Pet Drinking Fountains
Just like you and me, pets need adequate hydration to keep their bodies functioning at their best. Ensuring your furry pal has a reliable source of water is key to helping them lead a long, happy, healthy life of chasing sticks, batting balls of yarn or doing zoomies around your backyard.
Of course, even the most diligent of pet parents can forget to refill a water bowl every now and then. That’s one of the reasons pet water fountains are so handy: They deliver a continuous, all-day supply of fresh, clean drinking water for your pup, kitty cat (or piglet or large rabbit, even!)
Not only that, but pet water fountains are generally recommended by vets because they circulate and filter water, which helps keep it cool and fresh-tasting. By minimizing debris and bacteria, their filtration systems can help promote good digestive and urinary health in your pet. And because animals tend to be more drawn to running water than standing water, a pet water fountain can encourage your critter to drink more.
What to Look for in a Pet Water Fountain
When shopping for a drinking fountain for your fur baby, there are a few key features to keep in mind:
- Filtration Systems: Most pet fountains feature some kind of filtration system. Look for a model with high-quality filter materials that is easy to replace
- Water Capacity: Many pet owners prefer higher-capacity fountains because they require less frequent refills.
- Height: This one’s fairly important. You’ll want a fountain that is a height your pet can easily access and drink from comfortably.
- Material: It’s a wise idea to double-check that the fountain is made from a safe, non-toxic pet-friendly material that is hygienic and low maintenance. Look for safe materials like stainless steel, ceramics or BPA-free plastics. These non-porous materials naturally resist bacteria and won’t leak potentially dangerous substances into your pet’s water.
- Noise: Pet water fountains are typically powered by electric motors, so some models can be quite loud. Skittish pets might be alarmed or bothered by a lot of noise around their food and water and refuse to drink. If your pet (or you for that matter) tends to be sensitive to mechanical sounds, it’s a good idea to look for quieter options.
7 Best Pet Drinking Fountains
1. Pioneer Pet Fountain: Raindrop Design
Made from stainless steel, the Raindrop Pioneer Pet Fountain is durable, dishwasher-friendly and naturally resistant to bacteria and mold. Its stainless steel construction means the fountain is sturdy and less likely to be knocked around by your overeager pup.
It features an electric pump that circulates and oxygenates water relatively quietly. It comes with a charcoal filter that you should replace every two to four weeks. It has a 60-ounce capacity, making it suitable for both cats and small- to medium-size dogs.
Price: $38.61 at Amazon.
2. Veken Pet Fountain
Boasting a fairly sophisticated triple filtration system with non-woven cotton, the Veken Pet Fountain has one activated carbon and one ion exchange resin layer. It features a choice of three different modes: gentle fountain, flower waterfall and flower bubble.
The Veken Pet Fountain has a water capacity of 84 ounces, which can accommodate multiple cats or one medium-size dog. The fountain comes with a silicone mat to soak up spills, plus three replacement filters.
Price: $27.99 at Amazon.
3. PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain
Another solid choice for a multi-pet family, the PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain has an extra-large capacity of 128 ounces — the second-largest capacity of all our picks. Suitable for multiple cats or even a large dog, the fountain delivers a constant supply of filtered water that flows out of the top spout.
The fountain’s spout comes with multiple attachments, so you can choose whether you want one, two, three, four or five water streams. The cat/dog fountain is made of stainless steel, which is durable, dishwasher-proof and resistant to bacteria growth. One notable drawback? It can be kind of tricky to put together.
Price: $74.95 on Amazon.
4. Catit Flower Fountain
Despite its somewhat deceptive name, the Catit Flower Fountain — which has a larger-than-average capacity of 100 ounces — can serve as both a dog water fountain and a cat drinking fountain. Out of this whole list, we found the Catit Flower Fountain was the easiest to assemble.
It’s designed with a bucket-like tank, filter and pump, all of which can be attached together with minimal force or fuss. Like the Veken Pet Fountain, this model has three different modes: gentle flow, bubbling top and calm stream.
Price: $27.99 at Chewy.
5. Zeus H2EAU Drinking Fountain
Zeus H2EAU Drinking Fountain has a lot of the qualities we liked about Catit, but is almost double the size. At 200 ounces, the fountain can accommodate two medium-size or one large dog, and multiple cats. Its large surface area helps oxygenate the water, while its filtration makes it softer, absorbs smells and separates out debris.
The dog and cat drinking fountain is relatively quiet sounding, though it may start to hum louder as water levels fall.
Price: $17.59 on Amazon.
6. Beacon Pet Water Fountain
This animal water fountain has a nifty LED indicator light system that flashes blue when it’s full, and red when it’s empty. According to the manufacturer, the bright colors attract curious pets and entice them to drink more. With an 81-ounce water capacity, the fountain is another model that can accommodate a few cats or a dog.
It has one of the quietest pumps on this list that delivers a continuous stream of filtered water in one of three modes: traditional fountain, gentle fountain or flower bubble mode.
Price: $39.99 on Amazon.
7. Kastty Pet Drinking Fountain
The Kastty Pet Drinking fountain is definitely the most futuristic fountain we found. The high-tech model features an infrared motion sensor that turns the fountain on as your pet approaches, and shuts off when it leaves to conserve power. It also has backup battery power in case of a power outage, or if you want to place the fountain outdoors.
The fountain even has an LED indicator light that alerts you when the battery is low or when it’s time to replace the filter. The fountain features a coconut shell-activated charcoal filter and a stainless steel bowl. It has a 67-ounce capacity, meaning it can serve as either a cat or small dog water fountain.
Price: $38.99 on Amazon.
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