Dogs couldn’t care less where you put the water and right next to the food bowl is fine with them. Not so with cats who are much more fastidious. We automatically put their water bowl by their food bowl and though cats can and do get used to that, it is not their preference, for at least 2 reasons.
In nature cats do their hunting where the prey is (and get a lot of their moisture from their kill) and they seek water where the water is, often miles from their food. Further, cats can be put off their water by the presence of food odors.
Much preferable for cats is to come across their water source in a completely separate area or room of the house. Now because of the look and noise of most cat fountains you wouldn’t want one in your living room or dining room – understandably – they’re pretty ugly. But not all are.
Bijou enjoying his handmade ceramic cat fountain
This is my cat (and the originator of my cat fountains) drinking from one of his fountains. It is on a low stand in the living room. (I put the cloth under it because there was a slight vibration sound. I now use high quality bumper feet on the bottoms of all fountains and they are all noiseless.) He seems to enjoy visiting it and lapping up lots of water, which is good for him.
I call him the inventor because I originally began making fountains for home decor and found Bijou drinking from the ones I’d put around the house, far more than I ever saw him use his water bowl. I did some research and discovered the very large subject of feline hydration. To learn more about that read the page about the Advent of the Handmade Cat Fountain.
If you are faint of heart, don’t read on as the information that follows is shocking. Martin Zucker, in his book “Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies” writes that many commercial cat foods contain; euthanized cats and dogs, road kill, are sprayed with the old oil used in fast food restaurants…The scenario is sickening and is sickening out cats and dogs.
This is the first in a many post series about feline diet. Changing your cats’ diet has to be done carefully and with sensitivity. The basic approach is, according to many veterinarians, as follows.
Find the highest quality pet food you can and add to that a mix of fresh meat and vegetables. Your own food, if you eat well is a good addition. This alone will make them much healthier. Add to this a pet multi-vitamin/mineral supplement and extra vitamin C. A few of the recommended commercial brands of cat food are:
Wysong ,Precise, Innova, Natural Life, Flint River Ranch, Perfect Health Diet. There are more listed in his book and this post is just the beginning of a foray into feline diet. I highly recommend the book. It has changed the way (what) we feed our cat.
Many of my customers have told me that they are frequently ‘asked’ by their cats to turn on the faucet. Some report how their cat stands under the leaking tap in the bath with their tongue out under the drip and still others how their cats rush over to the sink when they turn on the faucet.
These stories and the experiences of seeing my own cat lap up flowing water are what gave rise to the new design of cat fountains, I frequently call the CatTap fountain. You can see a video of on at this link:
The fountain functions beautifully. There is no splash-out on any pump setting (shown on low) and there is no pump noise. Additionally, the cord exits the base of the fountain, not over the rim as with so many fountains. To see more go to www.catfountains.etsy.com.