Product Type: Catit cat accessories
Newest Review: ... 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 t... more
Better than a stale bowl of water!
Catit Water Fountain
Member Name: Nik-Nac
Catit Water Fountain
Date: 28/05/12, updated on 28/05/12 (54 review reads)
Advantages: Good value for money. Sturdy. Cat water intake has increased dramatically. Not noisy.
Disadvantages: Fiddly to clean. Ongoing expense of filters.
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.
Summary: I'd definitely recommend this if you're worried that your cat isn't drinking enough.
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