Getting a drinking fountain for you cat may seem indulgent, but there are benefits beyond simply spoiling your feline. The best cat water fountains are designed not only to give your cat a water feature of its very own, but also encourages and promotes healthy drinking habits. Most cats require around 2 to 4 ounces of water a day on average. Just like with humans, water helps with cats’ energy levels, healthy body functions, and even coat health. As anyone who has caught a cat licking at a tap can tell you, they also enjoy, and some even prefer, running water over still water.
For cat fountains to work, they require a power source, usually an outlet. But other than that, no special equipment is usually required. You just have to make sure the fountain is full enough to circulate water, and some have an indicator to note when it's running low. An automatic pump will keep things moving while a replaceable filter keeps the water clean as long as you change the water in the fountain every week or two. All the choices featured also would allow your cat to still drink water from the bowl if power is lost or the pump stopped working.
Features to consider include how quiet it is, the material it is made of (since some cats can develop chin acne from plastic bowls), and how easy it is to clean and maintain; since pumps can also be places where sentiment and fur builds up, you may have to clean those occasionally depending on your local water and pet.
No matter what your needs, however, most are under $40. Here are the best picks: