Beautiful Fountains for Cats

Does your cat like to leap onto the countertop when he hears the faucet? Does he inspect the water in his bowl with his paw or drink from the toilet? fcl107__64249.jpg Strange as these behaviors sound, they in fact show a cat’s natural instinct to avoid still standing water. Normally, they do not drink standing water.

Cats in the wild actually get the hydration they need from meats containing water. Consequently, felines never developed the drive to drink water. Pet cats, however, depend on you for their water, as they do not get the essential hydration from their meals. Cat fountains are an easy way to supply a water source for your pet.

If you install one, you can rest easy knowing your cat has convenient access to water. You can pick one you know your cat will like since they come in so many different versions. Some fountains are essentially a bowl which refills automatically while others offer fresher water due to their constant flow.

Where are the World’s Most Grandiose Water Showpieces?

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world.

Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water shooting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Located next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which shoots water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps function at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded songs and propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

Last of all is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

From Where Did Large Garden Fountains Originate from?

The dramatic or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Pure practicality was the original role of fountains. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. The main materials used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The creation of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.

Installing a Wall Water Feature in Your House

Improve nearly any area with the addition of a wall fountain. The benefits of the water sounds include bringing peace and calm to the room. People tend to hang their wall fountains in foyers, but, in fact, they can be a wonderful addition to any room where everyone meets. Even though each model might have slight differences on how to hang it, the standard instructions are the same for all. Be sure that all the various parts are used in assembling it.

The foundation and the upper section will need to be put together as well as the pump and the tubing. It is advisable to carefully check out the instructions before you start the assembly process. In general, it is fast and straightforward. Be aware, though, that the style you have might require a somewhat different process. Another person can be useful to hold the wall fountain in the appropriate spot so that you can mark the wall. The best way to make sure it is hung correctly is to use a level. Mark the wall where you want the top of the wall fountain as well as the base. Wall fountains can be mounted in more than just one way. The first is to use screws which you slide into the holes on the back. Alternatively, you could attach brackets to the wall and use those. This last one is the more advisable method, specifically if your fountain is large. Make a mark on the wall where the brackets will best go on your wall fountain. To place the drywall anchors, first drill pilot holes into the wall. Affix the anchors by correctly hammering them into the wall. Use a cordless drill or a screwdriver to attach the brackets, making sure they are level. Then, pick up your unit and hang it on the mounting brackets. Be certain it is both secure and level. Water can be added after the fountain has been mounted. Use sufficient water so that the pump is completely covered. At this point plug it in and the water will start to flow.

Carefully add more water until it comes within an inch of the top of the basin. Be attentive not to fill it totally to the top or it will overflow when you turn off the pump. The water level will rise because it all settles at the bottom of the basin if not being pumped. Harm can be be the result if the water is overly full and spills down your wall.

The Grace of Simple Garden Decor: The Wall Water Fountain

Since garden water fountains are no longer dependent on a nearby pond, it is possible to install them close to a wall. Due to the various possibilities available, it no longer necessary to contend with excavations, difficult installations or cleaning the pond. Plumbing is no longer a necessity since this feature in now self-contained. All the same, water must be added consistently. Empty the water from the basin and add clean water whenever the surrounding area is dirty.

Outdoor wall fountains come in lots of different materials, but they are normally made of stone and metal. You need to know the style you are shooting for in order to select the best material. Garden wall fountains come in many models and sizes, therefore ensure that the style you choose to purchase is hand-crafted, simple to hang and lightweight. The fountain you choose must be simple to maintain as well. Even though installing certain fountains can be difficult, the majority take little work because the only parts which need special care are the re-circulating pump and the equipment to hang them. You can relax knowing your garden can be easily enlivened by installing this kind of fountain.

Everything You Will Need to Have for a Garden Water Element

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a suitable water source and an electrical outlet close by.

The practical side of setting one up is often neglected because people get so focused on the excitement of it. Do not forget that an extension cord can be helpful if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the typical length of power cords. Position your fountain in a place near a water source as you will need to fill it. Water is hard to move manually from place to place. If you have given thought to it before installation, having a hose nearby will make the task of filling the fountain much simpler. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be hooked up to an external water line and requires a professional to install it.

Rome’s Ingenious Water Transport Systems

Previous to 273, when the 1st elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was constructed in Rome, residents who dwelled on hillsides had to journey further down to get their water from natural sources. When aqueducts or springs weren’t easily accessible, people living at higher elevations turned to water drawn from underground or rainwater, which was made available by wells and cisterns. In the very early sixteenth century, the city began to use the water that ran below ground through Acqua Vergine to provide drinking water to Pincian Hill. Pozzi, or manholes, were built at regular intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. The manholes made it more straightforward to maintain the channel, but it was also achievable to use buckets to remove water from the aqueduct, as we discovered with Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi when he bought the property from 1543 to 1552, the year he died.

He didn’t get enough water from the cistern that he had manufactured on his property to collect rainwater. That is when he made a decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran under his residence.


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