For over 3.5 years, since this blog originated on April 6, 2008 my readers and I have been searching for a cat-safe battery-operated automatic drinking fountain. We had found plenty of décorative fountains, but they were always made from materials which could be potentially hazardous to cats. A couple of days ago I received an email from Eberhard Basler, a ceramic artist, who creates extravagently beautify décorative fountains for tables, walls, and outdoors. He also creates ceramic fountains for pets, and sells them on his website, Ebi's Ceramic Art Pet Drinking Fountains. I was taken with the clever original designs and beautiful glazes, but very glad to see that everything in these fountains was safe for cats. The fountains are designed with a low center of gravity so that they are virtually non-tippable. They utilize two separate filters: a wire mesh one to catch large particles, such as food or hair, and the second one, the same as those used in Drinkwell fountains. The battery-operated pump is optional. There are 40 different glazes and combinations of these, all of which are certified non-toxic and lead free. Yes, the fountains are expensive, compared to some of the plastic electric powered brands. In my opinion, it might be worth the extra cost, for a longer life and the bonus of an attractive fountain with a whimsical frog, colorful flower, or other clever spouts providing the water stream. The fountains are almost all special order, and you can select glazes and spout, as well as size and water capacity of your own fountain. I'm truly delighted with this find, and I suspect many of my readers will be, too.
Photo Credit: © Ebi's Ceramic Art Pet Drinking Fountains
Original post: I have to admit the question of where to find a battery-operated pet fountain has me stymied. Automatic Water Dispensers for cats are so convenient, practical, and appealing to cats that love fresh water. One would think that a savvy manufacturer would come up with a battery operated drinking fountain. Sometimes it takes a great deal of creativity to find an appropriate place for a drinking fountain with a convenient electrical outlet. Then again, if you're like me, you worry that the cord might fall into the fountain. I just ordered another Drinkwell Platinum fountain (compare prices), this one to go in my bedroom for Jenny. Unfortunately, the only logical place for it is next to my nightstand, where the electrical outlet is already overburdened.
If anyone out there knows of a battery-operated cat drinking fountain, please let me know. You can post here in a comment or email me.