When it comes to providing drinking water for our cats, we want the water to be clean, cool, and plentiful. We want our cats to drink more water because it helps them stay healthy. They will typically drink more if the water is aerated and fresh because it tastes good to them. This is beyond the ability of the standard bowl of water, because stagnant stale water is not as appealing to our feline friends. Even if we change it frequently, it won't be as desirable as fresh clean-running water. In this article we will consider the advantages and disadvantages of 7 modern cat water fountains.

PetSafe Drinkwell Ceramic Pagoda Fountain for Pets


The PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain is a very modern looking unit that provides a dual stream of constantly circulating, cascading, double-filtered water in a ceramic fountain. The Pagoda fountain measures 10.6 by 12.2 by 8.4 inches, and the shipping weight is 6.9 pounds.

The Pagoda combines fashion and function by providing you with a stylish home accessory that also provides 70 oz. of fresh-flowing, filtered water for your pets. The hygienic ceramic design is non-porous and easy-to-clean. The activated carbon, coconut shell filters help absorb molecules out of tap water that can contribute to poor taste and smells. An added foam filter helps protect the pump from pet hair and other debris. All this with the end goal of making your pet’s water as appealing as possible so they will drink more. The Pagoda Fountain is available in 4 colors: Porcelain White, Stoneware Red, Taupe or Himalayan Blue.

The dual free-falling streams infuses oxygen for freshness and encourages pets to drink more water. The 70 oz. capacity is ideal for small or medium sized pets. The replaceable carbon water filter is effective in removing any bad tastes or odors , and keeps the circulating water fresh. The porcelain is non-porous and therefore more hygenic than other popular materials such as plastic or metal. The unit is designed with an upper and lower dish for added comfort. Cleaning the unit is easy as it is designed to be safe for cleaning on the top shelf of your dishwasher.

Give your pet the fresh water they need. With the Drinkwell Pagoda Pet Fountain from PetSafe, your pet can enjoy filtered, fresh water every day. This ceramic fountain uses a pump to re-circulate water, continually passing it through two filtration systems. The foam filter removes debris and hair and the activated carbon filter removes any bad tastes and odor from the water. The water in your pet’s Pagoda fountain is constantly moving, inhibiting the growth of bacteria while also encouraging your pet to drink more.

Modern Design

With multiple styles and color options, ceramic fountains from PetSafe Brand fit seamlessly with modern home decor. These fountains are more than a water bowl, they are a home accessory.

Activated Carbon Filter

The carbon in our filters is derived from organic coconut shells. Activated carbon absorbs basic water contaminants, as well as chlorine from tap water. This helps improve the taste and remove odors from basic drinking water.

Free-Falling Streams

Free-falling streams help circulate fresh water and provide your pet with multiple drinking areas: the top, the two streams and the bottom bowl.

Hygienic and Easy to Clean

The ceramic material of the Avalon pet fountain is top-rack dishwasher safe. The pieces can easily be disassembled for cleaning.

pros:

· Easy to clean - dishwasher safe

· Very quiet

pros:

· Easy to clean - dishwasher safe

· Very quiet

cons:

· It does not automatically shut off if the water level gets too low

By using this unit in conjunction with a Britta-type filter pitcher to filter water for your pet-fountain, you will find it very economical and efficient than using bottled water. The pitcher filters out anything that can clog the filter and calcium which can cause scale, but the water will have healthy trace minerals left in.

Catit Flower Fountain


The Catit Flower Fountain is based on the successful Catit Drinking Fountain and has a fresh, unique design that allows up to 3 different water flow settings to appeal to picky drinkers. When plugged in without accessories, the Flower Fountain provides a gently flowing water surface. Inserting the flower accessory creates long, faucet-like streams of water. The flower is easy to add to (or remove from) the fountain. Adding the flower cap will tone down the bubbling water on top, so give this setting a try if your cat would rather play with the water than drink from it. The Flower Fountain is easy to disassemble and clean and has an ergonomic design matching the Catit Multi Feeder (#43741). Combine the two for a complete dining experience. The Catit Flower Fountain is compatible with the Catit Senses 2.0 Water Softening Filters (#43744). The fountain measures 8.3 x 8.3 x 7.3 inches, and weighs 1.8 pounds , though the shipping weight is a little heavier (2.2 pounds) due to packaging. It comes equipped with a 4 1/2 foot electrical supply cord.

The three different water flow settings offers maximum oxygenation for fresher, better tasting water for picky cats. The unit includes a dual-action water softening filter and a small energy-efficient pump. The fountain is designed to complement the matching ergonomic design of the matching Catit Multi Feeder (#43741), the two units may be combined for a complete and elegant dining experience

· Compact and Ergonomic Design

The water reservoir holds 3 liters of water and is designed to take up little floor space, and provides a stress-free surface at comfortable height for adults and kittens.

· Proven design features

The reservoir is opaque, which keeps the water fresh for longer. Features 2 extra water flow settings.

· Multi-filter included

The Catit Flower Fountain includes a dual-action water softening filter (refill sets available separately). The filter continuously purifies and softens hard tap water, while also retaining stray hairs, sediment and debris.

pros:

· Easy to clean

· Cute design - Modern look

· Fairly quiet (full with clean filter)

cons:

· Some cats think it's a toy at first

· Could be quieter

· No sight-glass - hard to tell how much water is in it

PetSafe Drinkwell Ceramic Avalon Fountain for Pets


The Avalon is essentially identical to the Pagoda (see review above), just a different shape. Just choose the shape you like better. Both have a 70 oz water capacity, though the Avalon is a little larger at 12.2 by 12.2 by 8.3 inches. However, the Avalon is a little lighter at 6.1 pounds compared to the Pagoda at 6.9 pounds. The cord is a little over 5 feet in length.

The PetSafe Drinkwell Porcelain Avalon Fountain continuously recirculates and filters your pet’s water, keeping it cleaner and fresher than a normal water bowl. The Avalon fountain offers 70 ounces of fresh, filtered water in a stylish ceramic design that is easy to clean and looks great in your home. The upper and lower dishes provide two drinking areas for your pets and the circular design makes it easily approachable. Dual free-falling streams add oxygen for freshness and encourage pets to drink more

pros:

· Quiet operation

· Free-falling water streams

· Hygenic and easy to clean

· Interesting modern design

Ceramic surface

cons:

· No flow control adjustment

· A little pricey

· Requires regular maintenance

· Easy to break the ceramic tube when cleaning if not careful

Cats Rule Frog Watering Hole Water Fountain


The watering hole automatic fresh water fountain is whimsical and functional. This great-looking indoor fresh water fountain provides a continuous flow of fresh, filtered water for your cats. And at a much lower price than other fountains on the market. Water streams out of the frog's mouth. It comes completely assembled and is convenient, easy to use and easy to clean. Cats love the sound and action of water flowing. Research has shown that flowing water actually encourages cats to drink more, which is great for their health. Especially good for cats who consume more dry food as they need more water. Fountain comes with 2 active carbon filters. Each filter lasts 4 - 6 weeks depending upon the number of cats using the fountain. This polypropylene fountain is not for outdoor use. The frog is made of food-safe plastic resin. Capacity is 1.8-quarts/1.7 liters of water. This unit is comparatively light (only 2.2 pounds), and is perhaps better used by smaller pets like kittens who will be less likely to tip it over. For dog lovers, this fountain can also be used by small to medium sized dogs.

pros:

  • Cats love the action and sound of water flowing
  • Comes completely assembled and easy to use
  • Inexpensive
  • Cute design

cons:

· Requires too much regular maintenance

· Fairly short service life

Aspenpet Cool Flow Pet Fountain


Pets love fresh, flowing water. The Petmate ultra-quiet Fresh Flow purifying pet fountain provides naturally cool, flowing water your pet will love. This gentle fountain sends water down a smooth sloping ramp into the bowl with no splash or bubbles. And the 50 oz. capacity of the unit will satisfy a lot of thirsty pets before needing to be refilled.

Flows with Safe, Filtered Water

The Petmate Fresh Flow features include a reservoir that adds water automatically as the pet drinks and two replaceable charcoal filters that remove impurities and debris. Each filter will last approximately 30 days, depending on how many pets are using the Fresh Flow. Water is moved through the unit by a whisper-quiet AC submersible pump.

Unplugs for Easy Refills

The pump easily plugs into an AC wall adapter for convenient disconnection during refills. The 50 oz. Fresh Flow assembles easily with no tools in minutes and measures 14.1”x10.1”x7.7”.

The Petmate Fresh Flow was designed in the USA and features a translucent 50-ounce reservoir; and a replaceable charcoal filter. The unit provides a stream of naturally cool and oxygenated water that is healthy and suitable for multiple-cat households, or those with small dogs.

pros:

· Inexpensive

· Fairly quiet (unless water level is too low)

· Since the water is filtered it is fresher and cleaner than a bowl of water.

cons:

· Plastic construction

· Requires regular maintenance

· Hard to Clean

· Bowl area is on the small side

Catit Fresh & Clear Stainless Steel Top Drinking Fountain, 64 fl. oz.


Catit Fresh & Clear Stainless Steel Top Drinking Fountain provides an indoor source of fresh circulating water that will encourage your cat to drink more. It provides clean, oxygenated water that your feline needs. The fountain includes one replaceable premium carbon filter (replacement filters sold separately). The Catit Fresh & Clear Stainless Steel Top Drinking Fountain is perfect for puppies and small dogs and will be sure to keep them hydrated all day. This is a 64 fluid ounce stainless steel/plastic hybrid drinking fountain that measures 6.4 by 8.5 by 8.5 inches. It tips the scale at 2.5 pounds. The electrical supply cord measures 5ft 3 in.

The fountain is designed to provides a continuous supply of fresh and filtered water as long as the power remains on. The re-circulating system cools and aerates the water, thereby inhibiting bacteria growth. The unit comes with a premium replaceable carbon filter (replacement filters sold separately).

pros:

· Easy to clean

· Fairly quiet operation

· Filters easy to install

cons:

· Water level drops to undrinkable level during power outages

· No sight glass - hard to tell how much water is in it

PetSafe Drinkwell Stainless Steel Zen Water Fountain


The PetSafe Drinkwell Zen provides 1 gallon of fresh, filtered water in a stainless steel bowl. This fountain features an extra-wide, free-falling stream that draws oxygen into the water, making it more appealing to drink. The stainless steel bowl is easy to clean and provides a large drinking area for pets of all sizes. The activated carbon filter removes bad tastes and odors, keeping water fresh. The fountain measures 13.4 by 13.4 by 6.3 inches, and weighs 3.1 pounds.

Features:

  • 128 ounce water capacity is great for pets of all sizes or multiple pets
  • Wide, free-falling stream of water entices pets to drink more
  • Includes replaceable carbon water filter that removes bad tastes and odors, keeping water fresh
  • Receiving ramp reduces splash and sound of falling water
  • Made with BPA Free plastic
  • Large stainless steel drinking bowl is hygienic and top-shelf dishwasher safe

The fountain is very wide, and provides a free-falling water stream to add more oxygen for freshness, encouraging pets to drink more water. Any bad tastes or odors are removed by the replaceable activated carbon filter resulting in fresher, better-tasting water. The unit is designed with a special receiving ramp reduces splash and sound of falling water.

This fountain features a submersible pump for safe and quiet operation, and a stainless steel bowl that is easy to clean and very hygienic. The electrical requirements are for a low-voltage, 12V system with inline plug which provides safe operation and easy pump removal. The electrical supply cord is 5.5 feet in length. The low voltage usage means low power consumption - so the unit is very economical and operates for only pennies a day. As for routine care, other than the pump itself, the unit is top-shelf dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

pros:

· Stainless Steel construction

· Quit operation

· Easy to set up, take apart and clean

cons:

· Motor will burn out if the fountain runs dry

· No reservoir tank

· The lightweight plastic head could be accidentally removed by really energetic cats

Conclusion:

1. The PetSafe Drinkwell Ceramic Pagoda or Avalon Fountains are excellent fountains, though a little on the pricey side. But that is because of the ceramic construction.

2. If you are looking for high water capacity, we suggest the PetSafe Drinkwell Stainless Steel Zen Water Fountain which holds 1 gallon of water.

3. The Catit Flower Fountain may be a good choice for the budget-minded.

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