|I used this with my cat for quite a while. It worked well, and the motor was nice and quiet. My only issue was with the well water here - it has lots of lime in it, so we went through filters pretty quickly, and plastic got kind of "chalky" feeling in pretty short order. That's why we're back to stainless steel bowls - they clean more easily.|
If you do get a fountain, be sure you are diligent about changing the filters. And do yourself a big favor - buy the cleaning brushes that go with it. I would give it a really thorough tear-down and scrub-down every time I changed the filters, and having the brushes that fit it just perfectly made a big difference in keeping it clean.
|I've had two for the cats and when they work, they work great. But, IMO, the motors don't last long enough for you pay for them.|
|I must be the only one who just turns on a sink when the cat starts whining, lol. He likes to drink from the faucet. Otherwise, he just drinks out of the stainless dog bowls, lmao. Maybe if he was a nicer cat I'd get him something cool, but he hates everyone.|
|We have the same problem as Diane. Even with a water softener, the lime builds up just enough to notice. I'm on the look out for either a nice stainless steel or ceramic fountain for our cats.|
The dogs like their big refillable bottle bowl. When it gets emptied out, like daily, they like to kick it around to let me know it's empty.
|Roz, we had one cat that would race into the shower when Jen and I were done because he knew if he tapped on the shower diversion handle, a small amount of water would come out of the faucet. He'd stand there for a good ten minutes drinking from the faucet, tapping the whole time. That Max was sharp!|
|Roz, that's exactly what I do! But my cat's nice. He just really likes fresh water.|
|Seems everyone who does use one, uses for cats. This was for my dogs. I have several water bowls around the house and I change the water at least three times a day...Thought this water filter system would keep me from doing that...|
|We didn't use it for the dogs because with our two, I'd be filling it several time each time they come inside - the capacity isn't big enough. At least it wasn't until we found that they company makes what essentially is a piggy-back water container that adds probably a couple quarts to the capacity. The water bowl we have for the dogs is one with like a two gallon water bottle ( http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11888867 ) that auto fills it. We still need to refill it daily...|
|We have a plain gravity fountain and a big ceramic bowl for ours - the dogs and Tipup the cat all share. Tipup thinks he's a dog, so it's apparently a non-issue that he doesn't have a proper cat fountain|
|This is the one I was considering. Has a two gallon capacity. We have just a plain bowl with the large 5 gallon refill but it gets dirty before it's empty. |
http://www.amazon.com/Drinkwell-DOGW-RE ... g+fountain
|We have been thinking about getting a fountain for our cat because of a comment made my a vet we used to see years ago. Our cat wasn't drinking enough water and ended up getting sick. Apparently it is against cats instincts to drink stagnant water. My cat will usually only drink from the dogs bowl or the faucet, apparently the dogs "test" the water for him. The cat will sit next to the empty dog bowl and meow for water even if his bowl is full. His bowl is cleaner as it is out of sheepie's reach (sheepie dunks his whole face in the bowl and occasionally tries to swim in the bowl; consequently all of the dirt from his beard and feet end up in the water bowl)I have 2 bearded dogs, the bowl gets cleaned out several times a day but is still nowhere near as clean as the cats bowl. Somehow the cat still prefers the dog bowl to his own. My guess is because it is filled and switched out often. Would have to keep pet water fountain out of the dogs reach as it would be SO dirty... Would be handy for times when the cat is home alone though.|
http://www.wayofcats.com/blog/cats-have ... needs/5449 -a friend sent me this link a while back.
they like to kick it around to let me know it's empty.
Kick it around... lucky. We get BARK! BARK! BARK! to let us know the bowl is empty. Then we fill and it she walks away without talking a drink, EVERYTIME.
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