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Do you use Pet Fountain for drinking water?

post #1 of 25
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Do you guys use products that have a fountain and it cleans the water for your cat to drink? I was thinking of getting one... any recommendations?
post #2 of 25
Yes, we got a PetMate and the cats drink more water than they used to. Mika loves to drink at the top where the water starts to come down. The water is charcoal filtered. I find it better than just a bowl of water.
post #3 of 25
I've got a Pet Mate as well, though I also have three other water bowls around the place. If you cat likes to drink out of faucets, the Drinkwell might be a better choice, as it has a "waterfall", while the water in the Pet Mate runs down a little ramp. There's also the CatIt.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by S320
Do you guys use products that have a fountain and it cleans the water for your cat to drink? I was thinking of getting one... any recommendations?
I use the Drinkwell, and although it was a bit of an investment, I love it and Ginger now drinks lots of water every day - she wouldn't ever drink out of a bowl on the floor.

Whatever brand you go with, I think they're a smart idea.
post #5 of 25
Hmm-I think I need to invest in one. I know I rarely catch my cats drinking from a bowl, they all love the sink!
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks
Hmm-I think I need to invest in one. I know I rarely catch my cats drinking from a bowl, they all love the sink!
Yup, sounds like you need one - Ginger was a sink drinker, but the Drinkwell helped fix that. Now when she goes to the sink I know it's time to change the filter in her Drinkwell!
post #7 of 25
I went to a cat fountain when Duke started flushing the toilet to get fresh water. He loves the fountain and dosn't even look at the toilet anymore
post #8 of 25
It stopped mine from drinking out the toilet.. Well most of the time. They are pretty easy to maintain and clean, and it's easier than setting out bowls. I have the petmate freshflow. I had one, the mysteriously stopped working right, (leaking) but I had a back up that works well. Somehow mine manage to get food in it, it drives me crazy!
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
Yes, we got a PetMate and the cats drink more water than they used to. Mika loves to drink at the top where the water starts to come down. The water is charcoal filtered. I find it better than just a bowl of water.
My cat drinks from the top too. And he does drink more than when I was using a regular water bowl. I still catch him once in awhile drinking from the toilet when someone forgets to close the lid.
I clean it out totally with hot water and a baby bottle scrub brush twice a week since it is plastic. I'm sure you don't have to clean it that often but I do.
post #10 of 25
I have a Petmate FreshFlow. I got it because Prego was drinking out of the toilet. He doesn't do that anymore. Like others, he likes to drink from the ramp. I hand wash it once a week in hot soapy water and rinse well. I definitely recommend it. The replacement filters are inexpensive.
post #11 of 25
Just a note about cleaning cat water fountains. I was using water and vinegar, but still found that I was getting too many lime deposits, so I decided to put the Pet Mate through the dishwasher. If you take it apart, you can put all the parts except for the actual pump through the dishwasher, using the top tray. I use the "intensive" cycle when putting it through.
post #12 of 25
I have had the Drinkwell now for 5 years with no problems. I have tried different ways of cleaning it from running bleach / water solution through it less the filter to simply scrubbing it out. I settled on soap and water and a scrubber which works fine to cut any bacteria slime. I also noticed that if I do not remove the empeller and clean it that it will accumulate bacteria slime. They definetly like drinking out of the running water compared to standing water. Fountains are well worth the investment.
post #13 of 25
We got the Drinkwell because Much has had so many problems with UTIs and we needed to get her fluid intake up. She now will just sit there drinking from the stream for a good couple of minutes. I think she also uses it for meditation exercises because I will come in and find her just staring at the water moving.

When we first got it, I went to a lab supply store to get a couple of bottle brushes to clean it but they now sell brush kits for it. It gets a soapy cleaning once a week and run through the dishwasher (top rack, no heat) once a month.
post #14 of 25
We currently have a Drinkwell and my sink drinker cat LOVES it! She's been drinking way more water since we've gotten it! I've had 2 Pet Mate's and the first one's motor died. The 2nd one the motor was so loud and obnoxious that my cat wouldn't go near the thing!

Stephanie
post #15 of 25
I use the cat-it (fresh flow is harder to get here), and the cats like it a lot. They also like to drink from the aquariums, I don't use bowls anymore, between the fish tanks and the cat-it they have a place to drink in every room.
post #16 of 25
I have the cat-it dome fountain and the cats love it! The kittens like drinking the water as it falls over the dome and the adults like to drink from the bowl.

They are drinking so much more than before. The water is always cold and fresh.

Its a handy way to monitor how much water they drink too.
post #17 of 25
Hi minxie,
How much did the catit cost you??
I would like to get one.
post #18 of 25
I have two Petmates. Abby loves them! I also clean it in teh top rack of the dishwasher.
post #19 of 25
I have the Cat-it too! It took a while for Tibby and Molly to get used to it, but Willow loved it from the start!

Although, I think I broke it after the clean yesterday!
post #20 of 25
Lucyloo - I got mine from ebay for under £20 inc postage..it came with a free food bowl and mat.

Have a look here

http://home-garden.search.ebay.co.uk...1QQsacatZ66764

Your Tinkerbelle and the kittens will love it!
post #21 of 25
We have the petmate fountain, but it took a really long time before Etain wasn't afraid of the moving water and sound of the pump, now she loves it.

Be sure to continue to leave a bowl of fresh clean water away from the fountain in case your cat doesn't take to it right away.
post #22 of 25
Petmate here - this is the only water bowl Loki dosen't want to tip over
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
I have two Petmates. Abby loves them! I also clean it in teh top rack of the dishwasher.
I'm going to have to try putting mine through the dw!
post #24 of 25
I made a fountain for my pets outside , there is fish in it too. the water is not filtered just pumped around. With the hot summer comming the pets will always have water.

This cost me less than $150 to build.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by snoopdog
I made a fountain for my pets outside , there is fish in it too. the water is not filtered just pumped around. With the hot summer comming the pets will always have water.

This cost me less than $150 to build.
It looks nice, but keep an eye on the water quality. A couple of years ago, Jamie and the dog next door became extremely ill after drinking out of our pond.
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