DO YOU WANT THE BEST CAT WATER FOUNTAIN YOU CAN BUY?
A cat fountain is designed to give your cat unlimited access to fresh water and is highly recommended by veterinarians to help keep your cats well hydrated. (See this page.)
Cat fountains come in many different designs, so you can choose the model that best suits your cat’s preferences, as well as yours. For example, fountains that are perfect for short hair cats may not be suitable for longhairs. Some cats are timid and quiet and don’t want much water display while others love it and even need it and you will have your own likes and dislikes too.
Some cat fountains consist simply of a basin that refills as your cat drinks while others produce a free-falling water supply for maximum freshness. We’ve examined and present here the video reviews others have done and have come up with our top picks for cat fountains (the ones we’d buy if we didn’t have our Thirstycats Fountains). We have evaluated them according to several critical attributes. Those are:
- Food Safeness (this has to do with what materials the fountains are made.)
- Ease of cleaning (if a pet fountain is hard to clean it won’t get cleaned often or thoroughly enough – not good)
- Water Delivery (is the water presented to the cat in a manner that is attractive to him and easily accessed?
- Longevity (will the fountain last)
- Price (short term cost)
- Price (long term cost)
- Appearance (is the fountain an addition to your home or something you want to hide?)
Here are the cat water fountains we reviewed.
The Hammacher Schlemmer cat fountain is a good quality fountain. The review states that water that is pumped to the top cools there. The water will be room temperature, which is fine as that is what cats expect and want.
Food Safeness – 4.5 – This cat pet water fountain is about 90% ceramic. The container that houses the pump is plastic and it will certainly become scratched but thorough cleaning should take care of that.
Ease of cleaning – 4 – Warm soapy water and a sponge is all that is necessary for a good cleaning of this pet fountain. There are five parts, the bowl, the elevated portion, the pump housing, the filtration unit and the pump. Each should be washed about every week or oftener.
Water delivery – 3.5 – The bubble-up is fine for most cats but won’t satisfy those wanting a stream and will get the fur of a longhair wet.
Longevity – 5 – With reasonable care this fountain should last many years. The exposed parts are ceramic so not subject to deterioration.
Price short term – 4 – $80
Price long term – 3 – The replacement filters are about $3 and need to be replaced about every four weeks so the cost for the first year will be about $116 and about $36/year thereafter or $180 over a five year period after purchase for a total cost including purchase and five years of use of $260.
Appearance – 4 – This is a fairly attractive fountain. Perhaps not suitable for your living room but not in the least offensive either.
Overall rating – 4
Please note that the video below does not show the filter unit that is a part of this fountain. This is it below.
Below is the Drinkwell Platinum cat water fountain. “Business Insider” calls the Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain “the best cat fountain you can buy”. We find otherwise. In fact, we consider it to be one of the worst and many vets would agree. Here is why:
Food Safeness – 1 – The Drinkwell Platinum is 100% plastic. The plastic may or not contain BPA, but it will scratch and in those scratches bacteria will grow which can cause chin acne and other ailments. Nearly no vet recommends plastic for food or water dishes for cats.
Ease of cleaning – 1 – The brushes the Drinkwell Platinum comes with are the clue. Even with them you will have a hard time getting into all the crevices for thoroughly cleaning. Bleach or something similar will be necessary regularly.
Water delivery – 4 – There is both a stream as well as a pool of water from which the cats can drink. The only other possibility missing is a raised basin (great for longhair cats) along with the stream and lower pool.
Longevity – 3 – With reasonable care this fountain should last several years. If you have very aggressive/playulful/ornery cats – less so.
Price short term – 5 – $45.
Price long term – 2 – The replacement filters are about $3 and need to be replaced about every three weeks so the cost for the first year will be about $100 and about $55/year thereafter or $275 over a five year period after purchase for a total cost including purchase and five years of use of $320.
Appearance – 3 – This will depend. If you’re putting this cat fountain in the kitchen (should NOT be near the food bowl) or the laundry room then the look is fine but you certainly wouldn’t want it in the living or dining rooms.
Overall rating – 2.7
The Drinkwell 360
Food Safeness – 4 – This pet water fountain is about 95% stainless steel so scratching or BPA are not an issue.
Ease of cleaning – 3 – Warm soapy water and a sponge is all that is necessary for a good cleaning of this pet fountain, however there are numerous parts and all the little holes the water comes out of, each of which should be cleaned too. The bowl itself can be put in the dishwasher.
Water delivery – 4 – Streams of water and a basin beneath make this an attractive fountain for most cats.
Longevity – 5 – With reasonable care this fountain should last many years.
Price short term – 4.5 – $70
Price long term – 1 – The replacement filters are about $2 ea and the owner’s manual recommends replacing with every cleaning, so about once a week. The cost for the first year will be about $174 and about $104/year thereafter or $520 over a five year period after purchase for a total cost including purchase and five years of use of $590.
Appearance – 3.5 – This is a reasonably attractive fountain if a bit functional looking. Perhaps not suitable for your living room but not in the least offensive either.
Overall rating – 3.6
Food Safeness – 5 – This cat pet water fountain is 100% ceramic. The glazes are made from scratch and certified food safe.
Ease of cleaning – 5 – Warm soapy water and a sponge is all that is necessary for a good cleaning of this pet fountain. Parts to be cleaned are the bowl, the pump cover, the cord cover and the pump.
Water delivery – 5 – Thirstycats offers just about every conceivable delivery style from simple bubble-ups to four tier streams, raised basins with streams and a lower basin and pretty much any design you can think of.
Longevity – 5 – Should last a lifetime. Pump warranty is one year.
Price short term – 2 – From about $100 to $180
Price long term – 5 – The foam filter which comes with the fountain lasts 2 years and can be purchased for about $9. ThirstyCats offer a carbon filter that lasts 6 months, available for about $10. So, if you purchase a medium priced fountain for $120 and you add a carbon filter which you replace once, your first year cost will be $140. Your next year cost will be $10 and your second year cost will be $19. Over a five year period after purchase you will have a total cost including purchase and five years of use of $180.
Appearance – 5 – Many people call Thirstycat fountains, functional art. There are many designs to choose from.
Overall rating – 4.8
Please note that in this video we show the cleaning of the pump. Pumps for all brands of cat fountains need the same cleaning. However, because of the extra filtration the foam filter provides, the Thirstycat pump needs the interior cleaned, as shown, about once a month.
Food Safeness – 4 – This cat bowl and the center piece that delivers the water are ceramic. The internal parts are plastic.
Ease of cleaning – 3.5 – Warm soapy water and a sponge will do it but the internal parts will take a little time.
Water delivery – 5 – A nice water delivery system with an upper basin, two streams and a lower basin.
Longevity – 5 – Should last a lifetime.
Price short term – 3 – $80
Price long term – 3 – The combination foam/charcoal filter which comes with the fountain lasts aAAbout 3 weeks at a price of about $2.5 ea. This adds approximately $45/year to your costs. Over a five year period after purchase you will spend a total of about $216 for a total cost including purchase and five years of use of about $300.
Appearance – 4
Overall rating – 3.9
Hammacher Schlemmer cat fountain – 4
Drinkwell Platinum – 3
Drinkwell 360 – 3.6
ThistyCat fountains – 4.8
Drinkwell Avalon – 3.9
Thirstycats has attempted to be completely objective in this review, as we try to be in all our reviews. If you feel we have made an error or you have some other comment on this review please contact us at [email protected]