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post #1 of 25
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Hey guys! I was thinking of buying a cat fountain for my babies...any recommendations? Also...how do cats adjust to this idea? Any problems that you are aware of? What are your ideas of how to switch them so that they aren't scared of the new idea?

Thanks for any ideas/suggestions!
post #2 of 25
I can't help you out. I've only ever seen one cat fountain here in NZ. At first I thought it was real cool and I would get one. But it looks like too much cleaning. Good luck.
post #3 of 25
I have the Fresh Flow Fountain, and my girl loves it! My boy shows no interest in it at all, but has drank from it a few times. It did take Ophelia about 2 months to get used to the idea of it, though. A friend of mine recently bought one for her 3 cats, one of whom had a real penchant for drinking from her other fountains. She hadn't even put it together and they were checking it out and claiming it. As soon as she turned it on, it was a BIG hit with her two girls. They had some disagreements about who could lay next to it! Her boy took 48 hours to get used to it, and now all three love, love, love that fountain.
post #4 of 25
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AWESOME! Hopefully mine will take to it like that. I currently have a water dish similiar to this one:

http://petco.com/product_info.asp?fa...+Waterers&ct3=

And they don't seem to mind when it does it's "glug glug glug" of bringing down more water from above, so I don't think they'll mind the movement of sound of a fountain. I think switching from our original plain ol' dish to the one we currently have was a good stepping stone for eventually getting a fountain. Thanks!
post #5 of 25
I have the FreshFlow and am very happy with it and my cats took to it right away with no problems. Here's a comparison of the FreshFlow and Drinkwell:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55299

post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much, Coaster. I will check out that comparison!
post #7 of 25
I have the drinkwell fountain with the reservoir that holds an additional 50oz of water. My cats love it. Princess liked it right from the begining because she would only drink from running water but it took a day or so for Patsy to get used to it. George thinks it a big toy. He will sit and swat the water as it come out of the spout, making a big mess.

One thing to consider, If your kitty is prone to feline acne I would NOT get one.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by crazy4cats28
One thing to consider, If your kitty is prone to feline acne I would NOT get one.
Interesting...mine don't have it...but just out of curiousity, why not?
post #9 of 25
I have the Cat It Fountain.. it has the dome where the water flows over... it's pretty cool looking and my cats love it! It's a pain in the behind to clean though.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by maherwoman
Interesting...mine don't have it...but just out of curiousity, why not?
The bowls are made of plastic and that can cause or worsen feline acne.
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hmm...interesting...well, hey, just learned something new! Thanks!
post #12 of 25
Due to my girl Lexus and her preference to access the "great, white, refreshing water bowl" (the toilet), I just got a fountain and so far so good. The one I got is called "The Bubbler" and it supposedly keeps the water oxygenated. She was a little skittish of the bubbles at first, but there is a control that you can turn the flow of air down so I did that. It is a hit. She hasn't been at all interested in having a sip of toilet water since I put the fountain down for her three days ago now. I bought it at Petsmart for about $30.

Best of luck,

~gf~
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by maherwoman
AWESOME! Hopefully mine will take to it like that. I currently have a water dish similiar to this one:

http://petco.com/product_info.asp?fa...+Waterers&ct3=

And they don't seem to mind when it does it's "glug glug glug" of bringing down more water from above, so I don't think they'll mind the movement of sound of a fountain. I think switching from our original plain ol' dish to the one we currently have was a good stepping stone for eventually getting a fountain. Thanks!
I'd much prefer one of these to a Water Fountain.

On your other thread it was talking about how you were a bit broke or something at the moment and you couldn't afford to keep trying wet foods, is a cat fountain really a good idea in that case? [Correct me if i'm wrong]
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
I'd much prefer one of these to a Water Fountain.

On your other thread it was talking about how you were a bit broke or something at the moment and you couldn't afford to keep trying wet foods, is a cat fountain really a good idea in that case? [Correct me if i'm wrong]
I have those, and they are not as good as water fountain, because the water doesn't flow. My cat only likes to drink flowing water. When I took the fountain away, poor thing kept jumping into a sink asking for a drink, so I had to put the fountain back. I hate cleaning it, but whatever kitty wants, kitty gets.
post #15 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
I'd much prefer one of these to a Water Fountain.

On your other thread it was talking about how you were a bit broke or something at the moment and you couldn't afford to keep trying wet foods, is a cat fountain really a good idea in that case? [Correct me if i'm wrong]
Oh, no...you're not wrong. I mentioned in my original thread in this particular idea that we were thinking of getting one eventually...not right now. I'm just concerned about them drinking tap water because the tap water here in southern California has a particularly high content of additives (such as chlorine and such), and I've been growing a bit concerned about them consuming that junk, and what effect it might have in the long run.

But, yes, we are having financial trouble right now (mostly from a customer that's being difficult about paying the $2,000 he owes us, so now we're hurtin').

The thing we keep running into with the wet food is that Hobbes will sit there and eat an entire can in one sitting (my little piggy), and I really don't want him to get fat from eating it just by himself, which he'll kindly do (he's about 15lbs right now...mostly muscle...and I don't want that to change). I was just hoping to resolve her not liking the wet food so they might possibly actually SHARE a can of it...ya know? With Hobbes being the only one eating it (that and the fact that we've found no good way to preserve a half-can of food for the next day), we find no reason to continue buying it...especially with our current financial situation.

Does all that make sense?
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by elizwithcat
I have those, and they are not as good as water fountain, because the water doesn't flow. My cat only likes to drink flowing water. When I took the fountain away, poor thing kept jumping into a sink asking for a drink, so I had to put the fountain back. I hate cleaning it, but whatever kitty wants, kitty gets.
That's cute!!
post #17 of 25
i have two fresh flow and my one cat loves them, i clean them both even the pumps in less than half hour, very easy.
post #18 of 25
Dexter loves to drink running faucet water. I did not want him drinking unfiltered water so I attached a Brita Water Filter to the faucet. He loved that setup but...it was expensive because he liked to watch the water run before he drank it.
I bought a Drinkwell Water Fountain. My hope was that her would prefer it to the faucet water & I would save money.
He would not touch the Drinkwell water. We have returned to using the filtered faucet water plus 2 bowls of filtered water for my little angels.
That's life with cats...expensive.
post #19 of 25
The good thing is that the cost of the fountains has drastically decreased. I remember when the Petmate Fresh Flow Fountain was running about $50 - but now it's under $20.
post #20 of 25
We have the Cat-It and both our girls love it! Their water intake has increased, which is good because we have hot summers!
post #21 of 25
I bought the Drinkwell for my two babies and they love it!! It took them approx. 3hrs to use it. Now if for some reason it is "out of service" I have NO peace until it is placed back in operating condition!! HA HA!!

Prior to this, I was changing their water bowl up to 15times a day because if one piece of dust was in their bowl, neither one would touch it. I still clean my Drinkwell, but not 15 times a day thank goodness!!!

My babies also LOVE to drink from the faucet and this has saved on my water bill, because they have learned to turn the faucet on. With the waterfall action of the water on the platform they feel like they are drinking from the faucet and leaves them alone.

I would definetly recommend buying a fountain!!!
post #22 of 25
Thanks for all the info guys. I've been trying to find something to help out Miss Kitty - her water bowl seems to get dirty five minutes after I put it down. MK likes to play with her water constantly, which doesn't bother me, but it tends to get bits of her food and other nastiness very easily.

Quick related story...when I first got MK, she disapeared for a few minutes and then came and rubbed up against my bare leg - and all I could feel was wet! I thought, "Oh no, I got a kitty who pees on herself!"

It didn't take me long to figure out it was because she's a water player, not a self-pee-er.

MKD
post #23 of 25
My cats wouldn't go near the Drinkwell fountain. Sam will only drink out of the decorative fountain that I have had for years. It was a pain to keep clean, and I was hoping to switch him over. He wouldn't drink out of a dish of water, it had to be running. Bailey also ignored the Drinkwell, but she will drink out of the water dispenser set up (a bottle upside down on a dish assembly, the kind that goes glug glug glug).

When I was looking after the neighbour's cat, she loved the Drinkwell, so I gave it to them. They used it for a month or so, but found that it was a pain in the neck to keep clean, so they have also given it up.

I have now taken apart the decorative fountain, and Sam will drink out of that dish. But that's the only one. He will also drink from the dripping tap in the bathtub.
post #24 of 25
Sierra and Serenity love their Drinkwell Fountain, and I think it's fantastic!
post #25 of 25
I have the Cat it...rambo started off loving it, but now neither of my kitties will go near it. I'm about to give up on it. Lucky will only drink out of her white water dish (no other colour)
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