We call this design the Bubble-up. It is the simplest and generally the least expensive, depending on how much ornamentation went into the center piece. For example some bubble-ups have beautifully under-glazed designs and carvings and those are much more expensive. The Bubble-up is one of several designs of cat water fountains which are very suitable for shy or skittish cats because they are so quiet and gentle with very little water display, especially on low settings. We do not recommend this style for longhair cats as they're apt to get their fur wet while drinking. With this design of cat water fountain you don't need to consider the size of your cats' head.
If your cat is the quiet or timid type and likes a stream, a bubble-up with a Serenity Flow add-on is a great choice. The handmade copper Serenity adds $44 to the price and can be swapped in and out with the straight copper spout that comes with the Bubble-up. (All the copper we use is 99.9% pure and is antimicrobial by nature. Though we recommend it, none of the fountains needs the copper spouts to run perfectly.) The Serenity delivers a quiet, smooth stream you can adjust in volume and turn in any direction. The Bubble-up cat fountain with the Serenity is also fine for longhair cats. We sometimes offer a Bubble-up that includes a Serenity and in those instances we lower the price of the Serenity by $10, so if the fountain would have cost, say, $108, with the Serenity it will cost $142 rather than $152.
Another excellent choice for both the quiet cat and longhairs is the Piazza design without any channels or spouts. (Below you'll see the Piazza design cat water fountains with spouts and channels.) This is an essentially silent fountain as the water trickles over the edge and simply slips into the bowl. With this design your cats can drink from the upper basin without getting their fur wet. If you remove the ceramic insert that accompanies most fountains of this design you get a more visually vigorous display but it remains very quiet. Because of the upper basin this design will always be with a fairly large fountain bowl. Ashlynne's, to the left is about 12 inches wide. She uses both the bowl and the upper basin. Notice too that the bowl is plenty wide for Ashlynne's head. An important consideration with any fountain. We try to insure that every fountain we make is wide enough but look closely to be sure and call if you have any questions.
Many cats prefer a stream, and not just a few demand one, meowing to have the faucet turned on. Several of our customers have said they used to have to leave the faucet running because their cat would not drink from a bowl. We make many fountain designs which produce a stream, both to satisfy this craving and for their beauty. Some have one stream, such as this free-form Petunia design to the left, some have two streams and some have three, four or five streams. We test every fountain for quality of flow, for sound and to ensure they don't splash. We try to insure that every fountain that leaves our studio is splashless. If we wouldn't want it in our house, we're pretty sure you wouldn't want it in yours.
It has been a surprise, indeed, an amazement to us from the beginning how much people's cats really enjoy their handmade, ceramic Thirstycat fountains. At the risk of sounding foolish, we would have to consider that cats have an aesthetic sense and genuinely appreciate quality. They don't just use them and drink more water, they seem to love them. We have numerous images of cats lounging by their fountains and comments from customers who tell us about this. This is Cocoa with her leaf fountain, another of our stream fountain designs. We regularly create the leaf fountains, in different forms and with different glazes because they are among our most popular. Their advantages are that they create a pool of water within the leaf, especially if the ceramic mini-leaf insert is not used, from which your cats can drink, they give a stream from which your cats can drink, and there is the bowl. Apart from that, they are really nice looking and sounding.
WHICH STYLE OF THIRSTYCAT CAT WATER FOUNTAIN IS BEST FOR
YOUR CATS AND HOUSEHOLD
The Double Piazza provides an upper basin, a bowl and two streams from which to drink. Excellent for Longhair cats, for multiple cats and for those who like to drink from a faucet, but of course, great for any cat as it offers every possible option. Note that we try to always leave enough room between the center piece and the side of the fountain bowl so any cat can easily drink from the bowl without feeling cramped. Do take a close look though because cats vary and not all fountains are the same. Some will have a little more or less room than others.
There are important factors to consider besides what design or colors you are attracted to when purchasing a cat water fountain. This page is to help you make the best decision so that you choose a fountain your cat will love and that will be enduringly pleasing to you and your household. These considerations include your cats' physical characteristics, such as length of fur, as well as temperment traits - does your cat prefer a stream of water or is your cat shy or timid? Below we attempt to walk you through the various options so that you may make the best, most informed decision. Also important is water sounds. Do you like the sound of water falling into water? Do members of your household? Two things to think about here - which fountain and where you will place it. Audible water sounds in the kitchen or entryway is one thing. In the bedroom another. So think about these things when choosing.
The Single Spout Piazza provides an upper basin, a bowl and single stream from which to drink. This is also excellent for Longhair cats and for those who like to drink from a faucet with multiple options for easy hydration. Because it has a smooth stream, particularly when run with the included ceramic insert which gentles the flow, this is a very quiet fountain which yet provides a very pleasurable visual display. We create many more fountains with streams, a few of which we show below. And this brings into focus the concept of water sounds. Generally, the more water there is falling and the further it falls the more water sounds you will have. This is as equally an important consideration for you as it is for your cat. Some people love the sounds of water and others do not so which design you buy and where you put it is important. Below we show different kinds of stream fountains in order of their quietness. First though, Cat Taps.
We create a variety of cat taps including the above. From left to right they are the 2 cat Cat Tap, the Downflow Cat Tap and the one cat Cat Tap. In addition we have the Serenity, shown at the top of the page, the 30 D, which angles upward at a 30 degree angle and which can be taller than the one or two cat without splashing, and the copper Waterleaf. All are antimicrobial, meaning that they actively inhibit bacterial growth in the water. Prices vary, not according to how much copper is used but by how much work is involved. Each is handmade to fit a particular fountain and can be made after the fountain has been sent.
Water Sounds of Stream Cat Drinking Fountains
Generally, the greater the number of streams issuing from the center piece of a fountain and the further it falls, the greater will be the water sounds, however, the breadth of the stream matters too. The wider the stream the smoother, and therfore, the quieter it will be. In most cases we mention this latter attribute when we list a fountain but you can also see this in the images. Below are some examples of fountains rated according to their water sound level.
The fountain on the right has 5 streams of moderate smoothness. There is no splash (we try to never send a fountain out that splashes) but there is a vigour to the strreams and this fountain, of this group, is the loudest. For those of us who love the sound of water this is a treat. For those who don't it can be irritating. Each of these stream cat water fountains is suitable for every kind of cat except the very timid or shy cat, although with proper aclimitization even shy cats can come to love a gentle stream.
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