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Posted on 11-15-2013

It's a known fact that cats love to drink from fresh running water. Providing them with a pet fountain can not only boost their overall happiness but can actually provide serious health benefits. Cats are very curious and playful animals. They will enjoy drinking from, playing in and possibly even bathing in a fountain of fresh running water. The fountain can improve your cat's hydration. Proper hydration helps maintain healthy kidney and urinary tract function. Insufficient water intake, as seen with many dry food only eaters, can lead to concentrated urine which can lead to increased bladder crystal formation. This condition can cause urinary tract obstructions and potentially fatal Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) of Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC). FIC cats typically present with blood in their urine, straining to urinate and urinating outside of their litter boxes. This condition can be triggered by stress in the cat's environment. FIC cats can definitely benefit from a pet fountain. Doctors agree that increasing water consumption by your cat allows the bladder to fill with more dilute urine.

I have discovered the pet fountain when my own cat, Trike, started having urinary issues. He was diagnosed with having crystals in his urine (FIC). When adding wet food into his diet wasn't going well (it turned out he didn't really care for wet food) my veterinarian recommended the pet fountain. Wow, Trike absolutely loved it. My other cats also love the fresh running water. Trike has been very happy and crystal free ever since! The fresh, clean running water and several types of litter boxes in all of his favorite places have helped give Trike the happy, healthy life he deserves.

Environmental enrichment is extremely important for cats. They are all unique and puzzling. Enjoy getting to know your cat and supply them with plenty of ways to play and explore. You can improve their health at the same time! Eagle Animal Hospital serves Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and the surrounding area.

Written by Keri Linsen Bigler

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