7 Trendy Pet Fountains Keep Cats And Dogs From Dehydration
Fresh running water does have great appeal, even to pets. Take cats, for example: it's the rare one who will even drink from a bowl of "stagnant" water. And when you think about it, cats have it right... who wants to drink out of a bowl or a glass of water that's been sitting there for half a day or so? Perhaps that's why the latest trend in pet drinking is not the 'pet bowl,' it's the 'pet fountain,' where water flows constantly, or on demand.
This is the newest one I've seen for dogs - actually it's not ready to ship until next week - and the Doggie Fountain definitely qualifies as 'on demand.' You hook it up to a garden hose and the water is activated by your dog stepping on the pedal. You can regulate the pressure at the faucet. One thing I strongly advise is to make sure the garden hose is kept in the shade, as no dog wants to drink hot water in the summer. (Update: Due to it's popularity, this Doggie Fountain is completely sold out. Another great new dog fountain to try instead is this Alfresco Dog Fountain which looks sleek and gets great reviews. We review it in detail here.))
This sleek raindrop design makes a fountain suitable for both dogs and cats. While it doesn't add fresh water to the bowl, the charcoal filter purifies the water each time it circulates through it. The Pioneer Pet Drinking fountain is available in black ceramic and stainless steel. The bowls are available in ceramic black (holds 48 oz. of water) and stainless steel (holds 60 oz. of water) The bowls are both dishwasher safe.
This one is not new, but I do think the WaterDog is one of the best outdoor pet water fountains, and though its name says the Waterer is for dogs, it's really accessible for both dogs and cats. Hook the Waterdog up to an outdoor faucet and it senses when your pet is around and releases fresh water from the faucet. If it's mounted too high for your cat or dog to reach the spigot, they can catch the water at a lower level. (Update: The manufacturer has stopped making this fountain. To see other great outdoor dog fountains, take a look here. I think the Alfresco Outdoor Doggie Fountain looks like a good alternative. )
The CatIt Drinking Fountain, for cats and small dogs, has the advantage of being at neck level of the average height cat. It gives a fresh supply of circulating, filtered water.
For large breed dogs and older dogs with joint and muscle problems, the re-circulating water comes from a spout that can be rotating 360°, for your dog's convenience. This size Dogit Drinking Fountain holds 355 ounces! The purifying filter is similar to that shown above for the Catit Drinking Fountain.
The SinkDrink meets the needs of indoor cats who love to drink from the sink. They'll either jump into the sink, leaving their paw prints and cat fur as proof of presence, or sit on the side of the sink and drink directly from the faucet. Either way, you have to run the water, adjusting it so it's just the right intensity for your cat. Water is precious, and running it is wasteful. But the Sink Drink lets you drip the water into the kitty dish. She's see the water moving in the dish, and be happy enough to stay out of the sink.
The Drinkwell has the advantage of several recirculated streams of water, so two or three animals might drink at one time, but the streams also tend to relax the pets and humans within hearing distance. (Although the terrier seems to have the look on his face that comes just before he pounces on the cat!) The water is purified and, as with the above pet water fountains, the filters are easily available for replacement. Available at Amazon.com.
Remember to keep your pets hydrated this summer... and do the same for yourself!
That's the buzz for today!