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When I noticed signs of blood in my cat's urine I panicked, and took him straight to the vet. The vet told me that my cat was probably stressed and asked if there had been any changes around the home -redecorating, change in jobs, a newcomer to the family, etc. There was none, and my cat lives a pretty cushty life so I was sceptical. He gave my cat a couple of jags, and a few days worth of prescription cat food and told me to make sure my cat was drinking lots of water.
I had no idea how to make my cat drink more water, so trusty old Google told me how - cat water fountains! After spending a small fortune at the vet I was reluctant to spend any more, but I love my cat and his health is important to me. I ordered the Catit Fresh & Clear Drinking Fountain 50050, and this comes with a food bowl that can attach onto the fountain. It cost me just over £20 from Amazon.
The Fountain is comprised of a large dome where the water rises from and then falls into a bowl at the bottom, where it is filtered and then recirculates. A single filter comes with the fountain, but you will need to buy replacements for when it becomes grubby. These usually last me about weeks each, washing the fountain every 5 days or so (and giving the filter a rinse) A pack of three filters costs around £3.50.
I do find the dome difficult to separate from the plastic that holds it together, but I think this is a testament to how sturdy the fountain actually is. Even though it makes washing it more time consuming!
The fountain has to be plugged in at the mains, but uses little electricity, and the noise from the pump is minimal. It was pretty easy to set this up, and only took me 10 minutes, max. Initially my cat was a little suspicious of it, and I had to leave a bowl of water out for a couple of days, just to make sure he was drinking. He has since become accustomed to it, and there is definitely an improvement in how much water he consumes. I'd say his water intake has gone up maybe 50% and I find myself having to top up the water every day as I can hear the pump starting to become noisy due to lack of water.
My cat drinks from the bowl rather than the dome, but that's fine as I know the water is fresh. If your cat likes to drink running water from a tap, this might be a handy product that will allow you to turn your taps off, as the idea of running water is the same.
If your cat is a particularly messy eater I would avoid clipping the food bowl directly onto the fountain as it's easy for over enthusiastic cats to get food into their water. Instead just use it like any other food bowl. It's free-standing and does not require to be resting against the fountain to be practical.
I'm really happy with this product The blood in my cat's urine is long gone, and I don't know if I can accredit this to the fountain or not, but I certainly feel that my cat's overall health has improved because he is drinking more.
It was good at first the cat seemed to drink more. But after a month the pump stopped working and we noticed the plug would over heat when left on all day all night. We took it back and got a replacement which has lasted about 5 months. The pump has stopped working again despite regular cleaning, changing of filters and unplugging it over night to provent over heating. Have decided to not bother getting another one as it is just to much hassle.
I bought my water fountain six months ago and have noticed a big difference in the energy of my cats and have noticed that they do infact drink more water. This proves to me that the product does what it says it will do, which is rare for many things these days.
The Cat fountain is easy to use (once you get to grips with it). The water filters through and a dome full of water will last a whole week. You can make the filters last a little longer if you rinse them out with hot water (no detergent) and perhaps use an old toothbrush also to give it a good clean.
You can order new filters on Amazon, which is about the cheapest that I have found on the internet.
I also find the fountain quite relaxing to watch as the water falls around the dome.
One thing to mention is the motor is quiet so the cats are not bothered by it.
It doesn't use much electricity either so it is quite economical to run.
One good point is sometimes to pump gets glogged up and can stop so just open up the one end and gently rinse with water, it should start again.
They are well worth a try, especially if you have older cats to keep their kidneys in good health. Persians tend to suffer with their kidneys as they age so it is especially good for this breed.
I have got to say that I think this product is fab!! I have two cats who may or may not be the weirdest cats in existence...either way..they totally love water...I mean love love water!! I've seen them before but never seen the need for one. That is of course until Kimba and Kouga came along with their weird water obsession. I got fed up of them jumping in the sink everytime I put the tap on to wash the dishes so I decided to buy one of these.
Kimba and Kouga are indoor cats so I figured it was only fair to do as much as I can to enrich their indoor existence. The unit itself was fairly easy to assemble but the insructions were a bit rubbish to be honest. Its mainly common sense putting it together anyway really. It consits of the main 'bowl' with the motor/pump part in it and plastic dome and a detatchable bowl section for food. You basically fill the dome part with water via a water inlet on the underside and then sit it on the maiin unit. You have to sit it a cetain way on top of it so as to allow the unit to push the inlet valve up releasing the water. Oh there is also a filter that slots in to the main part but it's obvious where this bit goes. The watre thyen shoots up the middle of the dome and over the sides of it. That's basically it. So fairly simple and I have ot say my cats adore it.
Im not sure if it's the novelty of it bu I have nevr had cats that drink so much water. Ok Kouga also thinks its great fun to put his paws on the top of he dome and soak the kitchen but you can buy a special mat for the fountain to fit in and it stops most spillages. If Kouga didnt play in it here would be none. You need to change the filters every three weeks or so and give the dome part a quick clean every now and then but nothing to messy or that's too much hassel.
One of my cats, a female, recently came down with a bout of cystitis. Amongst other things the vet told me to try and get her to drink more to help flush it out. Now my cats always seem to drink from anywhere but their water bowl - the tap, the sink, flowerpots outside... So I thought I'd invest in one of these water fountains to try and tempt her with the running water. I paid £21.95 for it from Sea Pets, and they even included the blue rubber mat thing that the fountain sits on free of charge (usually £10.95). It was quite easy to put together, the instructions were clear enough. Once its running it is quite quiet, as it says on the box, there is a fountain dome bit that the water runs down and then a bowl at the bottom that the water collects in. All the time the water is kept moving, which is what cats like. Though - and this is the downside - i havent seen either of my cats drink from it yet!! I have tried to show them what it is, whats in it, but still havent seen them. Unless they do it when I'm not around.....
Its a great product for cats as it (should) encourage them to drink more and keep healthy, but I'm not sure my cats have figured it out yet!!!
I bought one of these as an addition to the running tap we always have in the bath and the many bowls of water around the house. My two male cats (I call them my boys, just so you know for when I do it during this review!) both suffer from struvite and need plenty of water to keep their bladders healthy. This seemed like a perfect solution.
It was a bit fiddly to put together but I'm a real idiot when it comes to that kind of thing. Saying that it must be quite simple to construct or I wouldn't have managed it! I also worried about all the dust on the filter and rinsed that thoroughly before use, anyone with cats with struvite will know it takes next to nothing to set them off!
So, constructed, full of fresh water and plugged in. I turned it on and both my boys immediately ran for cover, it hums and isn't a familiar sound so I didn't worry too much, just gave them time. Later that day one of my boys approached warily, sniffed the dome section and realised water was running over the edge. He had a few laps and seemed happy!
My quieter lad took some convincing but eventually ventured close enough to find the water, he liked the bowl section where the water splashes off the dome so I was very pleased with my purchase.
I was washing ours every couple of days but it was summer and hot and we kept getting flies in the house. One day when I took it to pieces to wash I found lots of fly eggs in the filter! Ugh! I couldn't understand why they were in the water but I suppose they could have been mozzys. I scrubbed it all down, changed the filter and resolved to wash it every day as long as my boys were using it.
A couple of weeks on and no repeat of the fly incident my boys just lost interest and reverted back to the bath tap so a few days later I washed, dried and put it away.
We've never used it since, I would have continued as long as they wanted to but you know how fickle cats can be! They know what they want and that obviously wasn't it!
It's a nice idea but does require a fair amount of maintenance, particularly in the summer. The filter dust still concerns me a bit and obviously you have to buy new filters often too. A running tap seems to be perfectly sufficient for my two but I'm sure alot of cats would use this long-term quite happily.
I got one of these fountains when I sent my boyfriend out shopping at lakeside one day. This was not what he went for and he bought it on impulse. I didn't mind too much though as we have two cats and our male cat will only drink from a running tap so I thought it might be a good idea.
I thought it would be a lovely product it is certainly a good idea however I was more than unimpressed with it and it has sat in a cupboard for over a year now.
When we first got it out of the box we found it very difficult to put together there may have been a pice missing as the top part of the fountain did not fit on properly, this caused the water to spill over the edge rather than run into the bowl which then ruined the laminate flooring. The water also went into the bit where you put the cat food and made it all soggy.
The cord to plug the fountain in was very short so would not reach the place the cats water bowl is normally kept.
Also the motor that pumped the water round was noisy and the cats wouldn't go near it.
We kept the receipt and the box with the intention of taking it back to the shop where we bought it, however we don't live very near Lakeside and always forgot to take it with us when we did go. So we still have it.
I adore this product, I actually bought it for my small dog (I prefered the blue catit to the red dogit), Charlie loves drinking the fresh running water and I feel happy knowing that he's always got plenty. Routine cleaning and filter changing is easy and the thorough cleaning only needs to be done every week or so. I got my catit for only £28.00 inc delivery from an online store and it even came with a free mat.
I am finding that I'm having to change the filter alot more regularly than it states in the instructions but maybe thats just me :-) I hate the thought of cleaning it all and putting a dirty filter back in!
I've had the catit about 2 month now, at first I found the water wasn't running accross the dome properly, but please persist in rubbing your hands around to get the movement, it took mine a couple weeks but now it runs perfectly all the time.
It is as quiet as it says it is, and you can tell when the pump is blocked because of the way it makes a noise (and its easy to clean too). You can only hear a noise in the first couple weeks or so when the water isn't running over the dome properly, as you can hear it trickling into the base, once thats sorted its totally silent.
I would definately advise this product to anyone. It's one of the cheapest drinking water fountains on the market and it works brilliantly, top value for money!
My purpose for purchasing this fountain for my two cats was so that we could leave the house for a long weekend without having to worry about the cats having a fresh supply of running water. Both of my cats have definitely increased their water consumption since we started using this fountain, but there are a few minor problems with it that have not been mentioned.
First of all, it is not what I would term "low maintenance". We do keep our cat food near the fountain and both of the cats end up dropping pieces of their food into the water bowl, which of course then disintegrate and make the water cloudy and the filter clog. It isn't difficult to clean, but I do feel that I need to clean the entire contraption either every day or every other day for my cats to be really getting clean water.
Secondly, it is impossible to actually wipe out the interior chamber of the fountain, one of only two places where the water sits semi-stagnant. I find that the bottom of the water dish gets slimy from sitting, and I know that the inside probably could use wiped out as well, but there is no way to get to it. Because the purpose of this machine is to give your pets clean, filtered water, I feel that it should be a little easier to clean the entire thing. If I go for more than 3 days without cleaning out the whole thing (20-30 minute process), my cats refuse to drink the water. This is a bit harder than using a simple water bowl that can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher at the end of every day.
In all, my cats seen to be very content with this bowl as long as it is kept very clean. A last warning to those people with young children is that it may take quite a while for the novelty of this "water fall" to wear off and for children to lose interest in it. My 2 year old son now knows not to touch the kitty's water, but he still runs to watch the cats drink out of it and usually has a hard time not at least poking one finger in just to test the water when they do.
Now I am the first person to admit that my two pussy cats are pampered and spoilt by both Hubby and me, okay so maybe I am a little bit more of a soft touch but if they are happy then I am happy.
One thing I always worry about when Steve and I are both at work is that Dude and Geezer (the cats and I am not responsible for naming them) have plenty of water to drink, as with human beings, it is imperative that your cat has fresh water to drink because it makes up 70% of their body and having two cats I wanted a solution that would mean fresh water all day long without having to leave the bathroom tap running. Then I read a review on Ciao about a water fountain and after a little investigation online off I went to purchase one for myself.
The Catit Water Fountain can be purchased from many online retailers such as Pet Planet and places such as EBay and Amazon, you should also find that your pet shop sells these fountains along with all of the accessories available and prices will probably range from £20 to £40 depending on where you buy it from, the cost of postage and packaging and the range of accessories you buy. You should note that you will need extra water filters which for a pack of three retail currently at £3.99 and if you should choose to purchase a floor matt then they are £9.99 but some retailers include the floor matt and the extra feeding dish within the package, as mine did. Do shop around before you buy is the best advice I can give to you because prices do vary greatly.
The Catit Water Fountain arrives in a fairly big box and displayed prominently on the is information that this fountain will:
- Eliminates stagnant water
Large surface area adds more oxygen (O2)
- Beneficial to pet's health
- Cleans water
Greater water capacity (100 fl oz / 3 L)
- No more daily refilling
All of which sounds very impressive. Inside the box are all the pieces wrapped nicely for you to assemble, which is really easy to do, I managed to do it without reading the instructions and I have got Blonde hair!! Within your box you should find:
A dome shape water holder
A 12V power cable and adaptor
A base which looks like a snowman but is more commonly referred to as the multi-surface drinking area
A filter - similar size to a ruler
A food dish and a place matt - if they have been included
So to assemble the fountain you will find a dome which holds approximately three litres of water which when full will sit nicely on the base. To fill the dome with water, you simply turn it upside down where you will find an opening valve, to open the valve turn it left and push down to open it and then simply place under a running tap to fill to capacity. After replacing the valve the dome sits on the base, which is made of frosted plastic by using the raised bubbles as a guide, the bubbles help the flow of water. You should refill your dome with water depending on how much your cat (or dog) uses it and also depending on where you place the fountain, for example if it is near to a radiator then the water will evaporate more frequently. If your dome makes a gurgle like sound this is also an indicator that the water level has become low and needs refilling.
To make carrying the dome easier there is a screw handle which screws into the top of the dome to enable you to life the dome more easily. However, before adding the dome to the base you will need to insert the filter, this helps to keep put anything from bugs to dust away from the water. Once this has all been achieved you can then add the power cord (it uses a 12V adaptor) to the AC adaptor, please ensure that the plastic guard is in place when doing this to stop the power cord coming into contact with the dome and then also ensure the blue tube is in place to prevent your cat (or dog) from chewing the power cable.
Now you have assembled your water fountain you will see the water come up through the middle of the dome where the grip handle is places and see it run freely over the dome and then into a bowl for your cat to drink from, if you find it isn't running freely, simply rub your hands over the dome surface to even it up. I found that when I first plugged it in, the water trickled down one side and not other, but rubbing my hands over the dome soon corrected the problem. You will notice that after the first initial gurgle of water to come spluttering through the top of the fountain, that it then remains extremely quiet.
If you have the extra food dish then you can simply slide this on using the little grips to the position you find best and then add food to it. I keep mine full of cat biscuits.
As with all electrical goods there are some safety precautions to take note of as the fountain provides running water, ensure there are no power cables to any other electrical items dangling nearby which could come into contact with the water.
Maintaining your water fountain is as easy as assembling it. You should wash and rinse it on a weekly basis with a soft sponge, do not use a scouring pad or something which will scratch the dome surface, and rinse thoroughly. If you follow the instructions given in the accompanying book, it will show you how to thoroughly clean your fountain as well as telling you how to clean the pump and the valve.
We have had this cat fountain for about 4 months now and I have to say that I am really impressed with it. Both Dude and Geezer regularly drink the water from it having been encouraged to do so since buying the fountain, before we had it, they would very rarely drink water from a bowl. The reaons I feel they are more encouraged to use it is because it is like a running tap, both cats love the taps to run so they can drink the water and this provides a good substitute.
The added food bowl which is attached is also helpful because if we are out for a long period of time I am happy with the fact that they have both got extra biscuits should they eat all their food and that they also have a running supply of water. As the booklet accompanying the cat fountain will tell you:
"Like humans, pets require water as a vital element for survival. Water constitutes approximately 70% of a cat's or dog's body. Encouraging your pets to drink more water helps promote their health and well-being.
The Catit® Drinking Fountain responds to your pet's need for a continuous supply of water. Re-circulating water with greater exposure to oxygen provides fresh-tasting, cool, filtered water for pets with a multitude of health benefits. Encouraging cats to drink more water helps ensure proper kidney function and may decrease the incidence of crystal formation and urinary disease (FUS)." I am much more confident and content knowing that now my cats drink water very regularly that I am helping to keep them fit and healthy. If you need anymore information on this water fountain then visit www.hagen.com and then follow the link on the right hand side of the screen for details.
Now all I have got to do is encourage Steve (Gingaro) that water is good for him and that Stella is not a substitute! But you can't win them all
Water fountain designed for cats / small dogs