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Stylish Ceramic Drinking Fountains from Lucky-Kitty

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Most cat drinking fountains are distinctly unattractive plastic affairs.  Not so this ceramic number from German company, Lucky-Kitty.  The sleek, modern design (which brings to mind a cross between a butler sink and a urinal, yet still manages to look rather lovely!) would compliment most interiors.  This ceramic fountain is more hygienic than its plastic counterparts, and is also very low maintenance compared with other brands: it doesn’t require a filter and the manufacturers recommend cleaning every 3-5 days under running water or in a dishwasher.  Apparently cleaning by hand takes two minutes!

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Some drinking fountains can be quite noisy, which is annoying for us and can be off-putting for cats of a nervous disposition.  Lucky-Kitty took this into account when designing their fountain, and claim the water pump they use is virtually silent – a claim which seems to be substantiated by customer reviews of the product.

The Lucky-Kitty Ceramic Cat Drinking Fountain is available in white, blue and green for €54.90 (approx £47.00 at current exchange rates).  Delivery to the UK is €9.90 (£8.50).

Also available directly from the UK in white for £49.90 (free UK delivery) from ZooplusUK, and in all three colours from My Pet Superstore for £49.90  (£5.99 next day UK delivery).

(Via Hauspanther)

But are cat drinking fountains really necessary?  Read on to find out more…

I must admit that I’ve always considered cat drinking fountains to be a bit of a gimmick: surely cats can instinctively regulate their own fluid intake, and so as long as they have access to a bowl or two of fresh water they’ll be fine.  Well, generally speaking, yes they will; but having done some research on cats and hydration I’ve discovered that there are health benefits attached to encouraging our cats to drink more water.

Cats who are prone to cystitis and urinary tract infections, cats with chronic kidney disease and elderly cats will all certainly benefit from an increased fluid intake.  While encouraging younger healthy cats to increase their water consumption could help prevent urinary tract and kidney disease – particularly if your cat eats a dry food diet.

And it turns out that drinking fountains can be a useful way to get your cat to drink more water – there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence around on internet cat forums to suggest that cats seem to be attracted to running water and enjoy drinking from fountains.

So I’m no longer a drinking fountain cynic.  In fact, I’ve made a complete u-turn and am now thinking of buying one!

Modern Cat Feeders by Lola and Daisy

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These super-sleek raised feeders by UK company, Lola and Daisy are just the thing for the cat who likes to dine from contemporary-with-a-retro-twist tableware. Continue reading

Crick Cat Food Container

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The Crick cat food container is by Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni.  It’s available in the UK, in blue and pink, for Continue reading

Modern Cat Bowls by Feli Pet

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These ultra-modern looking cat bowls are by US company, Felli Pet, but are available here in the UK from Continue reading

Binq Design bite&slurp Discount Code

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Today I am the bearer of glad tidings: one of my favourite producers of quality modern cat furniture, Binq Design, have been in touch to offer Cool For Cats UK readers a 15% discount on Continue reading

The Aikiou Stimulo Interactive Cat Bowl

 

aikiou stimulo interactive cat bowlThis weird and wonderful looking contraption is the Aikiou Stimulo, and has been designed to stimulate your cat’s natural hunting behaviours when it comes to mealtimes.  Dried food is placed inside the tubes and your cat has to work out how to access it.  While the food inside the shallow tubes is fairly easy to access, the food at the bottom of the longer tubes is more tricky to get at, and requires a bit of feline brain power!

I know fishing biscuits out of plastic tubes doesn’t appear to bear a great deal of resemblance to chasing mice, but having to think about dinner in this way, rather than diving head first into a food dish and nom nomming through an entire meal in a couple of minutes, is supposed to simulate the way in which cats search and hunt for their food in the wild.

aikiou stimulo interactive cat bowlIn addition to providing your cat with that all-important mental workout, the Aikiou Stimulo also aids digestion, as the rate of food consumption is slowed right down – great news for our feline friends who have the unfortunate habit of scoffing their meals down so quickly that the whole lot gets regurgitated several seconds later!

The Aikiou Stimulo has a slip-proof base, can be easily dissembled for cleaning and is dishwasher-safe.

The Aikiou Stimulo is quite widely available in the UK, so I’ve had a bit of a look around online and VetUK seem to be offering it at the lowest price (when you take p&p into account) – available for £12.42.

Thanks to Jen from Tabby Cat Collars and her sister Carol for the find.

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