Last Updated on: February 18, 2014 by Ingrid King
Fountains are a great way to encourage cats to drink more water. Water is critical to keeping your cat healthy. While cats get moisture from a raw or canned diet, they should still have plenty of fresh water available at all times. 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.
We received the Drinkwell® Lotus Pet Fountain for review last week. The girls watched as I took it out of the big box addressed to “Allegra and Ruby King.” I think they were probably expecting to hear some colorful language from me when I saw the words “the fountain is not fully assembled” on the instructions. Thankfully, what little assembly it required was something even I could handle, and a few minutes later, it was filled with water, plugged in, and ready.
The Drinkwell® Lotus Pet Fountain features an elevated drinking dish with multiple streams of water. You can adjust the flow of water. The pump is barely audible, and the trickle of water provides a nice background sound, especially on a hot day.
The fountain features replaceable foam filters to catch cat hair and other debris and keep your cat’s water clean. It is said to be easy to clean – I can’t testify to that since we haven’t had it long enough yet, but the instructions for disassembly and cleaning look easy enough. It is dishwasher safe, which I really like.
But how did Allegra and Ruby like it?
Allegra went to check it out immediately, as you can see in the video below. She was very intrigued with the flowing water until – well, you’ll just have to watch and see.
Ruby was a lot more cautious, and watched from a distance. It took her a few hours to warm up to this new addition to our dining room.
I like almost everything about this fountain. I like the sleek, simple design and unobtrusive color. I like the ease of assembly and the nearly silent operation. I love that it’s mostly ceramic: the bowl and the elevated water dish are. The housing that holds the elevated water dish is plastic. Maybe in its next iteration, Drinkwell® will change that and make that part ceramic as well.
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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.