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 Post subject: Cat water fountains
PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:08 am 
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Does anyone have one of these types of things?
I want to get one for the cats but I'd like to hear about other people's experiences first. Did you cat love it or ignore it? Pros/cons?

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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my experience is that cats main water drinking motivation is drinking water that is not theirs. I think cats are usually into these things at first until they realize that you bought it for them and then they immediately go back to only drinking from your bedside water cup or licking the water from the tub after you get out of the shower.

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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I don't have one, but my cats' foster mom (before I adopted them) had one and they adored it. So much that I have to add water to their dry food because they barely touch their normal water bowls.

Things to look out for: they can be noisy, and if they aren't cleaned frequently, they can get moldy! Read the shiitake out of their Amazon reviews before you pick one.

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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so true! Tristan drinks almost exclusively from my glasses of water. Gershwin had a full urinal tract blockage a few years ago and still isn't much of a water drinker, he drinks maybe once a day. I feel I need to get him drinking more, as I'm pretty sure the moisture he gets from wet food isn't enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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Mine have a Drinkwell fountain (not the neat one in the picture, that just looks too big for the cat food tray) and they like it a lot. They also have a bowl of standing water. They drink them both.

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I used to have a Drinkwell, but I got sick of cleaning all the build-up off of it. Now I just got a big ceramic one from Petsmart, which so far I like better. My kitties will drink out of both fountain and standing bowls, but one or two of them adore fountains. I second the reccomendation to read reviews because they will tell you how much of a hassle it was to clean the fountain.


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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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I used to have a Drinkwell, but I got sick of cleaning all the build-up off of it. Now I just got a big ceramic one from Petsmart, which so far I like better. My kitties will drink out of both fountain and standing bowls, but one or two of them adore fountains. I second the reccomendation to read reviews because they will tell you how much of a hassle it was to clean the fountain.


I take mine apart and run it through the dishwasher. :X

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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I want one but I know it wouldn't get cleaned often enough.

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I had a Drinkwell, and it was hard to clean, plus I worried about degrading plastic. I got a Glacier Point pet fountain, the basic model, and my cat really likes it. You can speak directly to the owner and the entire thing is food-grade. It was expensive but I think a good investment, because my cat drinks two to three times more water when she uses a fountain.

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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My cats have their own waterglass in the kitchen under the kitchen table (where we won't accidentally knock it over). They drink more often out of the glass than they do out of a bowl, and now they leave our cups alone.


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mollyjade wrote:
My cats have their own waterglass in the kitchen under the kitchen table (where we won't accidentally knock it over). They drink more often out of the glass than they do out of a bowl, and now they leave our cups alone.


i do this, too! she has one in the living room, one in the kitchen, and one on the windowsill next to my bed. it doesn't keep her from heading straight for my water glass, though.

someone gave my mom a decorative water fountain once, and she set it up in the living room. she thought it was so cute that the cats got all excited about drinking out of it, and then one of them developed a horrible bladder infection. i know that fountain wasn't meant for drinking and wasn't cleaned or maintained in a way that might have made drinking from it safe, but i'm still scared of all of them now.

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:54 pm 
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I ended up getting the Whisker City one, as it was the least expensive and it comes apart for "easy cleaning" - we'll see just how easy it really is.

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So far the cats have been loving it! My older kitty with blockage issues has actually been drinking water, which I so rarely have seen! It's definitely a good thing so far.

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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mollyjade wrote:
My cats have their own waterglass in the kitchen under the kitchen table (where we won't accidentally knock it over). They drink more often out of the glass than they do out of a bowl, and now they leave our cups alone.


i do this, too! she has one in the living room, one in the kitchen, and one on the windowsill next to my bed. it doesn't keep her from heading straight for my water glass, though.

It helps that they're not allowed on the kitchen table, counters, or the coffee table, the places where our glasses are most often.


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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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mollyjade wrote:
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mollyjade wrote:
My cats have their own waterglass in the kitchen under the kitchen table (where we won't accidentally knock it over). They drink more often out of the glass than they do out of a bowl, and now they leave our cups alone.


i do this, too! she has one in the living room, one in the kitchen, and one on the windowsill next to my bed. it doesn't keep her from heading straight for my water glass, though.

It helps that they're not allowed on the kitchen table, counters, or the coffee table, the places where our glasses are most often.


i don't have a kitchen table, counter, or coffee table (tiny nyc apartment). she'll get up in my lap and try to get into the glass as i'm raising it to my mouth. she is bratty (and thirsty, i guess).

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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Day 2 and the kitties are still diggin' the fountain. Both are sucking back water like it's going out of style.

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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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Damn, got my kitties one and they could not give less of a shiitake.

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IsaChandra wrote:
Damn, got my kitties one and they could not give less of a shiitake.

Don't know how long you've had it for, but I remember when we got ours, it took a couple of weeks before they started to drink out of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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I just got the Drinkwell original and I ordered the cat grass accessory. It says it's dishwasher safe, so I hope that's gonna keep it clean enough.

Anyway, so Riley the cat loves it. And he hasn't barged into the bathroom and demanded I turn on the tub faucet all day.

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My drinkwell was finally shitting the bed, so I replaced it with this!
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The PIONEER PET 6022 CERAMIC DRINKING FOUNTAIN! (Raindrop Design)

Wow I love this so much more than the Drinkwell. There are less parts, it cleans up so much easier, and when it's running low it doesn't make an awful noise! The cats were afraid of it for a day or so, now they're cool with it!

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I ended up getting a ceramic one in January. I agree - it is so much easier to clean than the Drinkwell.


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 Post subject: Re: Cat water fountains
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I ended up taking back the one I got because it leaked all over the place. Every review online says the same thing about the one I got (Whiskers City), so obviously there is some design flaw. It wrecked our wood floor!

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I'm really happy with the Glacier Point ceramic bowl fountain. I just ordered a bunch of replacement filters and they sent me a kitty paw mug for free. It isn't beautiful, but I think it's the best one I've found.


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I have a petmate deluxe fountain and I think it's pretty easy to clean. I also think both my cat and dog are drinking more water since I bought it a few years ago.

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My kitty loves it! It's kind of bottom of the line one but she was once a street cat so it ain't no thang.


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My drinkwell was finally shitting the bed, so I replaced it with this!
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The PIONEER PET 6022 CERAMIC DRINKING FOUNTAIN! (Raindrop Design)

Wow I love this so much more than the Drinkwell. There are less parts, it cleans up so much easier, and when it's running low it doesn't make an awful noise! The cats were afraid of it for a day or so, now they're cool with it!

I know this is old, but I just want to say that I bought this fountain and it was awesome until one of my cats figured out how to move the top piece so that the water ran directly on to the floor.

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