We drink bottled or filtered water and want our pets to have the same level of purity from their water. Modern pet fountains filter the impurities out of tap water and keep a running supply of clean water accessible to your pet.
I've been using a Catit fountain for my dog (It was a hand-me-down from my cat!) for a few years, and I have to admit he drinks a lot more water than he used to. Whether it's the soft sound of running water that attracts him or the taste of the fresh water (aerating adds fresh oxygen to the water), I don't know, but he's lappin' it up.
Now I see that there are some lovely ceramic pet fountains out there that look very modern and stylish. They contain pumps and replaceable filters just like the plastic pet fountains, but ceramic, being non-porous, provides an antimicrobial alternative to plastic, is easier to get clean and, well, it's prettier than plastic.
Most pet fountains make a soft bubbly sound, not too loud like a larger fountain. Some people don't like the sound of water bubbling or running, so keep that in mind before you purchase a fountain. However, unless you are near a pet fountain you are not likely to hear it. Personally, I love the sound; it's very peaceful.
The more you keep the filters and pump clean, the longer your fountain will last. You will need a small round brush or a soft toothbrush to clean the pumps. I mix white vinegar and water to clean them and then rinse well with clear water.
Change filters and clean every part thoroughly at least every two weeks and add fresh water to the bowls every day or every other day, depending on how much your pets drink. When pumps stop working, it's usually because they are full of gunk, so if you want your fountain to last, clean the pumps well.
Make sure you don't let a fountain go dry; you will ruin the pump.
Here are 6 really pretty ceramic pet water fountains for your dog or cat.
The iPettie is a highly rated ceramic drinking fountain for pets on Amazon. It comes in white, as seen above, and in blue and white, with a blue fountain and a white bowl (shown below). It holds 70 ounces of water.
The Pettie Tritone has two layers of filters; a carbon filter to remove impurities from the water and a foam filter to remove debris, such as any hair or dust particles.
Watch it in action!
You can purchase Pettie Tritone replacement filters here.
The PetSafe Drinkwell Pet Fountains are also very well reviewed.
This elegant Pagoda Pet Fountain is outstanding in red, but it also comes in blue, taupe, and white. They each make their own statement in the right decor. In addition to its style, the Pagoda does the watering trick very well, holding 70 ounces of water bubbling up from the top. As with most other pet fountains, your pet can drink from the top or lower level.
Like the Pettie Tritone above, the Drinkwell fountains have a dual filtration system that keeps your pet's water nice and clean.
One customer wrote that her dog refused to try the Drinkwell Pagoda Pet Water Fountain until she, the dog owner, drank from it herself, or pretended to. I remember doing something like that for my dog, so while cats take to running water more naturally, your pup may need a few demonstrations!
Drinkwell also makes a circular version of the Pagoda called the Avalon that comes in white (above) and red. It also holds 70 ounces of water, like the third version below.
The Seascape is another beautiful design by Drinkwell, again holding about 70 ounces of water. Besides the design, the Seascape performs like the Avalon and the Pagoda above. They all have these components on the inside:
Drinkwell Pet Fountains Filters, Pump, and Electrical cord (5.5 feet)
If you are interested in any one of these designs, watch this short video to see how easy the Drinkwell fountains clean up:
You can purchase Drinkwell Fountain replacement parts and filters here.
Another stunning ceramic pet fountain is made by Pioneer Pet. The Raindrop, for smaller pets, comes in shiny black, as well as white (above) and holds 60 ounces of water. (Pioneer also makes a stainless steel version of the Raindrop, which is very slick!) There are fewer parts to the Pioneer to clean than the Drinkwell, as there is only one filter and a pump. Also the curves in the bowl make the Raindrop easier to clean. Although the black version of the Raindrop is sleek, customers recommend getting the white one because it's easier to spot foreign objects, like hair or kibble, in the bowl.
Customers suggest you keep this fountain relatively full for circulation to be most effective. If the motor sounds loud, you should add more water.
Finally, for the larger pets in your family, there's the Pioneer Pet Big Max Ceramic Drinking Fountain which holds a whopping 128 ounces of water and is large enough for your dog's muzzle with more room left for a couple of cat muzzles. This drinking fountain is 2.5 x 12.5 x 4.8 inches and weighs 7 pounds without water. Make sure you have room for it!
The Big Max is a favorite among pet parents with large dogs and multiple cats! You can purchase replacement parts and filters for Pioneer Pet fountains here.
I loved introducing you to these lovely, healthy drinking fountains for your pets!
That's the buzz for today!