One thing we’d argue every modern-day cat owner should have is a cat water fountain.
This simple piece of technology can, and will, make such a difference to the health of your cat.
There are already hundreds and thousands of happy customers out there who have made the switch.
Today, you’re going to find out why.
Dehydration and Illness
There are many illnesses that can occur from dehydration, as well as many illnesses that lead to dehydration.
We have listed some below:
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract disease
Why your cat may be dehydrated:
- No fresh water source
- Not fed wet food (good alternative source for their hydration and hunger)
- The water bowl is too close to their food or litter tray
- Sensitive whiskers – if their whiskers are touching the rim of the bowl, or if the water is too deep in the container, your cat may be reluctant to drink from it
- Painful to drink (check for lesions in mouth)
- Hot temperatures
Signs of dehydration:
- Not eating or drinking
- Dry gums/mouth
- Droopy eyes
- Lethargy (lack of energy)
- Skin tenting
Check if your cat is hydrated with the ‘skin tenting’ method:
- Pinch a piece of your cats’ skin (it won’t hurt them).
- Pull it away from their body.
- Release the skin.
- If it quickly falls back down into place, that means they are hydrated.
If it stays up away from the body then that is a serious sign of dehydration and you should seek expert attention.
Hydration and Health
Having absorbed all of the information above, you should now be clear on how serious dehydration is in cats.
Now, you need to think about how you’re going to make sure you keep your cat hydrated and healthy.
Your most sensible option would be to invest in a cat water fountain.
Cat water fountains are a saviour when it comes to making sure your cat keeps hydrated.
As of now, there are loads of cat water fountains available to you either from Amazon or your local pet store.
There is no excuse!
To help you navigate your way through all the options, we have reviewed 10 of the best cat water fountains on the market.
You can check them out on our Cat Technology Review page
If you want the best cat water fountain, read the review on our top-rated cat water fountain in 2019.
Keep reading to find out more about why every cat owner needs to own a cat water fountain.
Natural Preference for Moving Water
Before cats were domesticated, they were wild roaming animals.
Not much has changed, although there were certainly less obese cats than now!
Despite becoming a popular choice of pet, their instincts and behavioral patterns are still adapted to living in the wild.
There weren’t any loving humans to serve them up a fresh can of their favourite meat in jelly.
Far from it.
Cats had to be careful what they chose to eat or drink because one wrong move could lead to death.
To avoid death, cats learnt to drink from moving water sources.
If water is moving then it is more likely to be fresh, oxygenated and taste better.
If water is still then it is more likely to be infected, warmer and taste worse.
You’ve probably seen your cat, or videos of other cats, captivated by the moving water coming out of a tap.
This is why.
But leaving a tap running isn’t sustainable.
Instead, you need to invest in a cat water fountain.
Without one, you’ll be left behind and shamed at by other cat owners.
Now’s the time to act!
Plastic vs Ceramic vs Stainless Steel Cat Water Fountain
There are many different types of cat water fountains out there.
It can become a little overwhelming.
There’s green ones, white ones, tall ones, small ones, shiny ones, blank ones.
Where do you begin?
It’s important to understand the differences between the materials that they are built up of.
Plastic fountains are the cheapest, least animal friendly cat fountains.
This is because cheap plastics release harmful chemicals into the water that can affect the health of your cat.
As well as this, it can be harder to clean plastic, leading to a build-up of slime and bacteria.
This is an upgrade from regular plastic.
When shopping for a cat water fountain, check to see what material they are made from.
BPA-free plastic means that there aren’t any harmful chemicals in the plastic that may contaminate the water.
These fountains are the most popular and most common.
Ceramic cat water fountains might seem like a luxury item, but they really are worth it.
The ceramic material is more hygienic than plastic, with no potential contamination of the water.
Ceramic fountains are also more heavier, and so are less easy to knock over for those who have playful cats.
You’ll also notice that fountains made from ceramic have a clean, attractive and modern finish to them.
Stainless steel topped fountains are another great choice from a hygienic viewpoint.
They aren’t prone to any bacterial build-up.
The stainless-steel tops are dishwasher friendly, making them easy to clean.
Not only this, but the stainless-steel material looks sharp and modern.
Now you’ve learnt all this – you know what to do.
Think of it as an investment into your cat’s health.
We all want the best for our cat, right?
Now, what are you waiting for!
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