Ever since Pierre’s blood tests showed him in stage 2 chronic kidney disease, I have been thinking about ways to keep him hydrated and having water everywhere he goes. So when the good folks at Heyrex offered to let us try out their Torus water bowl, I only had to hear the word “water” to say I wanted to try it.
The Torus bowl is shaped like a hollow donut with a floor in the “donut hole” to contain drinking water. The hollow donut around the bowl can store either 1 or 2 liters of water in a surprisingly compact space, and s small hole on the inside of the donut lets a small portion of water spill into the “donut hole,” where your cat can drink it.
You know those watering bowls that have a tall tank and make a big “glug” sound when they dispense additional water? Yeah, that would terrify Pierre. He’s still unsure of his own drinking fountain. But the water from the Torus reservoir spills silently into the center bowl area, letting even a timid cat accept it almost immediately.
The reason the Torus bowl works silently is that it is gravity-fed. There are no batteries or plugs needed to make it work.
One of the other things I really liked about this bowl as a clumsy human is that it’s low profile. Unlike a regular bowl, when I blunder into it in the middle of the night, it isn’t going to splash all over the place because it only has a small amount of water dispensed at a time. It’s also pretty heavy when it is full of a liter of water. That combined with it being low profile means that any accidental midnight soccer games you play with it will keep it pretty much in the same location and keep things tidy.
You fill the Torus bowl up by switching the three-way switch to fill mode and removing it. Water goes right in.
So does one of the Torus carbon filters that helps keep drinking water clean.
Then you put the switch back on, and switch it to drink mode. The reservoir around the Torus bowl gravity-feeds into the bowl in the middle. I liked how you can switch the bowl to travel mode and shut off refilling. After you empty the bowl, even turning the Torus upside-down doesn’t spill a drop. How great is that for car trips?
The only drawback I see to the Torus bowl is cleaning it. Water is stored on the inside of the donut-shaped reservoir and the cradle to hold the charcoal filter makes it hard to feed even a flexible brush inside. I can’t scrub all of the surfaces that come into contact with water. There’s a solution, though. You can use sterilizing tablets, designed for baby bottles, to clean the interior.
All in all, I love the Torus bowl. Even more importantly, so does Pierre. His having water everywhere is the real deciding factor for me.
The Torus bowl is cleverly designed, and it’s a really useful way to dispense water, especially if you travel with your cat. I’m going to add one to the cats’ hurricane evacuation kit, because that’s when my cats are most likely to travel and need it the most. Water everywhere you go. It doesn’t get more convenient than that!
FTC Disclosure: We were compensated for this review, but the opinions expressed are our own and not influenced by any outsider.