It’s winter here in New Zealand and heat is far from our minds but I want to show you the fun video of our latest water fountain to celebrate Pet Hydration Month which takes place worldwide every July.
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In the northern hemisphere, July is summertime and for many, the weather can get very hot. But, did you know that hydration is critical for your pets all year round, not just in Summer?
It may be kidney issues, or it may be thirst after exercise but having a ready supply of fresh water matters a lot to your cat’s general wellbeing.
- I know Basil and the B Team in sunny Britain, and Bentley and Pierre in the steamy heat of Texas, USA will read my water fountain report with interest.
As we have a large feline family, I noticed the Drinkwell® Stainless Multi-Pet Pet Fountain at my local cat cafe and decided that it would be a good fountain as it copes with a larger than usual cat family.
It is shiny steel and, of course, I just had to grab my smartphone and make a movie which you can find below.
Why Feline Hydration Matters
As desert dwellers, cats used not to need much water, but things have changed, especially with the development of dried food for cats and so many other different food options. Cats need to drink more water.
Health conditions such as kidney issues, hyperthyroidism and diabetes can also mean cats drink more so good clean water is essential.
How to Get Your Cat to Drink More
Most cats drink enough but if you are concerned about your cat’s drinking, try these tips:
- Provide lots of bowls of fresh water.
- Make sure the bowl is big enough for your cat to get their head into.
- Give them a water fountain
- Keep your fountain filters clean
- Let them drink from a tap if they like too.
- No filter? Try bottled water.
- Add a little bit of warm water to your wet pet food.
Health and Drinking
How A Pet Water Fountain Can Help
Cats love fresh water, they dislike still or stagnant sources. Changing a water bowl needs to happen at least twice a day.
Your cat might not like tap water. Depending on your location the water may be hard, or heavily chlorinated which affects the taste. It might seem like drinking from a swimming pool!
Types of Pet Water Fountain:
There are small budget fountains that are constructed of plastic. If your budget covers one of these make sure it is thoroughly washed once a week including the water pump.
More expensive water fountains are made from steel or ceramic. Like the budget ones these needs to be cleaned once a week with a monthly deep clean to dismantle the water pump and clean it.
Whichever water fountain you get make sure it is kept clean and the water fresh!
Do you have a fountain you really like?