It’s important for your Bengal cat that they get enough water in order to maintain their health, no different than humans or other cats. However, did you ever wonder if your cat prefers a certain type of water bowl? From looking at all the varieties out there, you would definitely think so. There are circulating bowls, free-falling and self-refilling bowls. You’ll also find waterfall bowls along with your run of the mill ordinary bowls. We’ve done some research on a variety of bowls that we hope might help you with your choice. In this article we will cover the following:
- Bengal Cats and Water
- Tips for Giving Them Water
- Our Top Choices for Best Water Dishes
Bengal Cats and Water
Just as we noted in our articles about Best Dry Food for Bengal Cats and Best Wet Food for Bengal Cats, water is vital for your Bengals overall well-being. With water, as with food, it’s important that you know a little bit about Bengals and water.
Something that very few people know is cats, including Bengals are known to be very thirst tolerant. This means they are able to conserve body water by concentrating their urine much greater than humans and dogs. This is an evolutionary adaptation that once made sense for a carnivore that once had to evolve in a very dry or desert type climate. Cats at one time obtained their prey like rodents, small reptiles, and birds, all of which are about 60% water.
So, what this means when it comes to cats is that they are less likely to seek out sources of water, even if their bodies actually need it. This is one of the main reasons why so many cats tend to be susceptible to urinary stones and crystals. The more concentrated their urine is the more likely that minerals will become crystals and eventually turn into stones.
Even though Bengals tend to be attracted to water, which is a good thing, they still may not be drinking as much as they should. This is why it’s important that you know how to get more water into their system. Research has shown that one way to do this is to feed them more wet food. This will at least help them to obtain a little more water. Researchers have found after comparing urine of cats who were fed wet food as compared to just dry food did have an increase of water in their urine.
Tips for Giving Them Water
Even though Bengals tend to love water, especially playing in it, as mentioned before, they still may not be getting enough water in their systems to combat urinary problems. So it is important that you try things other than feeding them more wet food, to entice them to drink the water. Here are a few things to take into consideration when giving them water:
· Make their watering experience enticing or interesting. Consider providing them with a water bowl that has movement such as a waterfall style.
· Your Bengal can be pretty fussy about their when and may not want to drink water that has been sitting out for a few days. Water, just like food loses its freshness and it also loses oxygen. This loss of oxygen is what gives the water a stale taste, and your cat is not going to like that.
· Try to avoid giving them plastic bowls for their water. There are several reasons for this. One, they are extremely lightweight and will often slide across the floor when your cat tries drinking from it. This doesn't help the feel secure when trying to drink from it. Second, plastic is often a material that animals can have allergic reactions to. These reactions can range from very slight to even serious that for some can be life-threatening. One of the most common allergic reactions found in cats due to plastic is called “Feline chin acne”. This is when a cat develops skin ulcers on their chin and this can even lead to hair loss around those lesions. Even though it’s treatable, it can be very painful and can be recurring unless one switches over to a stainless steel bowl.
· Try to avoid using double bowls where their food and water are side by side. These types of bowls easily contaminate the water. This is especially true for Bengals since they tend to enjoy putting their food in the water just to watch it swell up or play with it.
· Finally, always make sure that the water dish is cleaned out on a regular basis. It’s alright to wash it out with soap and water, just make sure that you get rid of all the soap because the soap residue can cause skin irritations.
Here’s a cute video showing two Bengals and a water bowl:
Our Top Choices for Best Water Dishes
We have taken a look at some of the water dishes there are available and we’ve come up with our own list of top choices for Bengal cats. It is our hope that our research will help you narrow down your search for the right water dish for your Bengal.
Here is our list of water dishes we believe are pretty good options.
Pioneer Pet Raindrop Stainless Steel Pet Drinking Fountain
ABOUT: This is a stainless steel water bowl that is also a fountain that supplies the bowl with moving water. Not only meant to keep the water fresher but adds interest to the water bowl for cats, especially for Bengals. The pump and filter helps to keep the water cleaner and fresher and is quiet enough not to distract your cat.
FEATURES: Pump with filter helps to keep the water fresh and oxygenated and that means less chance of stale tasting water for your Bengal. It's made of high-quality stainless steel and has a 60 ounce capacity. The pump is quiet so that it doesn't scare off pets, especially cats. It can be easily taken apart for cleaning. It's dishwasher safe making it extremely easy to clean.
PROS: Made from stainless steel and is dishwasher safe so this makes it easy to clean. It circulates the water and often Bengals are quite attracted to moving water. Better yet, this circulation helps to keep the water fresh as it goes through the filter that keeps the water oxygenated.
CONS: The main complaint regarding this water dish is that the pump seemed to break down often.
MidWest Stainless Steel Snap'y Fit Water Bowl
FEATURES: The bowl is stainless steel which is probably the safest material for your Bengal's water. It comes in a variety of sizes with 10 ounce probably being ideal for a cat. It's rust resistant and won't hold odors like plastic. It's also easily cleaned in your dishwasher. An added feature is that it comes with a bracket that can attach to their cat cage to keep it from spilling as easily as other bowls.
PROS: Made of odor free stainless steel and comes with an easy to attach and remove bracket. It's odor free and very easy to clean all you need to do is put it in the dishwasher. It also comes in a variety of sizes.
CONS: The main concern was that the bracket tends to rust.
Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain
FEATURES: It has a nice free-falling stream that Bengals will find interesting if not entertaining. It includes a replaceable carbon water filter that helps to remove odors and any bad tastes. It helps to maintain the freshness of the water. There is also a knob that allows you to adjust the water flow. It is also dishwasher safe.
PROS: It has a carbon filter that keeps the water fresh and good tasting for your cat. It gives you the chance to customize the water flow. It holds 50 ounces of water at a time cutting down on how often it needs to be refilled and it's dishwasher safe.
CONS: The top complaint seemed to be that this water dish tends to be pretty noisy.
PetSafe Drinkwell Muti-Tier Pet Fountain
ABOUT: This water fountain was designed for all pets of all sizes including older pets with its top tier that offers water at a higher level for some. The two tier design also is one that will often peak the interest of Bengals. The goal is to maintain the quality of water for a longer period of time.
FEATURES: This water fountain can hold up to 100 ounces of water and has two different levels of free-falling water. It comes with a carbon water filter that is replaceable and runs on a low-voltage pump that is submersible for quieter operation. It is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The pump and filter helps to keep the water fresh tasting and free from odors.
PROS: It has two tiers so it makes it easier for more than one cat to drink out of it at the same time. The pump is a low-voltage style that is submersible making it safe and quieter than some others. It also holds a large amount of water so more than one cat can use. It is also easy to clean in your dishwasher.
CONS: There have been concerns that this particular model seems to have leaking issues.
Cat Bowls by Petfuren – Non-Skid Stainless Steel Cat Dish Set
FEATURES: These bowls are for both food and water and simple. They have a cute design with a little cat face on the front and you can pick from pink, green, gray, or orange. They have a nice rubber bottom to reduce skidding and noise. They are designed at a good height for cats which puts less stress on their joints when using them.
PROS: They are simple in design and are easy to clean. You just need to remove the rubber ring and put them in the dishwasher. The rubber ring keeps the dishes from sliding all over the floor. They are made of durable and long lasting stainless steel. The depth of the dishes seem to be ideal for cats.
CONS: The main concerns with these dishes seems to be that they don't hold enough water.
So, there you have it. That's our list that we've come up with after doing our research. After looking at all the different criteria with regards to Bengals and water, we decided that our top pick out of the five we have listed is the Pioneer Pet Raindrop Stainless Steel Pet Drinking Fountain, despite there were a few complaints about the pump, we still felt this was a pretty good pick for Bengals.
All of the water dishes had their good points and there really didn't seem to be very many issues with any of them we have on our list. It's just that the Pioneer drinking fountain just seemed to have even more of what a Bengal might enjoy. However, in the end, it's really up to your Bengal and what their personal preferences may be when it comes to drinking water.