Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Drinking Fountain for your Pet

A fountain encourages pet hydration, even in fussy drinkers.

Dogs drink out of water fountain
Moving water naturally attracts dogs and cats.Veken

Proper hydration promotes health. Like people, many pets don’t drink enough on a regular basis. A drinking fountain can attract your pet’s attention and keep its water fresh. Pet-specific fountains are quiet and easy to use. Here are a few guidelines to help you find the proper model.

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
This product keeps H2O in motion to coax drinking.Veken

Though most pets are domesticated, there are still some quirks that come through from their wild ancestors. Standing water is much more likely to contain bacteria or insect larva, so their instincts tell them to look for moving water, which is less likely to contain harmful pathogens. This is why your dogs like drinking from a dripping hose and you find your cat under a leaky faucet.

PetSafe Drinkwell Multi-Tier Cat and Dog Water Fountain - Automatic Drinking Fountain for Pets - 100 Oz. Water Capacity (PWW00-13708), Grey
This setup has a filter that removes impurities.PetSafe

Fountains are a more sanitary way to give your pet water compared to just filling a bowl. Bowls attract dirt and dust like a magnet. Most pet fountains have a built-in filter that removes hair, dirt, and other impurities. These filters may also improve taste, which will keep your pet coming back for water more often.

Veken Cat Water Fountain, 2.5L Automatic Pet Water Fountain Dog Water Dispenser with 3 Replacement Filters 1 Silicone Mat for Cats and Small to Medium Dogs
This product has a large capacity and is BPA free.Veken

While most dogs prefer to drink from a water source that’s low to the ground, many large breeds have difficulty reaching food and water bowls at their feet. Some cats also prefer to eat and drink from elevated bowls. Selecting a fountain with a height that allows a pet to drink in a more comfortable position will ensure they get all the water they need to stay hydrated. Some models are tiered or feature adjustable heights, so you have multiple options.