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#1 sums

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:19 PM

is there a better brand than others? a good place to buy?

#2 TEO

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:30 PM

I purchased a Drinkwell brand Original model from Amazon after reading customer reviews - several years ago.
Works good, has filters that require periodic changing, not difficult, but an ongoing small expense.

#3 TEO

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:37 PM

Note: the model I purchased has an approx 50 oz reservoir.

Edited by TEO, 21 January 2011 - 07:04 PM.


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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:51 PM

I heard they get very dirty quick, though. Can anybody confirm/deny this?

I always wanted to get one for Tuna. He loves sitting on the counter in the bathroom when I am getting ready for work in the morning. He is just waiting with anticipation for me to brush my teeth and turn the sink on. :funny1:

#5 TEO

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:06 PM

A once every month or two thorough cleaning would probably be about right, based on a friend with two cats.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:08 PM

so amazon has the drinkwell plus the filters plus the little cleaning kit. is the cleaning kit necessary? or can i just use a toothbrush and a scrubbie sponge?

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:42 PM

so amazon has the drinkwell plus the filters plus the little cleaning kit. is the cleaning kit necessary? or can i just use a toothbrush and a scrubbie sponge?



Cleaning kit is convenient, I'd probably opt for a bottle brush kinda thing over a tooth brush, but I'm not fond of cleaning.

#8 sums

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:57 PM

it's not that expensive, like 7 or 8 bucks. i don't have a bottle brush so i might spring for it.

(i was just listing cleaning supplies i do have :funny1: )

#9 Janine H

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:41 PM

Has anyone tried this yet? Pros, cons?
I know its a bit more pricey than other products but they way they explain it, it lasts twice as long as others and is better for the environment.:smile:

http://i14.photobuck...ms/a343/j9ddcny
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http://www.desertssand.com/

They sell it at my local grocery store. Think I'm gonna try it. :dunno:

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:48 PM

Oops, that was supposed to be a new thread :funny1: :titiping:

And the picture didnt work:rolleyes:

#11 TEO

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 10:59 PM

Haven't seen it yet, would try.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 01:23 AM

I've used a Petmate Fresh Flow for years.
http://www.amazon.co...95658393&sr=8-8

The cats definitely drink more with it than from a bowl. I prefer this to the Drinkwell (which I tried first) because the Petmate water flows down a ramp instead of free-falls so it's significantly quieter. Definitely get the 108 oz version. With 2 cats, I need to fill it up every 3 - 4 days. The 50 oz version you'll be filling every day or two and that gets old.

I clean mine every 3 - 4 weeks. One important cleaning tip is to make sure you snap the cover off the pump and clean the intake grate of cat hair and grime that will surely get trapped there. If you do that every time you clean it, the pump will last for years. There's some tight corners and raised plastic tabs in the base that are kind of a pain to clean, but not ridiculously so. I normally just immerse all the parts in the sink with hot water and some dish soap or oxy clean and let everything soak for a while, then take a sponge and toothbrush to it, then rinse well. Not a big deal to do once a month.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 04:04 AM

I've used a Petmate Fresh Flow for years.
http://www.amazon.co...95658393&sr=8-8

The cats definitely drink more with it than from a bowl. I prefer this to the Drinkwell (which I tried first) because the Petmate water flows down a ramp instead of free-falls so it's significantly quieter. Definitely get the 108 oz version. With 2 cats, I need to fill it up every 3 - 4 days. The 50 oz version you'll be filling every day or two and that gets old.

I clean mine every 3 - 4 weeks. One important cleaning tip is to make sure you snap the cover off the pump and clean the intake grate of cat hair and grime that will surely get trapped there. If you do that every time you clean it, the pump will last for years. There's some tight corners and raised plastic tabs in the base that are kind of a pain to clean, but not ridiculously so. I normally just immerse all the parts in the sink with hot water and some dish soap or oxy clean and let everything soak for a while, then take a sponge and toothbrush to it, then rinse well. Not a big deal to do once a month.

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this.

#14 Rayzeeday

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 05:21 AM

just got one about a month ago at wal-mart for $32.00. We have to clean it every eight or so days, with wo cats and two ferrets using it funk happens.:Phishfolk:

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:05 AM

We got ours at the local animal shelter thrift store for $20 and the cats LOVE it!
They used to drive me nuts (like you Georgie) waiting on the sink for fresh flow of water....

Sums, we clean it once every 3 weeks or so (if you keep it out of the sun, if it's in the sun you have to clean more) and it only takes 5 minutes tops to clean. It has a charcoal filter in a cotton bag which you rinse out for a period of time and then put a new one in.

I highly recommend it and so do our kittehs. :)

The brand we have is Petmate Freshflow

#16 sums

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 03:27 PM

wow, this has been really helpful you guys, thanks! forest and i are going to petco this afternoon to see what they have. the petmate is available on their website so i hope they have one in the store. definitely going for the 108oz. since i haz 3 kittehs and you never know when another one is going to come live with us ;)

#17 vinandtonic

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:10 PM

I heard they get very dirty quick, though. Can anybody confirm/deny this?

I always wanted to get one for Tuna. He loves sitting on the counter in the bathroom when I am getting ready for work in the morning. He is just waiting with anticipation for me to brush my teeth and turn the sink on. :funny1:


we had a drinkwell for a while..but it just kept getting funky. I would clean it every 2 weeks, taking apart the entire thing, including the pump housing, and it was still funky. I didn't want my cats drinking that, so we switched back to regular water bowls.

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 12:37 PM

i have the petmate deluxe and try to take it apart to clean it every 1-2 weeks. i have water delivery in those big 5 gallon jugs so i don't use the filters. when you clean it make sure you take it right apart and get the fur off the battery intake. keeping the intake clear will help the motor live longer.

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 03:52 PM

i have the petmate deluxe and try to take it apart to clean it every 1-2 weeks. i have water delivery in those big 5 gallon jugs so i don't use the filters. when you clean it make sure you take it right apart and get the fur off the battery intake. keeping the intake clear will help the motor live longer.



JP just spent 20 minutes doing this!

#20 sums

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 04:47 PM

so... if you put already filtered water in it, you don't need to buy filters?

(did not make it to petco yesterday. might go this morning if i can get motivated to get dressed ;) )

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 09:15 PM

If you use the filters, even with filtered water, it will probably cut down on the funk and you'll have to clean it a little less often. You can definitely run it with out them, though.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 05:14 PM

We use filters with filtered water.... it never occured to me not to use the filter!

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:11 PM

I don't mind Tuna brushing his teeth with me. :funny1:

#24 nancykind

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 08:54 PM

i clean it often enough and use "good" water, so that i personally don't feel the need for the filters. if i used tap water - which i could never do because ours is horrible - then i'd probably use the filters, too. i've never tried to filter our tap water - 'cause it is truly THAT bad - so i can't speak for filtered water but i imagine it's on par with the delivered water that's been purified. it would all come down to how you feel about your filtered tap water and how often you clean it.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:09 AM

i have a multi pure filter for my tap. it's a really expensive/good filter system so i think i can probably pass on the fountains filters.

i went to petco and there was no discount on the petmate brands so it looks like i'm going to order it online :thup:

#26 sums

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 04:04 PM

with the shipping and handling from petco.com it's almost the same price as if i just go buy it in the store. which i think is on the agenda for today :)

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:20 PM

some coupons.... the 15% off one expires today. wish i'd thought to check this site yesterday! :plain:

http://www.freeshipp...g/search/petco/

#28 sums

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 11:46 PM

oops! too late ;)

yesterday there was one that was free shipping on $65 or more so i started putting stuff in my online cart. everything else i wanted (save for one thing) was exempt from that offer :rolleyes:

the new fountain is put together and running :thup: it's so quiet! floyd loves it, luna is ok with it, she liked it better before i plugged it in, and tiger is a little sketched out by it :lol:

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 11:50 PM

haven't heard 'sketched out' as a reaction before, i don't think! :lol:

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 12:07 AM

I'm sure they'll all end up loving it :smile: My glutinous cat, Cassady, is ridiculous with it some nights. He'll sit there for what seems like a very long time. The fountain is quiet, but all I can hear is "lap, lap, lap... lap, lap, lap... lap, lap, lap... ... ... ...." It's within earshot of my bed, so eventually I'm all: "Enough already!" :lol:

#31 sums

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 12:55 AM

nancy, you've never met my tiger ;) "sketched out" is a perfect way to describe his reaction sometimes! :lol:

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 12:55 AM

sean, i put it on the other side of the house ;)

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 01:15 PM

moving water should be instinctual for them. do keep us posted! :funny1:

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 06:07 PM

after i got the whole thing assembled and plugged in i read some more of the instructions (looking for warranty info) and it says you shouldn't plug it in, just put it by their existing water dish for like a week until they get used to it. that was this morning. oh well :lol:

#35 TEO

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 12:55 AM

Oh please, who has the patience for that?

#36 sums

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 02:04 AM

said the aries to the aries :coffee:

#37 nancykind

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 02:03 AM

oops! i never did that.

#38 Karen

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 06:57 PM

I never did that either. Just assembled it, filled it and the cats were all over it!

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 07:32 PM

forest raised a good point about the charcoal filters; even though we are using filtered water, the water recirculates through the fountain and picks up outside debris. smaht boy! :thup:

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:13 PM

It's surprising how quiet they are, right? I've found that if you can hear anything at all, it needs to be filled or cleaned.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 10:09 PM

yes when it starts making noise, it needs more water. i clean out the little plastic screen thing every few days and did the 1st big cleaning and replaced the filter after a month.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 09:58 PM

So now over the last couple of weeks black mold (or what looks like it anyway) has been developing in the fountain. IN the water. Not at all sure why. All I can think of is two things:

1. Change to summer - more sunlight and more mold spores?
2. Discontinued using the filter. This was just fine for the past few months (cleaning when it got visibly dirty), but now mold. We're going to start using the filter again and see what happens.

Anyone else run into this?

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 11:56 PM

Never had block mold, but I do find that it needs more cleaning, more often in the summer. I tend to soak everything in hot water in the sink with some Oxy Clean (basically peroxide) to "bleach" it, clean all the cracks and crevices with a brush, and then just make sure I really rinse everything well to remove any residue.

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 06:56 PM

no mold in mine. i also have been cleaning it more often though. in the warmer weather the cats go in and out a lot and the fountain is close to the back door.

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 02:12 AM

The good thing about it for us is it broke Desmond of splashing water on the floor. But after about three months they prefer a plain water dish again. Invaluable to break Desi of his habits and its always here to use again.:wink:

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 03:22 PM

So now over the last couple of weeks black mold (or what looks like it anyway) has been developing in the fountain. IN the water. Not at all sure why. All I can think of is two things:

1. Change to summer - more sunlight and more mold spores?
2. Discontinued using the filter. This was just fine for the past few months (cleaning when it got visibly dirty), but now mold. We're going to start using the filter again and see what happens.

Anyone else run into this?


that's why we stopped using ours. we cleaned it thoroughly every week and just couldn't get rid of the black funk.

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 05:42 PM

yikes, never had black funk. i might do a diluted bleach cleaning/soaking (there's probably directions on the bottle that you could go by) but also might just go get a new one. i use bottled water, not tap 'cause our tap water is awful. i wonder if that has anything to do with my lack of black funk

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 02:44 PM

i used filtered water from my high end water filter AND the filters for the fountain and no black funk for me so maybe that does have something to do with it...? :dunno:

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:39 PM

We have a water cooler thingie, and fill the bottles from the purifier at the store. So it's not tap water, which is good. The kittehs seem to prefer the filtered water, as they are princesses.

I like the bleach/oxy clean idea. Guess you have to be REALLY sure it's rinsed thoroughly.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 10:52 PM

i tried the drinkwell fountain, and Kisa hated it. She also waits at the faucet for a drink, so I don't know why. We gave it away before we brought Jasper home, so I don't know if he'd like it our not. Too much work anyway.

Both of our kitties prefer to drink out of cups over bowls. But they're weird.