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low costAutomatic Water Fountains: $12-$45average costElectronic Water Fountains: $65-$80
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Pet fountains re-circulate water through a filter and down a waterfall into the water dish to keep it fresh, encouraging dogs and cats to drink.

Typical costs:

  • Automatic fountains like the Bergan Elite and Petite Waterer use gravity to dispense water from a chamber to refill water as the pet drinks it from the dish below. These cost from $12 to $45.
  • Electronic water fountains like the Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain[1] have a pump that filters water continuously into a chamber and out a fountainhead into the water dish. These cost from $65 to $80.
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What should be included:
  • Automatic fountains are usually made of plastic and are easy to clean and assemble. On some models, all parts are dishwasher safe.
  • Electronic fountains are best for cats and small dogs that prefer moving, fresh water. Along with pumps that keep the water rotating through the system, most have charcoal filters to remove debris. A popular model is Veterinary Ventures' Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain[2] , which has an adjustable water flow and holds up to 168 ounces of water. This fountain, which is good for cats and small to medium dogs, costs $70 at most pet retailers.
  • The Auto-Wata, best for large dogs and outdoor use, hooks up to a garden hose and is automatically refilled as needed. It costs about $22.
  • The fountains need refilling about once every few days, depending on the number and size of the pets using it.
Additional costs:
  • Some electronic models require batteries, which need replacing every three months to a year depending on use. Batteries cost less than $10.
  • Filters, which need replacing about once a month for most models, cost about $12 for a pack of three or $30 for a pack of 12.
  • A common complaint of most fountains is water leaking or splashing. Consider purchasing a mat to cover spills. These cost about $12.
  • Most fountains need cleaning every, or every other, week. A set of cleaning brushes costs about $8.
Shopping for pet fountains:
  • PetSmart[3] , Amazon[4] and Doctors Foster and Smith[5] both sell a variety of fountains.
  • Look for models that are made of BPA-free plastic. BPA, or Bisphenol A, is an organic compound that may be toxic.
  • When keeping an automatic fountain outdoors, take care to place it in the shade to reduce evaporation.
  • Curious cats, especially kittens, may want to play with the fountain's parts, batting it apart and possibly damaging the filter, lids or spouts.
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In search of BPA free pet fountain pump
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Posted by: Bo's mom in Sacramento, CA.Posted: September 4th, 2011 10:09PM
I am still shopping for a pet fountain that is entirely free of BPA, including the pump that is made of plastic and rubber. I have only found receptacles that are BPA free (stainless steel or ceramic), but no mention of the pump and other parts that come in contact with the water.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=16199
  2.  www.vetventures.com/products-fountains-Platinum.asp
  3.  www.petsmart.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=waterer&origkw=waterer&sr=1
  4.  www.amazon.com/s/url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pet+water+fountain&x=0&y=0
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