Your cat wants fresh, clean water. They also love moving water, and are more inclined to drink water if it’s flowing, which is why I tell any cat owner who will listen to get a cat fountain. Here are the features to look for in cat water fountains, and my picks based on your needs.

Features to Look for

  • Pump with Filter – Always opt for a fountain you plug in that has a pump and filter over a simply bowl or the automatic fountains where the water fills the bowl as your cat drinks it. The lack of movement will not encourage your cat to drink, and stagnant water gets old and not drinkable very quickly. Cats are so picky about their water, so opt clean, moving (not stagnant), and filtered or they may protest and not drinking it. They can smell bacteria before you can see it.
  • Size – It depends how many cats you have. You can definitely get away with a small fountain for one cat, but I opt for the larger ones with 2 or more. If you 4 or more cats, you’ll likely need at least 2 fountains.
  • Material
    • Plastic – Affordable, but is a bacteria party and require very, very, very frequent cleaning.
    • Stainless Steel – Looks nice, but shows calcium build-up.
    • My Pick! Ceramic  – More hygienic, much easier to clean, and typically dishwasher safe. It’s also heavy so cats are less likely to flip or move it.
  • Multiple Drinking Styles & Levels – Older or arthritic cats sometimes have a hard time leaning down, so having high and low points gives them the option to lean in or lean down. At the same time, some cats like to drink free flowing water, some from the bowl, and others from the hole where the water comes out of the pump. Options means your’e more likely to please your kitty.

Budget-Friendly

Catit Flower Cat Water Fountain

Catit is great if you’re on a tight budget. If you really can’t afford ceramic and feel like you can keep up with constantly cleaning plastic, it will be an affordable option.

  • Medium, 100 oz.
  • 3 drinking styles – Dripping, flow, upper bowl
  • Water is more enclosed than other styles
  • Fun design

Good for Single-Cat Homes

PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Pet Water Fountain, Ceramic Drinking Fountain for Cats and Dogs, 70 oz., Carbon Filter

  • Medium size, 70 oz.
  • 3 drinking levels – Top, flowing, bowl
  • Comes in 4 colors: Blue, Red, Taupe, or White
  • Modern design

Better for Two-Cat Households

Harmony Premium Ceramic Cat Fountain, 107 oz.

  • Large size, 107 oz.
  • 3 drinking levels – Top, flowing, bowl
  • Classic design

Biggest & Best – My Pick

Pioneer Pet Big Max Ceramic Drinking Fountain, 128 oz.

  • Extra large size, 128 oz.
  • 3 drinking levels – Top, flowing, bowl
  • Two colors: Black or White
  • Modern design

I hope you find this helpful! Cheers to clean water for kitties.

Kitty have a cold? It’s so important to monitor hydration. Simply pinch the skin on the back of the neck. If it snaps back, your cat is hydrated. If it slowly goes back to normal, your kitty is dehydrated. Learn more about kitty colds in this post.

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