Avoid Your Cat Dehydrated
The simple skin turgor test, shown in the video above, could potentially save your cat’s life by helping you recognize dehydration and take action promptly.
Best Cat Water Fountains
- Look for a model made from ceramic or stainless steel.
Plastic ones should be avoided. You should choose a ceramic or a stainless steel cat fountain. Plastic can easily become scratched, and these scratches can harbor bacteria. Cats are very prone to a condition called feline acne(1) which results from coming into contact with the bacteria that can lurk unseen in scratches on plastic water and feed bowls. This is an unpleasant and distressing condition for your cat that requires a visit to the vet.
- Choose a model with a quiet pump.
Cats are easily frightened, so the best water fountain will have a very quiet pump that will not frighten your cat or discourage him from drinking.
The Pioneer Pet Fountain is reccommended
From my research, the model that best meets the criteria I have set out above is the ‘Raindrop,’ as shown in the video above. I like it best because:
- This Pioneer Pet Drinking Fountain is available in either heavy-duty ceramic or stainless steel.
- The flowing water encourages your cat to drink and avoids problems that can be caused by dehydration.
- Because of the ceramic or stainless steel, the cat fountain is really hygienic and easy to clean so your cat will not get feline acne from unseen bacteria.
- It has a large capacity, so if you have more than one cat, there will still be adequate drinking water even if you are away from home all day.
- The whole unit is very easy to clean once you have removed the pump unit, which just sits on the base under the top section by means of suction cups. The ceramic parts (or the stainless steel if you have chosen this option) can easily be washed by hand and can be popped into the dishwasher if required.
Treat Your Cat Right
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the benefits of cat fountains for you and your cat and that you found it helpful to read about the features to look for if you are considering purchasing one.
The bottom line is, all cats love to drink running water, and some cats need some persuasion to ensure they remain adequately hydrated, especially if they are on a dry food diet. Buying a suitable drinking water fountain for your cat is an expense, for sure, but it could save you money on vet’s bills in the long term and help to ensure your cat remains free of the health problems associated with dehydration.
It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.