Plastic water fountains, on the whole, are generally safe for most cats. A small number of cats are allergic to plastic and may develop “cat acne” as a result of drinking from a plastic cat fountain. That’s right, your cat may get blackheads or whiteheads on their chin if they have this allergy. If you notice that your feline is suffering from cat acne, no need to call a dermatologist. Just switch to a stainless steel or ceramic cat water fountain.
Plastic cat drinking fountains also aren’t as tough as ceramic and stainless steel cat water fountains. They can get scratched and dinged. These nicks and scratches can turn into breeding grounds for bacteria if you aren’t careful, so make sure to clean plastic cat fountains regularly.
Most cats do perfectly well with plastic cat water dispensers, and these fountains can be cost-effective for pet parents on a budget. When shopping for plastic cat fountains, look for solutions made with BPA-free plastic. BPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical that has been shown to be toxic to humans and animals. Learn more about cat health and wellness from Petco.