Water fountains for cats are becoming much more common in households of every budget.
That’s probably because cat lovers know that keeping their cat healthy starts with good food and fresh clean water.
- Clean Water
- Less Contaminates
- Cats Are Attracted To Fountain Experience
- Water Tastes Better
- Special Needs Cats Drink More Stay Healthy
- They Look Cool
What better way to get clean water for your cat than by providing a water fountain with a filter to clean out contaminants. You can find all types of fountains online, at petco, and in specialty catalogs. The second reason I think that cat water fountains are a big hit is because cats seem to be drawn to the constant flow of moving water. It has an appeal for a lot of indoor cats- and it can encourage kittys to drink more often -I’ve seen it first hand. Cats with medical conditions such as kidney disease can benefit from drinking more water and a home water fountain is a great idea to try. I also think it tastes better. Like tap water verses spring water.
Pumps Get Blocked with Fur
Unfortunately, cat fur can block the filter and cause the pump to start making a slightly annoying sound and stop the water flow all together. It’s an easy fix though. The first time I had to clean one out- I thought it was as easy as rinsing out the inside of the pump and filter area and covering it back up. But it wasn’t. However, It dosen’t take long to really clean out the filter and the pump when the water stops flowing- it takes an extra step but fixes the water flow immediately!
Here’s how the water fountain looks in each step and I will walk you through each step of taking it apart and cleaning it. Here’s what one of the ceramic cat water fountains looks like when it stops flowing-notice very little water coming out of the top. And it was making a annoying noise. (Plus kitty likes to play in the water so the water level is low, and the pad underneath is wet. Here is an example of what a cat water fountain looks like when it’s ready to be cleaned. The next step is to unplug it from the wall, and take it over to the sink and drain any water out of it. Then remove the top ceramic fountain -it just lifts off. This is what the fountain base looks like when the fountain top is removed and the water is drained. There is a plug that goes into the pump under the cover and the pump filter assembly looks like a shell, with little suction cup feet keeping it in place.
It’s a good idea to take a picture of the layout so you can reassemble it later you’ll know exactly how to reposition the pump and the cord and the little hole where the water comes up, back in place for your particular fountain piece. What you see now is a pump and a water filter. The pump circulates the water and the water filter cleans the water of contaminates.
The next step is to remove the filter assembly. Check for cat fur underneath and on the filter. Rise with water.
There are three places to clean with water and check for fur.
The first is to remove the filter and clean it off with water. The second is to lift up the pump and check the side for hair stuck to the intake area, and the third is to clean out the shell so any hair or dirt or slimy water slime is disinfected out. I encourage you to keep your particular models instruction pamphlet, so you can follow the cleaning instructions closely. I only clean it with warm water and I haven’t used soap on the filter I have cleaned the little shell case and the ceramic fountain with warm water a light soap.
This is the pumps intake area, there is ALWAYS cat hair here, you may not see it clearly but there’s cat hair there. Wash it off or use a paper towel to remove it from the spaces in between the intake area. Now that everything is removed you can clean out the base of the shell assembly and then put everything back into place.
Now you can clean the fountain. Making sure to clean off any slimy spots and get out any cat litter, dirt from cats playing in it, or cat hair in the bowl and you’re ready to put it all back together again. Once you have put everything back into place, close the cover on the shell assembly, Replace the ceramic fountain cover, matching up the hole from the pump, and fill with water to the fill line.
After your first try at it, this process should only take five minutes. If you have cats that love it as much as my furry friends do, you’ll need to be quick. Mine was waiting for me.