Why Won't My Cat Drink From the Water Fountain?

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You've gotten a fancy new water fountain for your feline friend, thinking they'll love the constantly flowing water. But to your surprise, your cat seems completely uninterested, sticking to their old, boring water bowl. What gives?

There are several reasons why your cat might not be taking to their new water fountain. Here are a few of the most common:

  • They're not used to it: Cats are creatures of habit, and any change in their routine can be met with suspicion. It may simply take some time for your cat to warm up to the new water source.
  • They don't like the sound: Some water fountains can be quite noisy, which can be off-putting to some cats. If your fountain is particularly loud, try switching to a quieter model.
  • They don't like the flow: Some cats prefer still water to moving water. If your fountain has a strong flow, try adjusting it to a gentler setting.
  • The bowl is too shallow: Some cats don't like to dip their whiskers into their water, so make sure the bowl of the fountain is deep enough for them to comfortably drink.
  • The water isn't fresh enough: Cats have a very sensitive sense of smell and taste, and they can quickly tell if their water is starting to go stale. Make sure to clean your fountain regularly and refill it with fresh water every day.
  • The fountain is in a bad location: Place the fountain in a quiet, easily accessible location away from their food and litter box. Cats don't like to drink where they eat or eliminate.

Tips to Get Your Cat to Use the Water Fountain:

  • Introduce it slowly: Don't just plunk the fountain down and expect your cat to start using it right away. Let them sniff it and get used to it for a few days before turning it on.
  • Make it enticing: Add a little bit of tuna juice or chicken broth to the water to make it more appealing.
  • Use a shallow dish: If your cat is hesitant to drink from the fountain itself, try placing a shallow dish next to it so they can lap up the water.
  • Be patient: It may take some time for your cat to adjust to the new water fountain. Be patient and don't give up!

With a little patience and troubleshooting, you should be able to get your cat to use and love their new water fountain. After all, a well-hydrated cat is a happy cat!

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