Originally Posted by gayef
do you (or anyone else who might have one) find it difficult to clean?
I put ice in the bowl part too.
So far as cleaning goes, I find it very easy. I just turn off the switch and unplug it from the cord. Take it to the sink. Then I take off the top cap part, remove the jug part and rinse it out and refill it with cold water. Then I remove the filter and give it a rince under cold water. Then I empty out the fountain itself and give it a wipe with a clean wet cloth. Then I replace the filter, refill the unit, put the jug part back in and replace the top.
It looks like a lot of steps, but in actualality the last time I did it I think it took 3 minutes if even that long.
I do that once a week. The rest of the time I just refill the jug part every other day so that the fountain stays full.
It also runs silently. The only time it makes noise is if the water level gets low. I didn't have the option of a "drink well" where the water pours out, but if I had I still would have declined buying it. I would think the water running would make a noise and it looks like it splashes a bit from the pictures I've seen. Neither of my cats would have gone near it if there was pouring water.
I'd also avoid the kind with the large dome on top where the water runs down it and the pets drink from the dome part. That one was available where I bought my Petmate, but I thought that the dome would become slimy from their saliva when they were drinking, and it looked like it would be a bear to clean.