When it comes to keeping pets hydrated, one of the best ways to do that is by providing them with a pet water fountain. Whether your pet is sick or just needs to drink more, having a fountain available can make all the difference.
When shopping for a fountain, consider the following factors:
1. Keeps Pets Hydrated
Water is an essential part of any diet, and it's also vital for your pet to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to a wide variety of health problems, including kidney stones and bladder issues.
If you want to ensure your pet is drinking enough, then getting them a water fountain is the way to go. It's easy to set up and can help them stay hydrated by encouraging them to drink more often.
Some fountains feature a filter that removes dirt, chemicals and other contaminants to make the water more pleasant. This makes it easier to keep your pet's water clean and sanitary.
Some fountains don't use filters and just allow your pet to get water directly from the source. This can be great for people who live in hard water areas or have pets with a history of urinary issues.
2. Cuts Down on Waste
Pet Water Fountains are a great way to cut down on waste from single-use plastic bottles. They can also be a cost-effective investment for you and your family.
Keeping your pets hydrated can help prevent urinary tract stones and other health problems caused by a dry diet and a low thirst drive. Having your pets drink from running water encourages them to take in more water throughout the day.
Cats are naturally drawn to moving water, and it looks fresher to them than a stagnant bowl. That might be part of the reason they are reluctant to use a bowl in the first place, but with time they will grow accustomed to it.
Most cat fountains keep their water about 1-2 degrees cooler than their normal bowl, which is refreshing to your pet and can help motivate them to drink more. In addition, many fountains have a carbon filter that can remove some of the chemicals found in your home’s tap water.
3. Makes Cleaning Easy
Unlike standard water bowls, which can be difficult to clean because of their nooks and crannies, fountains make cleaning easier. They also usually have replaceable filters to keep bacteria out of the water, so it’s important to clean them regularly.
A stainless steel fountain is easy to clean and can be sanitized by using a solution of vinegar and water. Plastic fountains can be a little harder to clean because they can scratch easily.
A pet water fountain should be cleaned at least once a week with soap and hot water. Before doing so, check the filter to ensure it’s not clogged with hair or other debris. If it is, remove the filter and rinse it thoroughly. Alternatively, you can remove the pump and clean it separately.
4. Adds Style
Pet Water Fountains can add style to a pet’s environment, while also ensuring that your furry friend gets the water they need. They can be used inside a home, outside a pet boutique or dog park, at a groomers’ facility or even at a vet clinic.
While a simple bowl of water will keep cats and small dogs hydrated, a pet fountain adds visual interest and can serve as an encouragement to drink more often. The flowing water encourages drinking and a triple filtration system improves the taste of fresh water.
A pet fountain comes in a range of sizes and materials. The best one for your pet depends on their size, and the amount of hydration they need to maintain healthy weight.