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!
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.
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!