How to Make Your Own Cat Water Fountain

Written by erin ringwald
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Longhair cats, such as Persians, find it difficult to drink from a traditional pet bowl without getting soaking wet. Because of their long hair, when they lean forward to drink, they get their face and chest hair in the water. There are commercial cat water fountains on the market that are made to address this problem; however, they are expensive and hard to clean. You can make your own cat water fountain out of a fish bowl and fish filter.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fish filter
  • Caulk
  • Fish bowl
  • Glass beads
  • Filtered water
  • Colander
  • Dish soap
  • Laarge binder clip

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  1. 1

    Purchase a fish tank filter for a 2- to 10-gallon fish tank. Choose a brand that is quiet and has an internal pump. The one used in this method is the Tetra Whisper Internal Filter 2-10i. You many need to adjust your assembly if you choose another version.

  2. 2

    Assemble your filter according to package directions. Insert the included charcoal filter. Remove the L hook that is on the back of the filter and discard. Use the suction cups provided in the box to plug the remaining two holes in the back of the filter. If the box has only one suction cup in it, use plumber's caulk to seal the bottom hole and use the suction cup you do have in the top hole.

  3. 3

    Purchase a glass fish bowl and fill with glass beads. Choose large, smooth glass beads, such as the type used in floral arrangements. These can be purchased at a local craft store. You will need at least one 340gr bag, depending on the size fish bowl you choose. There should be enough beads so that the top of the filter sits just under the top of the bowl. Avoid using rocks or textured beads since these will collect hair that falls off your cat when she drinks, making them harder to clean.

  4. 4

    Insert the assembled pump into the glass bowl, letting the bottom rest in the glass beads. Adjust the number of beads as needed to get the pump at the right height. Press the suction cup against the lip of the bowl. Use a large binder clip to hold the suction cup in place.

  5. 5

    Add filtered water until the bowl is halfway filled. Place the bowl on a stable flat surface and plug the filter into a surge protector. The water will flow over the lip of the filter, providing your pet with running, filtered water.

  6. 6

    Add water to the bowl as needed. Change the charcoal filter as directed by the manufacturer.

  7. 7

    Clean the bowl once a week. Remove the filter and dump the water and beads into a colander. Clean the beads with dish soap and water. Wash the glass bowl in the dish washer or by hand. Add the beads back into the bowl and reassemble.

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