Product Type: CatMate cat accessories
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Thomas and Tigger's Best Mate
Cat Mate Pet Fountain
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Cat Mate Pet Fountain
Advantages: 3 drinking levels, quiet, encourages drinking, cool and fresh water
Disadvantages: None really, sometimes dust and fur ends up in the bottom pool
My Mum bought this for our two cats at her house after I bought a different branded water fountain for my kitten. Our cats there are both 15 now and Thomas is in the late stages of cancer and kidney failure is also beginning but currently he is comfortable but any change and we will need to reconsider what is best for him :o( he has been quite a big drinker for the past few years now and although my mum had a bowl upstairs for them which he used regularly she thought he might enjoy the running water which is kept cooler by a special fountain. She bought this from our local pet store for £32 but it is available on Amazon for around £20 and Zooplus was I think around £24 so it is worth shopping around but my mum decided she wanted one there and then rather than waiting a few days so she didn't mind paying a little extra!
The fountain is exactly as can be seen in the picture. It is white in colour and comes in a box which is approximately 30cm square with the product being just a tiny bit smaller. It needs to be plugged in but has a generous cable length of around 2m. The water fountain weighs about 1kg when empty.
The cat fountain is definitely one of the better models on the market in my opinion, especially as Amazon offer it for such a low price. The reason I think it is one of the leaders in this particular field is because it offers numerous drinking levels - this allows both your pet to decide which to drink out of whether it be the small pool at the top, the slightly larger pool just beneath it or the large, still pool at the bottom.
The fountain was extremely easy to set up, it was a case of clipping a few bits together, filling with water and plugging it in. My mum is a very light sleeper so she was a bit concerned about how much noise it would make as she intended to put it on the landing as that is the boys favourite chill out place! However, she has had no problems with this and it is very quiet. However, mine that I have here is ever so slightly quieter (catit fresh, please see review) so if you intend on putting it in your bedroom then this might be a better option. The fact that the cat mate fountain has water running into numerous pools at different levels does increase the noise level a little.
Initially Tigger was scared of the fountain (hes a huge great Persian with the grumpiest face you ever did see but such a wimp!) but Thomas was very keen to try it out. Thomas is the big drinker in the house so that was enough to please my mum and the rest of us because we were keen to make Thomas a bit more comfortable and content wherever possible. For the first few nights Thomas actually gave up his usual sleeping place on the landing next to his water bowl to sleep next to the fountain and to ensure Tigger could not get any!
However, a couple of days after introducing this Tigger too was happy using the fountain. They do like the fact that there are different levels because it means they can either both drink at the same time or they can drink out of either shallow water or deeper water. Most importantly though Thomas is quite stiff now so if he is having a particularly sore day he can choose which level is most comfortable for him.
Both cats have definitely enjoyed having this fountain. I believe it has totally paid for itself and they both love drinking from it. We are all a bit calmer knowing Thomas is taking in water that is filtered, clean, cool and tasty which will help his comfort. It is also nice to see Tigger drink from it as it has definitely increased his water intake which can only be a positive. Tigger isn't actually ours, he moved in last October and never left after finding Thomas his long lost brother who was actually born in the same litter! But Tigger is definitely one of the family now and we all love him to pieces so we are very happy knowing he is drinking more.
There is one tiny negative I have with this fountain and that is that the water in the bottom pool is still. Therefore, throughout the day bits of dust and fur etc can settle in the water. This is not a problem in my fountain because all of the water is flowing however my mum does change the water every day in hers so its really not too much of an issue.
Changing the water is very simple, you simply empty the old water out and refill. This takes mum literally 1 or 2 minutes every morning so it really isn't too much hassle.
The filters will need replacing every 4-8 weeks to ensure that the water remains filtered and clean. A two pack of the filters can be easily found online for around £6 which I think is a reasonable price.
The fountain remains on for 24 hours a day barring only the few minutes it takes my mum to change the water each morning. Thomas and Tigger really like the fountain and every time I go over you can be quite certain that you will find them both near the fountain, Thomas usually right by it which is nice as it means they are both easy to locate and say hello to! The fountains plug does get warm but not so warm it causes concern and there have never been any accidents with the fountain whether it be the boys knocking it or it leaking.
Cat fountains are a great idea as it is a well known issue that many cats do not get the right amount of fluids. This particular model is sturdy, reliable and is perfect for multi-pet households. It runs quietly and looks ok - their could be more colour options or a slightly rounder design in my opinion to make it look a bit more desirable but at the end of the day you aren't buying it as a fashion statement and it does the job it is designed to do perfectly.
Summary: A fantastic fountain for your feline friends
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