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How To Get A Cat To Drink
By Robert Seigal  
We tend to think that given a bowl of water a cat will drink all he needs. Turns out this is not at all
the case. That's why a cat water fountain can be a genuine life saver.

In the wild, cats got most of the water they needed from their natural food sources - primarily small
rodents. The great majority of house cats are deprived of that source.

Canned food helps the situation but many cats don't get wet food, or enough wet food and even
those which do still need additional hydration. Add to this the fact that cats are not attracted to
standing water (in the wild, standing water is rarely fresh and often filled with countless harmful
bacteria - animals seek moving water whenever possible) - and you have the situation as it is today.
Renal failure is the number one cause of death in pet cats and insufficient hydration is a major
contributor to kidney failure.

For a cat, drinking plenty of water helps to ensure an overall healthy constitution - soft fur, moist
gums and eyes and helps prevent constipation. Regular periodic urination greatly reduces incidences
of bladder infections and the build up of crystals in the urinary tract, which can lead to blockages with
many negative consequences.

Drinking water is the primary way of flushing out waste material from the body. Without sufficient
water, there can be a buildup of waste, preventing toxins from leaving the body. Should this happen,
the kidneys will be damaged, leading to the unfortunate, and unnecessary consequences mentioned
above - all of which can be avoided by a simple cat water fountain.

In spite of the quantity of documentation and the number of articles focusing on the harmful effects
of plastic on cats there are still many individuals who do not realize that plastic fountains can be
harmful - in fact are said to definitely be so by many veterinarians. This is well documented and is the
result of the plastic itself, which contains harmful chemicals, and from harmful bacteria that grow in
the inevitable scratches to which a plastic cat water fountain is subject.

Ceramic cat water fountains, on the other hand have several positive attributes and no negatives.
Ceramic does not scratch so there is no harmful bacteria buildup. Ceramics cat water fountains,
especially stoneware with certified food-safe glazes keep the water fresh, cool and well oxygenated.

Even more to the point, cats are attracted to the spout of water from the bubble-up cat fountains
and the falling water from those with a waterleaf or spout so they drink more - which is actually,
apart from making sure the water is cool and healthful - the whole point.

In terms of value, some plastic cat water fountains are cheaper than the various available ceramic
fountains (and some are not) but when you consider longevity, a ceramic pet fountain fountain is by
far the greater value. The pumps are replaceable (and the cost is minimal), while the fountain bowls
will last a lifetime with reasonable care. (No throwing, dropping on hard surfaces...)

One last point - might not be of interest to your cat but will certainly be to you - ceramic cat water
fountains are infinitely better looking and make no unpleasant noise, which most if not all plastic cat
water fountains do. In addition, with some ceramic cat fountains there is no cord draping over the
side of the fountain bowl, as is the case with some of the manufactured, even manufactured ceramic
cat water fountains. The links listed below are for cat fountains with the cord going through the
bottom of the bowl.

So it seems pretty cut and dry. If you are looking for the best and best looking, longest lasting and all
round most satisfying cat water fountain, the links below will take you to them. And, yes, to keep
everything on the up and up, I do make these ceramic cat fountains. And everything you've just
read is true.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CatFountains
http://www.artfire.com/users/indoorfountains
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Unlike plastic pet fountains that develop cracks, this drinking
fountain is made from durable, nonporous glazed ceramic that
mitigates bacteria growth. Ceramic resists bacteria (commonly
found on porous plastic surfaces) that cause acne on a pet's
mouth and chin. The ceramic drinking fountain is dishwasher-safe,
enabling simple, thorough cleaning. The fountain has an
integrated pump that draws water from the basin to the top of
the dome where it pools and cascades back into the reservoir.
The falling stream attracts pets with the sound of trickling water
and entices them to drink more often--a practice that can reduce
the pet's risk of kidney disease and urinary tract infection. A
charcoal filter removes impurities responsible for unpleasant tastes
and odors in water.
Features and Benefits
* Circulating drinking water is naturally appealing to your pet
* Replaceable charcoal filter for clean and pure, healthy water
* Dishwasher safe, heavy-duty ceramic construction allows for easy cleaning
* Using ceramic drinking bowls helps to prevent feline acne
* 72 oz. capacity reduces the number of times you need to refill each day
* Easy setup and cleanup - dishwasher safe

The fountain has a 72-oz. capacity and the filter lasts up to 30 days. Plugs into AC. 14" L x 11"
W x 5" H. (6 lbs.)