Cat life recommendations: water fountains

I’ve had the thought multiple times: I should share recommendations for cat stuff on my blog. Off and on I get a lot of questions about cats so it seems like a good idea. So here it goes.

Water fountains! Water fountains are great for boy cats who have urinary issues, keeping water fresher in general, if you have especially hard water, and keeping the water a little cleaner if you have cats who like to play.

We had a cat with urinary issues so we’ve just continued to use fountains. I’ve tried at least 4 different types/brands of fountains. Every fountains weakest point is the pump. The kind where a plastic thing snaps into a plastic bowl/reservoir eventually breaks or leaks. I recommend a fountain that bubbles over one with a waterfall. More cats don’t like splashing water. Some definitely do!

The last fountains we’ve used are the Pioneer raindrop. The ceramic style is fantastic except that the pump lives in this little plastic case full of crannies to catch dirt and grime. The filter is also made with plastic and I decided to stop using it so I could stop throwing away chunks of plastic. Filters were more expensive too.

Next we switched to the plastic version of the same fountain, partly because it’s dishwasher safe. The filter is the more standard style, with no plastic parts. We had a lot of issues with the water level causing trouble with the pump flow. Also I think the filters were of inconsistent quality and would help cause the water level issues. The issues could start 5 days after cleaning the fountain and replacing the filter. All this leads to a water pump that’s going to die faster.

Side note: This style of fountain is also good because it has running water and a flat surface like in a bowl – if you have super picky pets.

Here’s some pictures of that fountain.

You can see the large open water surface where a cat can dump toys or stick in their feet. Also the pump top is right at the surface of the water. You have to be diligent with the water level. And then there’s the underside of the top with the little ridges for dirt to collect in.

Here’s the fountain I set up today. It had higher reviews on Amazon than the Pioneer fountains. It also keeps the water level significantly higher than the top of the pump.

Some pictures. (Don’t mind my mess in that first one. I do recommend that book for any writers reading this.)

Also, the filter is all fabric and I like that. It’s the round thing in the second picture. I don’t know the cost of the filters. This fountain also has a flat easy to clean bowl.

Finally, I’m intrigued by the different options for the water flow and I hope the cats are okay with it since the surface of the water is safe from food or dirt. Videos to give you an idea on the water flow options. (Gah! I did videos in portrait mode!)