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Reasons why a pet drinking water fountain is good for your indoor cat

Cat and kittens drinking from pet fountain
Not all cats are extremely fussy when it comes to their drinking water. Some felines will be quite happy with a simple water bowl placed near their food bowl. But there are some cats who just won’t drink from a bowl. Instead you will find them clambering around your kitchen or bathroom sinks, hoping for a dripping tap or some running water!

Why is fresh clean water essential for your cat?

Why is fresh clean water essential for your cat?
Most cats won’t drink from their bowl unless their water is fresh. And who can blame them? Imagine drinking a glass of water, which has become warm with tiny bits of debris floating about in it!
It’s extremely important that your cat drinks from a clean drinking bowl or fountain. And that the water is either changed on a regular basis, or if you use a fountain, the water is pumped, filtered and cleaned.
Clean fresh water helps your pet’s kidneys to function properly and improved kidney function can reduce the risk of urinary disease FUS and kidney stones or crystals.

Why running water is essential to better pet health

Electronic water fountains for indoor or outdoor cat
Cats, dogs and other household pets like (and prefer) to drink from a running water source. Fresh, running water also encourages your pet to drink more and therefore keep them hydrated.
In nature, moving water is much fresher than stagnant or still water. The movement constantly breaks the surface tension of the water and draws oxygen from the air into the water. This process is called aeration and it makes the water more appealing to drink. Pets like cats and dogs may be drawn by instinct to moving water for this reason.
Research shows that one of the best ways to improve your pet’s health is to get them to drink more water, and the best way to do that is with pet drinking fountains. Constant circulation also inhibits bacteria growth keeping the pet fountain much cleaner.
Reasons why a drinking fountain will benefit your indoor cat

Reasons why a drinking fountain will benefit your indoor cat

Hydration: Providing your cat with a pet drinking fountain will ensure they will have enough water during the day, especially if you are out all day. Small cat bowls can be easily emptied on a hot day or even tipped over. A drinking fountain will have a large water capacity that will keep your cat hydrated for hours.
Clean fresh water: A pet drinking fountain is an ideal way of providing your indoor cat with clean and fresh running water. Most fountains are designed with a pump and filter included so the water is circulated around the appliance and clean filtered water is readily available. The water circulation process increases the oxygen content and ensures that the water tastes fresh, cool and pure. The pumping of the water also inhibits bacteria growth keeping the pet fountain much cleaner.
Better health: Running water encourages pets to drink more water, which is essential when the weather is warm and your cat needs to be kept hydrated. Clean fresh water also helps your pet’s kidneys to function properly. Improved kidney function can reduce the risk of urinary disease FUS and kidney stones or crystals.
Recommended by vets: Pet water fountains are a pretty new concept but they are steadily catching on. They are also recommended by vets too, because it has been proven to help improve your pet’s health and general well being.

Cleaning and maintaining your cat’s water fountain

Pet Fountain cleaning kit
The majority of pet drinking water fountains are powered by the mains. They simply plug in and switch on. The water is added into the resevoir and this is then circulated and filtered and will provide your cat with pure clean water.
To keep this in excellent working order it’s very important that the fountain itself, the pump and filters are checked and cleaned on a regular basis.
Cleaning the water fountain: The water fountain should be cleaned once a week using a soft sponge and a mild soap like washing up liquid. Rinse well to avoid leaving traces of the soap behind. Remove the filter and rinse well. The filter should NOT be cleaned with soap. If the filter contains any dirt or other foreign substances, then it should be replaced. Your fountain should arrive with a filter but replacement filters are sold separately. Limescale can sometimes build up on water fountains depending on your water hardness. Limescale is best treated using household vinegar or a limescale remover. But make sure the fountain is well rinsed to remove any vinegar or limescale remover residue.
Replacing the filter: Usually the filter should be replaced every three weeks or so. Or as soon as you see signs of foreign substance saturation which has found it’s way into the filter. Things like dirt, bits of old food, hairs, etc. Filters may need to be changed on a more regular basis depending on the environment, water quality or if it is serving several animals.
Cleaning the water fountain pump: Your pump should be cleaned every 2 – 4 weeks minimum. Regular cleaning will extend its life and prevent operating noise developing which is caused by lime scale. The fountain pump must be de-scaled with vinegar water every 2-4 weeks.
Check out recommended Pet Fountain Cleaning Kits on Amazon.
Check out recommended Pet Fountain Replacement Filters on Amazon.

Finding the right water fountain for your indoor cat or kitten

Each cat and their specific requirements are different, so finding the right water fountain is essential. Check out our ‘Top Tips on buying the right water fountain for your indoor cat’ for some great advice.
Below are some recommended pet drinking water fountains for indoor cats and kittens.
Drinking and water fountains for indoor cats