Cat Mate Pet Fountain

Looking to pick up a water fountain for your cat or dog? In this article we’ll cover the top Cat Mate Pet Fountains.

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Cat Mate Shell Fountain 100 Fl Oz. (White) (Titanium)
Shell Fountain by Cat Mate

Best Overall – Cat Mate Shell Fountain

Cat Mate - Fontaine d'eau pour animal domestique - Blanc - 3 l
  • GOOD HYDRATION: This pet fountain features multiple-height drinking stations and is perfect for encouraging your pets to drink more water. The shell attachment creates a waterfall to attract your pet with the gentle sound of flowing water
  • FILTERED WATER: Cats prefer fresh flowing water compared to still water in a bowl. This water fountain is equipped with a circulating 3-stage filtration system to ensure healthy drinking water for your pet and helps prevent harmful scaling deposits
  • 3L CAPACITY: Provide your pets with a clean, healthy water supply while you’re away! The 3L large water capacity reduces the need to refill water frequently - perfect for pet parents who are away for a weekend. It’s easy to clean and dishwasher-safe
  • SUPER SILENT PUMP SYSTEM: This pet water dispenser has an ultra-quiet, isolated pump system and requires a low voltage power supply. There are easily visible max and minimum water level indicators with a distinct noise when the level is low
  • A MATE FOR LIFE: Pet Mate has been the UK's go-to pet supplies retailer since 1986. Provide for your best friend’s needs with our top-quality Cat Mate range of water fountains, original automatic pet feeders, and cat flaps

What We Like

  • Great for cats that like fresh water (e.g. prefer running tap to stale bowl water – If you’re cat is like this you know what I’m talking about!)
  • Big 3 liter water capacity
  • Quiet (no motor noises)
  • Soothing waterfall sound – good for cats and for people
  • Simple shell water dispenser – easy to clean
  • Long electric power cord so it’s easy to plug in and place where you want it
  • Dishwasher safe bowls
  • Includes easy cleaning brush
  • You don’t have to use your own drinking water filters – it comes with it’s own separate filters

What We Don’t Like

  • A little big and bulky looking

Best Water Fountain for Dogs – Dog Mate Pet Water Fountain

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What We Like

  • Huge bowl
  • Double filtration
  • Easy to put together
  • 3 Liter water capacity
  • Adjustable pump level
  • Again, simple easy to clean shell water dispenser
  • Just add water when the level is below the line
  • Easy to clean
  • Pump can be dismantled and cleaned as well
  • Lasts much longer than expected for the price
  • Great for picky dogs that demand fresh water

What We Don’t Like

  • Somewhat difficult instructions

Best Alternative Cat Fountains and Designs (and Best for Long Haired Cats)

Veken Pet Fountain

Veken Pet Fountain, 84oz/2.5L Automatic Cat Water Fountain Dog Water Dispenser with 3 Replacement Filters & 1 Silicone Mat for Cats, Dogs, Multiple Pets, Blue
  • Ultra-quiet & low consumption pump – The Veken pump is ultra-quiet (measured below 40dB) and low consumption which means that it normally lasts between 2.5 - 4 years!
  • 2.5L large capacity –  It has a water capacity of 2.5 liters (84 ounces), which means that it is great for small to medium sized pets. The circulation system helps provide healthy and hygienic water for beloved pets all day.
  • BPA free & quality material – Made of quality PP resin, this automatic water bowl is BPA free, durable, and it’s easy to operate and clean. Furthermore, each fountain comes with 1 silicone pad to catch splashing water from spills.
  • 3 different flow designs – Veken Pet Fountain has 3 modes: flower waterfall, flower bubble, and gentle fountain. Each mode is specifically designed to meet the needs of various pets. The free-falling stream and bright color will attract curious pets to check it out.
  • Triple filtration system – The pet water fountain is equipped with 3 replacement filters, each composed of activated carbon, ion exchange resin and non-woven fabric, forming a triple filtration system to help keep your pets healthy and hydrated.

What We Like

  • Medium 2.5 liter water capacity
  • Totally different look than the Cat Mate or Dog Mate styles – something new with a flower water dispenser
  • Great alternative for cats that like to drink from the toilet or from running tapwater
  • includes extras – silicone mat and multiple filters (check current listing as this may change)
  • Silicone mat protects the counter or table you put it on (again check the listing to confirm it’s still included)
  • Silicone mat even matches the fountain (make sure you like this design, ha!)
  • Easy filter change using low cost filters
  • Ideal for long-haired cats – setup so hair does not get stuck in the pump – you can remove it easily from the filter trap at the top
  • Super silent with the flower cap on
  • Remove the flower cap and it makes a pleasant waterfall sound
  • As of the time of this writing it includes a 2 year guarantee – this is key as these lower priced fountains have pumps that give out from time to time

What We Don’t Like

  • Not the cutest brand name (i.e. it’s prominently displayed on the side) – it’s a sticker. Just peel it off if you don’t like it.
  • Personally I don’t like the flower designs. I’d rather have something more earthy or plain foresty for my chihuahua. I really really like the silent flower cap option. It’s just too much flower for me.

Toozey Cat Water Fountain

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What We Like

  • Less flowery than the previous model but lots of the same features
  • Fun alternative look to the water dispenser
  • Super quiet
  • More than one cat can drink at the same time
  • Has a warning alarm when water level gets too low
  • Big filter
  • Doubles as a cat toy for cats that like to play with running water

What We Don’t Like

  • Slightly less than medium 2 liter water capacity – requires top ups more often
  • Alarm goes off when water gets too low – not fun at night
  • Hard to clean out hair than the previous flower model – you need to remove the black filter and clean hair out from there – A few more steps that need to be done every 1 to 2 weeks

Pioneer Pet Swan Pet Water Fountain

Pioneer Pet Swan Pet Drinking Fountain: 80oz Water Capacity (White Plastic) (3075)
  • Does your pet love drinking out of the faucet? The elegant Pioneer Pet Swan Drinking Fountain mimics that same experience.
  • 80 ounce capacity is great for a single pet household or a multiset household
  • New improved USB connection pump provides an ultra quiet design
  • Easy Clean design that is dishwasher safe and comes with a replaceable charcoal filter that provides clean and fresh water for your pet

What We Like

  • Another gorgeous option – awesome water dispenser with an artistic bend
  • 80 ounce (2.3 liter) water capacity
  • Adjustable stream (just don’t cross them, sorry, couldn’t let a good Ghostbusters joke go to waste!)
  • Simple design
  • Easy to clean

What We Don’t Like

Pioneer Pet Raindrop Water Fountain

Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design
  • Circulating drinking water is naturally appealing to your pet.
  • Replaceable charcoal filter for clean and pure, healthy water
  • Dishwasher safe, high grade stainless steel construction allows for easy cleaning, 60 oz capacity
  • Move the spout to the center so that everything is aligned perfectly for smooth flow and lesser noise!

What We Like

  • Yet even another gorgeous water fountain option!
  • 96 ounce (2.8 liter) water capacity – Still doesn’t beat cat mate or dog mate though, ha!
  • Stainless steel look and simple water dispenser – finally no more flowers or plastic!
  • Silent
  • Easy to add ice for super cold water
  • Cheap replacement filters

What We Don’t Like

  • More expensive – buy this for the look and the easily cleanable stainless steel
  • Bad cord design eventually gets frayed after a few years of use – Manufacturer please fix this! Just know to inspect the motor and the cords every so often.


What are Cat Water Fountains?

Cat water fountains cycle water through filters to keep water fresh and clean. They provide a soothing waterfall sound to add a pleasant background atmosphere to any room you add it to.

Filtration and aeration prevent the water from getting stagnant and old. In addition you’ll spend less time refilling their water bowl daily.

Who Should Buy a Cat Water Fountain?

Do your cats drink from the toilet? Do they stand by the sink and meow till you turn it on? Is running water their favorite (and seemingly only) water source?

If so a cat water fountain might be your solution. Frequently, this is the easiest way to get your cats to stop drinking from the toilet and the sink.

Some cats like fresh water. Toilet water is replenished often, ha!

Fountains also save you time. They come filtered and you don’t have to change the water daily. Simply add a bit when you see the water level below the line on the fountain.

Another reason – cats seem to drink more when the water is “fresh”. Whether that’s from the toilet, tap, or a recirculating filtered fountain is up to you.Try one of these units and you might be surprised how much more your cat drinks.

Anyone that needs a little more time and/or cleaner water for their cat or small dog should consider a pet water fountain.

Do Dogs Like Water Fountains?

Absolutely. Water fountains aren’t just for cats. Even small dog water bowls get stagnant and slimly if not changed often.

Water fountains use filtration and aeration to keep the water fresh for any pet.

Cat Mate Shell Fountain 100 Fl Oz. (White) (Titanium)

Do Cats Like Running Water?

With some very basic training your cat can learn to love the running water of a cat water fountain.

Cat Mate Shell Fountain 100 Fl Oz. (White) (Titanium)

How Do I Get My Cat to Drink From a Cat Water Fountain?

Basic training for a cat water fountain is very similar to basic training for a crate water bottle. Your cat or small dog simply needs to feel the water on their nose.

Simply tap your finger into the water fountain then gently tap your pet’s nose when they are close to the fountain. No need to push their face into it.

At some point it’ll just click and they’ll start drinking freely.

Are Drinking Water Fountains Safe for Cats?

Absolutely, water fountains are perfectly safe. The pump and filter mechanisms are internal to the fountain. They are safely tucked away and can’t be accessed by your pet.

How Much Water is Enough?

Keep the cat water fountain filled to the line set and per the instructions. Expect to add a little water every few days.

In drier areas like Colorado and the western states you’ll need to fill it more often than in humid states east of the Mississippi River.