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How to Satisfy Your Cat’s Weird Obsessions with Running Water and Hunting

Our beloved Turtie Cat passed over the Labor Day Weekend. But I still wanted to share the story of how much she had been enjoying her new fountain and feeder. Her sister Olivia will get to enjoy them now. Go hug your kitty now ???? ~Kristen

Every morning, Turtle follows me into the bathroom, jumps up on the sink and waits for me to turn on the faucet! What amazes me is how long she will sit there lapping up the water — like she’s parched! Despite the fact that I have diligently kept her water bowl clean and filled with fresh water, she always drinks more from the faucet than anywhere else.

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The truth is, cats (and dogs too) would prefer to drink from a trickling stream than from a still bowl of water. It’s a nature thing. Think about it. In nature, a standing pool of water may be dirty, warm, or stagnant. Yuck! But a moving stream offers cool, clean, fresh water. Can you blame them for pre-furring that?

This week I got to surprise Turtle with her very own water fountain! Better yet, a Catit Flower Fountain designed specifically for felines. I fell in love with these fountains and the whole line of Catit Senses products when I attended SuperZoo back in June.

Here’s a peek at the video I shot with Damian as he toured me through the Catit line.

The Catit Flower Fountain is as cute as can be and looks great in my home, but has some super practical features too:

  • It holds a lot of water.
  • It has a robust filter to keep clean water flowing freely.
  • It’s easy to take apart to clean.
  • It’s designed so that kitty’s whiskers don’t get bent to drink, and they stay dry too. That may seem like a small thing, but it’s a game changer for cats!
  • The Catit Flower Fountain is so sturdy that it simply cannot be knocked over!

Within an hour of me setting it up in her room (yes, she has her own bedroom!) Turtle was happily lapping up the water.

Next, I set up another surprise for her (she must think it’s her birthday).  I love the idea of interactive feeding as a way to give kitties both entertainment and exercise at the same time. A bowl of cat food is not a challenge at all for a creature whose ancestors lived to hunt for their food.

The way we typically feed our feline friends these days leads to overeating and obesity. There’s a feline obesity epidemic in this country, with over 50% of cats being either overweight or obese. Cat parents need to take notice of this and make feeding decisions that help their cats to lose weight and live longer.

The Digger is a purrfect tool for this! It has six tubes in two different sizes. All you have to do is drop your kitty’s kibble into the tubes. They will be intrigued and will have to use their brain and body to fish out the kibbles! This burns calories and engages the brain, which is great for their mental and physical health. And since it’s easy to use and clean, it’s great for cat parents too!

The whole Catit Senses line is interactive and is designed to appeal to kitty’s natural instincts. It’s a great way to keep a cat’s indoor environment fun and stimulating. The Senses line has over 10 smart stations for kitties, all designed by people who love cats and know what they like and need. The stations are all amazing, but adding even one of them to your cat’s world will make their life more interesting!

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Kristen Levine is a nationally acclaimed pet expert, influencer, and Fear Free Certified® Professional with over 30 years of experience in the industry. She's helped millions of pet parents provide the best care at every stage of their pet’s life.

Her blog, Pet Living with Kristen Levine has been featured in Pop Sugar, Good Housekeeping, New York Times, USA Today, and more.

She's also the founder of FWV Fetching, the first marketing agency exclusively serving pet and animal health companies.

Her early work with the SPCA led her to a lifelong career in the pet industry, advocating for pet adoption and rescue as well as for pets and their parents here on her blog and in the media.

She’s frequently booked on satellite media tours and national shows, like FOX & Friends, Good Morning America, and Daytime, to talk about pet trends and new products.

Insanely passionate about pets since she was a little girl, Kristen has had more than 30 pets in her lifetime — including dogs, cats, goats, donkeys, a horse, a gerbil, mice, and chickens!

In 2022, she launched to help pet parents keep pet homes clean -- to love more, stress less.

Kristen is married and lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her dog Tulip.

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  1. My cat is so crazy about water and after numerous water bowls, I finally got a Catit water fountain. My cat has managed to tip it over several time. So, I attached two gallon jugs full of water to the fountain with bungee cords and he still manages to tip it over. I truly don’t know what to do. I love him, but he is driving me crazy. Do you have any advice for me?

    1. Liz,
      Oh my goodness – I’ve never heard of a cat doing that before! I can understand how frustrating that would be. The only things I could think of that might help would be either weighing the fountain down on the inside or setting it inside a weighted or heavy base or bucket to provide more support. If you put a weight inside I would make sure it was thoroughly cleaned, sealed inside a couple layers of ziploc bags, and set to the side so it wouldn’t interfere with the pump.
      Sorry I couldn’t come up with anything more specific to help – I hope it all works out for you and your cat!

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