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I bought this my cat because, quite frankly, he's spoiled! I went for this one in particular as it was on offer at the time and I didn't know if he would take to it.
He always drinks out of the sink tap if it is running and we had to put a dog bowl down for his water bowl as he drinks a huge amount of water. He is fussy about his water, he likes to have very fresh water and we would change his water at least twice a day (funnily enough he loves the pond water too!) So I purchased the fountain.
We cleaned it, assembled it, filled it and then switched it on. The cat was petrified. Wouldn't go anywhere near it. We turned it off so that it was just static, he eventually came around to it and after a couple of days we switched it on. Now he cannot get enough of it.
It is fairly noisy however it becomes background noise very quickly and is now not something we notice. It's easy to clean; we disassemble and pop it in the dishwasher every couple of weeks as it does get clogged up with slime and fur. We also live in a hard water area so we filter the water first to limit it furring up too much.
I do add fresh breath liquid to the water; it causes a slight foam but disappears soon enough.
When we put it in the dishwasher we run the filter through a hot tap for a couple of minutes to clean and de-slime (yuck!) we find this way a filter lasts a good 6 weeks before changing. Filters can be expensive however they are available from many online stores so do shop around for a good price.
I think this was one of the best purchases for our cat, he drinks even more now and so I'm confident that he will keep healthier and not have problems with kidneys or his urinary tract. When it is in the dishwasher he sits by the mat waiting for it to come back and as soon as we put it back he drinks like he's been in the desert for a week!
I've now had this for around 8 months and is in use every day, has been washed regularly and is still going strong. When this does, eventually, break I will replace with another fountain ASAP and will almost certainly buy Drinkwell again.
The cable into the plug is loose and does come out quite a bit.
Cable is also a touch on the short side for us, however what suits one wouldn't always suit another!
Does fur up with slime quickly
Filters can be pricey so shop around
The Drinkwell pet fountain is a fantastic little invention, and if you have a picky cat like mine, it is a great product to buy and keep them happy.
I got a kitten in April, and I noticed as soon as she was big enough to start jumping everywhere that she liked to try to drink out of the taps whenever they were on. She would even try to lick turned off taps to get any little drip she could, and generally seemed like a pretty thirsty cat. I would notice that I hardly ever saw her drinking her water, and I figured she just didn't like water that was sitting out too long. I would change her water a few times a day, and she still didn't seem very keen on drinking it. I was getting really worried about her, when I went to visit my sister and she had a Drinkwell fountain. My sister explained that her cat was the same, and would hardly ever drink water before and this had really helped.
I bought one pretty much straight away after that, hoping it would make a difference (especially since I paid about £25 for it on Amazon). It's really simple to get up and running as it comes pretty much put together, you pretty much just have to plug it in and go, after adding the water and the charcoal filter.
What the product does is that it constantly cycles the water around, from the bowl back through the filter, and the water then comes through a little spout. You can adjust a little knob in the bowl to make the stream heavier or lighter, and the fact that the water is moving means that is stays oxygenated and the charcoal filter improves its taste. You don't actually have to use the filter if you choose not to, which might be better for some people as you are meant to replace the filter every six to eight weeks.
My cat absolutely loves it. I see her drinking water all the time now, and while she does still occasionally try to drink out of taps too, she does this a lot less. She is still picky though, I know when it's time to give it a clean because she will start ignoring it and jumping into the sink and bath a lot more frequently. Saying that, it only needs cleaned about once a week, as some fur can get into it, and the bowl can get a bit slimey. It's really easy to clean though, as it snaps apart into smaller parts so you can just give it a good scrub and put it back together again. The manufacturer recommends that you take out the motor and clean it as well, to make sure it keeps working, and I do this whenever I clean it. Hair can get into the motor so this is definitely something you should do so it doesn't break. There is a brush set from Drinkwell available for cleaning it, but I just bought a 99p bottle brush to clean it instead, make sure you get one that is small enough to fit in the motor.
This is a great product to treat your cat, and improve its health. There are only a couple of downsides that I found. The noise of the water dripping constantly and the motor running is not loud, but it does take some getting used to, although I hardly notice it now. Obviously it's also slightly expensive but it should last as long as you take care of it, and it means that instead of needing to change your pet's water bowl multiple times a day, it pretty much takes care of itself. I do still change the water every couple of days, though.
I've now had this product for just over a month and it seems to have made my cat very happy, so if you can barely brush your teeth for your cat climbing in the sink, this product is definitely for you.
I brought one of these two years ago from a boot fair for only £5. I had seen them advertised before and thought that they were a good idea but refused to pay £20+ for something that I knew my cats might not like once I got it home.
Anyway I thought £5 was a bargin and for that money I didn't care if my cats hated it.
Once I got it home I set it up (very easy I might add, you just have to pop the filter in the top and fill with water) and plugged it in.
The first thing I noticed was the noise. An rather annoying low humming sound that (as our kitchen and lounge were one room at the time) drove us mad after a couple of hours.
The reaction from my cats was pretty much what I expected - hmmm what is this noisy thing in our kitchen not sure about this, give us our water bowl back please.
However I perservered and after a few weeks once they had got used to this large noisy thing (I have to say it is very big and takes up far to much room in the kitchen or wherever you choose to plug it in) they did use it a bit but one of my cats (who is not exactly blessed with the skinny gene) used to find it hard to get her head in without getting the stream all over her so it was refused by her really.
Where we moved to recently we don't have a plug in the kitchen so I gave it away (and I could have given it away 30 times over the amount of interest that I got for it) and I haven't really missed it and neither have my two kitties.
I think that it is a good tool for those people that have cats that like to drinks from a running water source (such as your bathroom taps) as I can imagine this would be quite annoying (and unhygenic) so for that it is a very good buy.
However from a simple cleaning water point of view I shall stick to the good old fashioned method of cleaning my cats water bowl once or twice a day and turning a blind eye to the fact that I know they like to drink from the dirty puddles outside....
*What is the Drinkwell Pet Fountain?*
This pet drinking fountain, designed for use by both cats and cats, is part of an extensive range of water fountains, produced by Drinkwell, manufactured to provide an alternative way of providing fresh drinking water for your pets.
*The product itself*
You'd think providing drinking water for a dog would be one of the simplest tasks there is, you get and bowl, fill it with water and place it on the ground, right?! Well, in most cases, yes, that is probably all that needs doing, but when you own Grace and Benson, you need to rethink things a little bit, as nothing is ever simple with those two about!
The pair of them are absolutely potty about the water, they absolutely adore it, if there is water about, then they will try and get into it, no matter how small that amount of water happens to be- so yes, that does include water bowls. Paws will be stuck in it, noses dunked, whole faces submerged or failing that, they will just send the entire bowl which has normally only been refilled seconds before, flying across the room with a whack of their tail, which generally results in more water all over my kitchen floor than actually being consumed by the dogs. So that is our first problem, and our next one is that Benson, being a Bernese Mountain Dog, is rather, well, how do we put it?- 'slobbery'! Hence the affectionate nickname of Slobber-Gob, so the water bowl doesn't stay clean for long, which isn't a problem when I am home as I can change the water after each time Benson has a drink, but when I'm out, and he has a drink, both him and Grace are left with a mixture of half drool, half water until I'm back, not pleasant by any means.
So really, pet drinking fountains are the best possible solution, they minimise mess and keep the water decently clean for longer. We had the Dog-it fountain for a few years and it was brilliant, I had no problems with it whatsoever until Grace decided to chew through the electrical wire, she isn't the sharpest tool in the box you see, therefore a replacement was needed, quickly, before my kitchen was turned into a swimming pool once more.
I would have quite happily gone for another Dog-it fountain, but seeing as all my local pet shop had in stock was these Drinkwell Pet Fountains, that's what I took home.
The Drinkwell Pet Fountain was invented by an American lady called Mary Burns as a practical way of providing fresh and hygienic water in a way that most animals prefer- in a continuous running supply. Most animals apparently prefer this over water in a bowl as in the wild, moving water is much fresher than stagnant and animals know this by instinct, meaning they should naturally be more drawn to running water than water supplied in a drinking bowl.
The mains operated fountain works by continuously drawing in the water from the reservoir at the back of the fountain, filtering it through a replaceable charcoal filter to remove bad tastes and odours and letting it fall 5 inches into the bowl at the base, this process carries on being repeated constantly which aerates your pets drinking water with oxygen and keeps the water cleaner and fresher for long, removes foreign bodies such as hair and debris and helps prevent bacteria forming, which can happen with stagnant water.
Not only does the fountain provide fresher and cleaner water for your pet, it can also helps encourage them to drink more, which is especially useful for cat owners seeing as cats often do not consume enough water which can lead to urinary tract problems and kidney damage.
The Drinkwell Pet Fountain comes packaged in a large blue and white box which gives full instructions on how to set up and maintain the fountain, aswell as details on how to do things such as replace filters, the box is recyclable but it is handy to hold on to it until you are confident you know how to do everything correctly first. Of course, contact details for the manufacturers are also printed.
*Price & Availability*
The Drinkwell seems to be the most popular pet fountain available and can be purchased in various pet shops both on and offline. There are two different sizes available- the original Drinkwell fountain for cats and small dogs and then the newer 'Big-Dog' Drinkwell fountain for larger pets.
I purchased my Drinkwell Pet Fountain, which is the larger size, from my small local pet shop for £62. The smaller size can be purchased for around twenty pounds less.
My dogs are always on the go, when in turn, means they drink a fair bit of water between them. Also they aren't the tidiest of drinkers in the world and their drinking water can get pretty manky fairly quicker, which is why drinking fountains like these are a god send, they keep everything cleaner and drier and of course, provide Grace and Benson with cleaner water for longer when I am not around to constantly change it.
Hence when Grace destroyed their old fountain, I was in a hurry to get another, I nipped straight out to the pet shop and brought the only brand they had, which was this Drinkwell Pet Fountain. Upon arriving home, after cleaning up the mess they'd made with the water bowl I'd only left them with for half an hour, I set about setting up their new fountain. It was quite a nice looking fountain- plain white with a simple design unlike the brightly coloured and unusual looked Dog-it fountain but I really wasn't bothered, if it done the job, then that's all that mattered and in fact, I preferred the basic look.
It was quite large but looked of decent quality and felt quite sturdy and heavy so the dogs wouldn't be able to move it around, the electric cable was also coated and strengthened better than the Dog-it fountain, I have a safety device on my plug socket I use for their fountain which cuts off electricity if the cable is damaged, which was why Grace thankfully wasn't frazzled when she bit through the old one, but even so, it's nice to have piece of mind that this cable is going to be a bit stronger, which in turn will hopefully increase the products lifespan. Set up was incredibly easy, full instructions were provided and it was a simple case of filling the reservoir with clean water from the tap, attaching it back onto the fountain and plugging it in. As soon as you do this water will start to trickle from the spout into the bowl at the bottom, its quite feeble dribble at first but soon settles down into a smooth, steady flow and although the motor is a little noisy at first, that too soon settles and quietens down.
Once set up and working, it looked quite nice and made a nice addition to my kitchen and wasn't as obtrusive as their old bright blue Dog-it fountain. The dogs came in for a drink and they really didn't notice anything at all different- I had initially thought there might be some problems as the Drinkwell has the bowl at the bottom which the Dog-it doesn't have and I thought they might treat it in the same way as a regular bowl but thankfully they drank from it sensibly, with Grace choosing to drink directly from the bowl and Benson lapping the water up as it trickled out of the spout.
The motor did take a couple of days to settle down and become almost silent but when it had done this, I really couldn't hear it at all and the cats were happy to drink from it too. Jet, my adult cat, has never in his life drank from a bowl, before I started using drinking fountains, he'd always drink directly from the tap but he is always quite happy to drink from the Drinkwell, before with the Dog-it he could lap it quite easily but this one does require a little more effort because it is taller and Jet needs to place his paws on the side and then lower his head down to drink. My kitten drinks from it well too, and I'm happy knowing they are both getting a good intake of water each day.
Of course, I cannot tell if the filters affect the taste but they really do remove a decent amount of hair and general gunk. They cost £5.99 for a pack of three and you are supposed to change them every month, although I tend to stretch it out nearer to six weeks and the fountain still works fine, even with the ever moulting and ever slobbering Benson about. The Drinkwell does require occasional maintenance and general cleaning but this is pretty straight forward and you should change the water in the reservoir regulary, I tend to change it every other day to make sure the water is always actually fresh for them, not just being kept fresh for longer than necessary by the fountain.
Overall, a great piece of equipment and one I couldn't be without nowadays. It is a solution to so many problems- messy canine drinkers or fussy felines, the Drinkwell caters for both and encourages animals to drink the right amount of water they need to stay healthy in a way that comes natural to them, and you know they are getting fresh, clean, filtered water inside them, which gives you confidence you are doing the best for your pets.
The Drinkwell is relatively cheap to buy and maintain, easy to clean, uses minimal energy and provides a constant supply of fresh, clean water for your pet. I can't fault it.
This fountain has been with my 2 Cats for 3 years now and has proved so useful that they can't live without. My cats are particularly fond of water drippings and Monty (the only one that can jump) will go everywhere from sink to bath tub to get me to turn on the tap for him. That's why this fountain is so useful especially for Lou that can't jump. It is important to keep them clean at all times though as their fur or other bits can easily dirty the water and if too much hair get stuck in the rotary engine, the water won't been able to come through. Changing the filter regularly does help but I have since stopped using the filter because they are quite expensive and difficult to get hold of. I find that using them without filter doesn't seem to be a problem, just need cleaning more often about twice a week. It is fairly low maintenance as you only need to top them the water everyday to a certain level. The good thing is the speed/volume adjustment meaning you have control over how big a 'water fall' you like, the more it comes out at once, the more noisy it gets. My cats are quite happy with the lowest setting and after having it for 3 years, it is still working brilliantly.
As a confirmed animal lover, my cats get everything they demand, and the little monkeys are number one in our house. I visited another cat crazy friend of mine a few weeks ago, and noticed this nifty little gadget in her front room. Her two cats were constantly coming up to it, having a few livks, and walked off looking like the cat's whiskers. That was it, my bunch just had to get a drinkwell pet fountain as well!
So I promptly went off in search of one the next morning. Now I paid £39.99 for mine, but if you have the time, shop around because you can find them for a lot cheaper, especially on on-line sites.
I quickly rushed homeith mine, and after reading the instructions, fitted it and filled it with water. Now here is the important bit....make sure you fill every bit of it with water, as I could not get mine to work initially, until I added more water, and it then started sprouting out a lovely fresh cool stream of water. The water is filtered through charcoal, so it is supposed to give your little monsters a constant stream of fresh properly hydrated water.... as long as you remember to keep filled.
I did not find this product to be as quiet as they said it would be, but it did not really bother me. The real verdict was from the masters of the house, and thye just LOVE it. I have noticed they are now much more eager to drink water, and Im sure it will hold lots of benefits for them. The only problem I have is one of my little monsters is so fascinated by the stream, he is constantly putting his foot in to play with it.....kind of defeating the idea of "clean" water!
SOME of us own strange and exotic pets, whilst others own pets with strange and exotic natures, and my cat definitely falls into that second category...
Over the past few months, going into the bathroom had become a bit of a bizarre experience. Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, upon opening the bathroom door, the cat would rush in ahead of me and leap into the bath. Once there, she would stare expectantly at me, and meow until I turned the tap on for her to drink from.
"What's wrong with the water in your bowl?" I would occasionally ask.
But she never replied.
Now this ritual began to get a bit ridiculous, as leaving the tap running for a cat is not only an environmentally unfriendly thing to do, but it's also quite costly!
It was then, that I randomly found out about the 'Drinkwell Pet Fountain' - a review of which appeared almost miraculously when I clicked the 'newest reviews' button here on Dooyoo.
After reading the informative write-up, I ordered one immediately - it cost £28 from eBay, which represents fairly good value as the product has a recommended retail price of around £40.
I waited expectantly for the product to be delivered, whilst in the back of my mind thinking that the cat would probably still want the water from the tap, but hey - I though I might as well give it a go!
When It arrived, I unpackaged the pale blue item, which looked a little like a childs potty - but with an electrical cord coming from its behind. The plastic which the pet fountain is made from is quite thin, and overall, the product feels rather flimsy.
The fountain uses a 'charcoal filter', which takes impurities out of standard tap water, and the first thing to do is to insert the filter into top of the machine. This is easy to do, and if inserted correctly, it should fit snugly into its holder. Filters aren't essential to the operation of the fountain, but are merely an optional extra. As the product comes free with a filter, I decided to use it, but thought that I wouldn't buy any more once it ran out. Obviously, if you decide to go down the filter route, the fountain's running costs will be higher - priced at £4.98 from Amazon for three, filters should be changed every six to eight weeks.
After adding the filter, it was time to fill up the fountain. To do this, water must be added to the front 'bowl' part, and then topped up in the housing where the filter sits.
So the moment of truth had arrived - the big switch on.
The cat was in the room, nervously circling the new 'toy' which she was staring at as if it was a lethal weapon waiting to ensnare her.
I flipped the switch - and a gurgling sound suggested that the item was working - but there was no water flow. I added more water, and sure enough... we had a fountain. A switch located just above the bowl part of the product controls the flow, which ranges from a slow trickle, to... well... a faster trickle.
The fountain in full operation is fairly quiet, making a soft chugging noise. It's probably the same volume as the pump of a fishtank, so it certainly isn't a loud din.
It took around half an hour for the cat to pluck up the courage to come and have a sniff around. At first she was prodding and pawing at the flow of water, but soon realised it was safe to drink.
Since that time (which happens to be around a week and a half ago), she has been using the product every day, and has stopped following me into the bathroom.
...one Satisfied Cat.
It's important to change the water in the fountain each morning, and I also recommend using a circuit- breaker on the plug socket - as water and electricity can be a dangerous mix! Having said that, the mains lead is around one and a half metres in length, so you can put the unit fairly far away from the wall socket.
The Drinkwell Pet Fountain should be cleaned every two weeks. The cleaning process is fairly easy, and is done by turning the product upside-down and removing the motor. The 'impellor' can also be taken out and cleaned with a cotton wool bud, and detailed cleaning instructions can be found at www.petfountain.com.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this product to anyone who has a cat adiicted to drinking from the tap. The fountain was designed by a vet - Dr. M. Burns, whose cat was also harassing it's owner for water.
It is fairly expensive, for what is essentially a fancy water bowl, but think about the water you will be saving if your cat has been craving running tap-water! You'll also not have to replace the water in the fountain as regularly as your cats standard bowl water, as the flowing process aerates the water, keeping it fresher for longer.
In summary, the Pet Fountain:
- Runs on standard mains, with a UK 3-pin plug fitted.
- Is suitable for 2 or 3 cats or one small dog.
- has an additional water reservoir which can be purchased to boost the water capacity up to 3.5 litres.
Overall, Drinkwell have created an excellent and cleverly designed fountain. It is however, important to remember that cats have unique personalities, and some will dislike this product - luckily mine loves it!
The Drinkwell Fountain is something my cats adore and if you have a cat I would urge you to consider treating your moggie to one of these as they are much loved by felines and are very good for their health.
I first purchased mine a few years ago for one of my Persian cats who was in renal failure, and he had to drink a lot each day to flush out the toxins. It was then that I noticed all my cats were in the queue for the fountain and my era for owning one began.
The fountain was actually the brainchild of an American lady vet who first invented it for her own cat Buckwheat in 1994 who had a passion for drinking from running taps!
My cats certainly do and love the kitchen tap and were always waiting there for water.
This invention means they can have the running tap all day long with no need to be anywhere near a water source. All you need is a plug as it is constantly filtering its own water after topping it up.
Cats love the taste of the water which has more oxygen due to the fact it is running all the time. It is really good for them as it is encourages them to drink more fluids which helps their renal systems. This is really important for Persians who can have problems with urinary stones.
The cost of the fountain is varied but a search today found Pet Planet selling it for £33.99. There is also the additional cost of replacement filters which are £6.52 for two which last about a month depending on whether you have hard water. At the time of purchase it is also a good idea to buy a cleaning kit which is a further £10.
Recently they have marketed a top up reservoir which is £18 but not really necessary as we top ours up each day from the tap.
Any disadvantages? Well only one I would say which is related to cleaning. It does go mouldy if you leave it in sunlight rather like a fish pond does so keep away from windows and direct sunlight. If you live in a hard water area it is likely to be a lot more work to clean so you will need to do this more often.
Finally if you have a dog they will love it too but dogs don't have the delicate natures of cats so will gobble it down quickly so it will need topping up more often!
Last of all look on Ebay I bought my first one from there. They are a bit like foot spas- you know you buy one for Christmas and it sits in the cupboard. For some people this is the case so a cat lover can snap up the opportunity to purchase one cheaply.
In conclusion I would say its a fantastic product and loved by cats everywhere. Sometimes it seems buying things for cats is a waste of money. I used to buy beds for mine and then worked out they preferred mine! This isn't one of those purchases you will regret and they are actually great for their health especially now so many of them eat dry food.
The Drinkwell® Original Pet Fountain was created in the garage of inventor and Veterinarian, Dr. Mary Burns in 1995 after her cat, "Buckwheat" was repeatedly found on the counter top drinking from the kitchen tap. Dr Burns recognized her cat's natural attraction to free flowing water and ultimately the idea for the Drinkwell's unique design was born.
The Drinkwell Pet Fountain has many unique features including an adjustable flow rate, convenient side carrying handles and it completely disassembles for cleaning. Drinking more water can help your cat or dog's health, and has been shown to reduce urinary disease in cats. The Drinkwell is suitable for cats and dogs. The water capacity is 50 fluid ounces. By using a 5 inch falling stream to break the surface tension of the water, the Drinkwell Pet Fountain continually aerates the water to keep it oxygenated. Aerated water tastes fresher and you can even see it working as tiny bubbles appear in the water. A charcoal filter removes bad tastes and odours giving the pet the best possible and most appealing way to stay hydrated. Replacement filters are available in a three pack and the filter should be changed every two to four weeks.
The fountain is mains powered, but has a very long lead which means you can place it almost anywhere. Dimensions are 11.25" Long, 9.25" Wide, 7" High, so it is not a great eyesore in your home.
The trickle of the water isn't noisy at all, and the motor that powers it is very quiet, unlike some pet water fountains.
While most people are aware of the human benefits of drinking enough water each day, many overlook the intake needs of their pets. Water is an essential element for both humans and pets alike, yet getting enough can be challenging especially for our furry friends that prefer free-falling water to stagnant water in a traditional bowl.
As you may be aware I have two Bengal cats called Dylan and Monty. I was told that it is best to keep them on bottled or filtered water as they can easily get upset tums. I looked into other water fountains for pets, and did indeed try them, however my cats really like the stream that comes from a tap. Unfortunately the water fountain I tried (The Cat-it) didn't have this, and my cats refused to go near it.
When I moved my cats onto a more biscuit based diet, my vet reiterated the need for the boys to have access to a good source of water, otherwise they can become quite dehydrated. I asked her what she thought I could try, as Dylan still insisted on standing on the side of the bath yowling his head off for the tap. She mentioned the Drinkwell fountain and told me I should be able to find it online.
Sure enough when I got home I did a search and lots of online shops had it in stock. I ordered it from a website and when it arrived I was slightly apprehensive. The boys actually seemed more interest in the box it came in then the actual fountain. However, shortly after switching it on they were both lapping at the stream. They loved it. It is like having their own personal tap that is constantly on!
I have had the fountain for over 6 months now and I have to say it is fantastic. The fountain is not noisy at all, which is another problem I found with a previous water fountain. The only times it does get a tad loud is when the water is running out, but if you top it up every day it wont get to that point. I change the filters every 3 weeks, and at £3.50 (roughly) for a pack of 3, it's a complete bargain.
Cleaning the fountain is really easy as well. It all comes apart and you can clean all of the nooks and crevices to really make sure your cats are getting fresh clean water.
The fountain itself was £34.99 but I do suggest shopping around as there are some great deals out there.
This fountain gives me peace of mind not only because I know my cats are getting fresh and clean water, but I also know that they are more likely to drink from this fountain and therefore stay healthy, even when I am not there.
Completely recommended for all of you pet owners!
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