Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: June 26, 2023 by Crystal Uys
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, catinfo.org. “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.
About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.