Top 5 Automatic Water Dispensers

Close-Up Of Cat Drinking Water From Bowl
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It's no secret that many cats prefer running water for drinking. Automatic water dispensers are a must for cats whose owners work long hours, to ensure fresh water at all times. The following are some of our favorites and the best the market has to offer.

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    Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain

    Like the original Drinkwell, the Platinum delivers a free-falling stream water which splashes down onto a sloped "ramp," and into the bowl. Unlike the original Drinkwell, the Platinum's reservoir slides into the back of the unit, instead of a separate reservoir. It is important to take out and clean the prefilter, which is easily accessed from the back part of the bowl. Accumulated hair and other debris may cause the motor to malfunction, cause some strange noises.

    The Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain provides 168 ounces (1.3 gallons) of fresh, filtered water. The free-falling water stream with adjustable flow control entices pets to drink more. This fountain features a built-in reservoir to increase capacity and make refilling easy. The replaceable activated carbon filter removes bad tastes and odors from the water, keeping it fresh.

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    Petmate Deluxe Fresh Flow Purifying Pet Fountain

    This water bowl offers flowing water that entices your pets to drink. Its circulating water slide filters and oxygenates the water, keeping it fresh longer. Ideal for cats or dogs, this bowl comes in your choice of available colors and sizes. Includes replicable charcoal filter. No splash water slide. 

    The self-contained unit holds a 108-oz. supply of water and is attractive as well as functional. Like all automatic water dispensers, it is extremely important to regularly clean the unit, and replace the filter as directed.

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    Original Drinkwell Pet Fountain

    The Drinkwell Pet Fountain features a flow rate control knob and reusable filter. The self-contained unit holds about 50 ounces of water, and an optional reservoir doubles that capacity. If your cats love running water, the trickling effect will attract them. Included with the Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain is an activated carbon filter that removes any bad tastes and odors, giving your pet the best way to stay hydrated.

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    Cat It Fountain

    Unlike the splash or trickling function of the Drinkwell and Petmate fountains, the Cat It Fountain delivers fresh water by flowing it over a large, clear dome, which allows several cats to drink at once. The Cat It Fountain comes with one detachable food bowl as well as the requisite water bowl. Additional food bowls are available, as well as a Cat It Mat for floor protection. Be sure to order additional filters, as they must be changed frequently. The reservoir holds 100 oz. of water.

    The Cat It Flower Fountain trickles water out of a plastic flower. It allows three different water flow settings for picky drinkers and offers maximum oxygenation for fresher, better tasting water

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    Drinkwell 360 Water Fountain for Pets

    The Drinkwell 360, a 128-ounce system, brings a whole new concept to automatic pet fountains. The water reservoir is concealed under the bowl. A central fountain allows from one to five individual streams of fresh water to flow into the bowl, giving more drinking room for multiple cats. The fountain provides 1 to 5 changeable free-falling streams that encourage your pets to drink more.

    The Drinkwell 360 includes a replaceable carbon water filter that removes bad tastes and odors and a foam filter to remove hair and debris, and an adjustable flow control cap allows you to customize the water flow