Originally Posted by ~*Regina*~
Is a fountain really even necessary? I have a water bowl that I change everyday. And I let her drink from the faucet when I get home from work.
IMO it's not. Normal cats in regular households should get by with a run-of-the-mill water cup that gets freshened up. Fountains are luxury items for most.
There are some specific reasons to consider fountains, like drinking habits/preferences. I started considering one when one of our cats has obviously gotten lazy with his drinking, and as a result seems to have become more prone to constipation. He used to be a big drinker, now I rarely see him at the bowl. I want to trick him to drink more as this simple thing seems to help it.
He already enjoys drinking from the simple PetMate Bistro. He loves the gurgles the container makes, and stays a lot longer at it looking for the bubbles and sipping some extra. Unfortunate thing is he likes to play with that thing too - and with his brother he has figured out how to knock the darned thing around so that kitchen floor now becomes a pool every time I set the Bistro up!!
I thought that maybe Drinkwell would be more stable. I would be interested in hearing if anyone's cats have been bowling with their Drinkwells!!! Does anyone have any 'behavioral issues' with fountains? Like kitties just monkeying around with it and not actually using it for its intended purpose?