What are the pros/cons of automatic pet fountains?

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Automatic pet drinking fountains will let your dog help herself to plenty of fresh water whenever she wants it. For the most part, they’re easy to use, but there can be a few drawbacks.

Pros:

• Your dog has ready access to fresh water whenever she wants it.
• You don’t need to worry about stagnant water or refilling bowls.
• Your dog may end up drinking more water, which is especially good if you have a dog that constantly needs to be reminded. First, animals are almost always attracted to cascading water; she’ll also be curious about the item itself so the curiosity will probably lead to increased drinking.
• The fountains often have a nice design—simple, without obstructive logos.
• Easy to assemble (for the most part).
• Circulation systems keep the water fresh and oxygenated.
• Filters, such as charcoal, remove bad tastes and odors; if you live in an area with hard water, this could be a big advantage.
• Might distract your dog keep her from counter surfing and looking in sinks, dishwashers and elsewhere for food.
• Many of the bowls now come in various materials, such as ceramic or steel. Previously, the only choice you had was plastic.

Cons:

• Your pet may paw at the fountain, especially if you have the model that has two sinks. This is a drawback because water can spill all over the floor; and then, the bowl becomes empty.
• Noise. The only noise most of the fountains have is of trickling water, which many find pleasant. On the other hand, though, there are those who don’t even want to hear that, so it becomes a noise factor.
• Some maintenance will be required from time-to-time– unclogging sink drains or changing filters.

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