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Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #5 in Fountains


Pros: Easy to clean, Attracts Cats to Drink More

Cons: Loud, Plastic

Cats are naturally desert creatures and tend not to drink much water since their meant to take their water intake as they feed. That being said domesticated cats aren't domesticated enough to the point where they seek out water on their own accord. We need to entice them and incorporate it into their daily life to make sure they aren't dehydrated. A great thing to start doing is giving them wet food, but if you cant a great option is to buy a water fountain. I for one feed mostly wet food to my cat, she gets 1-2 meals of dry a week or every other week along with 2-3 raw meals a week. I still wanted her to get more water into her diet to make sure she was hydrated. So I opted for this simple water fountain, I think its a great first time fountain. I highly recommend it, especially if you only feed dry so this way your cat will be getting more much needed water into their diet. Only negative is that it can be too loud for some people, it really shouldn't be unbearably loud, if it is the motor is either obstructed or you don't have enough water in it to begin with. In a way its a nice informant of when you need to top it off if you tend to be forgetful. I highly recommend you buy a water fountain for your kitty, the proof of their water intake will be plain and simple to see when you clean the litter box! :lol3:


Pros: easy to replace filter, large enough for multiple cats

Cons: not very attractive/can be loud

My cat's and I love this fountain! Since buying it they are drinking more water and I am re-filling it less.  It holds a lot of fluid (I have three cats). It took them about a week to get used to it before they would drink out of it however but they use it a lot now.  The filter is very easy to replace and to clean I just dump out the water and wipe out with a towel and I've never had any issues.  I've had it for almost a year. We have ours on a hardwood floor and the vibrations can be loud so we have a small hand towel folded underneath it and it lessens the noise. You must make sure it is full of water when it is  plugged in-you don't want the motor to run when there is not enough water!


Pros: Cats are attracted by the trickling sound and did start drinking more.

Cons: Annoying to clean, motor is difficult to get out, sometimes it will make horrible noises.

I bought this product very soon after we got our two kittens. They were 3 months old when we got them and even though they were on wet food, I did feel they didn't drink enough water. We tried several bowls, from plastic to stainless steel, glass and ceramic. Nothing seemed to make them drink.


The only one our pet store had was the Drinkwell Original and since I was at my wit's end I bought it instantly. At first my cats got scared because it was new and it moved and made some noise. But after a while it actually attracted them and they started drinking more.


I've had it now for almost 6 months and it's still working fine, although sometimes it starts making horrible loud noises. I then usually give a tuck at the chord and it stops. But I have started to hate cleaning it. All the nooks and crannies are hard to reach, even with small, thin brushes. Besides, it's plastic and I'm somewhat worried about bacteria and other things maybe building up in there. Also, I do think cats don't usually favor plastic over stainless steel, glass or ceramic. I mean, would you rather drink your water from glasses/mugs or plastic? So I am thinking about buying a new one, not sure yet.


Either way, all in all it's a good product, it does exactly what it's supposed to do; make your cat drink more water. If you have cats that are reluctant when it comes to drinking water, absolutely give this a try. Cats instinctively prefer running water, as in the wild still water may carry disease.


With the warranty you can always take it back to the store (even after opening AND trying it!) in case your cats reject the fountain. No harm, no foul. :)


Pros: Good for keeping cats hydrated

Cons: This is my second one and the motor is really hard to get out compared to the last one i had

:lol3:This is the second one i bought. The other one was really old and I was afraid it could be harboring bacteria so I threw it out. I also have the platinum which is so much easier to use,not having to "PRY" out the motor every time to clean. Over all, if it wasn't for the motor being stuck inside, i would highly reccomend this to first time users. Didn't have the receipt and this happened after I owned it for a year.
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Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain

Drinkwell® The Original Pet Fountain is perfect for single-pet households! It features the Drinkwell®-patented free-falling stream of water and a large charcoal filter to remove bad tastes and odors, giving your pet the best possible and most appealing way to stay hydrated. The Original Pet Fountain not only satisfies a pet’s preference for running water and need for proper hydration, but is also convenient for owners. The easily-maintained fountain has a 50 oz. capacity and can hold up to 120 oz. of water (with the use of an optional reservoir). Best of all- the Drinkwell® Pet Fountain keeps pets off of counters and out of sinks and toilets! Drinkwell fountains are compatible with all US 110v outlets only and are not to be used with 220v international voltage.

FeatureFor use in the US only
Height7 inches
Length11.38 inches
Width9.13 inches
LabelVeterinary Ventures
List Price$49.99
ManufacturerVeterinary Ventures
Package Quantity1
Product GroupPet Products
PublisherVeterinary Ventures
StudioVeterinary Ventures
TitleDrinkwell Original Pet Fountain
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Weight2 pounds
Number Of Items1
Material TypeHIPS
Material Type Set ElementHIPS
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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