What's your experience with cat water fountain

Cat fountain - sense or nonsense?

Wild house tiger or cuddly velvet paw, regular fluid intake is very important for every cat. A variety of cat fountains are available to encourage cats to drink. How useful is such an aid?
As a two-legged cat friend, you can help your darling to take in enough fluids. A good cat fountain can help optimize the water supply. In this way you can possibly prevent long-term kidney and urinary tract diseases. The flowing water encourages many cats to drink. Clearly, water is the drink of choice for adult cats. In the wild, cats make use of all kinds of "sources" such as puddles, streams and pools.

Always offer water

A water bowl with clean drinking water that is washed out and refilled at least every two days is the least you should offer your cat. Like us humans, cats don't like detergent residues, so rinse the container well after cleaning.
Cats show a special behavior when eating: They do not eat and drink in the same place. In order to comply with this natural separation, the drinking point should be positioned at a certain distance from the food.

How much fluid does a cat need?

Every cat is unique, which can also be seen in its drinking behavior. The fluid requirement changes depending on whether it is an outdoor animal who likes to catch mice or a cat who stays in the apartment and mainly eats dry food. The natural hunt provides the animal with a relatively high proportion of liquid, while the water requirement tends to increase, for example through dry food.
Veterinarians assume a requirement of 40 to 60 milliliters of water per kilogram of body weight, with an adult cat weighing five kilograms this results in a requirement of around 250 milliliters, i.e. a quarter of a liter of water per day.
But it is not the case that every cat has to drink at least a “quarter” every day. Wet food contains over 75% water and already covers a large part of the requirement. The situation is different with dry food: it contains relatively little water and the cat also has to drink more.

Running water has a stimulating effect

In contrast to the simple drinking bowl, the cat fountain provides the cat with running water. From a basin filled with water, the fountain pumps the liquid upwards in a circuit, where it flows back into the bowl over a smooth surface, a ball or a small faucet.
Change the water regularly, at the latest after a week or when deposits form. Depending on the number of cats using the fountain and the temperature of the surroundings, the cleaning interval will be shorter. Basically: it's better to change more often. Then the cat's desire for fresh water remains.

Get used to the cat fountain

As with all new things, you should give your cat time to get used to them. For now, leave the drinking fountain switched off and fill the basin with water. Wait a while, at least until the thirsty velvet paw has drunk in peace. Then you can switch on the fountain, preferably first on the lowest level. Once your cat has got used to the deliciously fresh, flowing water, you can adjust the pump to suit your cat best. Just try it out together with your four-legged friend.

Cats have very individual drinking habits

As mysterious as the four-legged animal friends are sometimes, is their drinking behavior. Cat lovers often do not even know where their favorites are helping themselves. The velvet paws also like to drink in places that should remain undiscovered: the aquarium, flower vases or other places where open water can be found. Therefore, as a cat lover, you should make sure that such unsuitable drinking places are closed or remain clean so that an excessive number of germs do not form there.
You should also always keep in mind that drinking too much or refusing to drink fluids can be a reason for going to the vet. Various health causes are possible. Therefore, pay close attention to your cat's behavior.