Water is critical to keeping your cat healthy. Cats as a species don’t have a high thirst drive, and this can lead to chronic low-level dehydration if a cat is fed mostly dry food, which in turn, can lead to urinary tract and kidney problems.  “Water flowing through the urinary tract system is the most important factor in keeping your cat healthy,” says Dr. Lisa Pierson on her website, “Cats on canned food have been shown to consume at least double the amount of water (from food and water bowl) when compared to a dry food-fed cat.”

While cats get moisture from a raw or canned diet, they should still have plenty of fresh water available at all times. One way to encourage your cats to drink more water is with a fountain.

I’ve never used a fountain for any of my cats, so I was intrigued when Glacier Point offered to send us one to try out. There are multiple benefits to having a fountain for your cats:

  • Chilled, circulated water that mimics what cats would be used to in nature.
  • Fountains encourage cats to drink more water.
  • The filter removes chlorine and other harmful toxins.

The Glacier Point Cat Fountains are made out of heavy, lead-free ceramic, rathen than cheap plastic. We picked the pretty blue color, but they also come in red and white. Putting the fountain together was easy (and if you’ve read my reviews before, you know that that’s a huge selling point for me, because I usually turn pale when I see the words “some assembly required.”)


Allegra and Ruby were intrigued. They watched from a distance at first, and then gradually got more daring. Even though they’ve never shown an interest in faucets, they were both fascinated with the flowing water.

The fountain is extremely quiet. The bottles that feed the fountain are glass, not plastic. According to the manufacturer, this is the only fountain on the market that can be kept mold free. The pump is protected with a filter designed to remove chlorine and other toxins. There are very few parts to this fountain, which makes cleaning very easy.


We’ve had the fountain set up for a few days now. I’ve only seen Ruby drink once from it (and managed to capture it above) but then, I don’t see the girls drink from their water bowls all that frequently, either. Ruby definitely likes the new addition. She enjoys dipping her paws in and flinging the water around. I think as they get used to it, they’ll probably end up preferring it over their water bowls.

For more information, and to order, please visit Glacier Point for Cats.

*** This giveaway is closed*** 

One lucky reader will win a Point Cat Fountain to one lucky reader – a $99 value! To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win a fountain. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, and post the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Tuesday, January 17.

146 Comments on Review: Glacier Point Cat Fountain

  1. I own one all of my four cats like it, the foam filter is washable you can replace but lasts a long time the charcoal is what you replace it would be wise to get an extra kit when you order it, its EASY to clean and QUIET and doesn’t cause neurological problems like some cheap ceramics made in china, is it heavy? YES but that’s a plus it’s quality high fired ceramic made in the u.s. Is it expensive but had I bought it first I wouldn’t have had to waste money on the three I have and wouldn’t give away they were garbage. Plastic and water = slime a lot of slime not just a bit from cats saliva. Also smells awful have you ever smelled the water from a plastic fountain only a few days after cleaning? If you want something that looks beautiful for you this isn’t it, if you want something functional that works and dont want to buy another fountain again this is it. I plan to order the chiller now too to add to mine.

  2. Recently purchased this product and unfortunately, my cat wouldn’t go near it because of the noise the water chiller makes. Silly me – I didn’t look at the return policy closely enough. This $300 fountain can not be returned for any reason. Anyone want to buy one of these? Sorry, no refunds and all sales final.

  3. First, let me say that my fiance and I have seven cats (since 2 strays recently joined the family), and making sure that they always have a enough fresh, attractive water is extremely important. I bought my first Glacier water fountain about 4 years ago when I first inherited the cats from the animal shelter.

    These fountains are amazing. They chill the water and keep it constantly flowing. Cats prefer cold, flowing water so my cats drink plenty and have never had any bladder or dehydration problems.

    As some have mentioned, the man who sells these fountain is not super customer service oriented. However, he invented these fountains as a cat lover who saw a need for a high quality fountain, complete with a ceramic basin and glass water supply bottles. You really couldn’t make a better fountain. I believe he is employed full time as an engineer and sells the fountains more as a service than anything else.

    I now have 3 of these fountains. They work very well, even the one that is four years old. They require a little maintenance and are a little less user friendly that most of the plastic, cookie-cutter products that most of us are used to buying, but with good reason!

    Every cat owner should have a Glacier point fountain. I believe that this product has played a very large role in keeping my cats healthy and happy for the past 4 years.

    On top of that, a huge added bonus is that they each have 3 refill bottles on top. My 7 cats can go about a week and a half without needing a refill. This gives me great peace of mind when I go out of town. Even though my cat sitter comes to check in on them, I don’t have to worry that she’ll forget to keep the water dish full and fresh.

    Another cool feature of the fountain is that tube from which the water flows can be angled in any direction: up, down, or to either side. Some cats love to play with the water as it spurts upward. The speed of the water flow can also be adjusted to 3 different speeds.

    The fountain itself is made from the very high quality materials: a ceramic basin, glass refill bottles, a metal cooling probe, and a BPA-free adjustable plastic tube for the water to flow out of. The water is filtered twice: first before entering the motorized water pump, and secondly, through a charcoal filter halfway through the tube though which the water flows.

  4. Buyer beware!!! This is a great fountain but the man who sells it is a terrible seller. He is the absolute worst. I have never had a worse experience in my life. I ordered replacement filters and he shipped them to the wrong address. I don’t know how he got the wrong address but when I asked him where my item is he suggested I go ASK THE PEOPLE LIVING AT THE WRONG ADDRESS and refused to do anything for me. He will not refund my money or ship me another item. I would have kept using this fountain for the rest of my life because I will always have cats and buying replacement parts from him, but now I will be finding another fountain to use for my kitty.

    Do not buy this fountain if you want to be able to keep using it after the first filter goes out.

  5. I have two White Persian Cats, They love fresh water so much they drink out of the toliet if the lid is left up…running water is their favorite. I have purchased several fountains and can tell you about all of them, pros and cons. Mostly cons. Find one that my cats and I love and I will market it all over the net for you and all other cat lovers in my situation.
    Thank you.

  6. I would so love to have one of these for my kitties! Several are really fascinated by water, and I’m sure they would all love the freshness. 🙂

  7. I’ve seen these advertized and would luv one for my kittehs … I have many >^..^< and I think they would enjoy it!

  8. i already have one of the Glacier Point fountains, and my cats love it. If I win this one I would ask that it be sent to Good Mews Animal Foundation, where I volunteer. The kitties there would love to have another fountain to use!

  9. I have 10 cats and I’d had (still packed up in the basement) other fountains, plastic and mold traps that I had to clean often (probably would with any). My cats loved the fountain, do I’d like the best on the market for them! I’d might have to get a few more if they loved it, which I’m sure they would.

  10. My two cats live outdoors with no access to any running water -my last fountain got moldy and dirty way too fast – this fountain looks like a lot of thought went into it and would allow my cats access to fresh water. Thanks.

  11. I would like to win this for my two kitties because they are extremely picky about having fresh water. I know how important it is for cats to stay hydrated since they don’t really have that internal warning system to let them know they need water. Since my boyfriend and I both work full time and the kiddo is at school every day, I would love to be able to provide them with constantly moving water so they will drink more.

  12. Having a fountain for my kitty would help to ensure that he has fresh water when I’m away for the entire day!

  13. Myself and my 5 cats would LOVE to win a fountain – esp the boys – they wouldn’t have to wait on me to turn on the faucet so they can drink fresh, running water 🙂

  14. I would like to win this fountain. I have tried several others in the past and have not been happy with them. I have 13 kitties and when I do try and use them, they definately drink more water.
    I have a few boys with urninary problems and I am happy when I see them drinking water.
    I do have bowls around the house, but fountains are much more preferred. They are
    very intrigued by them. Hoping that we can win the fountain.

    Karen (Jesse’s Mom)

    • I it’s not normal! Keep the lid down do they can’t! You wouldn’t drink out of the toilet, so why let your animals. Dr Oz had a show on toilet cleanliness and when toilet seats are up, when you flush them there is an area 8′ from the toilet that is “sprayed” from the toilet into the air. Google it on his site and watch the time release video, you will keep your toilet seat down from now on!

  15. We have 3 cats & are presently dealing with continued UTI’s with our male kitty. I do use a Drinkwell fountain but it is very hard to keep clean & I’m concerned about the mold & bacteria it may have. I have several other water bowls for them to drink from that are changed daily but I would love to have a Glacier fountain for them that is glass not plastic , a much healthier alternative & so much easier to clean! I know they would benifit greatly from this fountain! I am always trying to get them to drink more water & this would be another wonderful source for them! Thank-you for offering such a great giveaway!

  16. We have been looking for a high quality fountain for our SIX feline babies: Jerry, Luka, Lena, Molly, Leo and Lyle! Jerry is 22 years old , and has kidney disease too, so water is vital for him especially.
    We spoil our babies, and already give them purified water, NEVER tap water!
    So, this design would fit right in with our family! You can imagine how often we are refilling our water bowls with this many whiskers lapping it up daily!
    Love the design!!

  17. My furkids would love this fountain. I recently lost a boy to diabetes, and have been looking at a fountain to keep the others well hydrated in hopes of their continued health.

  18. Alley Cats and Angels would love to win this fountain. We have several “long-term resident” cats who are very picky about their water drinking habits. This would be perfect for them.

  19. Hi! I would like to win as my older cat has started drinking more water lately-I’ve even noticed that even if fresh food is put down first, she will wait for fresh water and take a good drink before eating (she never use to do that). So, I think she would like a fountain, and I’ve heard Glacier is the best. Thanks!

  20. I would love to win this fountain for my three cats. They need to drink more water. The fact that it’s mold free and easy to clean is a big plus.

  21. My geriatric kitties would love on of these and it would be great for their health. I love that it is Eco friendly too.

  22. I would really love to win this cat fountain, as I have 5 cats and three of them love to drink from the bathroom sink. They even “beg” me to turn the water on! I also like the fact that it is mold proof and easy to clean.

  23. I would love to win this cat water fountain. If I were to win it I would ask that it be sent to my favorite cat sanctuary, The Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary. This is their website They always need supplies and they do so much for blind cats who have a chance at life and even forever home via this exceptional sanctuary.

    They could use a beautiful fountain like this.

    I also shared this on Facebook.

  24. I have 3 geriatric cats who need increased water intake. They drink from a Drinkwell fountain – plastic, hard to clean -> potential for growing microbes. The Glacier Point Fountain would be a great alternative. 🙂

    • Hello,
      My 4 cats would LOVE this! Meeshoo, Jazzy, Pony and Santee currently are turning down their water bowl and have chosen to drink from a cup in the bathroom sink. Pony and Santee are adopted stray kitties who used to drink out of a pool of rain water. Meeshoo licks the underside of the tap to get cool water.
      Your Glacier Point Fountain would help all 4 kitties to increase their water intake, I’m certain of it. The sound of the trickle of water, the coolness of the water, the plentiful pool – all great reminders of the outdoors.

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