Fountains For Cats?You Bet!
If you have cats and are not aware of cat fountains, this page could save you, and your cats a great deal of grief. Many veterinarians now consider giving your cat a cat fountain to be the single most healthful thing you can do for your cat. Why?
Cats crave moving water because in the wild, which cats still very much are, only moving water is safe. Still/stagnant water can be lethal and our own cats are instinctively aware of this. This is why so many cats seek a dripping tap or want the faucet turned on, or jump into the shower with you or they stir their water with their paw or drink from the toilet, which often has slight movement of water. They need to see the water moving to make them want to drink enough. And many serious ailments in cats are a direct result of not drinking enough water.
But with all the available brands, how do you know which cat fountain to choose?
Recognized undisputedly as the most durable, highest rated, most food safe, easiest to clean and by far the most attractive – and with designs for every breed and temperament – the only objection ever expressed about a Thirstycat fountain is the price. And the initial price is higher than most.
Lowest costs over time
But over several years, a Thirstycat fountain is the least expensive cat fountain you can buy? Why? Because the filtration system lasts so much longer than all other brands, which need replacing at least every three weeks, running up the cost significantly over time, and because a ThirstyCat fountain lasts a lifetime. Below are several common brands. These are fairly representative of all commercial cat fountains, many of which we give reviews on in other pages.
The Pioneer Raindrop costs $45 to purchase and over a five year period, purchasing the necessary filters at the minimum recommend rate of every 3 weeks will bring the total cost for purchase and filters to $270.
The Drinkwell Avalon costs $80 to purchase and over a five year period, purchasing the necessary filters at the minimum recommend rate of every 3 weeks will bring the cost to $300.
The Drinkwell Platinum costs $45 to purchase and over a five year period, purchasing the necessary filters at the minimum recommend rate of every 3 weeks will bring the total cost to $320.
The Drinkwell 360 costs $70 to purchase and over a five year period, purchasing the necessary filters at the recommend rate of every cleaning or about once a week will bring the total cost to $590.
The Petmate Freshflow costs about $40. Filters cost about $3. Some people say they replace the filter every time they clean the fountain, others say they change it about every two weeks. First year cost then when replacing the filter every two weeks is about $120 and about $78/year thereafter. Over five years you will spend an additional $390 for a total cost including purchase and five years of use of $430.
Thirstycat Fountains cost on average $140 to purchase. Our carbon filters last six months or more (we use 60 times the carbon of other brands) and our foam filters last two years. Over a five year period the total cost including purchase price will be $230. And all the while you, and your cats, will be enjoying the most beautiful and healthful and easiest to clean cat fountain money can buy – for less than any other.
“I am a veterinarian with specialty training (ie board certified) in internal medicine. Cats are my favorite species and I’m always on the look out for ways to improve their well being. I first saw these fountains on the American Association for Feline Practitioners website. I was impressed and eventually ordered a fountain for my cats (Brakentree).
Yes these fountains cost more than the “Economy” varieties, but there is a saying, “you get what you pay for”, and when folks complain about prices….well…I’ll take quality over junk any day.
I have Thirsty Cat Fountain brochures at my hospital, so clients can find about this wonderful product.” – Heather F. Veterinary Angels