There’s no doubt that cats are beautiful, intelligent (for the most part) creatures that bring hours of enjoyment and pleasure to our lives. But then again, there is the dark side: scratching the furniture, peeing on the rug to mark their territory, trying to sneak out the door, and especially, drinking from the toilet!
We’ve covered some of the other problems in other articles. This time the focus falls upon the reasons for Jinx drinking out ot the toilet bowl rather than their water dish.
Have you ever really looked at your cat’s drinking bowl? Is there stuff floating on it? Have bits of food been left drifting on top or has hard water left a film on the sides of the dish that is almost impossible to clean? Most cats are quite fastidious about their drinking habits – they like cool, clean water that’s not full of bits of this or that, and sometimes they find stained, dirty dishes distasteful. Wouldn’t you? So they try to trap droplets falling from faucets with their paws, peer into your glasses to see if it’s tasty stuff, or stick their heads in the toilet to take a deep drink of what seems to be sparkling, fresh water.
Because of this, smart designers have made products such as cat fountains or dispensers. Cats love these items because they always have fresh water at their disposal. The dispensers make them work for their drinks; the water fountains provide them with this essential need at any time they like. The water is always clean, fresh and tasty, and your cat may even be tempted to drink more, which is very good for their kidneys.
The Petco store here in Henderson carries the Drinkwell family of cat and dog fountains, which are highly rated and recommended by many of our local vets. The stainless steel finishes won’t absorb and hold bacteria. The heat and dry air here makes any product that encourages extra water intake to be almost a necessity. Petsmart stores in the Valley carry the Catit line of drinking fountains (also found at local WalMart stores) as well as the original Drinkwell fountain. All of these products are highly rated and recommended, although the Drinkwell products have withstood the test of time.
Walmart also carries highly-rated SmartCat Ceramic Drinking Fountains as well as others (some online, some in participating stores). Cats seem to love the coolness of the ceramic and it seems to keep water fresher. The CatSmart Stainless Steel Drinking fountain is, of course, better hygenically speaking, but both keep water fresh and cold for long periods, which is the goal of any fountain.
I’m sure there are others, but these have the highest ratings and seem to be preferred by most veterinarians. The goal is to keep kitty hydrated and healthy for as long as we possibly can.