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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Can anyone recommend a good pet fountain from an online store or Petsmart? I just bought one from Feeders Supply and it is a waste of money. All it does is trickle the water out. I want a fountain where my cats will actually be interested in it. (One that has a lot of water coming out of it)

This is the one I bought...


(thats not my cat)



Thanks.
post #2 of 23
I swear by the Drinkwell. I love it so much I bought two.

You can find them for relatively low $ on eBay.
post #3 of 23
I purchased this one from Pet Supplies Plus, I wasn't too expensive, I think I got it on sale for just under $30. I love how it works, and my cat DO drink noticably more water now. The only thing is sometimes you have to play with the pump a little to make sure it is in the right spot so that the water covers the entire upper bowl as it spills down.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...utm_source=cse
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
OOOooooOOOooo! I probably will try that one for them.

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Originally Posted by Kelicat View Post
I purchased this one from Pet Supplies Plus, I wasn't too expensive, I think I got it on sale for just under $30. I love how it works, and my cat DO drink noticably more water now. The only thing is sometimes you have to play with the pump a little to make sure it is in the right spot so that the water covers the entire upper bowl as it spills down.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...utm_source=cse
post #5 of 23
Different cats like different things. I have both the fountain the OP pictured (petmate deluxe) and the Cat it kelicat posted, mine prefer the petmate but will drink from both.

cat-it does not have a high water flow, it trickles out from the top. petmate flows faster - and is adjustable which the cat-it isn't.
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
I think the reason my cats are not interested in the petsmate one is the fountain is way in the back so they just drink from the front of it. Oh mine just trickles out so I wonder if mines broke or something.
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by fadeaway872 View Post
I think the reason my cats are not interested in the petsmate one is the fountain is way in the back so they just drink from the front of it. Oh mine just trickles out so I wonder if mines broke or something.

I also have the Petsmate and my boys love it. Frantic will not drink water unless it is fresh and flowing from the sink...he will drink from the Petsmate if I don't go in the bathroom with him.

If your cats don't like the trickle, increase te flow. On the front of the pump is a lever. Turn the top of the lever to the right to increase. The directions suggest the lever be to the left, which gives you the trickle.
post #8 of 23
We have the White 108oz Petmate Deluxe water fountain for our fuzzies They love it!

Try moving the lever like Sweets said, that increases the water flow.
Hopefully your cat starts liking the water bowl

Also maybe try putting some ice cubes in the water bowl to see if that attracts your kitties
post #9 of 23
I used to have the one in the photo you showed. There is a control on the pup that turns the water up so it circulates more. That one lasted 4 or 5 years & then cracked (probably because Jordan liked to flip it over all the time). Now I've got the Cat-It. Mine liked the old one, but took a little bit to adjust to the Cat-It. They are so spoiled they won't drink out of regular bowls anymore.
post #10 of 23
We use the Drinkwell Platinum.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
That totally worked. Thanks yall! Hopefully they will be more interested in it now since you can see the water in the bowl moving kinda.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by fadeaway872 View Post
Can anyone recommend a good pet fountain from an online store or Petsmart? I just bought one from Feeders Supply and it is a waste of money. All it does is trickle the water out. I want a fountain where my cats will actually be interested in it. (One that has a lot of water coming out of it)

This is the one I bought...


(thats not my cat)



Thanks.
that's what i have. i have a cat-sized one & a dog-sized one. my cats like them just fine!
post #13 of 23
We have the original Drinkwell. I think it's the easiest to clean. I was going to sell it, since Raven passed and he really liked it. But I might just shop around and get a second fountain - the Freshflow. One of my cats is drinking out of the Drinkwell. I just don't know who.
post #14 of 23
Ok, the pump on my Freshflow died several month ago. I went to a regular bowl until I could get a new pump/filter. I'm now considering getting a drinkwell because I just saw that they make little basket for growing hydroponic cat crass in the edge of the water bowl.
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by marsch21 View Post
We use the Drinkwell Platinum.
My 3 love it. We've had it since February of '07 and it's going strong. The only problem is this darn leak it gets every so often....oh no wait...that's just Miss Merlynn splashing the water out of it and following it down the grout lines.
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by twstychik View Post
Ok, the pump on my Freshflow died several month ago. I went to a regular bowl until I could get a new pump/filter. I'm now considering getting a drinkwell because I just saw that they make little basket for growing hydroponic cat crass in the edge of the water bowl.
Save your money on the hydroponic thing - I have one, and it's a cute idea, and it grows a small amount of grass, but it also grows roots into the bowl, and the water slimes up REALLY fast and then the intake gets clogged and you have to clean the fountain WAY more often than normal.

I highly recommend the drinkwell, but for cat grass, I recommend that you grow your own the old fashioned way - in potting soil.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Save your money on the hydroponic thing - I have one, and it's a cute idea, and it grows a small amount of grass, but it also grows roots into the bowl, and the water slimes up REALLY fast and then the intake gets clogged and you have to clean the fountain WAY more often than normal.

I highly recommend the drinkwell, but for cat grass, I recommend that you grow your own the old fashioned way - in potting soil.
Thanks! First hand experience is always good and what you described is totally logical. I just thought it looked cool and I'm bad at remembering to water plants.
post #18 of 23
I have the fountain you posted. My cats love it. Hair does get clogged in the pump every now and again and I have to clean it out though.
post #19 of 23
I have the Petmate. The cat displays a slight bit more interest... but the dog LOVES it.

I may have to get the cat a different kind and give the other one to the dog.
post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
For those who have the petmate one (the one in my op) how often do you change the filter?
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by fadeaway872 View Post
For those who have the petmate one (the one in my op) how often do you change the filter?
We used to change ours every few weeks when we had the Petmate. I do remember that it did not last a month.

I stopped using filters in the Drinkwell. I use filtered water from a Pur pitcher and completely wash it out every week.
post #22 of 23
actually, i stopped using the filters. one of my cats has herpes, so i put Lysine in their water. i didn't want the filters to 'filter' it out, so i stopped using them. i have to clean out the pump more often, due to hair, but that's the only difference i've noticed.
however, i have good water. if you live in an area w/poor tap water, you might want to either use the filter or bottled water.
post #23 of 23
we have a Drinkwell and a Freshflow, the Mau and the kittens love to play in the Drinkwell ; )
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