You know that:
A hydrated cat is a healthy cat. A healthy cat is a happy cat.
Your cat isn’t drinking enough water.
Ever wondered why?
What I am about to tell you may make your pet sound a bit petty but hey! they are cats and they can get away with it.
The truth is:
Your cat isn’t drinking enough water because that water bowl is boring.
It’s a fact. When the water source fails to grab their attention, a cat does what it does the best:
Ignore it like it doesn’t even exist.
That is exactly why you need a good water fountain for your cat. Water fountains do more than just contain water. They attract your cat towards the water. They make them want to drink water
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Water fountains ensure a continuous supply of clean and freshwater for your cats.
Just like my cats, I have a thing for aesthetics. I like to bring in a new cat fountain every now and then. It excites me to see how my cats react to it. It also means that I have tried a number of cat fountains so far.
So yes! I have a whole list of favorites and must-try cat fountains. My top favorite is the one my cats love the most, and for good reasons.
Let’s talk about the top cat fountain.
The Top Favorite Cat Fountain: The Chosen One
My cats are in love with the Veken Pet Fountain Automatic Cat Water Fountain Water Dispenser. Apparently, it isn’t just my cats; this fountain has an unbelievable amount of favorable reviews, which is interesting because I have seen a plethora of products with more features and better aesthetics failing to impress the cats or their hoomans.
So, what makes it such a hit with the kitts?
- It is an automatic pet fountain that saves you from a lot of work
- Triple filtration system to ensure clean and purified water
- Multiple flow settings that include my cats’ favorite bubble mode
- Doesn’t make a lot of noise, neither consumes a lot of energy
- Compact and super easy to clean
And the fact that it doesn’t cost a fortune is why it is one of my favorites as well. Add to it the low power consumption and it becomes a pocket-friendly option in the long run. More reasons right after this top seven cat fountain list.
Best Cat Water Fountains: My Top 7 Picks
- Best Overall:
Veken Pet Fountain Automatic Cat Water Fountain
Three filters, three flow options – this fountain has a lot to offer
- Best Indoor:
Catit Flower Fountain
Give your pet an eye candy they can play with while they stay hydrated
- Best Outdoor:
PetSafe Drinkwell Everflow
You can connect this simple yet brilliant UV-resistant cat fountain to the garden hose
- Best Steel:
PetSafe Drinkwell 360
One product that lets you steal all the benefits of a stainless steel fountain
- Best Ceramic:
IPETTIE Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain
“A high-performance cat fountain that looks like a decorative item”
- Best High-end:
PETONEER Smart Water fountain
“Keep an eye on water level and other attributes through your mobile phone
- Best Budget:
Petmate Replendish Gravity Waterer
“Let the force of nature attract your pet towards drinking water”
Now, let’s get into more details about each of my 13 top cat fountains:
Best Overall: Veken Pet Fountain Automatic Cat Water Fountain
I’ve raved about it above so let me quickly cut to the important details.
This one is one the top because it fulfills my four key criteria for a good cat fountain It has the looks, the functionality, value for money, and my cats love it. Let’s take a look at what makes it so amazing:
- Triple layer filtration system: cotton, carbon, ion exchange ensures clean and healthy water
- Three flow options: bubble, stream, and waterfall
- The bowl is made of high-quality BPA free plastic
- Right size and height for an average domestic cat
- Comes with three replacement filters and a silicon mat
- Ultra-quiet, easy-to-clean pump (under 40db)
- Can hold 84 oz of water at a time
- Dishwasher safe
Best Indoor: Catit Flower Fountain
In all honesty, Catit was a close competitor to Veken. I chose it for the Indoor category because I love the look. It is more like a decorative item inside my house, but not without its purpose. Luckily, my cats find it just as attractive as I do. Another reason why I like it is that Catit is extremely easy to clean. Also, Catit offers a matching food bowl and I love the pair.
Let’s take a look at the features:
- Attractive flower pot inspired design
- Three flow settings: Bubble, stream, and gentle flow
- Dual-action charcoal filter that removes most impurities
- Made of high-quality, durable, BPA-free plastic
- Suitable height for an average adult cat
- Dishwasher safe product that is easy to assemble and disassemble
- Energy-efficient, low noise pump
- Can hold 100 oz. of water at a time
Best Outdoor: PetSafe Drinkwell Everflow
It seems like most brands don’t invest much on the outdoor cat water fountain. Perhaps, they assume pets are too spoilt to eat out. No puns intended but I think I have found a fountain to give my pets a fine dining experience in an outdoor setting.
My cats love outdoors and with PetSafe Drinkwell Everflow outside the house, I can relax. It can connect directly to the garden hose so there is no need to refill it manually. Here is more reason I prefer it for outdoors.
- Made of hg-quality UV-resistant plastic
- The huge capacity of 192 oz., good for large or multiple pets
- Uses a carbon water filter that improves taste and removes the odor
- Can be connected to a regular garden hose for auto-refill
- Dishwasher safe material
- Float level can easily be adjusted
- Free-flowing water stream attracts attention
Best Steel: PetSafe Drinkwell 360
Stainless steel is the preferred choice for sensitive pets that are prone to allergies. I personally love this material for indoor fountains mainly because I like the look. This one is an attractive foundation with huge capacity so you don’t have to fill it too frequently.
Stainless steel has numerous benefits to offer but it is only possible to reap those benefits when you invest in a high-quality product. I stand by PetSafe Drinkwell 360 for its built and material quality. While there is a plastic version as well, I like this version better.
- Dual filtration with foam and carbon water filters to keep water fresh
- Stainless steel body doesn’t cause allergies and improves the water taste as well
- Offers up to adjustable five streams of water to attract cats towards the fountain
- The capacity of 128 oz. makes it suitable for large animals
- Dishwasher safe stainless steel body
- Comes with three cleaning brushes
Best Ceramic: IPETTIE Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain
Now, ceramic is another great option for allergy-prone sensitive kitties. However, there are reasons people prefer it over stainless steel or plastic. It doesn’t rust like the former neither does it scratch like plastic.
It will stay in perfect shape for longer. And in all honesty, it doesn’t even look like a cat fountain; it seems like a piece of home decor.
At least Tritone does. Tritone is one of the two designs available. The other one, Fumi, is relatively simpler. My cats find Tritone extremely intriguing.
Here is why I recommend IPETTIE ceramic pet fountain.
- Made of finest-quality natural porcelain that is safe for pets
- Three free-falling streams to keep water fresh all the time
- Dual filtration system with foam and charcoal filters
- 71 oz. capacity, good enough for an average cat
- Energy-efficient IP68 waterproof pump
- Extremely quiet operation
- Easy to wash and assemble
- All parts are dishwasher safe
- Comes in two different styles
Best High-end: PETONEER Smart Water fountain
Let’s make one thing clear:
High-end isn’t about the price. It is about innovation. It is about bringing something new to the table. PETONEER is nothing short of a pioneer in the cat fountain industry. They introduced the first real smart water fountain, and it doesn’t get any higher than that.
It is smart because you can control it through your smartphone. It makes your life so much easier. The feature list is truly drool-worthy. Let’s take a look.
Allows you to maintain and monitor the water fountain through a smartphone app. Can keep an eye on water level and filter condition.
- Three-level filtration system to ensure freshwater free of all contaminants
- Ultra-quiet submersible pump for quiet operation
- Automatic shutdown when the water level is super low
- Made of high quality. BPA free plastic
- Running water design to keep water fresh and clean
- Connect the phone to the fountain over Wifi
- LED water level indicator
- A decent 68 oz. capacity
Best Budget: Petmate Replendish Gravity Waterer
If you are on a budget and want to get the best bang out of your buck, go for a gravity fountain instead of an automatic one.
Petmate Replendish Gravity Waterer may not look too fancy but some of my cats got too excited around it. They loved it and kept going back.
Cats don’t really care for how much money you shell out. If the product s good enough, it will get attention. Take a look at features that got my attention, and that of my furbabies:
- This fountain relies on gravity, not electricity, to refill the bowl automatically
- Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection prevents bacteria growth in the base
- Features a charcoal filter to ensure better water quality
- Made of high-quality BPA-free plastic
- Available in four capacity ranges: 0.5 Gal, 1 Gal, 2.5 Gal, and 4 Gal
Pecute Cat Water Fountain
I like this one for two main reasons:
- It is the perfect multiple pet drinking fountain.
- It can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
It has four outlets placed far enough for multiple pets to drink simultaneously. This means no cat fights around the fountain. Moreover, it offers three different ways to drink water, which makes it even more enticing for all your cats regardless of their preference.
Let’s take look at what we have here:
- Top bowl, four water streams, lower bowl: your cats can drink from wherever they want, however they want, whenever they want
- Triple filtration system to keep away hair, debris, and other impurities while removing unusual taste and odor.
- Four free-falling streams make the fountain enticing for the cats and encourage them to drink water
- Made from eco-friendly, BPA-free ABS plastic
- Easy to detach and clean when required
- Can be cleaned in a dishwasher
- Operates at 45 dB noise level
- A decent capacity of 55 oz.
Cat Mate Pet Fountain
Also known as Ani Mate after to the manufacturer’s name, this is a simple and straightforward fountain. Hence, recommended for anyone buying a fountain for the first time. It is a good “first fountain” for a cat who isn’t used to free-falling water or any other form of flowing water.
It will get your cat used to the phenomenon by attracting not startling your kitties. It doesn’t have a lot of features to flaunt, but what it has is enough to make your pets drink more than they get from their bowls.
Let’s see the list of features:
- Cat Mate has multiple drinking levels, which makes it easy for you to discover your cat’s comfort level
- Carbon filter purifies water and removes most of the impurities
- Adjustable flow dial can help you control flow according to your pet’s preference
- Bowls can be easily removed and cleaned in a dishwasher
- Isolated Pump System ensures quiet operation
- 70 oz. water capacity
Mospro Pet Fountain Cat Water Dispenser
If I had to choose another top favorite, it probably would have gone with this one.
The only reason it isn’t at the top of the list is that it just utilizes one layer filter i.e. carbon filter. While it is good enough for most household, it may not be best for homes where water quality isn’t good enough.
Aside from that key difference. Mospro looks and operates more or less like my top choice Veken. It has the same shape and flow settings and my cats love it.
A quick look at the features:
- Made from high-quality, eco-friendly PP resin material with proven antibacterial properties.
- A bpa-free plastic bowl can be easily removed for cleaning
- Three flow settings: bubbles, waterfall, gentle fountain
- Energy-efficient pump that operates without noise
- Comes with normal and flower sprout
- Water capacity of 67 oz.
Catit Fresh & Clear Stainless Steel Top Drinking Fountain
So, we’ve got another Catit in the house. This time it is the stainless steel one for sensitive cats.
I happen to know people who don’t prefer all-steel bodies. This one can be a good option for them as it just has a stainless steel top while the rest of the body is made of high-quality plastic. Another feature that differentiates it from most of the mentions here is the moving water instead of flowing water.
If your cat is too timid or anxious about free-falling water, don’t worry!
Circulating water can be equally amazing at catching your cat’s attention without scaring it away.
Now, let’s have a look at what else you get:
- Hygienic, high-quality stainless steel bowl to keep allergies away from your beloved cat
- Circulating motion maintains oxygen level in the water and also keeps it cool
- Fountain body made of high-quality BPA-free plastic
- 64 oz. water capacity
- Uses carbon filter to keep impurities out of water
- Dishwasher safe top bowl
Pioneer Pet Raindrop Style Drinking Water Fountain
Stainless steel is the material most recommended by the veterinarian.
It would be unfair to end this list with just one full stainless steel body cat water fountain. There are very few that can come close to our top pick in the “Steel” category.
I like the fact that Pioneer Raindrop is different in so many ways.
First of all, it is not a free-flowing fountain but a circulating one – but the water comes sliding down the ramp, which makes it slightly different from the usual circulating fountains.
Secondly, it has this unique raindrop inspired shape that makes it look like an artistic decorative item.
- Made of highest quality stainless steel that prevents allergies and improves the taste
- A unique circulating design that makes water more enticing for your pet
- A removable charcoal filter removes impurities and toxins from water
- Dishwasher safe. Ultra-quiet pump circulates and oxygenates the water
- A decent 96 oz. capacity
PetSafe Drinkwell Sedona Dog and Cat Water Fountain
I can’t conclude this list without including my guilty pleasure.
I almost included Sedona as my best high-end recommendation but then I realized that my preference may have more to do with the aesthetics.
No, that doesn’t mean there is no value beyond looks. Sedona is one of the highest-rated pet fountains on Amazon and that’s because it works for most people. Cats like it just as much as I do, and they drink more water with Sedona in the house.
Here is why PetSafe Sedona is an investment worth making:
- Made of eco-friendly ceramic and high-quality BPA-free plastic
- Features circulating water mechanism
- Aesthetically pleasing design: Oval shaped, clear plastic bowl and ceramic fountain in the middle
- Dual filtration: Utilizes foam and carbon filter to improve water quality and hygiene
- Both the parts are dishwasher safe
- A good 100 oz. capacity
- Ultra-quiet, energy-efficient submersible pump
Buyer’s Guide: Find the Right Fountain for Your Furbaby
Still not sure which water fountain is best suited for your kitties?
Take a seat.
I am about to reveal some cat fountain buying secrets to help you find a fountain your cats won’t be able to ignore.
Know Your Cat’s Needs
Do you know the cat is the only animal that is said to have “domesticated itself” for us?
Well, not for us – but for the sake of its own comfort perhaps.
By nature, all cats were wild. They were hunters. At some point in history, they must have realized that they can make human serve them as slaves. Most of the stuff we buy for cats is to cater to their natural instincts.
But did they actually had water fountains in the wild?
Their wild ancestors used to get 80 percent of their water intake from their diet i.e. raw meat.
Our home kitties, on the other hand, are used to dry food that is low in moisture. Even the canned variety does not fulfill your cat’s natural need for water.
While a lot may have changed in terms of their activities and habits after the domestication, their dietary needs are still pretty much the same.
Now you need to make them drink enough water to stay hydrated, which means:
Around 261 ml of water per day for a cat weighing around 10 lbs.
Dry food only fulfills around 10 percent of its need while a high quality canned food can make up for almost 70 percent.
Bigger cats require more water, as do kittens who are extremely active.
Now you know how much water your cat actually needs, let’s move on to ways to fulfill those needs.
Cat Water Bowl vs. Cat Fountain
You must be wondering why you need a fancy fountain when you can have a boring bowl.
Cross your heart and tell me if you have ever seen a cat drinks from the bowl?
Maybe twice or thrice a day, but that isn’t enough.
That isn’t the case with fountains. Fountains are designed to attract cats towards the water as they trigger their superpower i.e. curiosity. Cats are intrigued by the running water stream. They want to touch it, taste it. They want to do it again and again throughout the day.
So, the first and foremost reason fountains are better than the bowl is that they are pique interest and intrigue.
But that isn’t all.
Fountains are better than bowls also because running water stays cleaner and fresher. Bacteria accumulate much faster in standing water. Not to mention, best cat fountains have a filtration system to maintain a healthy water quality.
Bowls on the other hand, make it difficult for them to drink water without rubbing their whiskers on the walls. Fountains make it a more comfortable experience.
I believe that all these factors have an impact on the flavor as well. Water may be tasteless but one can definitely tell the difference between freshwater and water that has been sitting in a container for a while.
Now you know you have to choose a fountain over the bowl because that is a choice your cat has already made. Listen to your master!
But first, you need to understand the factors that make one fountain better than the other. These are the factors I considered when testing and ranking different products.
Factors That Matter
I have a number of cat fountains around my home because of different cats like different fountains. Also, I like to switch them around because that keeps my cats curious and interested.
My cats’ preferences aren’t irrational though. They go for the fountain that is not just attractive but also more comfortable. For instance, the tallest of my cats prefer the fountain that is higher because than she doesn’t have to bow down.
That said, let’s start with questions to ask yourself:
- How big is my cat?
Cats that are big in size won’t be comfortable with fountains that are too low and small. Likewise, kittens or shorter cats will be annoyed by a fountain that is higher.
- How many cats do I have?
If you have more than two cats, it is best to get a fountain that is created for multiple cats. A multi-tiered one can cater to multiple cats of different sizes.
- Do my cats have any allergies?
Cats can be allergic to certain material such as plastic. Stainless steel is usually the safest option in that case.
- Are my cats bothered by noises?
For cats who are easily startled, a noisy fountain can be a constant source of terror. Invest in a noise-free fountain for your furbabies. Keep in mind that some cats with anxiety might find low, humming sound calming.
- How is my cats’ behavior?
Ceramic fountains are a good idea for cats that are too aggressive or too messy. They are too heavy to topple yet easier to clean. They are scratch resistant as well.
Answer to this question will clear a lot of things for you. Let’s break down some specs to further clarify the matter.
Material to Choose
The material of your pet fountain is important not just because of durability and weight, but also because of health, price and hygiene-related reason.
Cat fountains can be made of three different material: Plastic, Stainless Steel, and Ceramic.
Plastic water fountains may be common because they are cheaper but they aren’t the healthiest choice. Even the highest quality BPA and BPS free plastic have the tendency to cause allergies because it is too easy for bacteria to breed on the surface.
Cheaper plastic involves a lot of chemicals in the manufacturing process and that chemical can be harmful for your cat. If you are choosing a plastic fountain for any reason, go for a manufacturer who is transparent about the quality of their plastic.
Stainless steel is generally a hypoallergenic material. Its manufacturing process does not involve chemicals that may leave traces. There is no chance of your cat getting allergies from their fountain. In my opinion, cats seem to really like the taste of the water they get from steel fountains.
Quality, however, is extremely crucial a factor here. I have seen some cheap SS cat fountains that aren’t immune to scratches, and worse, rust.
I prefer ceramic for aesthetics. There are ceramic cat fountains out there that can double as a decoration piece. However, there is more to it than the looks. Ceramic is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly. It is heavy and therefore, impossible for your playful kittens to topple it. It doesn’t rust like stainless steel, it doesn’t scratch like plastic – but if you have a colored one, it might fade a bit.
Every now and then, you might across a product that is made from a completely different material. If you are considering such a product, do your research to see if the material lives up to your cats’ needs and desires.
Some products may be made of more than one material – like I had one fountain that was made of high-quality plastic but the inner bowl was made of stainless steel.
Pump and Filtration System
There are two of the more technical aspects you need to consider. Let’s start with the pump.
A pump’s job is to keep the water moving, whether it’s flowing or circulating. There are several considerations when choosing the right pump.
- Types – You will either find the common submersible pump or an isolated pump.
A submersible pump stays inside the water like the ones you get for an aquarium. These are the quietest type of pumps but you need to be careful about the water level. They may get noisy and heat up if the water level drops too low.
Isolated pumps, on the other hand, may not heat up that easily but they are slightly louder as compared to the submersible ones
- Power – Keep in mind that a powerful motor will consume more energy. Focus more on energy consumption as you don’t need that much power. Most cats are afraid of water flowing too fast.
For outdoor pet fountain, you can opt for a rechargeable or battery operated fountain. It will save you from the trouble of plugging it in all the time.
A cat fountain can have at least one filter – but I recommend fountains with dual if not triple filtration system. There are three common types of filters out there and top cat fountains use all three of them:
- Cotton – A cotton filter keeps most impurities and sediments at bay. If your cat sheds a lot, it makes sense to find a fountain with a carbon filter
- Carbon-Carbon takes care of impurities the cotton filter can’t stand against. It can remove bad odor and taste from water.
- Negative ion – Negative is perfect for homes that have excessively hard water. Negative ion filters have the capability to soften hard water.
No matter what you choose, keep in mind that filters need to be changed almost 3 to 4 weeks.
Flow and Flexibility
Flow is important.
If your cat is new to fountains, you should choose a fountain that doesn’t have a fast-flowing stream. I would recommend buying a fountain with adjustable flow speed. It will help you gauge your pet’s preference in terms of flow speed.
The flexibility, however, isn’t desirable only in terms of speed. It is a good idea to find a fountain that offers different flow styles as well. For cats who don’t like a stream, check if they like the bubble, my cats love it.
But if your cat is too easy to scare or has anxiety issues, you might want to consider circulating water mechanism instead of free-flowing streams.
Most top-rated cat water fountains are low-maintenance products, but they do require a change of filter every now and then. If you think you won’t be always available to refill the bowl or clean it, find a fountain with larger capacity and dishwasher-safe components.
While we are at it, let me add that I personally find ceramic a bit more high-maintenance as compared to steel and plastic.
It may not rust or scratch easily, but it can break. You have to be very careful about where it is placed and how it is handled. Despite its weight, there are many incidents of cats toppling these fountains over.
As a cat lover and a pet parent, I can conclude that a cat water fountain is an essential item. It makes your life easier, and it keeps your cats healthier. The top products seem to be brilliantly designed. Not only do they purify water and improve the quality of water, but they also encourage cats to drink more of that water.
Why does it matter?
Maintaining a good hydration level is the key to avoiding common health issues including kidney stones, urinary tract infections, dry eyes, and several skin conditions. It also improves overall fur quality and controls shedding.
A good cat water fountain encourages healthy drinking habits in cats. It can play a vital role in keeping your kitties hydrated and healthy.