How to Get Rid of Water Deposits From a Pet's Drinking Fountain


Cat water fountains are a good idea, especially for cats with a tendency toward urinary tract infections. According to the website Feline Diabetes, providing your cat with plenty of clean drinking water is helpful for keeping your cat hydrated, thereby cutting her risk of urinary tract diseases. There are a variety of makes and models of feline drinking faucets on the market available from online sources as well as from catalogs and pet stores. Water deposits, including lime and calcium, can interfere with the proper flow of the water as well as the integrity of the purity of the water.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 to 3 cups white vinegar
  • Water
  • Measuring cup
  • 3 tbsp. table salt
  • Unplug the unit and place the bowl in the sink. Place 1 tbsp. of the salt in the bowl and add a few drops of water to make a paste. Scrub the bowl well with the salt. Continue to scrub until all the algae and slime is removed. Rinse well.

  • Remove the reservoir by lifting it up and off of the unit. Pour 2 tbsp. salt into the reservoir. Add a few drops of water to make a paste. Scrub the sides and bottom of the unit with the salt paste. Continue to do so until the sides are clean. Rinse well. Replace the reservoir on the unit.

  • Plug in the unit.

  • Fill the unit with pure white vinegar.

  • Turn the unit on. Run for 10 minutes. Keep your cats away from the unit during this time.

  • Turn the unit off. Unplug the unit and remove the reservoir. Rinse it out completely and remove all traces of vinegar. Sniff the reservoir to be sure you do not smell vinegar to ensure there are no traces of vinegar. Resume normal use.

Tips & Warnings

  • To keep mineral deposits from forming on your unit, perform the above operation at least twice a month.
  • When considering purchasing a pet water fountain, do your homework and read up on customer reviews.

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