My cat Oliver LOVES water! Although it’s not surprising, as cats instinctually need more water than they are offered in most households. Because cat’s in the wild receive most of their water intake from freshly killed prey, eating dry food in the home does not satisfy their water needs. So, although domestic cats will get some of their water needs from food, especially if they receive canned wet food, it’s important for fresh water to always be available. I've found the Drinkwell Platinum to be the perfect way to supply fresh water to my kitties..
When I'd wash my dishes, Ollie was there, attempting to dive into the flowing water…
When I'd brush my teeth, he was right beside me, patiently waiting to venture into the sink..
Even when I would water the plants, Ollie and I were side by side, as he drooled over the fresh yummy water dripping from the watering pot
He would do anything to be near fresh flowing water, jumping to any location at the first sound of a drip, and no matter how much he drank, he always wanted more. So, after quite a bit of researching pet fountains, I decided on the Drink well Platinum. Although the fountain was a bit more expensive than other brands, I didn’t want to waste time and money on a lower quality product.
Here's Ollie waist deep in the bathroom sink before the Drinkwell Fountain…
Here’s what I like about it:
· The abundance of fresh, clean water lasts at least a week with 2 cats.
· The noise level is minimal at the setting I have my drinkwell on, I can hardly hear a thing besides the slightest little hum.
· The product can be cleaned by hand in under 3 minutes, I do it at least once a week. It’s simple, BUT you must not forget to clean it, or the plastic will get slimy!!
· Another cool feature is that it comes with a little debris trap which will catch anything like cat hair before pumping the water through.
· As far as durability, so far so good. I’ve read a few complaints about the product not working after a year. I’m two months in and hopefully many more…
· Although it’s great that the water reservoir is fairly large, you need to be cautious of it running out of water, as it will cause the motor to die. I can’t see this being a big issue for cat owners, but more so for dogs.
· The instructions mention that the filter is optional, so I’ve chosen not to use it for the time being. I fill it with fresh spring water each week, save a few bucks and refresh it as needed. It’s one less piece to clean and replace.
· The price was right… I purchased it on the low end, at $41 but I’ve seen it as high as $62… wait until Amazon lowers the price and then ORDER! :)
Here’s what I don’t love about it:
· As any vet will tell you, stainless steel is a much better drinking material for pets, and the drinkwell is plastic. Some say it can be an allergic reaction and other say plastic tends to harbor bacteria, but whatever the case may be, plastic bowls can often cause acne in cats. Luckily, no problems with my kitties… Perhaps the next edition can be the Drinkwell Platinum “Stainless Deluxe”?!
· On the design flaw side – no matter how careful you are, after refilling the reservoir, water usually drips out of it when you flip it back over onto the fountain. Again, not a big deal, but something to note…
· Lastly, the top of the fountain cover used to pop off when Ollie would stick his nose deep in to see where the water was flowing from , so we’ve had to tape it down
I’m not sure that Ollie will ever stop jumping at thechance of fresh sink water, but I think it’s a great product and I’m extremely happy with my purchase. Although I’d recommend it more for cats, all of my doggie visitors big and small, have loved it equally.
Ollie still keeps me company up at the sink every now and then, but thanks to the continuous fresh flowing water of the drinkwell, his mad dashes to the sink 24/7 have subsided :) :)
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