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Feline Friday – #39 – running to the running water


freddie and frankie water dish

Freddie and Frankie both have an affinity for flowing water. Whenever they hear water running, they come running to check it out.

Drinking out of the bathroom faucets in the washbasin or bathtub became a morning habit with the two fighting over the optimal position to receive the nectar of the gods from the tap.freddie and frankie water

Every morning I thought I really had to figure out a replacement for this activity. I never drink unfiltered city water myself so why should I inflict this on innocent creatures who depend on me to make these decisions. And Los Angeles water isn’t exactly mountain pure. Feline Friday is not the format to get into that discussion so I will move on.

All the pet drinking fountains I had seen in the stores were made out of plastic. When my late cat Friday was drinking and eating out of plastic dishes, he developed a condition known as feline acne (quite common) around his mouth and lips. I switched to stainless steel and the problem disappeared.

Amazon to the rescue! I searched for stainless steel pet drinking fountains and there were quite a few choices. There are still plastic elements in the fountains but nothing is perfect. The one I decided on seemed to have the least amount of plastic and the most amount of steel coming into contact with the cats. I also needed one that was substantial enough that these two rambunctious guys wouldn’t knock it over… and big enough that they could both use it at the same time as you can see in the photo at the top of the page. And the gallon size doesn’t require refilling all the time.

freddie and frankie water dish

There are two ways to enjoy the water. One is drinking out of the bottom bowl where the water is calm like a zen pool.

freddie and frankie water dish

The other is to drink out of the top bowl where the water is being recirculated so it is always moving… just like the cat drinking it!

freddie and frankie water dish

Another option is to drink the water as it slides down the side of the top bowl in a waterfall. Freddie seems most attracted to this.

The most amazing part about this story is that I ordered the fountain from Amazon in the afternoon, clicked on one-day Prime member delivery and voila…. it was delivered by 9:00pm that evening!

I set it up immediately (you have to read the instructions for the motor and other info on putting it together… but it couldn’t be easier) and decided to put it just outside the bathroom. Freddie and Frankie came running up the stairs right away and wasted no time in getting their snouts wet.

Pharoah has never attempted to drink out of a faucet so I didn’t think he would be interested. I was wrong. I should have had my camera handy to take pictures, but I didn’t. So I missed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap a photo of all three guzzling the water at the same time. Just take my word for it, it was overly cute!

We’ve had the fountain for three days now and it is certainly a success with the cats stopping by individually to quench their thirst. Of course, with cats you never know if or when they will lose interest. But unlike an optional toy, cats drink a lot of water, so I think this was money well spent.

Although the motor is silent, I turn it off at night to save electricity.

There is some maintenance cleaning the cat hair out of the filter and motor on a timely basis but the fountain comes apart easily and compared to cleaning out litter boxes this should be a cinch!

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

21 thoughts on “Feline Friday – #39 – running to the running water

  1. These water fountains seem perfect for cats! Mine is an outside cat by choice so I am constantly rinsing and refilling her outside bowls, ceramic and stainless steel. She is constantly drinking from them, the bird baths, the fountain and rain puddles! Your cats should be happy now – cute photos! Cheers for the weekend!


    • My cats have access to the roof deck 24/7 through a cat door but I prefer to keep the water inside to keep it cleaner. But if your cat is outside all the time that would be a little difficult. My big boy, Freddie, drinks out of everything in the house that he can get his nose into even though he always has plenty of fresh water in multiple bowls around the house. When I water the planters outside he is there to catch the drips!


  2. What an awesome fountain, Roslyn. You’ve got a house full of happy cats. 🙂 Happy Weekend!


  3. I’ve never seen or heard of these fountains. Wonderful. You are such a good cat mom.


  4. My cats would love this. I will have to look for it. I had a plastic one a long time ago but didn’t like that it was plastic.


    • The motor casing is plastic and the water runs over that, but I figure the water is moving so doesn’t have a chance to sit there and pick up the plastic particles. Like I said, nothing is perfect. It does seem to have cured them of lining up in the morning to drink from the faucet, at least. Cheers!

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  5. How amazing that someone has actiually cat-ered for this need. 🙂 Freddy and Frankie are very lucky indeed. 🙂


  6. Okay … I want to see the photo! Pharoah is one of my favorites (but don’t tell Freddy and Frankie I said that). That would have been devine – to be able to capture all three of them at the same time. I’m glad you have that photo in your memory. Makes you all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it? What a smart idea – to give them a stainless circulating fountain. Right about now, I’m guessing they are saying you are one awesome cat mommy.

    Very recently my sister helped me raise up my big dog’s water bowl. He’s 12 now, and it hurts for him to have to bend down to eat or drink, because his arthritis is getting so much worse as he ages. Instead of going and buying one of those $50 raised dog bowls, we just put his water bowl on top of a $2 plant riser that I bought a the dollar store. Black rubber coated, so it doesn’t slip and slide, and sturdy enough to easily hold 1/2 to 2/3 of a gallon in his familiar stainless steel extra large bowl. He drinks more than a gallon a day (always has), so this solution was perfect for him.

    I wasn’t quite so lucky with his food bowl. It took me quite a while to find the food bowl that best worked for him. He can’t use bowls that have flat sides, and he can’t use bowls that have too much slant. It has to be a gradual slant, with a wide bottom. So his regular food bowl (made of bamboo), didn’t fit inside the plant riser. Ingenuity to the rescue. I happened to have a very tall soup pot, which I flipped upside-down on top of a rubber-backed extra bathroom rug, and the bowl edge fits perfectly over the bottom of the pot. Raises it up about 10-12″, and fits snugly so he can’t knock it over. Not the most attractive look, but for now, it works perfectly. Buys me some time to find a plant pot riser that has a wider base, as the bottom on his bowl is a bit more than 11″ in diameter. Sooner or later I’ll find one with a 12″ diameter, and we should be good to go. But for now, both his bowls have been raised up, and I can already tell (just in the past couple weeks), that it has really helped him at meal times.

    Speaking of which, as a dog person, I sure do seem to follow a lot of bloggers that are cat people. Does that make me a closet cat person? I actually love cats, but my big dog doesn’t. I should have tried more aggressively to get him acclimated to cats when he was just a baby. By the time I realized I had a cat-chasing dog, he was already half grown. I did try several times, but it was clear by then he wasn’t going to change his opinion. So I got him another dog instead. (a little terrier mix). Because everybody needs a buddy.

    Sure hope we get to see a new photo of Pharoah soon. Tell the sweet little man I missed him this week. 🙂


    • Thanks for your lovely comments. I have not seen all three of them together slurping up the water since that first time. I’ve seen Pharoah on his own but by the time I grab the camera he is gone. He is like a leaf in the wind! So glad to hear you got your dog’s eating situation taken care of. Would have been nice if I could have come up with some ingenious solution to provide running water without shelling out so much money on a motorized fountain but I couldn’t think of one. At this moment, having eaten dinner, Pharoah is sitting on the stairs staring at me. Maybe he is waiting for seconds. But if I get up to fetch my camera (it’s always in a different room from me, just like my cell phone) I know he will slip away. Cheers, r.

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      • I know what you mean about the camera always being in the other room. I do that same thing all the time. I thought about making a little pouch on a string to wear around my neck to hold my camera, but realized (a) I don’t really like things hanging on my neck, (b) do I really want to have my phone next to me 24/7? and (c) I’d probably still forget to put it on every day anyway. LOL

        I think the motorized fountains are a brilliant way to give your cats running water that has movement, although as a cat mom, that means having to spend the big bucks, and I’ve heard they are a bit harder to clean, too. But we’ll pretty much do whatever we can for our furry buddies. And I do hope Pharoah manages to sit still long enough for you to be able to post a new photo of him soon. Tell him his admiring fans are clamoring for an update! LOL

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  8. Great photo’s of the cats


  9. That is good to know that cat can be allergic to plastic in drinking water. I am wondering the plastic pet bowls are made of plastic that should not be used for food or drinking.


    • I don’t use any plastic bowls, cups or containers for my cats or for me… everything that comes into contact with food and liquids is either stainless steel or glass. It’s not 100% perfect but I do the best I can!

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