What does ‘Best’ mean as in, the best cat fountain or the best pet fountain? According to Merrium-Webster ‘Best’ means “excelling all others”.
What does that mean concerning cat fountains? Does it mean the cheapest? To some it might, and certainly we all want a good price, but most hope for more than that. Does it mean the easiest to clean? That is probably high on the list of desirable attributes for most people searching for a quality cat fountain.
How about, the longest lasting? Again, this is an important consideration. We don’t want to pay good money for a short lived product. It needs to endure the wear and tear of use and time.
What about food safe? You’d think that would be near the top of anyone’s list but given the great many plastic cat fountains available and which harbor bacteria in their inevitable scratches, many with numerous corners, nooks and crevices, which make them hard to clean, and how many people buy these plastic cat fountains, which are notoriously not food safe, apparently this isn’t something everyone thinks of when considering the purchase of a cat fountain. It should be though, so we’ll include it in the list of attributes necessary for a fountain to be among the best cat fountains.
Is Easiest/least expensive to maintain Important? It turns out that many (most) of the cheaper brands of cat fountains end up costing a great deal more over several years in filter replacements and since price very definitely affects desirability of a fountain, we include it as important.
Does beauty matter? Probably many purchasers and would be purchasers of cat fountains are not aware that beautiful cat fountains are available, but they are, from at last two sources. Cattaps offers some gorgeous cat fountains which are made by creatively re-purposing existing ceramics. Prices range from the high $200’s to the high $300’s. ThirstyCat Fountains (the sponsor of this post) also offers beautiful ceramic cat fountains which are each individually handmade in their studio in Cambridge, New York and which range in price from the low $100’s to the low $200’s. The fountains from both these shops should last a lifetime, are food-safe and easy to clean. We offer beautiful then, as an important attribute for the best cat fountains, especially as these products enter your home and contribute (or not) to the overall aesthetics of it. (Cat fountains should not be near your cats food dishes so where you place them matters.)
So to summarize, the best cat fountains will be food safe, easy to clean, long lasting, relatively inexpensive over time and be beautiful. Do a Google search though, for cat fountains, and you will find the modifier ‘best’ used at least eight times on the first page of results. Click those links and you will find a plethora of unattractive, plastic, hard to clean, not food safe, not durable cat fountains most of which require frequent filter replacement. The selling price is low for most but the long term cost will not be. Clearly, what those businesses mean by best cat fountain and what we consider the best are not even closely related.
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