Pets like humans need plenty of pure fresh water in their bodies. Water is crucial for flushing out toxins and waste, regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients through the bloodstream and cushioning the brain and spinal cord.
But how do we really know if our pets are getting enough water? One way is to lift some skin at the back of their neck, then release it. If your pet is well-hydrated, its skin will fall back quickly. But, if your pet is dehydrated, its skin will fall slower or stay in a tent formation. Signs of dehydration include fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite, sunken or dry eyes, dry nose, and dry gums.
Getting your pets to drink enough water is another issue. Dogs, for the most part, love to drink water whereas cats not so much. I have four cats and they all have their favorite places to drink water. I do have a water bowl set out for them all day, but only one of my cats really drinks from it. The others prefer a dripping tap or the sprinkler outside.
There are several things we can do to get more water in our pets. Feeding your pets a fresh, high-quality, moisture-rich species appropriate diet – this could include quality canned food, is necessary. And of course, always make sure you have a fresh bowl of pure water put out every day for your pets. Another thing you can do is get a pet water fountain. Pets are attracted to the trickling sound of water and will naturally drink more water. I found an attractive ceramic fountain that my pets like, the Drinkwell Pagoda Pet Fountain.
Drinkwell Pagoda Pet Fountain
I like the Pagoda Fountain because it’s made of ceramic and not plastic, so there is no chance of toxins seeping into the water and it’s more hygienic. This fountain has charcoal filters that clean your pet’s water continuously as it recirculates, keeping it a lot cleaner and fresher than a typical water bowl. I love the two-tiered levels, it offers two drinking dishes for both smaller and larger pets. It that hold 2 litres of fresh, filtered water and its open design makes it easy for pets to approach. This free-falling stream system adds oxygen for freshness and encourages your pets to drink more.
As for cleaning, it’s fairly easy but there are a few drawbacks. The cord cannot be removed from the lower ceramic bowl and there is a filter in the center, so you cannot immerse it in water. You have to clean it with a soapy cloth and then rinse it very well.
- Multiple free-falling streams add more oxygen for freshness
- Replaceable foam filter keeps pump and water cleaner by catching hair and debris
- Ceramic design is easy to clean and hygienic
- Elevated drinking dish for senior or arthritic pets
- Submersible pump for quiet operation
- Made of ceramic
- For indoor use only
- Replaceable charcoal filter keeps water tasting clean and fresh
- Holds 2 litres of water
- Top shelf only is dishwasher safe
Having the Pagoda Pet Fountain running all day has encouraged my cats to drink a lot more water. The only negative I can think of is that you cannot adjust the stream of water. It only has one speed and I think at the onset a pet would be more attracted to a slower stream.
I like that it comes in four different colors that will blend in with any decor. I keep the Pagoda Pet Fountain in the kitchen so I chose the white color, but red would have worked well for me too. It retails for around $130 and it perfect for both cats and dogs.