Best cat fountains according to redditors

We found 533 Reddit comments discussing the best cat fountains. We ranked the 75 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Cat Fountains:

u/Dergins · 701 pointsr/funny

Get him a water fountain. Cats don't like drinking from still water. I own a raindrop one for my cats, they love it.

Edit: For those interested, I use this one myself.

u/Lost_ · 619 pointsr/aww

I found it :

Edit: if Reddit hugs it to death, here is another link for it:

edit 2: Wow, reddit gold? Thank you, this is a first time for me. I feel a bit embarrassed that it's just a shopping link, but thank you none the less.

u/GoogieDow · 179 pointsr/AnimalsBeingJerks

My cat was obsessed with playing in her water until I got her a water fountain and it solved the problem. Turns out the "pawing" wasn't so much for fun as it was to "stir" the water to make it more appetizing. Would highly recommend!

I have this one

u/pulpybullet · 81 pointsr/aww

Confession: I bought my cats a fountain so they always have a supply of moving water. They really seem to love it!

u/DaughtersofPleione · 78 pointsr/tifu

I would do the same, and change out my cats' water bowl each morning. They were particular about fresh water as well. And as soon as I got them a fountain, they started drinking from it A LOT more often. They loved it! Mine has a little charcoal filter in the intake, so it's been lasting pretty well. Cats really prefer moving water, which is why they love it so much. Mine specifically drink out of the mini waterfall part. Cats also usually like it better when their food and water are separated, in different spots.

u/NextDayAir · 70 pointsr/cats

get one of these.

they sell them at walmart and petco.

our cats always wanted us to turn on the faucet to drink from too but we decided to get one of these and they all love it. it's almost all dishwasher safe and if you have decent tap water you don't need to buy the filters for it.

u/bcdiesel1 · 56 pointsr/funny

I also had to duct tape the bowl when we had that feeder. lol. Most cats are little shits that will figure out how to destroy anything you don't want them to mess with. Our cat is pretty well behaved but eventually she started messing with that feeder to the point where it had to go. There are zero issues with the new feeder due to the great design and quality of it.

That feeder I linked may be slightly cheaper somewhere else and it certainly costs way more than the other one but man, it has made all the difference. You have so much more control with the schedule and portions. I can feed her less food more frequently so her metabolism kicks into high gear. It's amazing what losing a pound does for a cat.

Also, since cats prefer running water to still water, she has been drinking tons of water since we got this-

Works great but does need to be cleaned every week or two.

u/jacobajordan · 53 pointsr/todayilearned

I got my cats a water fountain like this:

They drink a lot more water now than when I put water in a bowl.

u/salire · 53 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Your questions aren't silly! It's great that you're thinking about how you can make you both comfortable before you dive into a new situation. Always set yourself up for success! :)

> do I buy a litter box/food/scratch-post before I plan to bring a cat home?

That's generally a good idea, yes. Means less stress for both of you as you're scrambling to get everything ready for him. You might ask the shelter what food the cat has been eating, as cats can get an upset tummy when switching brands/types. Not a big deal, but he will have poops that are a bit stinkier/liquidier than normal poops. That should alleviate within the week. You can lessen the tummy troubles by doing a more gradual change, mixing the food he is currently on with the food he will be on more and more, until he is eating what you want him on. But you can honestly just do the change, too, and just deal with the sadpoops for a little while.

I suggest a couple of different scratching posts, if you have the space! Cats like having options, like a horizontal post and a vertical one. Cats also like being high up, so if you can swing a tall post with platforms, he will probably like that.

Get two litter boxes! A lot of people don't realize it, but the rule of thumb for number of litters you should have is NumberOfCats + 1. So, 1 cat + 1 = 2 boxes. Clean them often. Cats are very clean creatures (especially compared to dogs) and are MUCH more likely to have accidents when they feel they do not have a better option than peeing in your bed. That's not their fault. You wouldn't want to step on your own pee/poop either! If you have problems with litter getting kicked out of the box, a litter mat can be helpful.

> Do I need to buy a carrier for the cat?

Yep. You'll eventually need to take him to a vet in all likelihood, and a carrier will make that so much easier, as most cats despise the car. I recommend a hard carrier. The softer ones seem nicer in general, but the hard carriers are easier to clean out, and you never know how a cat will be in the car until... well. They're in it. One of our cats poops and pees every. single. time. So he always gets the hard carrier.

> Should I contact a vet before I get the cat?

The shelter might require you to have a vet already, so I'd probably at least pick one out from google search. They might require you to go get a checkup, but probably not. That's more of a rescue thing, I think. Most shelters have their own in-house vet, so it's not really necessary. Don't be afraid to contact the shelter if he seems to be coughing and wheezing. Upper respiratory infections are very common in shelter environments due to the crowded nature of them, but they are also very treatable, and the shelter will be able to give you medication for him.

> How do I train a cat?

Someone mentioned Jackson Galaxy, who I generally agree is pretty good for training if you have some problems. But most of the time, cats are pretty out-of-the-box ready pets. That is to say, if you have an environment that is good for cats (where you let them have some space, where you don't make a huge amount of loud noise, where they aren't prodded and poked at constantly), they generally don't need training. We've fostered tiny kittens that automatically knew how to use the litter box. We also have boy cats who were not fixed until well into adulthood and have never had problems spraying.
It's instinct to go in the box, especially once they're fixed and don't need to mark territory really.

> For those of you who own a cat/cats, any advice for this first-timer?

Give both of you time to get to know each other. Don't force it. He will come to you, given time and space, and you'll be able to cultivate a better relationship built on trust and mutual respect if he knows that you won't force him to do things that he doesn't want to do (especially at first--think about it like building a friendship with a person; you would trust your friends to do things that you would never trust a stranger to do, and it's the same for him).

Cooing and gentle words are generally pretty good for coaxing, as is letting him smell your hand/something that smells like you before you approach for pets. Think about it like introducing yourself. You wouldn't go up to someone you didn't know well and just touch them without at least saying hi.

Every cat I have ever known, male or female, fixed or not, will pee in a pile of anything if it is left long enough. They see it as 'trash,' and I think it just registers as litter. So, if you are the type to leave clothes on the floor... I would try to stop that.

Keep nails trimmed. Scratching posts are for sharpening nails, which is an instinct that they have to fulfill, and you're giving them an outlet for. Some people think it's for 'filing' the nails down, but it's not. It's for keeping them sharp enough to get prey. You'll have to trim them.

And this is just my own personal opinion, but... young--but not kitten--boy cats are best for first timers. I have one girl, and I absolutely adore her, but she is very high maintenance/prissy/touchy, whereas my three boys are all pretty chill. Each cat is different though, so obviously your mileage may vary! It's just something I've noticed in general in my time of owning and fostering cats, that boys are more laid back/forgiving than girls (and thus I think a little easier for a first timer). Young adults are also great for first timers because you have less accidents (though that's generally not a big concern anyway) and they're more able to be on their own for longer periods of time. Older adults/seniors are great too if you want a really, really chill, more stand-offish cat, or if you want a cat that you'll have for <10 years, but if you want a little more energy and time, a cat that's about 1-2 years old is a GREAT way to go.

Some toys that are great for cats include the classic laser pointer, the feather toy, catnip toys, and crinkle balls.

Cats prefer to drink away from where they eat, so place his food bowl and his water bowl apart from one another! Some cats also prefer running water to still water, so if you notice your cat likes drinking out of the faucet (or if you just want to spoil your cat like I spoil mine...) you can get a water fountain for him!

Finally, if it's not working out for some reason, like your personalities just don't mesh well... take him back. I know it sounds hard, but it's best for him if he is in an environment where he is understood and his needs are met. There's no sense in forcing both of you to be miserable. Some shelters let you do a foster-to-adopt sort of thing, where you sort of try each other out for a bit. I like this option, because you hope for the best, but it feels a little bit easier to tap out if you need to. Either way, there's no shame in tapping out. Sometimes things just don't work the way you thought they would.

Sorry for the novel, but I wanted to be as thorough as I could. My parents recently got their first cat, and it's been... an ordeal for them, getting used to it.
It's great that you have some experience with cats though, so I think you'll be fine! Seriously, cats are sort of the next level up from a goldfish as far as easiness. Should be fine.

I hope you and your new furbaby are super, super happy together! :)

u/haharrison · 50 pointsr/DIY

For those of you who don't want to DIY:

Easy to clean, has optional carbon filter, cat loves it, although it took him 2 weeks to start drinking directly from the fountain and not the bowl part.

u/InsertWittyNameRHere · 47 pointsr/gifs

Is there not an issue that the water may get stale sitting around for that long?

I have a flowing water fountain for them, but it can be a real pain to clean.

My cats are obsessed with the bubbles in my water fountain so I think they’d actually like using that one

u/ZebZ · 42 pointsr/aww

I got my cats this model. They can't get enough of it.

I like it better than the "waterfall" style fountains because its higher up off the ground and doesn't get gunked up as easy with dust and stray cat hair and such.

u/NeverNo · 41 pointsr/likeus

I have one. Clean it every 2-4 weeks, refill it every few days and you're golden. My cats love it. Also healthier for them since they drink more water.

u/CaptainKate757 · 41 pointsr/AnimalsBeingJerks

Did you have a plastic one or a stainless one? We started with a plastic one and it was a total pain to clean all the time, but we switched to a stainless steel one about 3 years ago and it stays clean much longer. The bowl itself doesn't get moldy until about a month of use, and the only thing that needs regular changing is the filter itself. And I say this as someone with two cats and one medium/large dog.

Here is the one I have, just in case anyone reading this is considering a pet fountain.

u/bruyere · 33 pointsr/parrots

We sell it at the pet store where I work. It's the swan fountain by Pioneer Pet. It's available through Amazon.

ETA: Amazon link

u/PoniesRBitchin · 32 pointsr/pics

I'm not sure how much support you're getting for raising a blind dog, but you might consider getting him some Doggles. Since he can't see where he's going, Doggles will protect his eyes from getting scratched by branches or sticks on walks. Another good idea is a fountain for him to drink from, since he'll be able to hear where the water is.

u/ratsparadedarapstar · 32 pointsr/CatsAreAssholes
u/pjpancake · 30 pointsr/aww

Former veterinary nurse here. Everything you said is on point. As far as regular kitty maintenance, I cannot recommend a Litter Genie enough. It's definitely sold me on the concept, and if I ever have any babies, I'll definitely get one for them.

I will say though that timed feedings are a great idea if your cat will tolerate it, mostly because you end up knowing exactly how much kitty is eating. One of the first things to go when a cat is feeling unwell is their appetite, and they're notorious for masking symptoms until it's gotten bad. My sister has a cat in end-stage FIV right now for that very reason.

Oh, OP, by the way? If kitty is going to go outside AT ALL, you MUST do two things: parasite prevention and a microchip/FIV vaccine combo. Revolution is my personal favorite parasite prevention, as it's a monthly does and handles heartworms (yes, cats can get them), fleas, ticks, and most intestinal parasites. You have a ton of options, though. As for the FIV vaccine... Feline immunodeficiency virus behaves similarly to HIV/AIDS in humans. It's passed on through saliva, usually from deep bite wounds, as opposed to sharing a water bowl, but there is still some risk there. (This is probably how my sister's cat acquired the infection, as she spends a lot of time outside and has an ultra-nemesis cat that lives nearby.) The vaccine is effective, but it can cause a false positive result on a blood test. The only real solution is to have your kitty microchipped, which IMHO is something all kitties should have done. Here's the imaginary scenario which plays out all too often: Kitty is vaccinated for FIV but doesn't have a chip, gets picked up by animal control, get tested for FIV, and shows a false positive. Any cat that comes in the door with a positive FIV result is likely to be euthanized. However, the first thing anyone does these days is check for a microchip. If it's established that this cat has an owner, the medical workup will continue, but they can't just euthanize your cat anymore. It sucks and it sounds harsh, but it's the same thing as a puppy coming in with parvovirus.

As far as the rest of basic kitty care, a water fountain is definitely an excellent idea. We have one for our two cats and they L O V E it. It's cute and didn't cost very much, either. Here's a link: Catit Flower Fountain

This sounds ridiculous, but my cats learned to love their scratching posts because we would scratch them together. If one of them ever started to scratch the furniture, I'd go over to the Correct Scratcher™ and mimic scratching it, and they'd go bonkers running over to do it with me. It's pretty cute, tbh.

u/Intereo · 29 pointsr/cats

Cats like running oxygenated water, try buying a pet fountain for your cat.

My parent's cat used to drink from the tap and would only use her water bowl if it was fresh and had ice cubes in it. They bought a pet fountain and now the cat drinks a lot more and leaves the tap alone.

Edit: Here are some cheaper options.

u/Offroadkitty · 25 pointsr/StartledCats

Speak for your self, I see mine do clumsy stuff like this at least once a week. Fall off a fish tank into an empty laundry basket, jump from desk to dresser but fall short and land in the water fountain..

EDIT: fountain

u/gameshot911 · 24 pointsr/AnimalsBeingDerps

You posted a picture of your pet, so here's your standard "your pet is in dire medical straits" post :]

My cat used to drink out of my water cups all the time, even though I had a bowl out for her. She eventually got a urinary stone, which was the result of both feeding her too much meat (changes the pH of her urine) and not drinking enough water. I changed her diet, but also got her a waterfall bowl. Cat's really prefer running water, which from an evolutionary standpoint would be safer to drink than stagnant, still water. Once I put out the waterfall bowl she took to it instantly, and stopped drinking out of my cups. Even putting medical conditions aside, it's just a nice treat for your pet! Thought you might find this info useful.

u/ftpguy · 24 pointsr/Pets

You could get one of those water fountains for pets. Like this:

A lot of cats like to drink from running water.

u/boredrandomguy · 22 pointsr/aww
u/Horg · 22 pointsr/aww

The reviews say it's shit!

Edit: deleted comment referred to this:

u/artee · 21 pointsr/

If you're willing to spend like $60 or so, this might solve that problem.

Also quite convenient if you have to leave the house for a couple days, e.g. over the weekend. Just refill and clean it once a week and that's it.

u/kfunke · 20 pointsr/cats

So cute! I have a special kitty too that does not like water from anywhere but the sink. I was able to convert him to the fountain lifestyle using this fountain.

u/neoKushan · 19 pointsr/cats

This is pretty much it. The reason dry food is considered bad and causes UTI's is because cats often don't drink enough water (And it's worse for male cats). That's the issue, not the food. If you feed them wet food (And some vets will even recommend adding water to wet food), the cat will generally be hydrated enough, but it's not the food per se, it's just the water.

Alternatively, make sure your cat has good, easy access to lots of clean water. Cats are so fussy about water, so a water bowl left down for a couple of days is no good - you need to put fresh water down at least once a day, ideally more. Or better yet, get a pet fountain. They're not that expensive and if your cat likes it (Again, some cats are fussy bastards...), it'll drink like it's going out of fashion.

u/SanityIsOptional · 16 pointsr/funny

Also try getting one of the water fountains for him to drink out of, it encourages cats to drink more and urinate more, lowers the dangers of crystals in neutered male cats (that don't drink extra to mark territory).

u/MickolasJae · 15 pointsr/videos

My cat did this all the time when we had the sink running. We finally broke down and bought him a fountain.

u/hayeverywan · 14 pointsr/AskReddit
u/tcpip4lyfe · 14 pointsr/cats

If your tap is dripping, fix it and get one of these:

My cats absolutely love it and it keeps them from making a mess with in the water bowl.

u/TzeentchianKitten · 13 pointsr/LifeProTips

I second this, my cat developed kidney problems because she wasn't drinking enough water (also she's weird and prefers dry food to wet, so if I gave her both she would eat all the biscuits and leave the meat... strange kitty!), but I got her one of these and she uses it regularly and has had no problems since.

u/idrive2fast · 12 pointsr/funny

My cat used to only drink from a running faucet, be it the sink or the bathtub. Researched it and found that a large percentage of cats will only drink running water. We got him a cat water fountain and now he doesn't beg at the sink anymore.

u/bluedistraction · 11 pointsr/CatsAreAssholes

Cats also love running water, they make drinking fountains for cats just for this reason.

u/RamblyJambly · 11 pointsr/aww

Used to use this Catit fountain for my cat. Wasn't sure if she was using it much and was getting tired of maintaining it.
Picked up a steel bowl for her water and noticed that while it looked like she was using the bowl more, she would always bat it around then lap up the spilled water off the floor.
Found a shallower ceramic bowl(4oz capacity maybe?). She'll still bat it once in a while, but only once before she starts drinking, so my guess is she's checking the water level

u/youcaughtafish · 10 pointsr/cats


Cat fountains are totally worth it if you're ever looking for a standalone version.

Our cat loves this one :

u/philter · 10 pointsr/todayilearned

Another alternative if your cats don't like the Aqua Cube style fountains is this vertical style fountain. My cats didn't like the ones that shoot out but with this one they drink a lot more.

I actually have one of my cats on urinary food because she refused to drink water to the point where she was developing UTIs. She refuses to eat any kind of wet food as well. But with this fountain she's been drinking a lot more.

u/GoghGirl · 9 pointsr/gifs

Keeping your cat hydrated is important for their health.

If anyone else has a cat with a similar preference I would suggest getting a cat fountain which will make the water run.

u/nursejacqueline · 8 pointsr/aww

She might like something like this

u/PasswordIsPoodle · 8 pointsr/WTF

You need to listen to my advice here. Seriously, you really need to listen to a random stranger on the internet and do exactly what they tell you without question:

Buy this:

You can thank me in two months via message after you realize how wonderful it is and how much your cat appreciates it. I have four cats and can go two weeks without having to change their food or water and they are happier with that arrangement than ever before. It's a win/win.

u/lazerusking · 8 pointsr/firstworldproblems

I have a cat that will only drink moving water (like from a faucet) so we got one of these and she's happy.

u/octaffle · 8 pointsr/dogs

I desperately want two standalone slackline kits because I know Banjo, my Toller, would have a blast using them. That price tho.

I want a peanut but I just don't have the space.

A ladder too. Typical ladder. I'm borrowing one and realized its utility as a dog training tool.

A dog drinking fountain just because.

An A-frame and dogwalk. Maybe a teeter.

u/blairr · 7 pointsr/cats

My lil guy (Cheeto) had UTIs and the vet said he had to go on a specific diet and be forced pills to help and he would have to go on that diet for life. Well 3 weeks later and after all the pills and diet change he wasn't any better, but we noticed that he wasn't really drinking and he wasn't eating as much wet food, especially with the new diet which was all hard food. Got the following water fountains and all our cats love them (3 different cats, but only the one had UTI problems).

Take your pick on water fountain, one cat each has a favorite!

u/kimikat · 7 pointsr/Pets

I have that one and this one.
If you can spring for the latter, it holds more water (even with the optional reservoir you can get for the former) and it is much easier to clean. You can buy a reusable filter for it and cheap charcoal from the fish section of the pet store and save quite a bit of money over time! My cats love both fountains.

u/HalfEvilHomer · 7 pointsr/SiberianCats

We use a water fountain for Thor. He i had the same problem with a bowl and now it's fine.

We also noticed he drank a whole lot more as well! We have this one....

Cat Mate Fresh Water Drinking Fountain for Cats and Small Dogs

u/totabbykawaii · 7 pointsr/CatTaps

I watched a video of your fountain and it sounds really quiet. Does yours sound like this or is it much louder? If it's louder, it could be motor issues on the pump.

This is the fountain we bought, we bought the 40 oz version but it doesn't look like they make them anymore. The 70 oz version might be overkill if you have just one cat, but I can vouch that the motor on the pump is quiet and doesn't seem to bother our cats and is too heavy for them to move.

u/bchristner · 7 pointsr/blackcats

Catit Flower Fountain

i have one for my cat, only the slightly cheaper model

u/Lyd_Euh · 7 pointsr/Pets

I have this for our cats and they absolutely love it! I recommend keeping a small bowl of water somewhere until you're sure your cat is drinking from the fountain, but it didn't take long for mine to learn. Plus I only have to fill it up maybe once a week, and that's with multiple cats. No mess, no gross water, and the cats love it.

u/Meddygon · 7 pointsr/BadAtCat

A lot of cats will, because many prefer running water over still water. All cats are different, though! My oldest (15yrs) wants water from still bowls, but the other two won't drink from anything that's not bubbling. Here's a link to the most recent one I bought (it has the easiest setup and cleanup of the three I have in the house)

u/Seicair · 6 pointsr/Drugs

This thing. I read that cats instinctually want to drink from flowing sources, (do yours ever want to drink from the tap when you have it on?) and don't like still water that might be more dangerous to drink in the wild. They've both started drinking a lot more water since we got it.

u/thejennadaisy · 6 pointsr/Pets

Cats generally don't like drinking water that's next to their food. If applicable, moving the water bowl might help.

You could also buy a water dish that has a little fountain in it (like this one). Supposedly cats really like them.

u/_Lucky_Devil · 6 pointsr/Dogtraining

Perhaps something about the tap water is off-putting.

Have you considered a fountain type water bowl?

It has a charcoal filter to help eliminate funny smells and tastes from tap water, helps the water taste fresher by keeping it circulating, and sometimes they will be attracted by the sound of running water.

My last dog drank noticeably more water after I made the switch.

u/flocculus · 6 pointsr/cats

Same here, but I got mine (and her two other feline housemates) the Drinkwell Platinum because I thought it looked the most like a faucet, ha. She was scared of it for a few days because she's a weirdo but she loves it now :)

u/forpeopletoknow · 6 pointsr/aww

When I first adopted my cat, she got really sick, vomited foam, and started to act lethargic. I called the vet and he said that she was probably dehydrated - that she had probably learned to stay away from standing water during her days as a stray, and to turn the tap on and see if she'd drink.

I couldn't coax her out from under the table to bring her to the sink, so I crawled under there with her and slowly poured water from one bowl into another as she slowly lapped from the stream between them. After an hour of that, she stood up and crawled into my lap. Best buds ever since :)

I bought one of these the next day, and she loves it!

u/Midgers · 6 pointsr/Pets

I have a puker. Things that really improved his pukeyness was a cat supplement that helps them with their gut. (Links below) Its advertised to help with poop issues, but will definitely help with puke issues as well.

You also need to make sure that there is NO grains in his/her food. Cats shouldn't have any grains in their food. Lots of cheap pet food use that as filler. Secondly, a lot of cheap food uses sub par ingredients. Check your cats food for chicken by product. It's bad for them. Its basically all the parts left over from taking the good stuff from the chicken. Wikipedia defines it as "It is made from grinding clean, rendered parts of poultry carcasses and can contain bones, offal and undeveloped eggs, but only contains feathers that are unavoidable in the processing of the poultry parts." Sounds pretty yucky, huh? You wouldn't eat it, so why should you feed it to your cat?
Crappy cat foods use a ton of fillers that are basically the equivalent to a bag of cheetos to humans.

Switch to a brand that is grain free and uses whole meats such as the wellness I linked below. Blue buffalo is also a good alternative. Do you feed your cat wet food? If not, try feeding a good wet food (Linked below). My cats love the core wellness wet food and really eating wet food is better than an all dry diet.

All this stuff is a little pricey, but its worth it in the long run. Taking him to the vet all the time is probably more expensive than switching to a better food. Do it slowly as well, like over a week or two.

Basically anything you can find in your grocery store's pet isle you shouldn't be feeding your pet. Its all junk. Even the "high end" purnia foods. Junk. I know purina makes a sensitive stomach formula for cats. I tried it and it didn't help my furry little puke machine at all. All these crappy foods don't really fill your cat up as much as a good food will so they will be hungrier more often because the quality of the food is just crap.

How I solved my cat puke problem was feeding them wet food in the morning and evening and leaving out a small bowl of dry food for them to snack on throughout the day. If your cat isn't really super hungry than they will eat a bit slower and that'll keep her from throwing up. Some cats don't handle the self regulating diet and instead just end up eating more food, so figure out if your cat(s) can handle grazing between wet food meals.

You can also try getting a cat water fountain and placing it somewhere separate from their water. Cats are weird and don't like their water near their food. Cats get most of their water from their food but having a flowing water source can really help them up their water intake. If cats don't get enough water they are prone to developing kidney and bladder problems. The Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is really good. I have mine in my bathroom and my cats really enjoy playing with the water and getting their paws wet and licking them etc etc.

As for the stains, the stain remover I linked below is a god send. It's a good product that cleans up stains really well. It even does cat pee. I have light carpets and this stuff takes it right out and leaves no marks behind. It should even work on your old stains, you just have to leave it a little longer.

I know all this stuff adds up to a ton of money but its so worth it not to have to clean up cat puke all the time. I did a ton of research for my puke machine and he went from puking 3-4 times a week to puking maybe every 3 months and then its usually just a hairball. His coat also looked better and he was softer.

Let me know if you have any questions. I'd be happy to help you figure this out and field any more questions about how I solved my cats puke problems.


Core Wellness Wet Food

Stain Remover

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Cat Nutritional Supplements

u/TheMooseMaster · 6 pointsr/firstworldproblems

This is the one I have. Cats don't like to drink still water, so a fountain encourages them to drink more. That helps prevent kidney failure, one of the most common causes of death for cats.

u/Zagaroth · 6 pointsr/cats

You shoudl maybe just try a fountain. This is the one my wife and I use, and they love it.

u/MiddleEarthGardens · 6 pointsr/cats

We looooove the Drinkwell Stainless 360. With the plastic, keep an eye out for any chin acne developing.

u/Opalescent_Moon · 6 pointsr/popping

I haven't done links here before, so fingers crossed this works!

We bought this one from Amazon and it's been great. We've got 3 cats, 2 small dogs, and a parrot who all drink from this. (The parrot doesn't have to, but prefers this to water at his cage.) I fill it up about every other day, and thoroughly clean it once a month.

PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Multi-Pet Stainless Steel Dog and Cat Fountain - Filtered Water - 128 oz. Water Capacity

u/[deleted] · 6 pointsr/Pets

Agree with everyone here. Got this for my cat when he was about 6 months. He didn't have a problem before but he always liked the shower water, so I figured I'd try it. He loves it so much he plays and splashes in it (but also drinks!). Highly recommended.

I have one of these in plastic, which isn't a bad idea if you aren't sure about it yet.

u/Alysamt · 6 pointsr/MEOW_IRL

Every night as I use the bathroom I run the water in the bathtub for a bit so my cats can have a drink from the faucet. They love it. Would recommend this to anyone who doesn't have a dedicated cat fountain.

EDIT: This is the fountain I personally own though, would also recommend. Keep your kitties hydrated

u/anotherdamnanthony · 6 pointsr/Awww

Wow my heart broke and also grew reading all this. Thank you so much for giving Pepe Le Pew (loved his name!) such a happy life. Roland sounds like he’s very happy with you and I’m so glad to hear he’s got such a loving parent! It takes a beautiful heart to want to do what you’re doing, and I think it’s just amazing. My condolences again friend.

If you don’t mind me asking, how do your cats drink water? I learned that cats don’t drink water often like dogs, and to help prevent kidney issues it’s recommended to get a cat fountain. They are pretty cheap, and I have noticed my cats drink SO MUCH more water now. You can find the one I use here

u/TurbTastic · 6 pointsr/aww
u/Chouzard · 6 pointsr/AnimalsBeingJerks

A water fountain that circulates the water might help so that she can see the water moving. It seems like that would address why she is drawn to it after she sees it refilled.

I've had a good experience with this one.

u/RoastedBud · 6 pointsr/Pets

If you're worried he's not getting enough water, this may help! my cat is in love with his water fountain.

u/mjxii · 5 pointsr/AnimalsBeingJerks

My cat did the same thing. we got her this and it seems to help.

u/SirEDCaLot · 5 pointsr/cats

Okay a few cat suggestions.

  1. buy one of these. It will save you a LOT of scooping, and the soap cartridges it takes last a long time (months) and are cheaper than cat litter. Because this device uses a plumbing connection (water supply and drain) it flushes the cat waste down the drain so there is nothing to scoop or empty. Buy the normal retail unit, then sign up for the VIC program- over the course of a year they'll send you a ton of supplies, but it doesn't auto renew. The VIC supplies are cheaper than retail and work in the normal retail cat genie.

  2. To litterbox train your cat, look up a product called Cat Attract spray. If you get the Cat Genie, DO NOT put the cat attract litter in it- it will clog and destroy the machine. Use the spray, or litterbox train the cat with a normal litterbox and then switch to something automatic.

  3. Keep your cat inside. Inside cats live longer, healthier lives. However she should still have a collar and a microchip- cats can sometimes escape.

  4. Learn to communicate with your cat. Cats do most of their communication through body language, not meows. Most domesticated cats adapt and use meows to communicate with humans to some degree, but if you learn to read the cat's body language that can be a big help. There are lots of resources on cat body language so I won't go into it much here. But a few tips- tail straight up plus long meow is a greeting when you get home, tail up generally indicates happy or curious, ears back plus cat/tail low to the ground equals pissed off. Staring straight at a cat can be a sign of hostility. However if you look at the cat and blink very slowly, sometimes the cat will return the sign- that is a sign of non-threatening familiarity. Same thing if a cat does it to you, do it back. Cats rub against things partially to scent-mark them- so the cat rubbing past your leg is partially an affectionate sign, and also marking you as part of the cat's property. If a cat rubs its face on you (especially your own face) that's a strong sign of approval, it's considering you to be part of its family. When a cat rolls over and exposes its belly this is a sign of trust, not necessarily and invitation for a belly rub. Some cats like the belly rub, some don't. If you want to try it, start at the top under the chin.

  5. speaking of things cats like- scratching between the ears, rubbing around the ear sockets (there are a lot of little muscles in there which orient the ears), scratching lightly on the underside of the jaw and off to the sides below the cheeks. Some cats like having an ear lightly rubbed between two fingers. Right above the base of the tail is another good scratching place. Most cats would prefer having their legs and paws left alone.

  6. Don't declaw your cat. Declawing in human equivalent is the same as tearing off the end of each finger at the last knuckle. Get a good scissor-type nail trimmer- petsmart has them in the dog aisle. The cat designed quick detector one doesn't work at all. DO NOT cut the 'quick'- the pink area inside the nail. That will hurt a lot and bleed. Nail trimming time should be when the cat is very tired and relaxed so she will sit still. Plenty of treats should be involved. It's not always possible to do all the nails at once, sometimes more than one session is required. If you absolutely must declaw your cat, only declaw the front paws. However a better solution is to get a good scratching post and reward the cat for using it. Get something fairly tall- cats like to stretch out when they scratch.

  7. The more water your cat drinks, the better. Cats in the wild get most of their water in the meat they eat, so this is especially important if your cat eats dry food. This gadget works really well- cats instinctively know that running water is cleaner than stagnant water, so a bowl like this can encourage the cat to drink more. Proper hydration can prevent kidney and bladder issues.

  8. It IS possible to train a cat. The difference is that unlike dogs, cats are not pack animals. With a dog, once you establish yourself as ahead of the dog in the pack order, the dog will naturally obey as long as it understands the command. Cats have no such compunction, so you have to train them that it's in their best interest to obey. Negative reinforcement doesn't work well with cats, positive rewards work much better. IE, if you want your cat to come to you when called, having a treat ready as a reward is more effective than punishing the cat who doesn't come. You can train your cat for 'OFF!' or some similar command- for a while, when you say OFF, if the cat doesn't move chase her off whatever she's on, then ignore her. You don't want to create the association that 'off' is the start of a fun hide and seek game.

  9. If you need a punishment, a spray bottle full of water works nicely. It's totally harmless but cats don't like it. There are a handful of automated defense systems like static zapper mats and motion-detector compressed air spray things that work pretty well for training cats to stay off tables and stuff.

  10. If the kitten gets low to the ground, looks at you, and starts wiggling her butt, prepare for a incoming kitty-missile.

  11. Back on training- you can train the cat to not bite or use claws when playing. If you are playing with the cat and she gets a bit too rough, make a loud 'OUCH!' type sound, and end the play session (just walk away and ignore her). Then wash off your hands- any cat bite or scratch should be washed with soap and water.

  12. All cats go through a phase where they bite all the time. The bites are generally soft play-bites that don't hurt.

  13. Cats are smart. If you feed your cats by hand, they will usually figure out that rub against the leg + meow anxiously + be adorable = get food. Keep an eye out for when your cat is training you. Alternatively, get the cat an automatic feeder (only works well with dry food).

  14. Keep your cat entertained. Get a bunch of balls and toys and stuff and leave them laying around. This is especially important if you only have one cat- two cats will entertain each other, one cat will be bored out of its mind when you are away. Many cats prefer toys that make noise of some kind. A cat tower is another good investment.

    Hope that helps!
u/Linwe_Ancalime · 5 pointsr/pics

If you get one of these, it might save you from having to leave your water faucet on all the time! Cute cat, by the way.

u/kfuzzled89 · 5 pointsr/Pets

One of my cats does this, the other doesn't. We kept the regular water bowl but got them a Drinkwell Platinum and they both love it and drink more. The vet encouraged us getting this anyway because the one who smacks at the water was having problems with not getting enough water in his diet and therefore was getting UTIs. This seems to be better overall for their health. My boyfriend's Mom also got her cats this one and they won't go near it. I guess it depends on your kitty.

Here's the link for the one we got:

u/Tunasaladboatcaptain · 5 pointsr/CatsInSinks

I got this one.

One of them loves the water stream and bops at it and will drink straight from the stream. It beats the boring metal bowl. You can also wash it in the dishwasher. I highly recommend it.

u/richmana · 5 pointsr/Pets

Here's the one I have and I've been very happy with it. There are plastic parts inside (the pump and its housing), but I wash everything about once a week or every other week and that takes care of any junk in there. The housing is dishwasher safe so that makes cleaning that part easy.

u/Jenn-and-tonic · 5 pointsr/Pets

My cat was not all that happy with a water dish but would drink because it was available...he's not the type to drink from a water glass.

I got him a pet fountain and he loves it. It filters and circulates water so it stays fresh and it keeps quite cool.

Maybe that would be a solution for your kitty? As to what your aunt said, I don't keep his fountain in a separate room from his food (they're in the same corner of my kitchen), and he doesn't seem to mind.

If you're going to stick with a bowl, I'd recommend using ceramic, stainless steel, or glass; cats don't tend to like plastic bowls.

u/MuffinBottomPie · 5 pointsr/cats

I have switched all my cats bowls to ceramic or stainless steel because one of my boys was having a bit of an acne issue. I 've had this fountain for 3 years now and it still works great. It's stainless but it also comes in ceramic.

u/grumpy_snail · 5 pointsr/DIY
u/maulyaface · 5 pointsr/Pets

Wet food naturally has moisture so cats will drink less anyways.

After my cat had a urinary obstruction, I also switched to wet food. In addition, I add a little filtered water to their wet food to increase its moisture even more (like an 1/4 cup per can) and I got a pet fountain. The cats now have plenty of moisture in their diet, and while they do drink less than with wet food, I still see them playing with the fountain and licking water from their paws / drinking from it occasionally. I know you already have one, but I got this one and it's awesome and super easy to clean. Maybe it might be worth switching it up?

Also, don't keep your water directly next to the food supply- cats have a natural instinct to find clean water, and avoid water sources near their killed prey to minimize contamination. Try moving the water further away and see if it helps!

I'm so glad your cat is alright!

u/evilmm · 5 pointsr/Pets

I have a cat, but the Pioneer Pet Big Max is nice. Way easier to clean than the Drinkwells, and they come ceramic and stainless steel which is lower on bacteria growth.

Here or here

u/Trina768 · 5 pointsr/CatsAreAssholes

I also recommend a cat fountain. We got our kitties

We like it because the whole thing comes apart and is dishwasher safe. You can buy off brand filters on Amazon too which are significantly cheaper than the drink well brand.

u/nixons_conscience · 5 pointsr/funny

I bought this one. It can be completely disassembled and it's mostly ceramic except for the pump so it's easy to clean. You do have to clean it once a week but it's like doing a few dishes.

u/ntsp00 · 5 pointsr/DIY

I suggest the Catit fountain, extremely easy to clean and doesn't cost an arm & a leg. I bought it for $19.99 a year ago and I'd buy it for the $24.99 it is now. There's a new model that is exactly the same but comes with a flower attachment which makes streams as if the water is coming out of a faucet.

u/The_Sleep_Walker · 5 pointsr/teefies

I got an answer for this! I too noticed a while back my cat loved drinking from the sink more than his bowl, and it turns out almost everyone who has a cat has the same issue!

So after some researching it turns out that cats are not fully domesticated (this is why they have such a strong need to hunt) and because of this they don’t drink water the same way dogs do.

A cat won’t want to drink water from a bowl, however if a cat hears running water it’ll kick start their instincts (just like when a cat sees a bird, something inside them clicks) and they’ll want to drink as much water as they can.

Without the sound of running water, a cat will get most of its water from wet food, because they will only drink when they are very thirsty. This is why it’s so common for cats to get kidney and bladder problems.

The best thing you can do is get a fountain for your cat.

There are some on amazon that very affordable, I use the catit water filter. I like it’s design and the way it uses it’s filters. You can also use it without filters, but if you make sure to clean out the water more often. Like once every day or so.

You’ll also have to keep an eye on the fountain, they’ll need to be cleaned often because if it it can get mold.

It’s a little bit more work, but it’s a HUGE difference. My cats drink so much water, it even reduced the stench of their urine.

Please consider doing this for your cat, and spreading the awareness. This alone can make your cat live so much longer and healthier.

cat fountain that I use

u/centipede15 · 5 pointsr/tifu

I got a fountain and it really seems to pump up the amount of water my cats drink. My water isn't too hard, so I don't have to deal with build up, but the only problem with mine is cleaning the middle part of it, but that isn't a big problem, all you need is a bottle brush. It's also great for seniors since they don't have to go down as far.

u/RedxEyez · 5 pointsr/aww

Yea, most bolws with flowing water will do it. I like this one though, personal favorite, because its customizable for your cats preference. Its the one I have for my little dude. It's just a bit pricey.

Catit Flower Fountain

u/Askbrad1 · 5 pointsr/Conures

Pioneer Pet Swan Pet Drinking Fountain: 80oz Water Capacity

u/pippi13 · 4 pointsr/aww

I have the Drinkwell Original I ordered from Amazon. Its only $30 and I'm happy with it. It took a couple days for our cat to get used to it but now he is fine with it.

u/DelendaEst · 4 pointsr/parrots

Thanks :) Amazon! should help fix someone's little bird-soup problem, haha.

u/Kr_Treefrog2 · 4 pointsr/Pets

I have the Drinkwell Big Dog Fountain and the Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain. My cats love them! My father let the cats drink from the tap. They got spoiled and started turning their noses up at their water dish and begging for water at the sink. After nearly tripping over cats every time I had to pee, I bought the smaller of the two fountains. It was an immediate hit, not just with the cats, but with the dog, too. Between them all, they emptied the fountain very quickly. I had to upgrade to the big one just to keep up!

u/Manuga · 4 pointsr/aww

I've had great luck with this fountain. Well made, quiet, adjustable flow and the filters are inexpensive.

u/Carnol · 4 pointsr/funny

It seems it might be this.

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain

u/Drawsyourmetaphorbad · 4 pointsr/funny

you know they sell cat fountains for this reason right?
Changing their water everyday multiple times seems excessive and im lazy. anyways this:

Buy it and save yourself some time. We dont bother with water bowls anymore and as long as you bleach and clean it once a month it stays fresh.

u/lucybell121 · 4 pointsr/tifu

I switched my cat to a metal water fountain with a little charcoal filter and she loves it! My cat drinks at least 10x more than she ever did before. I clean it once a week and have had no issues with water build up and it's really easy to clean. My weird cat likes to drink with her paws so the fountain gets gross
fast, but if you have a normal cat you could probably clean it even less. This is the filter I have -- Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design , 60oz

u/kickshaw · 4 pointsr/cats

I love this Pioneer Pet fountain because everything except the pump can go in the dishwasher! I usually soak the pump in vinegar and then scrub it with a brush.

u/193699 · 4 pointsr/Pets

We have this multi-tier fountain from PetSafe that we got from amazon.

My cat never drank water from a bowl, no matter how many different materials/shapes/places/temperatures that we tried to encourage her. But she loves her water fountain and drinks from it daily. It does get annoying to have to wash, and you'll probably have to do it more frequently with 3 cats, but it's worth it.

u/djs758 · 4 pointsr/blackcats

Neat! Does the water flow outside a clear tube and then back up it?

I haven't seen that in the cat uses this:

Cats have trouble seeing still water, from what i've read, so that's why every cat owner should have some sort of fountain. My cat would only drink from dixie cups placed in the walk-in shower (I guess he thought it was a spring).

u/boulderkitty · 4 pointsr/Pets

Cats like fresh, moving water. We got ours this water fountain and while she still splashes at it a bit she has yet to knock it over since it's pretty heavy. Before we bought the fountain I had her dish in a big shallow storage box so if she did spill the water it didn't spread out all over the floor. Or like the other suggestion: place a few bowls around the house.

u/StackableGoats · 4 pointsr/WhatsWrongWithYourDog

This is the one I have. Mine loves hers too, I just have to be careful to make sure I refill it often enough. Luckily it mades a horrendous noise when it gets empty but I'm sure it isn't good for the motor

u/littlestray · 3 pointsr/Pets

As suggested, it may well be a good idea to bring Finn into the vet in case his behavioral issues have a physical side that's treatable. Your vet can also counsel on behavioral fixes.

How many litter boxes do you have? Ideally you want one per cat, plus one, and in addition to that, cats may consider litter boxes that are in the same room the same territory. If at all possible, spread them out. If you have more than one floor, make sure there is at least one per floor.

For the water issue, have you tried a water fountain? My dad got my cat a fountain water dispenser, a Drinkwell, and at first I thought it a frivolous waste of electricity but after learning about how cats primarily take in moisture from their food and are often finicky with water bowls, I was thankful. It winds up being less hassle overall and may be a good solution to your water woes.

Also, try checking out Jackson Galaxy's Youtube Channel, there may be a video close to any of your issues that you'll find helpful!

u/externals · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You guys look super nice today ;)

I would like this cat water fountain as gift one because my new kitten should be just about ready to move in about a week or maybe less!

For gift two, this strange plunger-looking washing device should come in handy in my new apartment as it doesn't have a washer/dryer. C'mon...gimme.

Thanks for the contest guys!

u/KimberlyInOhio · 3 pointsr/aww

The cat might appreciate a water fountain; it's a lot more appealing to many cats than drinking out of a bowl. Considering how many cats get kidney failure, anything that will help them drink more water is a good thing!

u/smuckola · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

FYI, you can get something that keeps it naturally moving and thus not so contaminated

u/e_claire · 3 pointsr/Pets

For the litter tracking problem I'd recommend a top-loading litter box or just buy a large plastic bin and carve a hole out of the top if you're handy with tools. This almost completely eliminated the litter tracking problem in my house with two cats.

As for spilling water, I would suggest getting a heavier ceramic water bowl with non-slip feet and placing it on a feeding mat. You could even invest a pet water fountain like this one (which are large and virtually impossible to knock down) if you find that your cats enjoy running water more than standing water.

u/obliquely_run · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have something kind of like this for the water. Then no screaming for food or water. You don't have to reward his screaming with pets, either, if you just ignore it and then only pet him when he's not screaming.

I understand how annoying it is. We ran out of dry food recently and had to feed him wet food a few times. It's taken weeks to get the screaming to stop. I hate our cat so much. This thread gives me hope because our first is due in August and I want nothing more than for my husband to start feeling the same way so we can put him down. (He's old. And hardly potty trained, so we can't just give him away.)

u/kayleighh · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You guys are fabulous. I see both of you around here a lot and it amazes me how generous you both are.

Gift One: I would really love this. I want my cat to be as healthy as she can be and if this can help her to stay more hydrated, that would be fantastic!

Gift Two: I want dis! C'mon...gimme.

Thank you so much for the opportunity!

u/GoAskAlice · 3 pointsr/Siamesecats

Seconding the water fountain. Running water is infinitely more attractive to cats. One with a charcoal filter is even better. This is what we have. If you live in a place with horrible water, use filtered stuff from a Brita pitcher or bottled.

Mine loves the taste of ice, as well (yes, it has a taste). I plunk ice cubes in his bowl on hot days. He runs right over and slurps away.

Don't keep the water next to the food bowl. For some reason, cats don't like that! As /u/libcrypto says, several bowls out at strategic locations will help with this.

u/jsage21 · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

have you tried one of these My cat is a total jerk and will tip over her water bowls, but these fountains are suppose to entice them to drink more with the fresh running water.

u/jessicay · 3 pointsr/catpictures

Exactly. Our cat was always licking the faucet to signal us to turn it on. We bought one of these and he loves it, and has also stopped licking the faucet.

u/Meeowkitty · 3 pointsr/MaineCoon

Congrats on the MC!

I have two MCs....

  1. Invest in a water fountain! Cats naturally don't drink enough water (which is why they tell u wet food is better to feed ur cat than dry food)


    Also, cats don't like their food and water in the same spot . I found my cats tend to drink way more water and it stays cleaner when they are in different areas. Previously i was cleaning their water daily because my silly cats were dropping their kibbles into the water, or their food was getting sugar ants.


  2. Your new baby will need a scratching post he/she can grow into. My boys use this one religiously (we have 3 posts scattered around the house) but this is their favorite because they can stretch all the way to the top. WARNING: its massive. its very sturdy and pretty wide so if u have a smaller place this may NOT be the post for you.


  3. Food: my kitties were fed taste of the wild at the breeders, but I transitioned them to Orijen cat and Kitten Food. Extremely pricy but as far as dry food goes some of the best.


  4. Cat litter: My previous cats developed issues from the dust from clay based litters. We switched over to something more natural when i got these walnut shells!


  5. Cat Shelves - If you have a blank wall i definitely recommend this! We had to tweak ours a little because the shelves we purchased were entirely too small for Maine Coons. And also had to add supporting brackets. Everyday its a fight on who gets the cat shelves! and if its in a common area, its definitely a way for them to be present and still in their own space up high.


  6. Pet insurance. If you can afford to get ur kitten Pet insurance I recommend this. Maine coons since they are a larger breed are prone to things like hip displaysia, HCM, and other genetic diseases. It makes caring for them a little easier as they get older. We use Healthy Paws Pet insurance for our two Maine Coons and i highly recommend them! I want to say as a kitten they started out between 10 and 20 dollars a month?



    Everyone has given u a lot of wonderful advice here! Some of which i actually wish I knew when i was getting my babies! Good luck and enjoy your new kitten :)



u/midwestredditor · 3 pointsr/aww

I got my cats one of these a couple years ago. It's awesome. There's a little filter in in (since city water is kinda gross, at least in my building), and it holds a lot of water, which means during times like the hot summer we just had, I can go to work or away for a day or two without being worried about my cats water supply.

u/Tippytom · 3 pointsr/AskVet

I have the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain. its quiet, my guys love it and it goes a couple of days without a refill.

u/crazyoldcatman · 3 pointsr/churning

They deserve to be spoiled :)

This is the fountain I'm using, been working great so far.

u/rainstruum · 3 pointsr/cats I think you could find it at PetSmart too

This is a great fountain because you can easily change how many spouts of water there are, a cat can either drink from the basin or lap up the streaming water (which my boys love to do) It is VERY easy to clean and take apart, you could even put most of it in the dishwasher if you wanted to. I've never had an issue w it causing more acne w my youngest cat, who is prone to get clusters on his chin since he doesn't really clean himself v well. He had more of it when I was just using ceramic bowls as water dishes actually.

As far as the acne on the chin, if your cat can't groom there and it seem to be bothering him, there are wipes and things you can get to help keep clean.

u/arbitraryprimate · 3 pointsr/cats

Have you tried a pet fountain? I have this one but there are different brands/models available. A fountain at least keeps them drinking in the area you want them to drink, and is available all the time vs. only when someone showers or turns on a faucet. Plus, it's easy for cats to get dehydrated since they have a low thirst drive, and that can cause health issues. The fountain worked for my cat.

u/outofalign · 3 pointsr/videos
u/northernCan81 · 3 pointsr/Pets

My cats have had UTIs before and we switched them to Hills c/d wet food. We also have a water fountain for them which encourages them to drink more water. Here’s the link for the one we have, it’s great:

u/istasber · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

I've got this tiny fountain, and my cats generally don't spill a drop as long as I keep it clean.

God forbid a floof of fur gets in there, though, then they go mad trying to "fish" it out... but that's about the only problem I've run into. They both really love drinking from it, probably the single best investment I've made for my cats.

u/Selky_Splat · 3 pointsr/SiberianCats

Chiming in with another cat water fountain rec:

Its stainless steel and dishwasher safe. We wash it then replace the water once a week. Our cat started out drinking from the reservoir part but now she only drinks from the burbling part. Haven't had any problems with wet neck ruff

u/agent_of_entropy · 3 pointsr/cats

Read this. I bought the water fountain, feed her Instinct brand dry food (just got an Amazon subscription delivery today), got a 7 foot tall cat tower for her to lounge on and use Special Kitty Multiple Cat Scoopable Clumping Cat Litter, 40 lb (out of stock online, but should be available at your local store). I use about one bag of cat food every two months and one box of litter a month. The litter pan is the cheapest one available at Wal*Mart, around four bucks IIRC. My vet expenses have been nil on this kitteh. I did two rounds of ear mite treatments which cost around ten bucks when I first took her in, that's it.

u/piperandcharlie · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

Ooh, I love this! I have 4 cats. Here's a pic of my baby girl helping me write this response.

>We're looking to adopt a young (not kitten) shorthair cat.

This is great! Adults are much harder to home than kittens. If you're not home much, consider getting two. Some shelters have BOGO deals.

>We live in a decently-sized two-bedroom apartment in the middle of a big city. Tips for apartment life?

Set aside a corner for cat bed, cat scratching post, toys, etc. Also a corner in your bathroom for the litter box. They're a bit pricier than your run-of-the-mill cat furniture, but Molly and Friends makes the best cat furniture I've ever bought. It's sturdy and well-made, i.e. it won't fall apart with 4 cats scratching on it. Do some research on where your cat may like these things placed. Putting the furniture by a window is great - it's like kitty TV. Litterbox should be somewhere quiet, private, and with a hard floor, in case of accidents.

>We have money set aside for initial supplies (litter box/scoop, carrier, bowls, and brush), the shelter donation, food/litter subscriptions from Amazon, yearly vet visits, and some emergency money. (My cat at my parents' home has epilepsy and food allergies, so I made sure this was a priority.) Am I forgetting anything?

Collar, tags, microchipping. Also neutering if it isn't already done. Check with your landlord if you have to pay pet rent and/or a pet deposit. Some landlords may even add a pet clause holding you responsible for potential pet damages.

I would also consider a pet water fountain. Cats won't drink much water of their own volition, so they're often dehydrated, and they generally don't like stagnant water. I have this one - it's actually made for big dogs, but with 4 cats, it's the right size. I refill it daily.

I also use those poop bags that dog owners use for their walks, when I scoop the litterboxes daily. It could be considered an unnecessary expense, but I don't like to use grocery bags because I like to dispose of the used litter immediately rather than throwing away a 10% filled grocery bag (wasteful!) or holding onto the bag to fill it up (gross!).

>What's your opinion on declawing? We're not that concerned about damaged furniture but neither of us has experience clipping kitty toenails.

I think there's been enough already said in this thread. If you're worried about how to do it, I'm sure your vet can demonstrate and give you tips.

>Does anyone have any experience with travelling with a cat? My partner and I live a few hours from our parents, but we'd like to visit for a week or two over Christmas and can't really leave the cat in the apartment by itself. Will travelling that distance stress the cat out? And when we get there, will the cat adjust to being in a new environment for a week? We'd bring the litterbox and stuff obviously.

Probably. We had to drive 13 hours over 2 days recently to move, and it was miserable with 4 screaming cats in the back seat. I recommend Feliway wipes, sprays, and diffusers to bring the stress down to manageable levels. However, I'm more concerned that the stress will cause the cat to act out once you reach your destination, especially meeting stranger-cats (your parents). Can you get a petsitter, friend, or a cat boarding service?

u/rowenharu · 3 pointsr/cats

=) we love to help fellow kitty owners!

I have found that if you play with your kittys paws while they are very sleepy or asleep you'll have a much easier time clipping their nails as they get older. Of course, I always recommend nail grinding over clipping because its smoother, lasts longer and it tickles vs pinches however, shes a baby and that will take some training!

get lots of toys! and play with her often. remember, just like your puppies need walk and play time, she does too! you can even train a cat to talk on a leash so you can take her with you on your walks with the dogs.

i have found my cat likes moving water and will absolutely NOT drink water from a bowl or anything thats sitting still. I use this fountain instead. Makes for happy kitty. hydration is very important!

as others have said, scratching posts are important. don't forget your flea, tick, and heartworm medications. Also, kitties should be brushed. My cat is scared of brushes so I use this which he adores and gets very excited when he sees it.

dogs like to eat cat poop for whatever unexplainable reason. please do yourself a favor and invest in a closed litter box sorta like this. its worth it!!

u/Truffles326 · 3 pointsr/gifs This is what I have for second one. It easily pulls apart into 2 parts and has relatively cheap filters. Top rack of dishwasher obviously (like all plastics).

It's very quiet compared to most because no splashing. I only notice/hear it when the water is low, and you need to fill it. I have to put a rag under my old one, but this one doesn't make as big of a mess either because they drink out of top portion which catches their spit/drips in to the bottom reservoir.

Edit: I ordered the brushes with it because pump is cleanable but because filter - I haven't seen it get dirty.

u/LakotaSilver · 3 pointsr/cats

I second the pet fountain - you may want to get a ceramic or stainless steel one instead of plastic, however, as plastic can easily harbor bacteria and can lead to outbreaks of "cat acne". I have this fountain:

It's pricier, but worth the investment.

BTW - your kitty is a "Domestic Shorthair" - this is a catch-all term that basically covers all non-pedigreed cats of a certain fur length (the other terms are Domestic Longhair and Domestic Mediumhair, for long- and medium-furred cats, respectively). This basically means a moggy/"mutt" cat. Unless you know for certain a cat is a specific breed, with a pedigree from a breeder, they are referred to as "Domestic (fur length)hairs".

Tabby is a coat pattern, not a breed (it is the stripy pattern you see in a lot of cats). Your girl would be called "bicolor" or "tuxedo" in terms of coat color/pattern.

u/metalbracelet · 3 pointsr/childfree

I actually ended up with this one after lots of agonizing: Do you know there are no less than two websites devoted entirely to comparing cat fountains?

u/iswimsodeep · 3 pointsr/cats

I do not! But you can get them on amazon: PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Ceramic Dog and Cat Water Fountain, White, 70 oz.

u/a_junebug · 3 pointsr/Pets

Is he lethargic? Is he eating his wet food? If neither, then I agree with the other commenters to not worry.

I also agree with the suggestion to get a fountain. Here's the one we purchased. Both my cats love it and drink so much more since purchasing it last year. One of the cats just stared at it for about a week before trying it, but now loves it.

u/cookiepusss · 3 pointsr/Pets

Put down the lid. They have lids that close slowly and don't slam, makes it easier to do every time. I have a Catit fountain that all my cats have loved. Catit Design Senses Fountain with Water Softening Cartridge

u/Meerkatable · 3 pointsr/Pets

Jumping on your comment to say: My vets have advised me that the first ingredient in cat food should be some sort of whole meat - not a grain or meal (corn meal is popular) or vegetable. Cats are obligate carnivores and need to eat meat.

Also, if your cat won’t eat wet food (mine won’t, the tiny asshole) make doubly sure to provide water. Cats generally like their food and water sources to be separate, for some reason. I keep the litter box, food and water in three separate rooms. My cat is particular about his water fountain but really likes this one: Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter

All this said but cats are super individual. They aren’t very good at adapting to new situations, so you have to meet them (more than) half way.

u/gerwen · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Not at all. Catit Water Fountain

I've had it for a couple years, still going strong. Bonus feature that is possibly unintended, it gets noisier when it is getting empty. It doesn't make much noise when full, but the pump becomes audible when it's almost out of water.

u/Lizzimae · 3 pointsr/CATHELP

Try getting a fountain water bowl: Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter

We have that one and our cat drinks more water than with a regular bowl.

u/mybabysbacon · 3 pointsr/Pets

I love water fountains for my cats. Cats have difficulty judging where the water's surface is if it isn't moving. This is why he splashes.

I have this one, and I love it. I wish it was ceramic, though.

u/SodapopGatts · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have 3 cats. There was a stray cat running around my neighborhood and we decided to bring her in and take care of her. Apparently she was pregnant. She had 5 babies and we kept 2 from the litter. Anyway, here are a couple random pics of them. They're my little babies 😍 My cats would love this!

u/ShutterBugIt · 3 pointsr/cats

Fountains do help. We've had a few. We found one easy to clean and the cats love it.

Its how we stopped out cats from knocking over the bowl. And we still have a couple that like to put their paws in the water, but its fine.

And no, they will still drink from a regular bowl. All of ours do if needed. Minus the one that refuses to drink unless it's running or in an actual glass.

The one we have

u/80spizzarat · 3 pointsr/Flipping

A Hurom masticating juicer I bought at auction for $15. Makes awesome juice. It's an older model, but I figured I would keep it awhile and see if I used it enough to make buying a newer one worthwhile since they're like $400.

I also found a pet fountain I kept for my cats, but l knew those existed before I found it. It's a Catit Fresh and Clear and I found it brand new for $8 at Savers.

u/drawalegna · 3 pointsr/CatTaps

It is this MOSPRO brand. I would highly recommended it, the cats love it and seem to drink more water since we got them this fountain. Here is the link for it!

u/pambannedfromchilis · 3 pointsr/HydroHomies

Thank you for the info!! I don’t know what fountain it is, it was the only cute fountain picture I could find with a dog and cat drinking together. my cat loves this water fountain and it’s pretty quiet
If you ever want to try that road again I highly recommend it! Also she’s in kidney failure so my primary vet/ER vet really encourage the filtered fountain :) F crappy motors!!!

u/bl4ckc4l1c0 · 3 pointsr/CatsInSinks

Bruce didnt drink water really at all until we got this drinking fountain for him. 4 years, We felt so bad once we saw how much he was using it! Please note this was My Wife’s idea after Bruce was drinking from the bathtub faucet before our showers. Found this cheaper at my local pet store.

u/rebelplum · 2 pointsr/Pets

How often do you play with Finn? Does Finn have any type of routine with you in the evening?

Even though Finn has cat buddies, that doesn't mean he is entirely entertained by them 24/7. I would suggest dedicating a good 30 minutes to play time in the evenings, every day. Cats need to "hunt" every day. Finn sounds like he would really benefit from a cat toy like THIS.

Also, perhaps a different type of "watering hole". Cats like to think that they are drinking fresh water. Think about it like nature... cats in the wild tend to drink from bodies of water that are at least, slightly, moving. Still water breeds sickness. Maybe try THIS.

If those options don't work.. try the vet.

u/mofobreadcrumbs · 2 pointsr/aww

I feel you, cat-owner-bro.

But think like you were, also, a feral killer feline beast: Why would you drink water from a well when you could drink it from a river? Running water it's safer to drink from.

Making a long story short:

u/geneticlemon · 2 pointsr/cats

I recognize your cat, Stephanie Connolly.

u/tropicsasquatch93 · 2 pointsr/cat

Have you looked into something like this?

PetSafe Drinkwell Original Cat and Dog Water Fountain, Filtered Water for Your Pet, 50 oz. Water Capacity

My old cat used to do the same thing with the bathtub. Finally got her the water fountain so I wouldn’t have to leave the water in the tub running all the time.

u/PanicOnFunkotron · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Cats instinctively drink from running water. Something like a cat fountain might help you out.

u/Arzalis · 2 pointsr/cats

They sell them at pretty much any pet store. They're not that expensive, either unless it's the really nice models.

I basically got this one and it works great. Just replace the filter every month or so. Filters are like 10$ for a 3 pack.

u/Deviknyte · 2 pointsr/CatsInSinks

My cat use to only drink from my cup. We got him this and he drink from it no problem.

u/84Dublicious · 2 pointsr/cats

First, I suggest listening to the vet :) Kittens grow quickly and are quite active so they need more calories per pound that an adult cat. If your vet thinks he'll grow into it, he probably will.

There are a few ways to tell if your cat's weight is appropriate for his size. You can apparently tell by feeling his ribs or the base of his tail to see how easy it is to feel bones. This seems like a pretty solid resource. I've had trouble with this method since I thought my cat was fine, but turns out she was just a bit overweight.

My cat is pretty much as grown as she'll be. So now I weigh her, which seems much more precise to me. It's tough to get your cat on a scale, but an easy way to do it is to pick him up and hold him while you're on the scale, and then weigh yourself alone and note the difference. It's not quite as exact as a scale made for cats, but it's got the benefits that 1) Your cat is more likely to sit still in your arms for a few seconds than in a scale you put him in every so often 2) it doesn't cost you any more money. It should be accurate enough for the purposes of monitoring weight changes as they can change by as much as 1lb without you noticing otherwise. It doesn't seem like a lot to a person, but for a cat 1lb can be a lot!

It's good that you're getting your cat on quality food. Again, as a kitten, personally I would not worry so much about the feeding pattern as long as it's consistent and he's getting what he needs. If you have a strong bond and he's vocal, there's a good chance he's going to whine for food a lot anyway (my cat makes the most pathetic sounds nearing feeding time, but she's perfectly healthy). I fed my cat 3 times a day as a kitten but now that she's grown she gets fed once in the morning and once in the evening. Unfortunately I can't leave any food for grazing since she'll just eat it all as soon as I fill the bowl.

Also, especially if you're feeding a lot of dry food, make sure you have water available for your cat and that he's drinking it. Cats naturally tend to get most of their water from their prey and have a low thirst drive. That doesn't exactly work when you're feeding them dry food so dehydration is a problem for some cats. They tend to like running water more than still water (you may notice he's interested by a running tap) so an inexpensive fountain like this one works for my cat.

Good luck, and I wish you and your new buddy a long healthy time together!

u/SaulsAll · 2 pointsr/cats

I used this model for a number of years without a filter. It worked well, but would sputter when low on liquid and has a number of hard-to-clean nooks in it.

I've recently purchased this model which runs much quieter (both without sputtering and without a water trickle noise which might be good or bad for you). I've only had it a week so I don't know how much better or worse it is to clean, but it seems to have fewer tiny nooks in it.

u/Ef3s · 2 pointsr/cats

I have a water fountain for my kitties. About $50 at the pet store. Entertains both me and them, and keeps me from having to change the water twice a day.


u/janibus75 · 2 pointsr/cats

I read somewhere (probably reddit, i don't have a source) that Cats prefer running water to still water because the latter can be bad, but running mostly isnt or seems fresh (that's why there are things like this).

u/angrygnome · 2 pointsr/catpictures

I bought my Charlie a ceramic version of this and he drinks water now like all the time, even when its near his food bowl. He also likes to touch the stream with his paw, it fascinates him.

u/NowDatsAGudLooknKtty · 2 pointsr/cats

She might like a cat water fountain. My girls love theirs!

u/SlightFigureOfSpeech · 2 pointsr/Pets

I've had this one by Whisker City for ~7 months now, and have yet to have any problems. Is yours also the smallest size one?

At home my parents have this one by Drinkwell. They've been using this for probably several years now, with no major problems, besides having to refill/clean it all the time because a LOT of cats share it, haha. Hope you find one that works out!

u/Fatdude3 · 2 pointsr/parrots


Directly from the link

Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain
by Water & Feed

u/Synaxis · 2 pointsr/dogs

I have this. Just got it not even two weeks ago. It is very, very easy to clean and stays cleaner than my old automatic waterer and much cleaner than a bowl. You can use it with or without a filter, it came with one and I plan to always use a filter but the filter does get mucky pretty quick.

The first day I had the fountain, my dog stuck his entire face in the bowl and the water stream.

I like it though. It's infinitely easier to clean than the old one I had.

u/curiouscarrot · 2 pointsr/Pets

My cat always played with water and knocked over bowls, but he was never able to knock over this fountain

PetSafe Drinkwell Big Dog Pet Fountain

u/penny_dreadful_mess · 2 pointsr/dogs

Have you thought about a water fountain? I got one because my dogs loves playing with her bowl but the fountain is almost impossible to tip. It's also helped some of her sloppy drinking habits, just because there is so much surface area for her the slop over (it is still on top of a yoga mat just in case). Also, the reason we got one is my friends cats have one and will only drink out of that. After being there a couple of hours, Soph doubled her water intake, so I got one straight away. I actually have the Big Dog one because I can't accurately judge sizes online and thought it couldn't be that big but it is massive! It solves to slop and tipping problem but unless Echo and Guinness are always drinking out of it, it might be a bit much (it is definitely too much for my 1 30 lb dog, haha)

u/drowgirl · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is going to be fun. Across my multiple wishlists...

1.) Something that is grey.
Grey bedsheets.

2.) Something reminiscent of rain.
Pet water fountain.

3.) Something food related that is unusual.
Astronaut Ice Cream

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)
This Bruins banner is for my BFF Becky. She loves the Bruins more than anything. Hockey is her obsession. I put it on my list to remind myself to get it for her at some point. It would make her happy.

5.) A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it!
The Name of the Wind. Of everything I've read in the past 6 months, this one I devoured and have been desperate for the second book in (it's on my list to pick up this week, actually, if my paycheck EVER comes in).

Look, I hate... HATE... first person perspective. I see it as a sign of sloppy writing. However, this book had me SOLD on it. Kvothe is possibly one of my new favorite characters OF ALL TIME.

Avid reader doesn't even begin to describe me. I have my own library. I need books like air. And if I had to make a list of 100 books that were all I was allowed to have for the rest of my life, THIS WOULD BE ON IT.

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related!
This kindle book

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...)
The most interesting cat toy in the world

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it.
This choker. Enough said.

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why?
The Breakfast Club Why? Because. It's a good movie. Whether you were the jock, the brain, the spoiled brat, the loser, or the troublemaker-- there's a character you can identify with, and it shows that whatever and whoever you are, you can get along with someone who isn't in your clique.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain.
A Seed Vault

Everyone worries about fighting zombies.

Dumb. You see, when the zombies come, I'm holing up. A few weeks and if they are undead, they'll have rotted themselves to death. If they are fast moving, viral sumbitches, then they'll have likely ended up offing themselves through dehydration or whatever.

In any event, I'll wait them out. But then, I will need to rebuilt and eat.

(Besides, I have my trusty zombie-killing baseball bat, and a bow. Quiet. Efficient.)

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals.
This book on Aztec and Inca expansionism. I'm back in school, and my focus is Mesoamerican Studies. Eventual degrees, here I come!

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items.
Zucchini seeds.

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why?
A KitchenAid Mixer Why? I like to cook and bake. My mother has one that I used for years when I was a kid and still living with her. I'm 30 now. I remember she got it when I was like, 5. IT STILL WORKS. Over a dozen moves, being abused for holidays making bread and cookies and cakes, being used by my Dad (I swear, he looks at appliances and they break) and it STILL FUNCTIONS PERFECTLY.

I cannot think of a kitchen appliance that would be more useful.

14.) Something bigger than a bread box. EDIT A bread box is typically similar in size to a microwave.

This loft bed

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball.
How about 7 somethings? A set of dice.

16.) Something that smells wonderful.
Italian Herb Bread Mix It smells good when you open the box. When it's mixed. While it's rising. While it bakes. After it bakes. As you've slathered butter on it and begin to nom.

17.) A (SFW) toy.
Hawkeye is so SFW I would bring him in to put on my desk.

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school.
This book, of course.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be.
Funko Tyrion Lannister because even a small man can cast a great shadow.

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.

No one will understand the magnificence of this plushie.

It is a rotund, cuddly, snuggly Cthulhu.

But Cthulhu does not cuddle. He does not care. When the stars are right, he will rise from the deeps and from his seat Ry'leh, devour his cultists-- and everyone else-- by the millions, and bring forth an end to all things.

But how can you deny his Elder God wrath? HOW?! Look at him, all squishy and warm and soft. Look at his little T-Rex arms, reaching out for your love and devotion. His eyes, his wiggly little face tentacles. YOU MUST SNUGGLE HIM.

fear cuts deeper than swords

What do we say to death? NOT TODAY.

u/OutOfNames · 2 pointsr/Pets

I have two cats and a husky and all of them drink a lot of water. I found myself constantly refilling their water dishes so I invested in the Drinkwell Big Dog fountain. It works great and all the animals seem to like it. A few problems I had it with it is the dog splashes a lot of water out while drinking, so I ended up buying the plastic floor mat for underneath it. The cats also like to stick their paws in the water and play with the streams, so it does collect some dirt from that and I have to wash it out about once a week.

Only other major problem I have is due to our hard water in my area. It causes an ugly calcium buildup on the sides and builds up in the motor. About twice a year I have to take the whole thing apart, soak in vinegar, and chisel out all the calcium build up. Even using filtered water doesn't seem to help.

I've had it for a year and it's still going strong, so I consider it a good investment.

u/OldPuebloCat · 2 pointsr/WhitePeopleTwitter

Have you gotten him a fountain? Cat's in the wile rarely drink from still water, they looooove having a fountain.

My cats are all about it.


u/DPDickens · 2 pointsr/aww

This is the model that I own and my cats love it.

u/NotSuzyHomemaker · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

A pet water fountain because it's stainless steel and therefore easier to clean and because it's healthier for the pets.

Update: based on SFTX's recommendation, I updated the water fountain on my wishlist to one that is less expensive, can be washed in the dishwasher, and holds more water. Sweet!

u/lyssiedawn710 · 2 pointsr/cats

I've gotten both of these

The cheaper was was terrible and broke quickly. The $80 one has lasted me for 4 years. I think it's better to spend the extra money for a quality product

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Dog and Cat Water Fountain, Automatic Drinking Fountain for Pets, 168 oz.

u/sophacushion · 2 pointsr/dogs

I have this one. My mom bought it a few years ago for her senior chocolate lab and chihuahua. Both loved it. Once her lab passed she gave it to me for my GSP puppy. We've had it for over a year. Actually just had to buy a replacement reservoir (sister's lab ran into it while playing. It cracked and duct tape can only hold so well for so long). I usually rinse it out once a week and then do a deep clean every few weeks.

I'm a huge fan of it. If I had just a regular bowl, I'd have to refill it multiple times a day. With the fountain, I have to refill every couple of days.

u/shadowmalice89 · 2 pointsr/WhatsWrongWithYourCat

This is the one I've had for two years now. It's worked out really well for my cats but my only gripe with it is that it's not the easiest to clean, and you do have to fully clean it from time to time. Otherwise, the motor gets really sludgy and dirty. With you having just one cat, you shouldn't have to do it too often though. I have 4 cats who all love drinking out of it.

u/brockvenom · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

Word. I heard this about bought one of these for my kitty.

He absolutely loves it. He doesn't drink out of the dish on the bottom, he drinks out of the stream pouring out the top. He even plays with the water with his paw sometimes and it's adorable.

When we have to clean the device and it's in the dishwasher, he gets really vocal because he wants his water thing back. Spoiled kitty!

u/Mrcool360 · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

My cat had urine crystals too and ended up needing a PU surgery. We got him a water fountain and he loves it, previously he loved to drink from the faucet at the sink so this was perfect for him.

Here’s the one we got
“Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain 168oz”

u/semprini23 · 2 pointsr/funny

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain

Bought the same one a couple years ago from amazon on cyber Monday

u/Cyt6000 · 2 pointsr/RVLiving
u/mundanesnowflake · 2 pointsr/raisedbyborderlines

Oh! I also have a somewhat elderly cat. No kidney problems yet, thank goodness, but I noticed she wasn't drinking as much water and it got me paranoid. I got her one of these guys. They have smaller versions as well, and I bought a big value pack of the filters, and it's lasted me a good long while (I can't remember exactly when I got it, sorry). Both my cats love it, and it's saved me a lot of time not having to fool with their water every day. I wash it once a week, and refill it every couple days.

Edit: It's a cat drinking fountain. I need to be more descriptive about my links. >.<

u/SwenT4Kara7G0ld · 2 pointsr/cats

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Dog and Cat Water Fountain, 168 oz.

That's what I've been using for my three fluffy cats for almost four years. Good with or without filters, high capacity, and the plastic has yet to degrade or crack or anything.

u/BigRedDawg103 · 2 pointsr/aww

Like most things in my home, amazon

Chewy has it if you don't like Amazon.
I use them for a lot of pet supplies and they are great.

u/crowek · 2 pointsr/cats

Nice looking cat.
Cats tend to like faucets because of the running water. Because of this a lot of cat fountains have been made. They tend to have a filter and emulate running water. Something like this (though I don't have personal experience with that model). You could consider upgrading her water bowl to one of these and seeing if she takes to it.

The ice cubes in the bowl might work too.

I'd also suggest buying some wet cat food with a high moisture rate, as cats generally dehydrate themselves on dry food. So with a wet food she might feel less thirsty.

u/Xaeonis · 2 pointsr/videos

Its awesome. Only fill it about once every few days, and I clean it every week or so (though Ill admit sometimes I get too busy and forget).

It dismantles into bottom, middle, cover and the motor. The motor has a few little parts to be taken apart, but its all easily done and cleaned in about 5-10mins.

Ive had it for YEARS. Since 2010 I think. I thought it stopped working the other day, turned out the motor had just gunked up and I had not cleared it out well enough.

He loves it too. Better than him drinking out of the damned tub.

Oh and you cant see it, but i also have this

2 times a day, half a cup. Keeps him from chowing down and me from overfeeding him. I wipe it out when I refill it, but its pretty cool.

He does get antsy though and will start yelling for food about 2 hours before the thing goes off.

u/FunktasticLucky · 2 pointsr/tuckedinkitties

Here is the one I bought.

It does well. I throw it in the dishwasher once a month to clean it up and then just fill it back up. I use nothing but distilled water in it.

u/eraser-dust · 2 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

Just any higher quality soft food, to be honest. They will probably try to sell you on the Science Diet food that is supposedly formulated for urinary tract issues. A good quality soft food that isn't, say, friskies, offbrand, or fancy feast, will be good. Iams is pretty decent with their soft food, but it has been a while since I used that brand. As for water fountains, ones with removable carbon filters tend to work best. They do require thorough cleanings every now and then because cats saliva will always get into the water dish and cycled through so it eventually makes it dirty and a bit slimey. I use an old toothbrush to clean the harder to reach spots. Takes me about fifteen minutes every two weeks. This is with multiple cats, though. I'm not too sure how long you can go between cleanings for less than three cats.

This fountain is generally well-recommended and works decently. It has replaceable carbon filters so once they get pretty nasty you can just replace with a new one.

As for the methionine, if it ever comes to that, you can order it online, I believe. They sell it in some sort of meat flavored chewable tablets for cats, I believe. We crush them up and mix in with their soft food and that's that. It's not super expensive to order, either. My mom has always had a very limited budget and we have managed perfectly fine.

Honestly it's alright to keep feeding your cat some hard food, too, just read the ingredients beforehand. Ash is what you want to look out for. The main thing is to just introduce more moisture into your kitty's diet. We usually will mix a small handful of hard food with a can of wet food and feed them that way.

u/FelixTCat · 2 pointsr/AmazonTopRated

Note, this is the 50oz model. I have the 168oz model:

I have 3 cats and can get about 6 (maybe 7) days from it between refills which comes in handy when traveling. The 50oz model would be way too small.

u/maidrey · 2 pointsr/felinebehavior

We have the catit fountain and my cats love it. My little girl was putting her paws in it within minutes and our boy was terrified. For a while, he would get close and then hiss at it. My roommate’s cat has had fountains before so he started drinking from it immediately. I spent some time dipping my finger in it and letting our boy lick the water off. Now, my cats love it. They prefer to drink from the fountain more than a dish of water. I use it without the yellow center of the flower after some trial - my cats like being able to drink where the water bubbles in the center and from the streams down the petals.

My local shelter has larger water fountains that look more like these. If your cats really like faucets they may like this better. The Catit isn’t very loud/splashy.

u/dcrypter · 2 pointsr/pokemongo

This is unfortunately pretty pricey($65~) but it is the best fountain that my girlfriend and I have found. We got tired of buying $20 and $30 fountains and having them break after only a few months. This one has been going strong for well over a year now and it is as good as new.

There is a plastic version of it but I liked the idea of stainless over plastic as it won't hold tastes and is much more durable.

u/Dakaramor · 2 pointsr/CatsInSinks

We have this for our cat and he loves it:

It is easy to maintain and the filters are not expensive. I would recommend buying the brush set for cleaning as plastic will grow some bacteria on it and the pump and tubing will need to be properly cleaned.

u/BoredDellTechnician · 2 pointsr/redditguild

I'm Waringpro and I approve this message. You can even get a bathroom cat hydration station.

u/DarkLord7854 · 2 pointsr/DIY

Gone through a few different fountains over the years with the same frustrations of them being a pain to clean, or the filters having multiple ways of being slotted in incorrectly, or the pump being stupidly loud.

Finally found one that's actually really simple to clean, the filters are simple slide in/out and have a single orientation slot, and the pump is really quiet with an adjustable flow rate:

u/nayohmerae · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Snow, snow, go away

An amazon gift card can be exactly $20!

I'm trying to save up for this drinking fountain for my kitties and $20 would be a nice start!

You are so pretty! Gorgeous in fact!

u/SlightlySweet · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Weasley looks like he could be a cat model! He needs to be on tv selling me cat food! He's so handsome!

If your cat likes to drink out of the faucet I would recommend saving up for one of These it's how we stopped our cat from drinking from the faucet, and allowed us to actually turn it off lol. It's the stream of running water they are attracted to. Our Voltron loves it, he drinks way more water now also. It is by far the best thing we have bought our cat, Drinkwell has all sorts of different fountains that have running streams that range in price and material (ceramic/stainless steel/plastic), we decided stainless because it looks nice.

u/ZorbaTHut · 2 pointsr/aww

I've got this water fountain. It is definitely not big enough to sit in, but the middle part - where the pump is - is just held on to the bottom of the bowl by suction cups. If you bought that, plus a flat-bottomed bowl large enough for cats to sit in next to the tower, you could just suction-cup the tower assembly into the bowl.

u/scottyboy218 · 2 pointsr/therewasanattempt

I had that one. It got to be quite a nuisance to clean. This one is 100x better.

u/skyblueandblack · 2 pointsr/cats

Something like this might be a handy thing to have around.

u/TheCatGuardian · 2 pointsr/Pets

I avoid plastic. It can cause cat acne, and a plastic fountain will never really be clean. I used to have a white ceramic one but it was hard to keep clean. I switched over to this and love it.

u/Adolpheappia · 2 pointsr/cats

I have this one and it's super easy to clean (just a top piece and a bottom piece and both are steel so you can scrub them really good).

After 2 years the pump burnt out, but they sell the replacement pump for 15 bucks.

u/Lady_Mithrandir · 2 pointsr/aww

That is a very nice fountain... Bonus that I think it's pretty ascetically pleasing for humans also. I plan on upgrading soon to a porcelain one... For now my two cats like this one as well...

u/Jak_Crow · 2 pointsr/cats

Get one that isn't as tall and has a wide base and us made of heavier materials. Something like these

Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain

PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain

u/far2frail · 2 pointsr/aww

I have the Pioneer Raindrop fountain (here) for $30 and I use these filters. I only need to replace the filter once every one to two months. Totally worth it because of how much the cats love it, and it gives me peace of mind knowing that it's helping them stay healthy.

Our first cat, Roger (whom I originally bought the fountain for), was terrified of it at first. A month went by before he finally had the courage to drink from it, and then he quickly adored it. Unfortunately he passed away, and we adopted two kittens. Simon and Chloe instantly loved it as soon as we brought them home. So there's a chance she may hate it at first, but running water is very natural and appealing to cats. I think she would grow to like a fountain very quickly. :)

u/Eslader · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

The filters are meant to be changed periodically, just like filters in anything else. Some people just rinse the filter off and stick it back in the fountain, and then wonder why it has science experiments growing in it. You can back flush it a couple of times, but then it's time to change it.

That one works well for our cats, although only one of them likes the running water. The other drinks from the bowl. We wash it once a week or so and do filter maintenance once a month. Works fine.

u/AlexTakeTwo · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I have a water-picky cat as well, and Mr “You need to refill the bowl RIGHT NOW before I’ll drink from it” has been very receptive to the [Pioneer Pet Big Max fountain] ( that I got from Amazon. I get the replacement filters on Subscribe & Save, and clean/refill the fountain about every 7-10 days.

u/flibbertygiblet · 2 pointsr/Pets

We currently have this Cat It one and ours really like it, so do we. It's not so much a fountain, more like a bubbler? There's no stream of water, but it is constantly moving. Has filters, the whole bit. Our 5 cats drink a ton, so we really like that it holds more than most fountains, and it's super easy to clean.

We used to have this frog one and, while cute, it was a bitch. The pump was finicky(it went into super mode and poured out its entire contents on the table we had it in more than once), it was ridiculously hard to clean(some parts were even impossible to get to), and finding replacement filters was like searching for the holy grail.

u/3rdMonkey · 2 pointsr/WhatsWrongWithYourCat

I can not recommend this fountain enough. My cats did the same thing.

PetSafe Drinking Fountain

u/avaelyn · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It sounds like it isn't a need, but a drinking fountain for my cat. He won't drink water out of a regular bowl, instead he dumps over cups or drops in the bathtub or out of the toilet. Apparently, when none of these things are available, he will sometimes not drink. He got a bad urinary tract infection a few years back, and since we got him this, he will drink more water, which seems to help. We had one, but it broke. :(

One like this is preferred as he likes drinking running water from taps. But this one would also work.

u/PinkiePromise · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Automatic drinking fountain! Keep his water nice and circulated <3

u/Tod_Gottes · 2 pointsr/aww

This $25 cat water fountain is amazing. Holds about 1.5L of water and has a raised portion if so they dont have to bend over. My cats like to drink right where its running out.

My parents first got one for their cat because she somehow started crying for them to turn on the bathtub faucet so she could drink out of the stream. After my cats spent a few weeks at at their house they were refusing to drink out of a bowl at my apt anymore. They love the fuck out of this thing though. They freak out if its turned off lol.

u/charliewonders · 2 pointsr/Pets

Pioneer Pet Raindrop Ceramic Drinking Fountain for Pets, White

They have a stainless steel one also but I read the ceramic is easier to keep clean. I believe there's a larger one for dogs as well (or a larger number of cats) but for my two this size was plenty. Be aware there's a little bit of maintenance involved, replacement filters and cleaning, but I do think it's worth it. My kitties seem to drink lots more since I got it.

u/stormske88 · 2 pointsr/DIY

For those of you who don't want to DIY:

Easy to clean, has optional carbon filter, cat loves it, although it took him 2 weeks to start drinking directly from the fountain and not the bowl part.

u/tsquaredwsu · 2 pointsr/Pets
u/bloodybahorel · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

If that has a molded bottom, be careful of condensation build up underneath. I had the Drinkwell Mini fountain for my cat and tossed it when it created mildew on his food mat.

I got him this one to replace it.

u/PokerKitteh2 · 2 pointsr/tifu

I have this model and its not very hard to clean, its made to come completely apart.

u/paohana · 2 pointsr/Pets

We got this PetSafe Ceramic Fountain because one of our cats got a UTI and bladder stones.

It’s pricey AF, but worth it in our eyes. Our cats love drinking from it. They drink way more water now than they did when they just had bowls, which is keeping them both healthy (but especially the one who got the UTI). It’s also pretty easy to clean and has replaceable filters.

u/impy695 · 2 pointsr/cats

Whatever you get, go for a ceramic or metal one. Theyre easier to clean than plastic, and last longer. I put my ceramic one in the dishwasher.

You do have to clean it regularly every 1 to 2 weeks, so get one with less awkward shaped pieces to clean.

I'm pretty sure all of them have this, but make sure it uses a good filter.

Honestly cat fountains are awesome and every owner should get one. Cats that eat dry food usually do not get enough water with a normal bowl since they instinctually avoid drinking from standing water (also, avoid putting the water next to their food). Also, you have to fill it up less! It's only a minute at most every day, but it's nice not having to worry about it.

Edit: I originally had this one (or one like it) and you can see from my recommendations above the issues I had with it

I now have this one and love it: PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Ceramic Dog and Cat Water Fountain, White, 70 oz.

u/strubes · 2 pointsr/cats

We have the Pagota and our cats love it.

u/catladyIRL · 2 pointsr/catpictures

Yes! I’ve got this one. It’s easy to clean and my cats can’t knock it over (which they used to do with plastic dishes.)

u/Runawaii · 2 pointsr/Pets

This fountain might be a good option if you want something smaller. I use the 168 Oz. one for my two cat's but I admit I do have to dump a lot when it get's cleaned. It's only 70oz and according to the PDF I found for disassembly the carbon filter comes AFTER the pump. It also uses the same pump as the 168 oz model. I haven't used it but it has a lot of reviews and Drinkwell's have been a solid product in my experience.

u/nionvox · 2 pointsr/cats

Give her time. Don't force affection on her. She may or may not be an affectionate kitty, who knows. With regards to water, she might use a cat fountain

u/theRacistEuphemism · 2 pointsr/Pets

We have this fountain for our cats:

It only has a low gurgle/bubble, so it's not like falling water. The sides stay relatively still and the bubble of water doesn't spurt very high from the top so it may be something that is attractive enough, but not too animate.

Not my video, but this is what it looks like in action.

Watch out for shit like this though.

u/insaneblane · 2 pointsr/cats

Hi, I'm interested in getting a cat fountain (never knew any of this before!). I found two that might be what you're describing, what do you recommend? Thanks for the information!

u/Inessaria · 2 pointsr/cats

My cats were very unfamiliar with the fountain at first, and just gave it the side eye as they walked past. But it didn't take long for them to get used to it. We did end up swapping the original one out for This one once they got a little taller, as one of my idgits likes to dab her paw in and watch the water drip off her fur. Unfortunately that resulted in a frequently clogged filter, as they are long haired. The new filter is designed differently so she can't do that as much, and whenever I check the water in the tank it is wonderfully clean and fresh looking with nary a hair to be seen, which I like.

We did find that we had to move the fountain a few feet away from the food, as someone was apparently getting a drink with food still in their mouth, which would drop into the water, get all boated and contaminated, and be gross. But just make sure the water is always fresh and topped off, and she'll get the hang of it soon enough.

u/letitburn22 · 2 pointsr/Assistance

I have a finicky water drinker and eater too. Make sure you have wide, shallow bowls (non plastic) so the sides won’t touch his whiskers.

A fountain is also a great idea. My cats always come running when I turn on a faucet so I decided to get this one from Amazon. I also keep their food bowls in a different place than their water. Some cats won’t drink if their water is too close to their food source.

u/flatice · 2 pointsr/blackcats

I got my water cat this one from amazon and he loves it!

u/DireTaco · 2 pointsr/aww

> As far as the rest of basic kitty care, a water fountain is definitely an excellent idea. We have one for our two cats and they L O V E it. It's cute and didn't cost very much, either. Here's a link: Catit Flower Fountain

Seconding this, it was absolutely worth the purchase. Running water is much, much better than stagnant, and the filter keeps it clean. The basic water bowls I bought before would always get incredibly gross, but this thing has been wonderful for my cat.

u/lawyercat63 · 2 pointsr/bengalcats

Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter

u/bbdoll · 2 pointsr/cats

also add 2-3 tablespoons of water to his wet food every meal

i tried a bunch of water fountains including fancy ceramic ones, this has been my favorite for ease of maintenance:

he won't drink often though with the wet food and added water. that's normal

u/nesfor · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

Thank you for your advice! She is normally on a mix of wet and dry Urinary S0 (and we always mix the wet food into more of a soup), but we can definitely give her more wet. I hadn’t thought of that.

I don’t have a pic of my sink at the moment, but the water fountains I have are the Pioneer swan fountain and the Catit flower fountain.

u/-3point14159-mp · 2 pointsr/youseeingthisshit

I bought [this one](Catit Flower Fountain on Amazon for my cats. It's only $30 and surprisingly sturdy. It's really easy to take apart, clean, and put together, and my cats love it.

u/solidsimpson · 2 pointsr/cats

We use this from amazon and it’s been great! She drinks from it all the time.

Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Drinking Fountain with Triple-Action Filter

u/BleckoNeko · 2 pointsr/churning

You mentioned it is somewhat hard to clean?

I have this

Cats are not too keen on this.

u/cupofj47 · 2 pointsr/Aquariums
u/Pandaloon · 2 pointsr/CatsInSinks

My cat likes to drink from the bathtub faucet. But she also drinks from this fountain

u/jdoggered · 2 pointsr/hairybuns

Pet Fountain Cat Water Dispenser - Healthy and Hygienic Drinking Fountain Super Quiet Flower Automatic Electric Water Bowl with 2 Replacement Filters for Dogs, Cats, Birds and Small Animals Blue

^link to the water fountain.

^some pics of my set up so you can see how I increased the capacity.

Basically just added a tube between two points and as the fountain lowers in levels so does the tub.

Bonus pic of buns at end


Needs to have a an enclosure so buns cant chew wires

Sand around the drilled openings so the glue sticks better

Use silicone glue as it is water proof and food safe

Use rubber grommets on the openings makes for a better seal

Use a bigger tube then I did because it take forever for the water to redistribute

I have valves on mine so I can disconnect the system so the parts can be washed.

Put the powerstrip(if used) on top of the water container so if you have a leak you dont electrocute yourself, your buns, or your house

Make sure you have the right parts before you start. (Bought a drill bit that doesnt work with my drill, and couldn't find grommets the size I needed for the size of the hole I drilled, I made it work though)

Test for leaks before you fill with water (put the tube under duress or itll pull out as your filling with water)

Make sure you know how to use the tools properly so you dont hurt yourself

Have fun haha

u/taegha · 2 pointsr/cats

From my experience that happens because hair and other stuff clogs up the motor of the pump. The Fountain I switched to recently did away with that issue

u/Buttercup_Bride · 2 pointsr/AnimalsBeingDerps

I saw this posted by another redditor
Your kitty might like it too

Pioneer Pet Swan Pet Drinking Fountain: 80oz Water Capacity

u/cryiiz · 2 pointsr/AnimalsBeingJerks

Some cats prefer running water, and that it’s fresh. They make Fountain water bowls to simulate running water.

u/pitofanavocado · 2 pointsr/cats

I recommend this fountain from Amazon:

Pioneer Drinking Fountain

Very easy to clean, and replacement filters are affordably priced. My cats like to option to drink from the spout or the bowl.

I have also tried both Catit Fountains (Flower and Metal), and would recommend the Flower out of those two options, but it is a pain to clean and the replacement filters are more expensive than the Pioneer fountain.

u/charlielight · 1 pointr/cats

Got this for my cats. It's been 6 months and they still cry at the sink for the faucet to be turned on.

u/ermac83 · 1 pointr/askscience

my cats did the same thing until i got them this,

it has a container in the back and just cycles the water from the basin. it's pretty neat and needs minimal cleaning.

u/cube5000 · 1 pointr/Pets

He might be one of those cats that likes aerated water. Have you thought of getting him one of these as it may help as everyone also has said.

u/dptofnala · 1 pointr/cats

My cat loved the sink, so I bought her a Drinkwell water fountain. It gives her a constant stream of running water. Some of the water fountains don't have a dripping stream (they have fresh water upwelling from the bottom). My cat LOVES this one. Best $30 I have ever spent. When I turn it off, she sits and stares at it until I turn it back on.

u/camn7797 · 1 pointr/videos

Your cat needs this...

Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain

u/Scoxxicoccus · 1 pointr/cats

My 8yr old cat will take any opportunity to drink from the faucet and just passed a complete physical with flying colors. You might try something like this just to keep it happy.

Still, if you are worried, you should take it in for a checkup.

u/ReubenTuesday · 1 pointr/kitties

If you're going to be out for long stretches of time every day, I would suggest not getting a kitten and instead looking for an older cat who is house trained and accustomed to being alone during the day.

As far as vacation is concerned your best bet is to find a friend/relative who will be willing to drop by your house once a day to put down food/clean litter/play with the kitty for a bit. If you are only heading off for a long weekend these things can easily be taken care of by using pet fountains, automated feeders, heck you can even get self cleaning litter trays. Any longer than that though and it's best to get someone to come round and take care of these things.

One more thing, whilst feeding you cat and providing litter may be reasonably cheap, vets bills can be INSANE. I would definitely recommend getting pet insurance.

u/BB8Droid · 1 pointr/cats

Something like this:

I got a different one that is stainless steel, just to match my kitchen. But it is awesome! My kitty would hardly drink from a regular bowl, but with the fountain we have to refill it with at least a cup of water a day. And she's tiny, only 8 pounds.

I've not actually read any studies, but apparently the fountains have been shown to decrease the risk of kidney disease and urinary tract problems, simply because it gets them to drink more

u/Americlone_Meme · 1 pointr/videos

I would otherwise say it's a waste of money, but if that was the alternative, $25-$50 seems like a bargain for a running water cat bowl.

u/Jboyes · 1 pointr/funny

Try this:

u/mishugashu · 1 pointr/cats

I'd probably just buy her a pet fountain.

Like this:

u/laterdayze · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hi there, what a great contest! :)

My Sofie kitty is 2, so not quite a kitten anymore, but she is such a sweetie pie and loves to play!

I found this, and thought it was really cool! Sofie likes to drink fresh water the best (directly from the faucet) and this seems like a neat alternative!

As I said, Sofie loves to play and I know she would love this mouse toy on my For the Kitty wishlist. :)

Thanks so much, I hope you and your kitty have a wonderful Christmas!

u/Radical_Zed · 1 pointr/Pets

I don't recommend a large bowl of food, that will lead to over-eating and when my cats get a little too much dry they tend to vomit it back up when it expands a bit in their stomach. Also that's how people get obese cats and that is very unhealthy. A high quality food that costs more now should save you in the years down the road when you're not paying for vet bills as a result of poor diet.

Just feed him before you leave and when you get back. Leave some toys out, even some balled up pieces of paper are fantastic toys.

Also consider getting a cat water fountain like this one. I have it and it lures the cats in to drink more because of the moving water which is a natural attractant.

u/Matityahu13 · 1 pointr/aww

They like to drink running water because it is more likely to be fresh. Also, they tend to not drink out of bowls near their food source because in the wild the water would have been contaminated. Get one of these and the cat will be in heaven.

u/jax9999 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There are actually a bunch of cat water fountains available.

u/Seal_Point_Lop · 1 pointr/Rabbits

This is the one I have...

It has been working great for 3.5 years but has to be taken apart and cleaned with special brushes I had to get for it. (Otherwise there is gunk buildup in the nooks and crannies.) Every time I go to clean it I tell myself that I'm going to just throw it out and buy a model that's easier to clean. However, once I'm done with the nightmare, I just keep using it, "well, it still works fine."

u/anxiousdinosaur · 1 pointr/AskWomen

Haha, I know! Cats much prefer fresh water, so I'm thinking of it as more a preventative measure. They drink more water, and stay healthier?

I'm on mobile, but if you give me a second, I'll link to the one I bought! :)

Edit: This is the one I bought, and it appears to have gone down in price! Yay!

u/msaeachubaets · 1 pointr/dogs

Drinkwell makes something called the Big Dog Fountain!

It holds a little over 2 gallons :)

u/Rinzii · 1 pointr/IAmA

You can try this one - it is small and quiet: Pioneer Stainless Pet Fountain

This is the one we have, since we have 3 large dogs as well as the kitty: Drinkwell Large Dog Fountain

Once we got the fountain running, our cat was no longer trying to drink out of the sink, faucet, or the toilet. =)

u/Pintoz · 1 pointr/bernesemountaindogs

I use a 6' one mainly b/c my cat will try to eat the food, but from what I have heard they aren't really necessary.
Also if you are shopping for that type of thing consider this water bowl I LOVE it. I only have to change the water every couple of days and my boy likes to dink right from the fountain.

u/djmagichat · 1 pointr/funny

My cat would do that as well and I did some research that some cats are super finicky about drinking "fresh" running water. Bought one of these and took care of the problem.

u/nolij420 · 1 pointr/cats

I got one of these off Amazon for $50 because my cat was knocking his bowl water all over the kitchen floor. He hasn't done it since and he drinks a LOT of water now which also means his piss isn't as smelly. Considering my previous rage at mopping up my kitchen every morning/night and his better urinary health, it's definitely one of the better purchases I've made for him.


u/jimmysinger · 1 pointr/funny

I had a similar problem. I bought this.

u/SFTX · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

We have this one for our dog and love it. The entire thing diassembles and can be put in the dishwasher.

u/Pika2525 · 1 pointr/pics

It appears to be this, for those wondering.

u/Wishyouamerry · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

That's a good idea. I have this one. It works great, my puppies love it.

u/eogreen · 1 pointr/Collie

Have you considered a water fountain, like this?

u/pawsometalk · 1 pointr/Pets

With 3 cats, I offer you should using some fountain capacity more than 70 oz.

Here is some best idea for your cats:

u/thatkatrina · 1 pointr/cats

I got one of these for my kitties. It was a GoldBox deal a while back (years ago), but now it will run you about $35. Keeps the water circulating, which they like, and it won't mess with your job :)

u/DrEnter · 1 pointr/aww

You should get one of these. We use one and it works pretty well.

u/thirstyross · 1 pointr/Rabbits

I have this one:

and the buns drink from the bowl part, the cat likes to drink from the running water streaming down. Our two buns are just little (~1.5kg?) but they seem to like it.

It does have a cord that you may have to protect, of course. The best part is the big reservoir on it, surprising how fast three small mammals go through water.

u/purplemilkywayy · 1 pointr/cats

I have this one for my cat. Holds a lot of water but it's a little difficult to clean thoroughly (lots of angles and crevices on the inside).

He drinks from it all the time. And I honestly have never seen him drink water from a bowl/dish.

u/wyatt1209 · 1 pointr/bengalcats

Try one of these. You'd probably save enough from your water bill to pay it off really quickly.

u/PowerSquirt · 1 pointr/FashionReps
u/firstlastandalways · 1 pointr/

When the pump on my old Drinkwell went out, I switched over to the 360. My kitties like it much better and it's easier to clean. It does have a larger footprint, but it's very good for multiple pet homes.

u/blgoldenwater · 1 pointr/dogs

Our bulldog has always done the same. Recently I bought a fountain hardly expecting her to even try it out, but she loved it right away and the puddles on the floor have stopped. Unfortunately, this model doesn't filter enough of her slobber to keep us from having to rinse the bowl every couple of days. She drinks it almost dry every day and we refill it once per day. PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain

u/SleepwalkRisk · 1 pointr/cats

I have the stainless steel version of this one.

My cats love it but one always asks for the faucet at nighttime.

u/No_Long · 1 pointr/aww
u/MakishnaBear · 1 pointr/cats

This one was very affordable and we can often find the filter replacements (both filters) at a PetCo, PetSmart, and if neither has them you can find them on Amazon!

The dual filter makes it so the kitty fur doesn't clog the motor. Even our Maine Coon doesn't clog it. My husband was taking it apart and cleaning it out once every two weeks, but that was when we had five cats. We only have three babies now and so maintenance (taking it apart) is about once a month.

u/bluesharkies · 1 pointr/cats

Some cats like a water fountain. My cat prefers the mini culligan bottles, but to each their own.

Also, I haven't seen anyone mention a collar or harness. If you get a collar make sure it's a breakaway. I'm a fan of personalized IDs that attach to a collar with the cat's name and your cell.

u/RGB_ThighSocks · 1 pointr/cats
u/thor__buttocks · 1 pointr/AnimalsBeingJerks

Try buying a water fountain for your cat. It's the best purchase I made for mine.

Your cat will thank you. - US

Your cat will thank you. - UK

u/NocturnalNightingale · 1 pointr/Pets

We have this fountain for our two cats and have never had an issue with them dragging or spilling it, this may wprk for your cat? It's quite heavy and has different spouts which seem to interest our kitties too so they like drinking from it.

u/Jashyk · 1 pointr/cats

We tried many different kinds before finally finding this one,
It's the easiest to clean, and has lots of adjustability. Highly recommended.

u/scarletfeather4 · 1 pointr/tifu

My cat was super picky - fresh water every morning wasn't even good enough for him! I had a different fountain for a few years and recently got this one - stainless steel, and several options for water flow.

It's super easy to take apart, just the cone and bowl, then the pump, spout, and tube connecting them. There's a filter around the pump to catch bigger things like fur and debris, and a charcoal filter just before the spout. It's pretty easy to clean, too.

As for hard water, my cat was spoiled - I would use filtered water from the fridge or gallon jugs at the grocery store.

u/Vorgand_Rothovics · 1 pointr/aww

Can't you get a one or two gallon per hour aquarium pump and sort it DIY?
What sort of animal will only drink running water?
Now we are talkin.

u/Healsforhugs · 1 pointr/cats

Sink Drink from amazon worked well for my cat. It's a little bowl attatchment for your aerator to make it easier for your cat to drink out of the sink.

u/kbiering · 1 pointr/Pets
u/cruelladekill · 1 pointr/cats

I'm so sorry you're having to treat infections, it sounds like your cat has a more severe case! :( I am happy to tell you what has worked for us.

To cure this particular flare-up, we added water to her food for hydration and gave her some tuna (more pungent so she would eat it even with her nose clogged).

We also purchased this moving water fountain. She slurps out of that thing where she wouldn't even look at her water bowl before. We also ran a humidifier for a while. She might have been on the up and up anyway, but all of this seemed to do the trick.

I mainly try to reduce her stress by keeping everything consistent, especially the kind of litter I use. If you're not already, do consider using a dust-free corn based litter like World's Best. Their lungs are smaller and the dust can really aggravate them.

Anitra's Vitamineral Mix is something you might want to look into as a wet food supplement. I considered using Feliway like one poster here suggested, but the price kind of kept me from pulling the trigger and we've been fortunate to not have another outbreak.

You might have known all of this already, in which case just ignore me, but I really hope your kitty gets feeling better. The Natural Cat is a book that really helped me after I first adopted. I don't agree with everything she prescribes and she's big on holistic treatments (avoiding the vet and medication as much as possible) but the lady knows her cats and I think everyone has something to learn. When nothing else has worked, it might be worth a shot! Take care!

u/kristephe · 1 pointr/cats

I totally hear you. Good luck! It's so stressful but worth it Our 3 yr old male kitty had crystals and was hopitalized for 4 days in December. He's great now and even happier than before, playing even more vigorously. I haven't read as many research papers as I'd like to about it but we kinda feel like stress and dehydration/dry food might have factored in though I know that there are cats with other urinary tract issues with different causes or prognosis. He loves drinking out of the tub and we had multiple foster cats/kittens getting in his life and added quite a bit of stress then most of them left but my husband got really ill, my parents visited, so there was even more home stress then he got blocked after a few weeks of me thinking he was marking due to the momma cat he hadn't liked but I think in reality was him having urinary issues.

Anyways, we buy the prescription Royal Canin food on but I am thinking of phasing him over to the over the counter Purina Pro Plan Urinary. He's happy now, plays even more, loves the tub water and his fountain. Got stainless steel to avoid kitty acne but keep it clean! I wish you the best and hope it's a smooth recovery and he makes it through! Ours was on anti spasm meds for awhile after and it took him some time to get back to normal due to the trauma of the catheter. He was dripping and acting quite weird but eventually got back to normal.

u/Heizenburge · 1 pointr/aww

My cats have this fountain. It's great! It bubbles at the top.

u/NonEdible · 1 pointr/cats

Hi TurbinePoweredVagina, sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope some of this information will be able to help!

First off, good on you for introducing wet food back into his diet! I also suspect that the change to all dry is triggering these blockages. The number one issue concerning cats with urinary crystals water consumption. Cats naturally have a very low thirst drive (as they get virtually all water from their prey, which is ~70% water), and often will not drink until extremely dehydrated. So a transition from a primarily wet diet (70-80% moisture) to a primarily dry diet (~10%) moisture would undoubtedly cause your kitty to consume less water. In essence, a uretic dry food isn't going to do much more for your kitty than if he were eating a generic dry food, as he is likely chronically dehydrated.

When looking for a canned food for your cats (and this applies to all cats, including healthy ones!), look out for a two important things:

  • actual named protein source first and second on list of ingredients ("chicken" or "turkey" as opposed to "meat by-product")
  • free of grains (rice, corn, wheat, etc)

    Cats are by design, obligate carnivores (teeth shape, short digestive tract to minimize bacteria in prey). They haven't lived with humans long enough to evolutionarily adapt to the consumption of high-carbohydrate diets, and thus, their bodies still lack the necessary enzymes to properly digest carbohydrates. Note that most dry foods are very high in carbs (30%+), due to the necessity of a starch to bond the kibble together. As a result, high-carb dry diets (upwards of 30% - 50% carbs) contribute to maldigestion, hairballs, obesity, kidney diseases, high blood sugar leading to feline diabetes, and chronic dehydration leading to urinary blockages.

    In terms of good common canned food brands, may I recommend Wellness (the 12.5 oz cans, look for the Grain Free yellow triangle) or EVO (13 oz cans)? The Wellness website often has promotions and will provide coupons for their products, and EVO offers a frequent buyers club, in which the 10th purchase is free. I find that buying the large cans in bulk (two boxes at a time) is enough to last my cat almost two months. They're pretty economical as the large cans (the EVO ones are $2.69 where I live, no doubt cheaper in the US) end up being around the same price if not cheaper than supermarket brands like Friskies or Fancy Feast, per gram. You should be able to find Wellness in big box pet stores like Petsmart and Petco, however EVO isn't as common and it might only be available in smaller or privately-run stores. If you're in a rush and need to get food fast, Fancy Feast actually isn't terrible; as their classic variety lacks grains and has named protein sources at the top of the ingredient list.

    As the main concern with a cat with urinary tract issues is water consumption, here are a couple things you can do to alleviate his condition:

  • if your kitty is fascinated with running water, try getting him a pet fountain. The sound of running water encourages many cats to drink more.
  • give him chicken broth, water from a tuna can, or a cat milk such as CatSip as treats
  • add one or two tablespoons of water to his wet food each meal

    I leave you with some resources that you may find helpful:

  • Feline Urinary Tract Health: Excellent feline nutrition website written by a veterinarian, very in-depth
  • Library of interesting articles
  • Forum for Cat Health/Nutrition: Knowledgeable people, can go to them for more advice

    tl;dr Cats naturally don't drink enough water so eating an all dry diet will cause dehydration and urinary blockages. Best solution is to switch to a primarily wet diet (grain free for optimum health), get a pet fountain, give tasty broth and lactose-free milk as treats, and add additional water to food during mealtimes.

    Hope this helped. Best of luck to you and your little guy!
u/schmin · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Declawing is the same as surgically removing the last bone from each of your fingertips. Learn to keep the cat's nails trimmed correctly. Too short and if a cat's not used to it, they can't walk, run, or jump without wobbling until they grow back.

Not all cats like scratching posts -- mine prefers cardboard, but not the 'on-edge' cardboard cat scratchers, so my dad helped me add a wooden 'tray' to the top of the post in which I place flat squares of cardboard cut from boxes. She scratches and sleeps there, and sometimes just perches there to watch out the window. Don't get a carpet-covered scratching post or pad unless you want to teach your cat that scratching carpet is a good idea. =P

I have a Booda Dome for a litter box -- she still tracks some litter. I don't think there's a system out there that will keep cats from tracking any. Some litters are better than others. Covered litter boxes are nice for the humans, but not all cats will adapt to the flaps. Some litters are lower 'dust' than others, and this is better for cats' lungs and humans' alike. =)

Not all cats will respond to catnip or all types of toys. My cat is indifferent to laser pointers, and only likes the actual fur-covered realistic mice. She doesn't care for bell toys, but those little plastic springs drive her nuts (when she's in the mood). Her favorite toy is a wooden wobble 'bead' in which you can place catnip. Also a Da Bird Feather Cat Toy which you can make flutter to sound like a real bird. I'd suggest the non-collapsible one, as I'd suspect my cat would pull that apart. =P

Talk to your vet about what food(s) are actually good for your cat. From my research, you want to avoid bone meal products or and 'meal' products as they include ground bone which is hard on your cat's kidneys. Also avoid grains. Turkey is better than chicken; not all fish are terrible, but you have to consider mercury levels. You should consider only feeding your cat wet food, but this is more expensive, and difficult to manage with hurried schedules. Mine loves kibble and hates having to give that up, so I leave that out all the time and supplement with a big scoop of wet food at night. (These are the best quality, least expensive per-serving foods I've found.) A 6-lb. bag of kibble seems to last my cat ~3 months. At four days (servings) per can, the 12-pack of 12.5 oz. cans last about 1.5 months. You'll need two snap-on plastic can lids. My cat adores salmon as you may see. =P

Not all cats will like all types of cat beds.

Mine LOVES water (she literally demands 'cat showers') and she likes to play with the dripping tub faucet, so next I'm going to get a cat drinking fountain. Cats in general prefer 'fresh' or moving water, so mine always wants clean water in her bowl every time.

Because no one cat will like every toy or bed or litter box, you may have to buy more than one. Talk to your vet about what types to try and how to encourage a cat to like what you buy. I put catnip on my cat's things -- that seems to have worked, but not all cats respond to catnip.

u/superfudge73 · 1 pointr/aww
u/powerdeamon · 1 pointr/Pets

We had one similar to the one in the video. After a while I found it hard to clean. There was some kind of buildup that I just couldn't get out of some of the tight spaces/corners in the fountain.

After having the same thing happen a second time and also wanting more capacity for our multiple cats we got this one and have had it for 2 + years now with no issues.

u/the_jak · 1 pointr/aww

We got a filtered flowing bowl. Aside from having to dig cat hair out of the pump (the enclosure is shit and pops open) it works well and all three of our cats like it

Edit: this is what we got

Im pretty sure our cats live better than most people. Thats okay, i like them better than most people.

u/coyote_den · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I have this one. Replaced a leaky Drinkwell.

Doesn't seem to get as icky as the Drinkwell and I don't bother using the filter. The cats go through water quick enough it stays fresh.

Only problem: it's big enough they like to play "will it float or sink" with small objects.

u/million_dollar_heist · 1 pointr/cats

Okay, I think your cat might be experiencing dehydration, which might account for the highly concentrated ammonia smell. Try switching to wet food. Don't do it cold turkey - start with 50% Iams ProActive Health as normal, and 50% wet food. Over 2-3 weeks, gradually reduce the dry food content to none.

Keep him on a wet food diet for at least 6-8 weeks and see if the smell gets any better. It will be normal for him to have soft poop for a couple of weeks while his system adjusts to the new food.

I would also recommend investing a few bucks in a cat drinking fountain to encourage him to drink more water. Here is a cheap one with good reviews on amazon.

u/alf163 · 1 pointr/pics

My boyfriend's cat use to do this so we go him one of these. He no longer drinks from the toilet.

u/EzioAuditore1459 · 1 pointr/DIY

I've owned a few different cat fountains now. My cat has refused to drink from standing water since she was a kitten. She prefers running tap water but that felt wasteful.

The biggest issue with cat fountains, without question, is cleaning them. Every single cat fountain for sale is probably going to be decent out of the box. Some are louder and some are quieter but they all do about the same shit.

You may already have thought about this, but you need to actually scrub the hell out of the fountain once a week. Slime/scum builds quickly on the pumps inlet and the charcoal filters can only do so much. Once you let it get dirty, it's way harder to clean.

I'd personally recommend this fountain. Cat Fountain
if only because it's the easiest one to clean that I've found so far.

If you're set on building one, just make sure you can take it apart. Fully. I have to take my pump apart once per month to clean it. Anything you seal had better be air and water tight, otherwise you'll be better off leaving the connection loose.

u/willzhang1 · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

I've used this for about a year, and it still works well:


Generic replacement filters are pretty cheap on Amazon too

u/Tall5001 · 1 pointr/cats
u/ConTheCoder · 1 pointr/Pets
u/RagsMaloney · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

We have this ceramic Pioneer Raindrop Fountain and it seems well made.

u/pparkaworks · 1 pointr/aww

I bought this one because my cat is a jackass and likes to push his water bowls around. It's ceramic, so it's heavy and he can't move it no matter how hard he tries! Ha!

Between him, a fat-ass 20-pounder, another cat who weighs about 7 pounds, and a small dog, I have to refill it about every third day, which is less often than before I had the fountain. It makes a dreadful sucking noise when it goes empty, but other than that, it's awesome--I've been thinking of it as an alarm. Super easy to put together, even looks relatively nice considering what it is. I take it apart once every other week or so and wipe down all the components and I've never had a problem getting it back together.

u/FeelinLikeACloud420 · 1 pointr/cats

I believe it depends on the cat. Some cats apparently develop some kind of acne or rash on their chin when eating and/or drinking from plastic bowls. If that's not the case for your cats then it should be fine, probably better than them not drinking enough water.
I wouldn't get the cheapest available one however because a known brand should mean that whatever plastic they say they use is the one they truly use. You may also be able to find some cheaper ceramic ones, and it is usually better than plastic, but I've only seen some over US$50

Edit: You may also want to look for stainless steel or even glass ones. For example I found a stainless steel one for US$50:
Or this one for about US$30:

Overall it seems that the cheaper they are the more design flaws or quality flaws there are so if you're unsure if your cats would use a fountain you could always try a cheap plastic one and later invest in a good quality stainless steel or ceramic one.

u/snarkdiva · 1 pointr/Frugal
u/brbposting · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

My buddy has one! Happy cat. I found the model The Wirecutter recommends; he has a different one that isn't as aesthetically pleasing (though a little more serious which I appreciate).

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u/raccoon251 · 1 pointr/cats

Yup, I’ve owned this fountain for a few years. It’s easy to clean and my cat uses it regularly.

u/surfdad67 · 1 pointr/AnimalsBeingJerks

My two cats are picky when it comes to water, so I got them this, they love it

Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter

u/visinefortheplank · 1 pointr/cats

Many cats are fascinated by running water and some will only drink from a running water source. There are many cat fountains like this available if they want to try it as a way to transition the cat to water.

u/marich92 · 1 pointr/cats

This one I have is the best and really cheap! Had it for a yr and still going strong :

Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter

u/shj1985 · 1 pointr/cats

I got this one on Amazon and my cat loves it

You can take the flower out and the water will still flow.

But there's a range of them on there, including fancier ones.

u/deepyell · 1 pointr/cats

The Catit Flower Fountain. It looks nice, and my cats love it.

u/West_of_Ishigaki · 1 pointr/bengalcats

Daughter talked me into buying one of these things. Used bottled water, but it took a LOT to fill it, especially daily! The filter was not able to handle bio contaminants like giardia (1 micron). Chlorine doesn't kill the little bastards either, as it turns out. Resorted to just using regular water bowls, and refreshing as much as we can. Didn't matter. Silly cat just loves to always stick his feet in the dish before he drinks, no matter what. Help! Send duct tape. 😂

u/_d4viD · 1 pointr/cats

Try this

u/mrdctaylor · 1 pointr/funny

My cat always turned on our faucets to get a drink. We'd come home to running water all of the time. We finally bought a cat bowl that is a fountain and it helps quite a bit. Some cats really prefer running water.

u/SnarkyBear53 · 1 pointr/SiberianCats

We used to have a Drinkwell Platinum, and our cats were OK with it. Then we switched to this Catit Fountain the the kittehs really loved it!

u/eldergeekprime · 1 pointr/cats

Forget the water bowls. Get him one of these fountains and never worry about it getting dumped again.

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u/allyouneedarecats · 1 pointr/cats

Funny that this comes out on the day that I've been seriously researching cat fountains! (Seriously, I've spent maybe three hours on this the past two days...)

I've been looking at this one on Amazon, because it has the most reviews and isn't as large as the Catit. I'm a big fan of the removable-flower-model, though, which is probably why this other one has made my list, too. I am mostly worried about the reviews -- how much should I trust them?

My biggest worry though is that I'll buy a $30 cat fountain and have it burn out and have to replace it yearly, or I'll buy an $80 cat fountain and meet the same thing. My parents' cats have a fountain, but it's just too large and gets too dirty for me to want that style.

u/thirstypretzels27 · 1 pointr/SiberianCats

I too would stay away from the raw diet. Cats (especially kittens!) have very specific nutritional/vitamin needs that are better provided through cat food.

We free feed our kitten dry food and then give him a bit of wet food 2-3x a day. In terms of hydration we have a cat fountain that our kitty loves and he seems to stay well hydrated! This is the one I use:

I've found he drinks more with the little bubbler attachment than with the flower attachment though. Also we live in a small apartment and keep the water next to his food and it hasn't appeared to impede his drinking.

u/la_reina_del_norte · 1 pointr/HelpMeFind

Hello folks!
I left my kitty at a cat hotel and unfortunately they broke the adaptor to her water fountain ( Everything else is great, it's just the adaptor (please see the top picture) has been split open. I can't seem to find an adaptor that doesn't come with the the cable built in. It's driving me wild that something so simple is not so simple. :(
Thanks so much!

u/Cardchucker · 1 pointr/DIY

I have this one and it's very easy to clean

It's not as quiet as I'd like but my cat actually uses it unlike every bowl, dish, and glass I tried.

u/tittysprinklesrgod · 1 pointr/cats

The bowel and the filters.

u/TypicalpoorAmerican · 1 pointr/cats

I had the same issue with my cat now he can’t stop staring at this and drinking it

Veken Pet Fountain, 84oz/2.5L Automatic Cat Water Fountain Dog Water Dispenser with 3 Replacement Filters & 1 Silicone Mat for Cats, Dogs, Multiple Pets, Blue

u/jsmith2447 · 0 pointsr/SiberianCats

My Siberians both seem to like their Drinkwell Platinum fountain. I really like it because it has a large tank and it's easy to clean!

u/abfa00 · 0 pointsr/AmItheAsshole

ESH. You because even though your heart is in the right place, this is wasteful and a great way to get your cat used to only getting water from the shower and refusing it in any other form. Your husband because even though he's right that this is wasteful, it doesn't seem like he's open to other methods of dealing with this issue, since you said he refuses to get another cat and threw out the fountain you tried after a few days.

Try a different fountain. is the one I have; It comes with five spout options so maybe if you switched them up regularly, it'd hold her interest longer.

u/chelsearadd · 0 pointsr/Charlotte

I don’t have any pictures, but here’s the link on amazon to the fountain. I have extra filters I was going to throw in as well. Drinkwell 360

u/spacey_kc · 0 pointsr/Pets

I don't have an issue with a $45 pet gate. The pet gate in particular, if you read the post, is only an issue because my family members who have grown up on a farm and taken care of dozens of animals think I would be babying the cat by placing these protective measures. Since I am living in their house at the moment, it would be a little difficult to override, but not impossible. The first thing I am going to do upon getting the cat is indeed to bring it to the vet.

To give an example of what an appropriate expense is (to me), I've already bought this water bowl for her. It's $42, but I would be willing to do this to prevent her from getting UTIs or anything else associated from dehydration. No one would comment on it, because it's unobtrusive. The gate on the other hand, cordoning off places that people actually walk through, is going to bring me a lot of trouble. As I've already stated, it's trouble I'm willing to deal with. They are not unreasonable people, but there is a cultural difference.

All I am asking is what the best option in this type of situation seems to be, since most of the advice I've researched on the internet seems to be directed at adult or baby kittens; not 6 month old cats. (Somewhat in between?)

If she got sick, there would be no expenses spared. I am well within my means to support a cat.

Which other part of the story sounds like an unideal environment? Why do you feel that I am rushing it? I am genuinely concerned; please do not take these questions as a defensive retort.

Do you feel that based on what you read, I should not be adopting a cat at all?

The purpose of the original topic was to ask whether or not I should seclude the cat: if anything an answer to this question in particular would be deeply appreciated.

ALSO it just occurred to me, would a pet gate even keep in a six month old cat?