Cat Fountain Placement Guide (in progress - please check back later)
Where You Place Your Cats' Fountain
Will Determine How Much Or Even If It Is Used
In this Cat Fountain Placement Guide we explore the best, worst and OK locations to place your cat fountain and what makes them so, because where you place your cat’s fountain may very much determine to what extent, and even if, your cat uses it.
If your cat is thirsty enough and has no other sources for water he will likely use the fountain to some extent (or not), pretty much no matter where you place it . But to ensure regular, healthful and satisfying hydration, it is very important to understand how placement affects your cat.
NOT NEAR THE FOOD BOWL
We tend to assume that like us, cats want their water near their food. We do that, drink and eat more or less simultaniously, but cats do not. In the wild, (and you are probably aware that cats are still very much wild), cats do not keep their food and water near one another. They are instinctively aware that their food can contaminate the water, (deadly bacteria) which could be fatal so they assiduously avoid that.
Many vets say the food odors put the cat off drinking and this is probably why. Cats are deeply wise as regards their physical well being. So the fountain next to their food is just not a good idea
Water and What?
Cats like a serene place for their fountain.
As undersirable a place as next to his food is, an even worse place to put the fountain is anywhere near the litter box. Surprisingly enough, some people have not realized that, (it seemed to them a convenient place), then wondered why not only would their cat not drink, he avoided the litter box too! Those two necessities just don't go together.
Stop the Traffic
Well trafficked areas are also undesirable places for your cat’s fountain. Even if not directly in the path of foot traffic, the coming and going of people (and other pets) nearby is just not what your cat wants when satisfying his thirst. Again, in the wild cats are very warry when drinking because they are more vulnurable at that time. One hundred and eighty of degrees of direction for escape is blocked, their head is down, they are actively engaged in drinking and experiencing all the sensations that brings and though they are alert they still feel, and are, at risk and the coming and going of other creatures is exactly what they don’t want.
Along the same lines, near active or frequently used, noisy appliances is also not a good idea.
To Share or Not to Share
If you have other pets, and particularly cats, it is important to understand their relationships to one another. Some cats like to share their fountain – others not and if there is a dominant cat who lords it over the others, he has probably staked out his domain and those lower down the ladder will be intimidated by drinking from a fountain that resides within the dominant cat’s territory. Cat water fountains, at least Thirstycat fountains, are curiously and profoundly attractive to cats and The Boss is going to want to claim that fountain. So, in that situation what do you do?
You’re either going to have to provide another fountain in another area or (in which case you only need smaller fountains rather than one large one), or better still, find neutral ground somewhere in the house – a communal space where all are accepted. A comfortable spot within that environment should be fine.
Such a place may not be the lovliest area of youir house but if it doesn’t violate any of the big NO’s and all can access the fountain then it is a good spot.
If you also have a dog who likes to drink from your cat’s fountain then an elevated place may be the solution (if you don’t want them sharing.) Many of our customers purchase a fountain for all the their pets and are simply more diligent about keeping it clean.
And this brings us to the final point of this article – aesthetics.
When a Cat Fountain is More Than a Cat Fountain
A Ceramic Work of Art
There is not really an aesthetic consideration for most cat fountain brands – they belong out of the way somewhere your cat will want to use it but you don’t have to see it.
A ThirstyCat Fountain however is a high quality work of ceramic art and belongs where it can be enjoyed as such as well as serving to satisfy your cats’ thirst.
A Thirstycat Fountain is more expensive than most other (and not all) brands because they are created, by hand, to not only satisfy your cats’ need for water but to be a valuable contribution to your home – to add to the beauty of your home – so to receive the most value from your fountain you will want to display it where you, and if you choose, others can enjoy it. Below is a gallery of images from customers