Reviews and Ratings of the Best Cat Water Fountains and Waterers

Providing daily supplies of fresh water is just as crucial to your feline furball as feeding it is.

Unlike us, cats don’t have a strong sense of thirst. As such, they can easily get dehydrated.

Many kitties are known to be quite finicky and capricious (shocking, I know).

They’ll refuse to drink if the water bowl is placed near the food bowl, or they’ll wrinkle their noses at the sight of deep water bowls or unclean ones. And that will only lead to dehydration and numerous health problems.

Cats often tend to drink from running taps, like the bathtub faucet or the sink.

Why is that?

Cats genuinely dislike the idea of drinking still water – like the one found in the water bowl, which you forgot to clean two days in a row.

Felines prefer drinking from natural sources of running water. And that’s one of the reasons why you’re now seeing so many options for auto watering devices.

Nowadays the market is full of tons of water fountains, and you’re bound to get cheated into wasting money on a good-for-nothing product unless you’ve done your homework, which is hard due to the sheer volume of them.

Fortunately, we’ve already done the research for you!

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The Top 3 Best Automatic Cat Water Fountains

Best Automatic Cat Fountains / Waterers Reviewed

#1. PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Cat Fountain (EDITOR’S CHOICE)

Probably the nicest, most hygienic, and smartest system out there, I love this design from PetSafe.

First, it’s not plastic, which I love. There’s too much uncertainty about certain plastics causing feline acne, and they can be tough to clean when they start aging.

I also love the design, which is not only aesthetically pleasing to me, but makes a ton of sense for your cats.

  1. Dual flow for multiple cats – This is perfect if you have a couple of cats like we do. Each side of the unit has a small waterfall area where your kitties can lap up the falling water separately without getting in each other’s way.
  2. Aeration for fresher, tastier water – The falling water also brings oxygen into the equation, providing a tastier and fresher drinking experience, which can help your kitty drink just that little bit extra to keep them hydrated.
  3. Multi-tiered for different sizes – Whether you’ve got a tiny or huge kitty, or multiple pets are sharing, they’ll be able to drink out of this comfortably, as it’s got a couple of tiers with different heights

It’s also very easy to clean, as the top part can go in the dishwasher, and the ceramic makes the whole thing easier to clean and keep clean.

The carbon filters are replaceable so this should last you for ages, and allow you to continue providing fresh and yummy water to your pets.

It wasn’t an issue for me, and I almost found it relaxing, but I know that some people don’t like the additional splashing noise that this makes.

The water flows directly onto the water below it, unlike some other models, which have “splash guards” to limit the splashing noise.

Not a deal breaker, but it’s one of the few concerns people have had about this.

Some have added aquarium rocks or glass plates as splash guards, so there’s always a solution!

Whatever your noise preferences, this is our favorite waterer and is perfect for one or multiple cats of all sizes!

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2. Pioneer Pet Raindrop Cat Fountain

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Not sold on our ceramic choice?

No worries, we think this stainless steel option is a fantastic one as well.

While plastic is fine for the most part, I love the idea of going that extra step to ensure your little ball of fur has the cleanest and safest accessories.

Although the shape and steel are a little similar, this does not, in fact, look like a chamber pot…it should look perfectly modern and decorative in a wide variety of homes.

Looking nice isn’t everything, but when your home gets overrun with cat stuff, personally I like to choose a few pieces that enhance, rather than distract from, my house’s looks.

Love the calming movement of this, as the one side of it has got a pump that pushes water up and over a slide of sorts. But while my little guys loved to lap up the moving water on the slide thing, it does have a spot that looks more like a regular water bowl, so it will suit any personality!

You will need to clean it at least monthly, though it can be disassembled and put in the dishwasher (read the manual to make sure you don’t put the wrong pieces in!!) so it’s not that bad.

Also, you’ll want to buy additional filters for this, since you should probably change them once per month if you’ve got one or two cats. Not a big deal but you do need to remember the upkeep required on something like this.

While we like the ceramic one better, and it does seem to be slightly better constructed (particularly in regards to the wiring and pump), this is a definite strong second which looks great in the home!

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3. Catit Flower Cat Fountain

Don’t care about sleek ceramic or stainless steel bowls? BORING, right?

Well then you’ll love this cute flower design by Catit!

We’ve been harassing plastic the last few sections, but this is actually a really good fountain, and it’s obvious to see that it’s a quality product once you use it for yourself.

There are three “modes” thanks to the removable flower pieces:

  1. Slow bubbling, large surface area – Flower Out
  2. Multi-directional fountain flow – Flower Stem In
  3. Softer multi-directional fountain flow – Flower Stem and Flower Center In

This gives you a ton of versatility if you find your cat loves one version or the other.

The downside of this unit is that you’ve got to replace the filter every month or so, and they seem more expensive than others. Luckily there are third party options hitting the market that may help to reduce your out of pocket cost over the year.

All in all, though, this was super cute, seemed really well made, and I loved that I had three different “flow” options to play with.

My kitties liked the first (ceramic) one best, but I’m super confident putting this on our list of the best ones we’ve ever reviewed.

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What Is An Automatic Cat Fountain (Waterer)?

Some cats LOVE to drink flowing water. Rain running off a plant, your faucet, that cup of water they just knocked over on the counter which is now dripping onto the floor…

So when it comes to drinking stale water out of a bowl that sits out for days, you can understand why some cats dehydrate themselves by not drinking enough water.

A dehydrated cat is not a healthy cat, and can make him miserable, depressed, or ornery.

Thankfully, buying one of these devices can help your cat drink more water, by enticing him with it’s drip or flow.

Basically, a cat fountain, sometimes referred to as a cat waterer, is an automatic device that gives a constant flow of moving water for your cat to drink from.

The water is recycled and cleaned as it moves through the machine, so you only have to fill it up after your cat has had a couple of days or weeks to drain the fountain to it’s minimum water level.

You plug them into the wall, the motor runs the pump which usually delivers a fairly slow and steady trickle, though it depends on the type of unit you’re buying. You can see what we mean if you check out our top picks above…there are a number of options! Falling in streams, bubbling softly up from the middle, etc.

This is also the best way to care for a cat if you’re out and about over long periods of time. Combine this and an automatic cat feeder and you’re set to leave your cat safely and happily fed and watered for days at a time if need be.

By being more interested, or just simply preferring the fresher, tastier water that comes with movement and flow, your kitty may start drinking enough, which can improve his health and mood.

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Emily Parker

Emily Parker is the Content Manager at Catological. She's passionate about helping cat parents love their cats better by providing the best information and recommendations about everything you'll need to know about your cat, from kitten to senior years. She believes natural, biologically-appropriate products are best...why wouldn't you provide the best for a member of your family?!

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