Since vet stated that it might be better for them to prevent dehydration I bought a cat fountain for my girls (Catit Flower Fontain). However they seem obsessed with deconstructing it into basic parts (remove lid by tooth etc.) which, well, makes it no longer work.

I tried to weight the lid down by putting a few stones on it (that I cleaned beforehand) but now they are managing to tilt the lid anyway to stop it from working. I thought about duct tape but I don't know if it won't be toxic.

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    I'd love to know an answer to this. My cats are constantly trying to tip over their fountain, because they're interested in where the water is coming from (they think it comes from the ground, not that it gets cycled). I love them for their inquisitive nature, but I think it's impossible to tell them to stop without destroying that inquisitive nature.
    – Flater
    Nov 28 '17 at 11:26
  • @Flater Oh yes. They are little scientists, aren't they. Nov 30 '17 at 0:06
  • how about just an old fashion stainless steel bowl with water? no lid to lift and no hidden compartments to investigate. Not all cats HAVE to have a water fountain to drink.
    – PandaPants
    Jul 19 '18 at 16:40
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    @PandaPants That's what they have now. However usually cats prefer running water over standing one as in nature the former is likely to be better (less chance of pollutants). Sure - not a problem in modern times but tell that to thousands of years of evolution... Jul 19 '18 at 20:43
  • Have you considered a different type of fountain? That's a basic plastic design that's really easy for a cat to pull apart; there are plenty on the market that are metal or ceramic, which are both heavier/harder to pull apart, and easier to clean.
    – Allison C
    Nov 2 '18 at 13:00

Try a different fountain.

You might like the look of that specific fountain, but it's made of lightweight plastic pieces that are assembled in a way that allows them to be easily moved by a pet (a lightweight plastic lid seated on top of the reservoir).

There are a number of different styles of fountain available, in plastic, metal, or ceramic. If you're determined to stick with a plastic fountain, look at how the pieces are assembled and try thinking like a cat--how can you push, pull, or knock this object apart? If you can't find a reasonable way, try that fountain, otherwise, keep looking around. If you decide to try a different material, you may have an easier task. Cats generally don't care to bite down on metal, and the ceramic ones are frequently too heavy for them to easily move around. They're also both easier to keep clean.

Once you find a fountain that they won't disassemble, consider how they're going to drink from it. Think about how your cats prefer to drink (do they prefer the bowl, a stream coming from the sink, or something else?) and how the fountain matches that desire of theirs. When you've found a match, make it available, but keep their still water available as well in case they still don't care for it. Some cats just don't like fountains, regardless of what cats generally seem to prefer.

Keep in mind that the aesthetics of the fountain should be the final consideration, below keeping it in one piece and make it appealing to the cats.


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I used a small hand drill & some craft wire to hold it down. Doesn’t touch the water & kitty can’t rip it apart.


I have had this problem with my CatIt water fountain. The best way I found to keep it together was some good old fashion DUCK-TAPE. Might not be the prettiest, unless you have pretty duck tape, but it sure works.

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    It's unlikely that the composition of duct tape is food safe, so it's not advisable to use it for food (or beverage) contact for humans or animals.
    – Allison C
    Mar 18 '21 at 19:18

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