Summertime and the living is easy thanks to our friends from PetSafe. They are sponsoring not one, not two But THREE water fountains for a total value of @$300.00. We’re big on on pet hydration all year round but more so in the summer when our goal is Happy, Healthy, Hydrated pets.
I must confess we’re late adopters of drinking fountains. Years ago I tried cheap, plastic fountains and they were a disaster. I learned you get what you pay for. Luckily we discovered Drinkwell fountains, specifically the stainless steel Drinkwell 360 and we’ve been fans ever since. Our former feral Domino who used to drink out of the pond, quickly appreciated what real, clean water tastes like. Our super athletic indoor/outdoor cat Odin, happily slurps from the fountain by our front door. Our almost 20-year-old Merlin, who has kidney disease and on sub-Q fluids needs the freshest water possible. All elderly cats are more prone to dehydration.
Did you know chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the leading cause of death in domestic cats?
Part of the problem is cats don’t exhibit symptoms until the disease is advanced. Cats who eat wet food will get some of their needed moisture but cats who eat dry food must get adequate drinking water to stay hydrated and help prevent kidney disease. Find out if your state has the highest rate of kidney disease and tips for prevention here
Two ways to check your cat’s hydration level
1) Pull up the loose skin between your cat’s shoulder blades (scuff of the neck) to form a “tent.” With a well-hydrated cat the skin will generally snap back within 2 seconds. It may take longer for a very thin or obese cat. Let your vet show you what’s correct for your cat.
2) Check your cats gums for any dryness or tackiness. Well-hydrated cats will have smooth, moist gums.
Did you know cats prefer the have their water source separate from their food?
No, you don’t need to keep your fountain in the kitchen. We have a large, busy entrance hall where the cat love to hangout and play. As a central hub, it’s a great choice for us. I placed a mat underneath to protect the hardwood floors. We also have one in the bedroom to provide easy access for elderly Merlin. Your cats might prefer their fountain in the bathroom, the bedroom or maybe the sun room or den.
In the wild, big cats never eat where they drink and vice versa to avoid contamination and avoiding predators. Domestic cats don’t have the same concerns but still enjoy variety for the their drinking water sources. It’s not an accident that many cats naturally love water from a dripping faucet. Moving water is fresher.
For comparison purposes I’ve laid out several fountains with average sized cat food or water bowls. One of the most important features in a water bowl is width. Cats DO NOT like their whiskers (which are very sensitive) to touch the side of their bowls. My cats like a big fountain to mimic a “watering hole” in the wild. Which one would your cat choose?
The Avalon ceramic fountain is pretty and practical with two drinking areas in a easy to approach circular design. It holds a whopping 70 ounces of fresh, filtered water and is dishwasher safe, excluding pump. Suitable for cat and small dogs.
The Drinkwell® Zen Fountain offer a full gallon of refreshing water filtered by a 3-layer charcoal filter. The extra-wide, patented free-falling stream draws oxygen into the water, making it more appealing to drink from. The pump is quiet leaving the soothing Zen sound of falling water. Stainless steel is my favorite choice of material for a fountain. It’s unbreakable, BPA Free, hygienic and easy to clean. Dishwasher safe, excluding pump. It’s ideal for cats and small to medium dogs. The Zen is our new favorite and welcome addition because I like the idea of a fountain on every floor of the house.
The Pagoda porcelain fountain looks visually larger than the Avalon but also contains 70 ounces of fresh, filtered water and is dishwasher safe. There are upper and lower drinking areas and the Dual patented free-falling streams make it very attractive.
Curious about other sizes, shapes and designs of fountains? Check out the full array of fountains directly from PetSafe
PetSafe Drinkwell Fountain Giveaway DETAILS.
Three lucky Cat Wisdom 101 readers (U.S. residents only) will win a fountain of their choice. Please leave a comment mentioning whether you’d like to win an AVALON, ZEN or PAGODA fountain. This giveaway ends on July 1, 2014 at 11:59 ET. The winners are selected via Random.org will be announced July 2, 2014.
*No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be notified via e-mail. The winner(s) of the giveaway must provide Cat Wisdom 101 a physical shipping address within 72 hours. If the winner(s) don’t respond alternate winner(s) will be chosen again by random. Winners may or may not be announced in a separate post following the drawing.
Disclaimer: Petsafe sent us fountains for our own use and as donations for a shelter fundraiser of our choice. Receiving products did not influence our opinion in any way.