MY ginger tabbies always rush up to the bathroom counter when they see that the tap is on. They are also equally amazed by the swirling water created by the toilet bowl and the washing machine. Sometimes, they paw at the shower enclosure for droplets of water or the window for raindrops.
They love water in motion so it's quite obvious that they would and could use a water fountain to replace their old water bowl. Not only does it entertain them, a drinking fountain is also touted to be good for cats' well-being, especially in maintaining healthy urinary tract.
Cat bowl water fountains constantly move water around so it becomes oxygenated. Unlike water that sits still in ordinary bowl, the water in this newfangled gizmos are cleaner because there's a charcoal filter that distills dirt so cats only get fresh water all the time. The charcoal doesn't affect the taste of the water and it could be replaced after two to three weeks of constant use.
The circulating water is caused by a pump attached at the bottom of the bowl, hidden from the cat which only sees the water gently gushing all the way to the top surface. The water flow is very soft so there's no worry that it would spill or splash on the floor and wall.
For all intents and purposes, the GEX water fountain looked like a good investment for the sake of my cats, but the real ROI (return on investment) should become apparent when none of them must see a veterinarian due to feline UTI (urinary tract infection). Instead of veterinary bills, I'd rather pay for extra cat drinking fountains.
I appreciate the fact that my pets now have their running water amusement plugged in all day without electrical hitch. The store that sells it claims the water fountains only consume very low energy that should cost only about P6.50 a month. Best of all, the sight of a water fountain continues to tickle my cats' curiosity and quench their thirst better. Now that it's summer, having oxygenated, cool water for the cats is also a big plus.