Make a DIY Cat Water Fountain

Cats need their fair share of water like anybody else. However, many cat owners are complaining that their beloved felines are not fond of drinking the stuff. If the cat does not acquire sufficient amounts of H2O it can lead to dire consequences. According to the ASPCA, water should compose between 60 to 70 percent of an adult cat’s overall body weight.

Water is, in fact, present in important necessities like food, which offers up to 78 percent of water to cats, with dry food containing around 10 percent. Inadequate intake of water can result in a serious illness and even death. Now there are some creative cat owners out there who make DIY cat fountains. You can make your own cat water fountain as well with just a few, accessible items.

Cats should be given fresh water. However, their bowls or dishes might have a spot wherein bacteria and other harmful germs can thrive. Furthermore, water that is stocked with these bowls can grow stagnant or flat. Because of this issue, running water is needed.

It is known that animals are fascinated with the sound and the movement of water that trickles down in a natural way. Cat water fountains were then designed and invented. These are open containers wherein it allows kitty toys or debris to drop in and the water to squelch out against the adjacent surfaces.

The cat drinking fountain is a nice method to give cats their supply of running water that is fresh and just right for their palate. However, some of the models can be pretty expensive.

If you do not have the budget for it, you can make one yourself! Here is a neat DIY setup which you can make easily. It will only require a few objects that are easy to purchase in craft or educational stores.

The Items Needed

  • Glass beads
  • Internal filter and pump
  • Fishbowl (preferably made of glass)
  • Binder clip in large size
  • Surge protector


  1. The first thing you have to do to make your cat water fountain is to purchase a vertical internal pump and filter that are meant for aquariums. This item is available in tropical fish stores or the nearest pet shop. Choose a form and size that will readily fit the container you have and be certain that the container is the internal pump type.
  2. Fasten it to the aquarium’s side using suction cups. Make sure that the operation of the pump is in silent mode. This is crucial since it will ease wary cats and allow them to get used to its presence. Make use of a heavy container that will not easily tip over like a standing fishbowl made of glass. The cat must be capable of taking in water even he is sitting.
  3. To raise the filter above the container’s top, make use of the glass beads as the base of the setup. The glass beads can be bought in cut flower or garden stores. Add filter debris like cat hair at the bottom. If you cannot find beads you can use small rocks.
  4. Stock the bowl with the beads. The beads can be of any color according to your liking. Remove the L-shape hanger from the pump’s back. Put in a suction cup which comes with the pump in the holes on the back of the pump. If the pump only comes with one suction cup, position it in the top hole and close the bottom hole with glue or waterproof caulk.
  5. Position the pump on the side of the bowl making sure that it is sufficiently high. The edge where the water circulates should be an inch or higher than the rim of the bowl. Fasten the edge of the top suction cup to the bowl’s rim with the binder clip to make the pump steady.
  6. Load the bowl midway with filtered water. Take a surge protector, connect it, and switch it on. The water will flow but will not reach the bowl’s top. Because the bowl has depth, it will stop the water from trickling out. Cats can then drink from the pump while keeping themselves dry.
  7. To maintain the cat water fountain, add filtered water as required. Be certain not to let the pump run out of water.
  8. To clean the setup, switch it off and unclip the pump. Take away the pump and wash the bowl and glass beads. Make sure to maintain the tidiness of the setup and change the filter cartridge in the pump when needed.