16 Jan Are pet drinking fountains a good idea?
Have you ever found your cat on top of the counter trying to get a drink of water from the tap? Or have you ever caught your dog trying to get a drink of water out of a cup?
If this is the case, you may have considered getting a pet drinking fountain. Is it really worth it to buy a pet drinking fountain? What do you think?
Water and cats
Pet drinking fountains are often purchased for cats. Cats are known to be difficult when it comes to water. Our four-legged family members, for the most part, often do not receive enough fluids in a day. Urinary obstructions, a serious feline emergency, may result from this.
When it comes to their water dish, cats are notoriously picky. A lot of cats will turn up their nose at a dish if they feel it is too low, too small or if the water in it is not clean. Cats prefer to drink for clean sources and will often avoid stagnant water. Cats like pet drinking fountains because they are running water. In the wild, cats often drink from streams and other sources of running water. Cats also do not like warm water, just like you, they prefer cool water.
Pet drinking fountains for cats can alleviate these typical problems. You’ll often notice that your cat is visiting the water bowl more often, and that he is really drinking. Their renal health is improved, undesirable crystals are flushed from the bladder, and their coat is kept silky and lustrous by drinking enough of water. Keeping them off the counter and out of your drinking glass is an added benefit.
They can benefit dogs too, for many of the same reasons.
Types of pet drinking fountains
Basically, pet drinking fountains are all based on the same concept. As the water passes through a series of filters, it is propelled upward into a bubbler or fountain stream by a motorised pump. The flow of the water maintains it aerated, clean, and cold, all of which appeal to your cat’s senses.
They’re usally made from BPA-free plastic. The most widely accessible and moderately resistant to breaking form of plastic available. Ceramic is also a common choice but, in a family, where there is a lot of commotion, ceramic may not be the ideal choice. In terms of materials, stainless steel is the strongest.
Cat owners are constantly looking for methods to improve their cats’ health and happiness, but are pet drinking fountains really worth it? A look at the advantages and disadvantages will help you make up your mind. Firstly, they’re enticing for pets and will encourage them to drink more water.
In comparison to a typical water bowl, fountain reservoirs store far more water. There’s no need to worry about running out of product. The water flow rate may be adjusted on a number of the fountains.
It’s a given that the fountain must be plugged into a power source. Battery-operated fountains aren’t available for purchase and the need to plug them in can be an issue as they can create a tripping hazard.
Additionally, motorised fountains are more expensive than the average water dish. You’ll also have to buy and maintain the filters in addition to the fountain. Over time, it adds up.
The top rack of the dishwasher is where most contemporary fountains fit. On the other hand, what about the pump? You’ll have to wash it by hand. Additionally, if you have fluffy cats, the pump may get clogged due to hair.
Depending on the fountain motor, the noise level might range from very low to very high. When water levels fall, they all produce a terrible grinding noise.