7 Best Fresh Water 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. There are many fresh water fountains on the market, but I thought these 7 stood out as the best in terms of quality and design:
The Pagoda Fountain is a porcelain fountain that is better looking than other pet fountains. It has two levels that run free-falling streams of oxygenated water that pets can choose from. It doesn't make much noise so all you hear is the soothing sound of the water flowing. For those with hard water, the ceramic is much easier to clean and you can pop most of the pieces into the dishwasher. One of big downsides of this fountain is that like many others, it does not autofill so you will most likely want to top off the water twice a day. Is it perfect? No, but it is one of the best looking pet fountains that actually works well available on the market today.
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
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.
The Automatic Waterer is not a pet fountain but for outdoor fresh water, I think this is probably one of the best fresh water items available on the market. The waterer connects to an outdoor hose and provides a constant flow of fresh water for your pet. It's big, nice and sturdy and seems overall to work well. It gets some mixed reviews primarily because where the hose connects to the fittings, they used plastic and it can leak. But a quick trip to the home store for a brass fitting and it seems to cure the problems of a leaky connection.
Hopefully one of this fresh water fountains will work well for you pet. Remember to keep your pets hydrated this summer... and do the same for yourself!
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