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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hello, ive just got a new Cat it Water fountain and have never used one before, Anyway i followed the instructions and put it together but now it is on and the flow of water is only coming out at one side of the dome and now and agin it spills over the dome and onto the floor!
Am i doing something wrong or do they all do this?
Simba loves it though, ran about like a mad thing when i turned it on, and drank lots of water
post #2 of 27
When Igot mine it did that. I had put the filter in the wrong place. It goes right inside the base not in the rim where it looks as if it aught to go.
post #3 of 27
Mine did that at first too. It takes a while for it to cover the whole dome. You can touch the other side of the dome near the top at the water to start another stream.
post #4 of 27
Do you have a link with more info on the Cat It? I'm assuming that's a specific brand? My cats will only drink out of drinking glasses left all over the house so I'd like to look into a fountain.
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post #6 of 27
I had one too and the cats loved it, but it was one pain in the neck to take care of. I spent more time on the fountain than I did the kitty litter box.
post #7 of 27
I just got one of these too. One cat loves it, the other's not so sure. I like how quiet it is. The water only came out one side at first too. I moved it around and touched all over the dome, and now it's coming out evenly all over the dome.
I do find that I've got to keep it full up or else you can hear the motor running.
post #8 of 27
Just purchased one at pets mart. I noticed the other day that his water bowl would get a slimy bottom even though I am rinsing it twice a day! The house is dark all day while we are at work and the water in the dish is not circulating.

Hagen makes the Cat it. Hagen also makes top of the line aquarium pumps and filters (have all hagens on my 110 gallon tank). So when I noticed they were making this one, the pump has to be good.
post #9 of 27
Ok, set up the fountain last night and after a couple of half hearted pounces, Pooh drinks like crazy! Pooh really loves the water coming down the dome, she doesnt bother with the bowl part. Cant seem to get the water over the entire dome, but it covers better then half.

I didnt know that cats have a natural attraction to running water. This is probably why cats drink from faucets and baths. The fountain does the trick.
post #10 of 27
How much do these babies run?
post #11 of 27
If you rub it hard it will run down the other side (and make sure the floor is level, gravity will effect it obviously) I did find mine ran a lot better with the mat than without it.

Mine was $35 Canadian (but I know they sell cheaper ones without the extra water bowl - its just the dome) and sometimes you see the dog ones on sale more than the cats ones - they are identical save the different colours! so you can save that way too.
post #12 of 27
Purchased mine at petsmart which is always expensive. $41.00. I believe that Dr. Fosters and Smith has it for $30.00.
post #13 of 27
I just bought one of these today as a gift for a friend's cats. Boy, you really do have to fill it up to make sure you get water over the dome. I filled the reservoir according to the directions and was only getting a small bit flowing over the dome. I finally added water to the base manually, instead of letting it flow throough the reservoir. That really helped.
post #14 of 27
i had one, that i bought through www.petfooddirect.com if you watch for their 20% off coupons, you can get a real deal on the fountain through them. it didn't even cost $30 for it (including shipping).

i gave it away because i didn't like it. it was a pain to clean, and the filters didn't last long no matter what i did. the filters work great, but cost alot to replace.

i just went back to ceramic bowls with filtered water. the cats are fine with the situation.
post #15 of 27
I didn't have that issue with ours. I do notice that sometimes the bottom gets slimy. I clean it once every two days and change the filter once a week.
post #16 of 27
I got mine off ebay new and still in the box for about $9 or so.
post #17 of 27
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Mine was $35 Canadian (but I know they sell cheaper ones without the extra water bowl - its just the dome) and sometimes you see the dog ones on sale more than the cats ones - they are identical save the different colours! so you can save that way too.
I had one for a while, but the dog liked it a little too much and knocked the globe off the base and broke it.

I didn't know that you could get dog ones.
Whats the name of them?
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rice-a-roniee
I had one for a while, but the dog liked it a little too much and knocked the globe off the base and broke it.

I didn't know that you could get dog ones.
Whats the name of them?
Dogit...they're the same with a red top. They might be a bit bigger (haven't actually seen them in person).
post #19 of 27
Thank you.. I would like a bit larger one for lady and boogie
post #20 of 27
Its actually the exact same just all the stuff for dogs is red and all the stuff for cats is blue.

My CatIt just died so I am looking for something else - 2 in a year is a little too expensive
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21
Its actually the exact same just all the stuff for dogs is red and all the stuff for cats is blue.

My CatIt just died so I am looking for something else - 2 in a year is a little too expensive
same size eh? I guess you don't get one of those if you have a great dane! Did your motor blow or something? I've heard they stand up better than the petmate (what we have) because not as much hair gets stuck in the fliter.
post #22 of 27
The first one the motor went on - they loved it so I bought a second one but wrote and complained to Hagen and they refunded my money. This one we have had quite a few problems with, the water doesn't run down it properly, it makes a lot of noise compared to the old one and sometimes the bowl overflows. I clean it all the time so despite the store telling me 'oh you just need to clean it' I have given up.

We went out looking for a different brand last night but the petmate looks too small and we couldn't find a drinkwell. We seen a big dog drinkwell so we are thinking of getting that (with 4 cats they drink enough water) and it might save my bathtub from the drip drip monster who has found out he knows how to turn the taps!
post #23 of 27
icklemiss21-That's dissapointing to hear that you've been through 2 in 1 year.
I have high hopes for mine, however, I'm yet to see Pushy drinking from it. Wiggies really loves it though.
I've been filling mine up each day at the base in order for it not to run noisily. I hope that doesn't mean the motor isn't good.
I've also been using distilled water only, so I figure there's less work for the filter to do and the water should be really clean.
post #24 of 27
I always found filling the base helped as the fuller the dome is the better it worked (also make sure the little screw on thing at the top is not too tight)
post #25 of 27
I just bought one and mine also started only one stream and drained all over the floor. I found out that I hadn't screwed the handle on evenly and it was changing the direction of the water flow.
post #26 of 27
My boy, Diego, is mesmerized by the dripping bath tap and likes to drink from it. I decided to give the fountain a go. I bought one today and ofcoarse the first one to go over and have a drink was the dog..hehe Anyhoo, the kitten discovered it soon enough he was drinking from it as well. Mine was not spilling evenly over the globe either but after rubbing it with my hand it became an even flow all the way around.
for anyone interested the larger one with the extra water reservoir and food dish attachment is on sale at Superpet for $29.99
post #27 of 27
Thread Starter 
Does anyone find these a bit of a pain to clean ect?

Ive had mine a few months now and fill it up at the base rather than through the valve that it tells you to, the flow is finew when you do this.
However, im forever cleaning it as my cat seems to flick his food into it all the time, so the filters dont last long.And they cost a fortune to replace if you need one a week its over £5 a month, added onto food and evrything it works out fairly expensive.
Im wondering whether to sell it and go back to using a bowl.He does like to drink from the fountain part though, but doesnt bother with the bowl, so i would feel awfull getting rid if he doesnt drink as much.
Unsure what to do? And it quite space consuming........
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