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How long does it take them to drink from a water fountain?

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My 8 year old girl had a few struvite crystals in her pee at her last checkup. She only eats raw so go figure. Anyway I went and got a drinking fountain. But after 6 days I haven't seen any of the cats use it. I put it where the water bowl used to be. Are these things just hype?
 

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Is the fountain where the water bowl was? If so, you might need to unplug it until they get used to it. Also, many cats do no like their water close to their food source so you might need to move it. Ours love their fountain.
 

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Is the fountain where the water bowl was? If so, you might need to unplug it until they get used to it. Also, many cats do no like their water close to their food source so you might need to move it. Ours love their fountain.
Yes I put it in the same spot where the water bowl used to be. I didn't think about leaving it unplugged for a while....I'm going to try that - thanks!
 

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@Condo commando
Agree with placing fountain away from their regular food dishes
My brats would only drink from it on the counter !
Which I discovered when I cleaned it amd fit,Ed it amd they jumped up to try it

To be honest it was a PIA
It was the drinkwell platinium fountain

Had to take it apart every few days , take the motor apart at least once a week soak parts in white vinegar amd take the magnetic motor shaft out and clean with a tiny brush -
Fountains get slimey on thr plastic you can’t see
So they really need s good cleaning often

Wish I took mine bsck but oh well

My boy had strivite crystals amd had to get meds

Did vet give her meds? Amd say she needed a retest in 10 days?

I actually got them to drink more water using a double raised stainless dog dish -
I fill both bowls eoth eater and place it across the room from food dishes -
Every morning they ru to it when I fill it amd drink like a sphynx watering hole!
The little bowls are near empty by night time when I refill .

My boy refused all the vet c/d Urinary type food -
I found a similar phosphorus% food he would it -
Not crazy about it but they share a can everymornimg amd it’s only $21 a case
Proplan Urinary focus canned food -

I Got to the point I had to try something he would eat that works

For treats I give them Urinary hairball formula kibble -
I know you feed raw but wanted to share just in case her crystals do not resolve

Which fountain did you get ?
I did the same as Patti mentioned trying it unplugged at first

My crews review of the drinkwell fountain is that they preferred the raised little dog dish bowls filled with water
Placed away from their food dishes .

Many members have success with fountains
The small plastic fountain with flower had been shared here

If I were to try a fountain again ..it would be small , easy to refill everyday with fresh water clean
And d easy to take apart to clean !

I don’t think my crew like the fountain perhaps bcz it was not as fresh as coming from the refirgerator water or sink jut my 2 cents
Lol who knows how these sphynx think! They have us trained !

Keep us updated !
 

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I tried getting Agnes one of those fountains and she hardly ever drank out of it. I think I spent more time cleaning the thing. She loves drinking water out of the large raised dog bowl. Go figure!

The picture is of her and our American Bulldog, Sampson. She was getting a drink while he was eating. :eek:
 

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Ace uses his flower fountain occasionally but much prefers drinking from the bathroom sink faucet.
 

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@Yoda mom - her urinalysis came back "occasional ammonium Mg Phosphate (0-1)/HPF" - as I understand it this is very low so she doesn't need meds at this point.

The vet asked me if I was feeding any greens and coincidentally I started using a probiotic that also includes "supergreen foods." I didn't realize that when I ordered it and wasn't planning to buy this brand again but I figured I would just use what I had. The vet said to get rid of it because greens are high in magnesium (Mg) which is what's causing her crystals. Then we're going to retest her in 30 days.

As far as the location of the water fountain, I have a kitchen cart and it's on top of that. The kitchen cart belongs to the cats; it was the deal I made to keep them off the kitchen counter.

There are no food bowls near the water or anywhere for that matter because I feed raw; they eat as soon as I put the food down and I pick everything up.

@kauna and @Yoda mom - thanks for the pictures of the raised bowls. Dog bowls....smh, how's a mere mortal supposed to know?
 

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Dealing with the same thing here. Bought a water fountain two weeks ago. Toa started to use it right away...to play with the water and wash his feet!
Ross and Jade don't even look at it.
Great idea to first unplug it before giving up;-).
 

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I have the Catit water fountain. I don't know how often my guys drink out of it but I do see them drinking from it on occasion. I do have glass cups placed around the house as well, since I've noticed they love to drink out of a regular glass like little humans. I'm sure if I took away the cups, they'd drink out of the fountain more
 

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We also have a Catit fountain, Cleo loves it.

Now that our cat is eating mostly wet food we have noticed she seems to drink less.
 

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We had a fountain years ago for our moggies. They used it but it was such a hassle to keep clean we gave up in the end. They're happy enough drinking from normal bowls so we stick with that.
 

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I have the Catit water fountain. I don't know how often my guys drink out of it but I do see them drinking from it on occasion. I do have glass cups placed around the house as well, since I've noticed they love to drink out of a regular glass like little humans. I'm sure if I took away the cups, they'd drink out of the fountain more
My Siamese cats used to drink out of a glass. I would put it by the bed for me and next thing I knew a cat was drinking out of it. I assigned them a couple of glasses of their own after that :)
 

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Orpheus prefers to drink out of a glass as well so he has a water glass onthe desk that he gets most of his water from I usually have to refill it Dailey. He also has two other regular bowls around the house he can drink from.
 

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Hey @Toa and Ross , any progress on your side? For me it looks like the cat fountain was a waste of money ....BUT I'm thinking I'm gonna double down. Well technically it won't be a drinking fountain; these are zen fountains. So if the cats don't drink from it, at least I have peace and tranquility. And I mean, who doesn't need that?


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The Zen fountains are beautiful! Great idea to get one!
No progress here. Toa loves to bath his paws in it. Jade and Ross ignore it!
 
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