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Drinkwell Platinum, who has one?

post #1 of 13
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I have been waiting for this new and improved Drinkwell fountain for several weeks. I ordered it for my kitties Christmas and just got it yesterday. I'm so excited! The thing is huge and I'm dying to test it out. How many days until Christmas? Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else has this new fountain yet and has gotten to use it? If so please tell me how it runs and if your kitties like it. My kitties have had every Drinkwell model starting with the first and we have never been disappointed. I don't know if I can wait so any info is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 13
Oooh, I hadn't heard of the Platinum until you posted this! I did a quick search and think that my kitties might be getting one for Christmas!

I had been considering buying another of the regular Drinkwell fountains, but I like to have different ones and think that the Platinum looks great!

I bet you're really tempted to give in and let your kits have it now!

ETA: Do you know if they use the same filters as the regular Drinkwell?
post #3 of 13
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You are so right. I am dying to plug that thing in! It is pretty and I read the entire manual, disassembled it and put it back together. The manual say the filters are not required. They include one filter which is similar to but not identical to ones for the regular fountain. It seems to have some kind of thick plastic edge. I'm sure the regular filters will work. I'll size them later. I already own 2 Drinkwells, 1 Bubbler and 1 Catit.

I originally found this through UK results in Google. I checked the US web site but it wasn't listed, so I called. I was told that Hammacher Slemmer exclusively was selling the platinum and that it would become available at other retailers in November. It's time to order holiday goodies so of course I looked again and voila! The only problem is that none of my usual stores is selling it and I did not want to purchase from Ebay. I bought mine from The Cat Connection. Getting through the next 2 weeks is going to be torture. I am expecting their box from Drs Foster & Smith today. I ordered some new holiday outfits for some of my kitties. I just might have to cheat by dressing them up, giving them the fountain and taking pictures early. I'm trying not to cheat though .
post #4 of 13
Thanks for letting me know! I guess I could probably fashion something for the regular filter to fit if needs be!

What's the Bubbler - I'm intrigued!

I really don't think I could wait - you'll be a better person than me if you can! I bet your kitties are going to look so sweet in their little outfits and enjoying their fountain! Think of it this way, if they get it early, you can take pictures and make christmas cards with the pictures! Not that I'm trying to persuade you or anything!

One thing I really like about the looks of the Platinum is that the reservoir is more integral than the regular one! (not that it bothers me that much, but it is a bit more aesthetically pleasing! )

Let me know if you do cave so you can tell me what your kitties think of their new fountain!
post #5 of 13
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I bought mine at my local Petsmart. Here is their link to the product. The picture doesn't show the bubbles very well so you can see them on the manufacturer web site.
http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...N=2025542&Ne=2
http://www.petmate.com/Catalog.plx?ID=1822
I love this fountain!. It is so simple. Amazingly hair and dirt seem to stay out of it even without a filter. No filters and dishwasher safe and large capacity. You can also adjust the amount of bubbles (noise) with a small knob on the back.

As for the platinum's reservoir, it is much easier. The instructions are to fill it by unscrewing a cap in the bottom, hold it upside down, then quickly turn it right side up and place on the fountain. The reservoir is sealed with the screw on cap, but there is a valve, that when placed in the fountain, opens just enough to let water out. Obviously the valve is not airtight. My husband says to wait until Christmas so I will try, but..... I do need to test run it now in case of a manufacturer defect, right ?
post #6 of 13
i googled it, and Amazon has it for $60. it's cool looking but out of my budget right now.
post #7 of 13
Ooooo! Sounds great!
post #8 of 13
I was looking at the Platinum last week and soooooooooooo wanted to order one, but I'm already short on the car payment and just can't justify another fountain right now. (I already have a Drinkwell, CatIt and a Petmate Fresh Flow.

Oh yeah, Drinkwell is the preferred fountain in this house.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by mskitty666 View Post
I love this fountain!. It is so simple. Amazingly hair and dirt seem to stay out of it even without a filter. No filters and dishwasher safe and large capacity. You can also adjust the amount of bubbles (noise) with a small knob on the back.
Oh I haven't seen one of those! Is it powered or just the water pressure that makes it work?

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Originally Posted by mskitty666
As for the platinum's reservoir, it is much easier. The instructions are to fill it by unscrewing a cap in the bottom, hold it upside down, then quickly turn it right side up and place on the fountain. The reservoir is sealed with the screw on cap, but there is a valve, that when placed in the fountain, opens just enough to let water out. Obviously the valve is not airtight. My husband says to wait until Christmas so I will try, but..... I do need to test run it now in case of a manufacturer defect, right ?
Oooh, sounds great! I love the way it's flush with the rest of the fountain too (rather than the add on of the original!)

Oh yes, I agree that you need to try it - you never know what could be wrong with it! Once it's set up too, you might just *forget* to put it away too! Besides, you have friends (me!) that want to know all about how it wors and if I should buy one!

Thank you for bringing this to my attention and letting me know what it's like! I'm quite excited to get one for my kitties now!
post #10 of 13
My cat would flip over the bubbler! That looks great. That's now on my kitty gift list!
post #11 of 13
I think I need this for Duke. We have a pond with 4 koi, 1 fantail goldie and 1 placo that we bring inside for the winter. We put them in a clear storage container with a large UV filter on top. Duke thinks this is his fountain and since we brought it in, he will no longer drink from his bowl. *sigh* I can afford it, but I'm gonna have a little trouble convincing my husband to agree to it. It looks like Duke would love it though!
post #12 of 13
We have a Petmate fountain, which my boys now like. (It took a while...just about the time I was convinced they'd never touch it I started to notice them drinking out of it.) I've been wonder, though, if the Drinkwell is better. (I also really like the pink Drinkwell on their site.) I like the idea of the Bubbler, too. Am I right in thinking it doesn't need electricity! (If so, I could get it to put in a spot where there's no electrical hookup available.)
post #13 of 13
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I gave in and did a test run of the platinum. First I sized the new style and the old style filters in both fountains. Either filter will fit into either Drinkwell model. Since it was just a test run, I didn't use the filters. First I must say this thing holds a ton of water! Apparently it is for use for up to medium sized dogs as well as cats and small dogs. This is great for me since I have 5 thirsty furballs. It seemed to run extremely quietly and worked perfectly just like my other Drinkwell fountains. Now that the test run has been a succes, I am content to wait for Christmas to arrive. I filled the reservoir and decided to test it for leaks. I turned it right side up and it dripped a couple of drops, then didn't leak at all. As soon as I placed it on the fountain it drained quickly. This set up is a much needed improvement.

I noticed some questions about the bubbler. You do have to plug it in to get the bubbles to work. I have never tried it just as a stand alone water dish. I'm guessing it could be used without plugging it in but not 100% sure.

I know some of you already have other fountains like me. After recently going through a horrendous ordeal with my Chester (FLUTD, urethral blockage then perineal urethrostomy) I changed my mind about having "too many". The single best thing we can do to help prevent urinary tract problems and kidney problems is increase our kitties water intake. I used to have one or two fountains with their food in the kitchen. Some suggestions to increase water intake were to place the water away from the food and have multiple dishes in different locations. Now I use all three at once in varying locations. When I wash them I put them out in a different location. This has seemed to increase my cats interest and excitement over the water. Hopefully they are drinking more too. If some of you have a partner who grumbles about getting yet another water fountain, you might explain it's for health reasons .
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