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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I need to get Jeeps a pet fountain, she's decided that only running tap water will do and I'm not always about to turn the water on for her. Any suggestions as to which one I go for?

I can't find many UK stockists but have been assured a quick plug change and suitable fuse will solve any problems if I choose to import one.

Any help will be greatly appreciated, all the pet stores I have called in the UK don't even know what they are.
post #2 of 20
Jeepers,

I found a bunch of them listed on ebay. I just typed in all different combinations. "cat fountain" worked well. So did "pet water fountain" If you type in a few searches, I'm sure you'll find it.
post #3 of 20
I have one called Drinkwell Pet Fountain. Penny drinks lots of water because of it, so healthy!

The secrets to cleaning the Drinkwell unit are a small wire brush, hydrogen peroxide and lots of rinse water. It takes less than one minute and it keeps the unit squeaky clean.

Otherwise there will be reddish build-up on the unit, and that build-up is of course cat saliva that's been food-tainted
post #4 of 20
What a brilliant idea!. I've never heard of these. Rosie is aways drinking from the taps as well. My next door neighbour saw her doing this once, and asked me if i never gave her a bowl of water!(Numpty!!).

I had to stand and explain that i did, and that it was a fresh bowl everyday, but that she likes drinking it from the tap also. He had'nt seen it before!. Well he has now!!!!!

Susan
post #5 of 20
jepperscat and all - the drinkwell pet fountains are in the uk. click on the little blue pet fountains at the bottom of this list of replies. or at creaturecomforts 38 quid sounds a bit pricey though
oops the little blue box has something else in it now! never mind try creature comforts in your browser.
WRONG ...........it is at Puddlepets UK - try that.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
thanks!!!! I can't wait to get one, she's started to 'mug' people as they pass the bathroom! Pet fountains seem to be the answer.
post #7 of 20
Jeepers,

If you have a Petsmart type store near you, they should have a fountain in stock. Or you can look online for Petsmart. I have one for my boys. Pip loves it, Frantic still goes for the open tap. He has tripped me going into the bathroom trying to get to the sink before I do.

Sandy
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Petsmart were taken over by Pets at Home in the UK. I've tried two localish branches and they haven't even heard of pet fountains. I'm gonna try Petsmart in the US though, they may ship internationally.... fingers crossed! If not then Puddlepets it is!
post #9 of 20
Here's a link for a "search mole" in the UK, and pet fountains are listed (scroll down):

http://drinking-fountain.searchmole....-fountain.html

For example, the Petmate one is available here:
http://www.kinfaunsvets.co.uk

Click "Pet Shop" at the bottom of the page, then "Products for Cats" and "Accessories".
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks, the page is loading as I type
post #11 of 20
I put "cats AND water fountains AND UK" in the search engine, and got a lot of hits. Maybe "drinking fountains" should have been substituted for "water fountains". If you order from the U.S., it's not just a matter of changing the plug - you'd have to have a current adapter, and would probably have to pay customs duty and VAT.
post #12 of 20
The Drinkwell Pet Fountain is a great investment. Just ask Sydney!
post #13 of 20
I wish I had a drink well fountain now. I have the Petmate fountain, which I bought for my last cat because the water came down a ramp. She was afraid of water & I knew the water dripping out like that would freak her & she probably would not have drank out of it. Now however the two cute & crazy boys I have now love to drink out of the tap so they would probably like the drinkwell better. As a matter of fact when I clean the one I've got now & first turn it back on it kind of bubles up like a bubbler & Jordan just loves to drink out of it when it's like that.
post #14 of 20
How does everybody clean their drinkwell? I just use a small brush and soap and a bigger brush for the bigger areas with soap. Sometimes it still leaves a little film on the fountain...something that the soap is not getting off. Hydrogen Peroxide? How do you use that?

post #15 of 20
Try a mixture of vinegar and water, and then rinse and allow it to soak in regular water, and then rinse again thoroughly. I don't like the sound of hydrogen peroxide - what if there is residue?
post #16 of 20
Candy your cat is beautiful
post #17 of 20
funky: I run the drinkwell for a half hour with 70% new water and 30% hydrogen peroxide --out of kitty's reach of course. after the half hour is up, i scrub the interior with a little brush thing. after that's complete, i rinse thoroughly, 3 minutes at least. if a person is not willing to rinse thoroughly, i would advise against hydrogen peroxide

jcat: a vinegar solution would probably work just as well and it would probably require less rinse time too. i might try that.

all: as far as using detergent in the drinkwell...... well, that, my friends, sounds like a recipe for disaster
post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally posted by c1atsite
funky: I run the drinkwell for a half hour with 70% new water and 30% hydrogen peroxide --out of kitty's reach of course. after the half hour is up, i scrub the interior with a little brush thing. after that's complete, i rinse thoroughly, 3 minutes at least. if a person is not willing to rinse thoroughly, i would advise against hydrogen peroxide

jcat: a vinegar solution would probably work just as well and it would probably require less rinse time too. i might try that.

all: as far as using detergent in the drinkwell...... well, that, my friends, sounds like a recipe for disaster
The remark about hydrogen peroxide wasn't meant as criticism of you - I was simply worried that some people wouldn't rinse thoroughly. Vinegar does the job, and at least isn't toxic, though it also has to be rinsed away thoroughly, as most cats don't like the smell.
post #19 of 20
I got a fountain for my cats at Christmas, and they love it! My young Bengal will only drink running water, and it's heavy enough that she can't tip it (one of her favourite things to do)! Unfortunately I had to tape the lid together, because she kept disassembling the fountain and presenting me with the charcoal filter.
post #20 of 20
I had a petsmate and bought a drinkwell 2 days ago. My puppy was going thru the water in the petsmate too fast and the drinkwell holds more water. So now I have both kinds, and have found that different cats have a preference to each of them.

Not that I've had the drinkwell very long, but it is easier to clean and definitely easier to refill.
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