Water Fountains for Pets: Pros and Cons

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As pet nutrition experts, we focus a lot of our attention on food, but proper hydration plays just as big of a role in our pets’ well being. Just like us, pets’ bodies are composed of up to 80% water and improper hydration can affect things like circulation, digestion, and detoxification – which is why animal experts relentlessly emphasize the importance of pets’ access to fresh, clean water. While most pet owners are used to changing a water bowl every day and their companion has no issues with standing water, some pets much prefer a stream of moving water (like when cats drink from the tap) and, let’s face it, some owners can be forgetful. Enter: the pet water fountain, providing a continuous flow of filtered water that entices pets to drink more.

We initially thought pet water fountains were more of a fancy, decorative accessory for upper class pet owners, but the truth of the matter is they can really increase hydration and provide peace of mind that pets have the freshest water possible, and plenty of it. But these new-fangled fountains aren’t without their cons – they can be a bit pricy, require somewhat detailed maintenance to keep them efficient, and of course the ongoing cost of filters, which are a key component to the fountain’s purpose.

Whether your household would benefit from a pet water fountain is, of course, up to you – some owners think the cost is worth the convenience while others are just fine with washing and refilling the bowl as needed. But if your pet struggles with proper hydration, or avoids drinking altogether, a pet fountain is totally worth a try, as some pets dislike the smell or taste of standing water and the moving filtration can make the world of difference (in fact, we’ve personally noticed our cats especially enjoy it.)

Have a fountain you personally love or tips for those considering buying one? Share with us!

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