(Closed) Water Fountain/Hairballs

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We have water fountains for our pets too but found it easier to make them ourselves than buy an expensive and overall less flowly one. We ended up getting a plastic bin from target and putting an in tank aquarium filter in it.

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The replacement carbon/sponge pads are a lot cheaper and the motor in the filter lasts forever. If for some reason something happens to it, you can just swap out the filter for like 10 bucks instead of buying a whole new fountain. You can stand it right in the plastic bin and suction cup it to the side or secure it in there. We drilled two little holes (we could have poked them with a regular kitchen knife as well) in either side of one corner at the top of the bin and zip tied the filter in place so our dogs wouldn’t knock it over. To take the filter out we just unplug it, and pull it up out of the zip tie loop. Both our dogs and our cats prefer to drink from the stream of water itself. If they get it super dirty, you can take the filter out and just stick the plastic bin in the dishwasher.

For hair balls, two of our cats are long haired and we used to use laxatone. It works fairly well but what eliminated them completely for us was switching to a raw diet. There’s less oil in their fur and they seem to shed less and we haven’t had a hairball since.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m a cat owner and would love some information on this too!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I got our cat water fountain from amazon.com. It’s the Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design and the cats LOVE it! It is quiet and easy to clean. The cats did NOT like the drinkwell fountain!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@savealife:  I recently read that water and food should be separate from each other and I never knew that. So I got two boot trays from the dollar store and put the water fountain on the one (along with a regular ceramic bowl of water) and their kibble on the other tray and put the food several feet from the water. The water stays much cleaner that way and the cats are drinking well.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I’m thinking about getting a fountain for my cat too!

My cat is long-haired, but she rarely gets hairballs, and when she does they’re very small. We feed her high quality indoor cat food (Wellness brand) and brush her every night. Every once in awhile we use a Furminator to remove dead/excessive fur. Maybe daily brushing and a monthly Furminator session will help your cat.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

The furminator is fantastic & my cat loves it.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

Laxatone is great for hairballs. I like it over other brands. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@savealife:  I like the furminator, and my cat doesn’t seem to mind it. We get a huge ball of hair off her every time we use it. Just don’t over-furminate! Haha, we did her tail one too many times, and it was sad and scraggly looking for awhile.

I’ve never gotten my cat’s nails clipped at PetSmart. My mom has gotten her dog’s nails done there a few times, and they’ve cut him, but I don’t think that’s indicative of all PetSmarts. Your cat’s nails should be easier to trim since they’re usually clear, and it’s easier to see the quick. You could also check with your vet to see if their prices are reasonable. They’d probably take the time to show you how to do it. I use little nail clipping scissors that are really easy, and I’ve seen people use small nail clippers. I don’t recommend the large scary looking clippers they sell in the stores. They’re hard to manuever one-handed when you’re trying to hold a squirming kitty.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m another Ferminator fan.  We bought one last summer and it is absolutely insane how much hair it removes. I think we paid $50 for ours, but a coworker was recently able to find one on Amazon for under $20 I think.  Either way, totally worth the $50. 

One of our cats (we have 2) loooooves to drink water straight from the faucet in the bathroom.  She’ll hop up on the bathroom counter and ‘assume the position’ and just stare at me until I turn the water on to a slow drip.  I think she’d love a water fountain of her own…maybe I’ll get her one this weekend 🙂

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We have this one:  http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-Design-Drinking-Fountain-Original/dp/B004L4XR3I/

The carbon filters are pretty inexpensive, it holds a LOT of water, and it’s fairly tall so the cats dont have to bend down too far to drink from it.  It’s also super easy to clean.  Our cats love it!

I also bought the Groominator: http://www.amazon.com/Fur-So-Fresh-Groominator-2in1-Deshedding-Tool/dp/B003M8GT66/ since it had pretty decent reviews and is MUCH cheaper than the furminator.  I can’t compare the two, but the groominator does an excellent job!

Post # 16
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Helper bee

@savealife:  I just cut my cat’s nails for the first time and it was really easy, but my cat didn’t fuggt or squirm much. It’s easier than dog’s nails bc the quick doesn’t grow out into the nail endlessly if you are lax about it. You can see where the flesh stops, give a little cushion from that, then clip. I used human nail clippers and they worked fine. I’d reccomend giving it a try yourself.

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