natural instinct that knows that running water is cleaner and fresher than still water. I don’t know, but have my suspicions and the fact remains that cats love to drink from running water.
As many of us now deny our cats access to the great outdoors, effectively removing their ability to satisfy these primal needs themselves, a lot of owners are finding benefits in providing water fountains for cats.
Nowadays, most owners are feeding their cats mostly on commercial food. One of the major problems with commercial foods (and there are many) is that cats are not getting enough water into their systems.
Cats are designed to get most of their fluid from the food that they eat, and because of this, felines do not have a high thirst drive. Considering that raw meat is around 70 – 80 % water, compared to around 10% water in dry food – it is easy to understand why commercially fed cats need to drink a lot more water than they naturally would.
And if you look at the bigger picture, not drinking enough water and being constantly in a state of low-level dehydration, is a significant factor in the development of health problems in cats. Most especially feline urinary tract problems. Anything you can do to encourage your cat to drink more water will help in prevention of urinary tract diseases, and sooth the symptoms of those currently suffering. The simple addition of one of the many drinking fountain for cats that are available may make a big difference to your cat’s overall health.
There is also just the simple enjoyment you can see a cat get from drinking from a water fountain. There must be some emotional sense of satisfaction in it for them too.
The Benefits Of Cat Water Fountains:
- Cats are encouraged to drink more
- Less chance of urinary tract problems
- Cats are amused and entertained by drinking fountains
- Bring a little of the outdoors inside for your indoor cat
- Provide fresh, healthy water for when you are away from home
If you are considering purchasing one of the drinking fountain for cats there are a few points that you need to carefully consider before buying one. You need to know for started that any cat drinking fountain will require regular maintenance – they are not a set-and-forget type of appliance. They need to be cleaned and have the water replenished to ensure trouble-free running, and to ensure the water is safe for your cat to drink.
Some Features To Look For In Drinking Fountains For Cats:
- Long lasting supply
- Provide a safe water supply
- Ease of cleaning
- Easily accessed filters and supplies
- Good guarantee
- Long life expectancy with trouble free functioning
Below I have a selection of some of the water fountain for cats products that are on the market:
|Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain:
|Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain:
|Hagen Catit Design Fresh Clear Cat Drinking Fountain:
|The Pioneer Pet Fountain – Raindrop Design:
|Pioneer Big Max Cat Fountain In Stainless Steel:
|Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain In Stainless Steel:
|Drinkwell 70oz Ceramic Pagoda Cat Fountain:
|Pioneer Ceramic Drinking Fountain: