Help! We have a couple of fountains that we want to put back out in our home but can't figure out a way to keep the cat from drinking out of them.

A few months ago we discovered that "Buffy" was getting sick from drinking the water out of one of the fountains. She vomited violently and we made several trips to the ER and vet before we figured out what was making her sick.
We don't have time to clean the fountains out each week, and I think that's what it would take to keep the water fresh enough. They have lots of rocks arranged in them and it would mean disassembling, washing bowl, rocks, pump, then re-assembling. We just don't have that much time in our lives right now.
Has anyone had a similar experience and found a good solution? Is there something we could put in the water that might be a deterrant, but not dangerous? I'm afaid a strong enough bleach solution to keep it from going off, would make her sick.
We tried giving her her own fountain to drink out of but, of course, she won't touch it only the forbidden one. Of course with the new addition to the family, there's a good chance she'll follow suit and we'll have two sick ones...maybe three if they gang up on us...
Hmmm..I just had a thought...a little mouthwash maybe??

Thanks,
Buffy's family
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We don't have time to clean the fountains out each week,

Simple.
DO NOT put them back in.
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Help! We have a couple of fountains that we want to put back out in our home but can't figure out a way to keep the cat from drinking out of them.

My cat also ignores all my attemts to provide her with fresh water and marches straight to the fountain and drinks out of it. She has not gotten sick or anything, but it is something I wonder about. I keep filling the fountain with bottled drinking water, but I don't know if that's enough. She just doesn't drink out of anything else.
Having a fountain that a cat is not allowed to drink from will be pure torture to the cats. They are naturally drawn to running water.

If you have any kind of fountain running, make sure the water is clean and safe for them to drink. If you can't make it safe, I wouldn't do it.

Rhonda
Help! We have a couple of fountains that we want to put back out in our home but can't figure out a way to keep the cat from drinking out of them.

Have you thought of putting a small amount of one of those substances that you spray on a cat to keep it from chewing on itself?? I've had real good luck with bitter apple; Bernie never chews his tail anymore. Mayabe a half teaspoon in the water would do..obviously, it's non-toxic.
Help! We have a couple of fountains that we want to put back out in our home but can't figure ... violently and we made several trips to the ER and vet before we figured out what was making her sick.

The answer is very simple.
DO NOT USE THE FOUNTAINS!!
or else be sure they are fed by fresh water
and have a constant drain rather than recirculation
Help! We have a couple of fountains that we want to put back out in our home but can't figure ... mean disassembling, washing bowl, rocks, pump, then re-assembling. We just don't have that much time in our lives right now.

Just take your cats to the ASPCA, because clearly you aren't capable of owning an animal.
(oops, sorry, that was from the "don't you dare take a vacation! you're a pet owner!!!" thread)
Has anyone had a similar experience and found a good solution? Is there something we could put in the water ... there's a good chance she'll follow suit and we'll have two sick ones...maybe three if they gang up on us...

Add some catnip smell to Buffy's fountain (little pile of it on the top or on a ledge of it.
Bring your the decorative fountain and leave it sitting on the floor.

Experiment with what's in your baking cabinet. Does Buffy detest citrus scents? Strawberries? Oregano? Hot peppers? Once you find the one that she hates, put some of that on your fountain.
Then add uncomfortable ***-footing items around your fountain. Aluminium foil? Plastic bubble wrap? This is after she's checked out yours, and found that hers has water in it and smells of catnip and yours stinks.
You could also add the cola can training device. (Take an empty pop can, put several pennies in it, and catch kitty in the act by shaking it noisily.)
Depending on how determined she is, it might take a week to re-learn her to leave your fountain alone.
Oh, and you'll have to quit your job so you can guard her from the possibility of natural disasters, broken washing machine hoses, and other possible trauma during the training, if not for the rest of her life.
HTH
Karen D.
who ran off yesterday leaving her furry kids with nothing but huge bowls of dried-up cat food and water and two clean catboxes for 24 HOURS!!!
Help! We have a couple of fountains that we want to put back out in our home but can't figure ... mean disassembling, washing bowl, rocks, pump, then re-assembling. We just don't have that much time in our lives right now.

Just take your cats to the ASPCA, because clearly you aren't capable of owning an animal.
(oops, sorry, that was from the "don't you dare take a vacation! you're a pet owner!!!" thread)
Has anyone had a similar experience and found a good solution? Is there something we could put in the water ... there's a good chance she'll follow suit and we'll have two sick ones...maybe three if they gang up on us...

Add some catnip smell to Buffy's fountain (little pile of it on the top or on a ledge of it.
Bring your the decorative fountain and leave it sitting on the floor.

Experiment with what's in your baking cabinet. Does Buffy detest citrus scents? Strawberries? Oregano? Hot peppers? Once you find the one that she hates, put some of that on your fountain.
Then add uncomfortable ***-footing items around your fountain. Aluminium foil? Plastic bubble wrap? This is after she's checked out yours, and found that hers has water in it and smells of catnip and yours stinks.
You could also add the cola can training device. (Take an empty pop can, put several pennies in it, and catch kitty in the act by shaking it noisily.)
Depending on how determined she is, it might take a week to re-learn her to leave your fountain alone.
Oh, and you'll have to quit your job so you can guard her from the possibility of natural disasters, broken washing machine hoses, and other possible trauma during the training, if not for the rest of her life.
HTH
Karen D.
who ran off yesterday leaving her furry kids with nothing but huge bowls of dried-up cat food and water and two clean catboxes for 24 HOURS!!!
Help! We have a couple of fountains that we want to put back out in our home but can't figure ... mean disassembling, washing bowl, rocks, pump, then re-assembling. We just don't have that much time in our lives right now.

Just take your cats to the ASPCA, because clearly you aren't capable of owning an animal.
(oops, sorry, that was from the "don't you dare take a vacation! you're a pet owner!!!" thread)
Has anyone had a similar experience and found a good solution? Is there something we could put in the water ... there's a good chance she'll follow suit and we'll have two sick ones...maybe three if they gang up on us...

Add some catnip smell to Buffy's fountain (little pile of it on the top or on a ledge of it.
Bring your the decorative fountain and leave it sitting on the floor.

Experiment with what's in your baking cabinet. Does Buffy detest citrus scents? Strawberries? Oregano? Hot peppers? Once you find the one that she hates, put some of that on your fountain.
Then add uncomfortable ***-footing items around your fountain. Aluminium foil? Plastic bubble wrap? This is after she's checked out yours, and found that hers has water in it and smells of catnip and yours stinks.
You could also add the cola can training device. (Take an empty pop can, put several pennies in it, and catch kitty in the act by shaking it noisily.)
Depending on how determined she is, it might take a week to re-learn her to leave your fountain alone.
Oh, and you'll have to quit your job so you can guard her from the possibility of natural disasters, broken washing machine hoses, and other possible trauma during the training, if not for the rest of her life.
HTH
Karen D.
who ran off yesterday leaving her furry kids with nothing but huge bowls of dried-up cat food and water and two clean catboxes for 24 HOURS!!!
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