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Drinkwell Platinum

A pet fountain featuring a free-falling stream of water

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Irresistible Fresh Flowing Water for Pets + Easy Maintenance for Humans - I'm Sold!

  • Aug 4, 2009
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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 Ollie’s first day with the Drinkwell Platinum Pet 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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July 30, 2011
Sounds like a good purchase for traveling families .
January 26, 2010
Very cute video! I guess he doesn't mind getting wet?
September 03, 2009
My cat Fred is obsessed with watertoo. He's got to be there when I'm washing dished, brushing my teeth or whatever. We also had a cat back in the 80s named Cassie Cat who loved to just watch it flow. She wouldn't try to drink or anything, she's just bat at it with her paws. Eventually she learned to turn on the kitchen faucet so she could amuse herself. My daughters cat's both like to get in the shower whenever anyone hits it, but that's the extent of their interest in it. Shortly after I was married I adopted the sweetest little Black cat named Aretha who went everywhere I did. One day she was sitting on the edge of the tub while I was taking a batch and she slipped in. She freaked and used me as her fire escape, but the next time she dived in voluntarily and paadled around for awhile. This time she was nicer about how she got out--she swam up and let me lift her out. Good thing she wasn't really a long haired cat! Lots of cats like water when they can have it on their own terms. If anyone is interested, I wrote a very long piece on my cat Twiggy who was quite a character herself. I think we couldn't have toilet trained her but no one thought about thingsdlinke that back in the early 70s. Guess it's all for thes best though because Cassie Cat probably would have learned how to flush and then we really would have had a problem!
August 05, 2009
Wow, I didn't realize that feline amenities had gotten so high tech.  It's awesome that Oliver can just sit in the sink like that with the water running.  I thought cats were afraid of water!  And ditto to what @EcoMama said!  :)
August 05, 2009
If you think this is high tech, wait till you see my review on The litter robot...that thing is a magical genie :) Oliver is a weirdo though - he's not afraid of water. He'll even shower with me if I hold him in my arms, I guess the little guy trusts me!
August 05, 2009
Awwww, that's awesome that he'll let you shower with him. It's like killing two birds with one stone! And somebody needs to review that litter robot STAT!
August 05, 2009
What a cute kitty!!! Love the videos, adds a nice touch to your review. You must have spent a lot of time on it!
August 05, 2009
Thanks Anastasia!! I'm obsessed with the video feature on my digital camera because it's super easy to work and actually produces pretty good quality. I thought the videos would be a nice touch to show the before and after of Oliver's obsession with water, which has slowly subsided thanks to this new toy :)
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LisaLisa's review did an excellent job of highlighting the pros and cons of the Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain.        I was given one of these pet fountains a couple of years ago by a friend with a passel of cats (10).  I could never get past the concept of plugging in an electrical appliance, filling it with water, then having three cats splashing around in it!  All I could imagine was the poor babies getting electrocuted.  So, the thing was donated to …
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Inspired by her two rescued kitties Maxwell & Oliver, Lisa has spent the last 5 years devoted to animal welfare; volunteering for LA based animal rescue organizations, fostering dogs & cats in … more
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The Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is the ultimate in style and design. The Platinum utilizes the same innovative watering system as other Drinkwell Pet Fountains, featuring the patented free-falling stream of water. This entices pets to drink more, keeping them happy, healthy and hydrated. The Platinum features a new snap-on lid to prevent accidental removal, a pre-filter to catch any large particles before they reach the motor, and a submersible pump for nearly silent operation. With the same quality that consumers have come to rely on, the Drinkwell Platinum is a culmination of 10 years experience in making pet fountains.
  • Innovative watering system features patented 5-inch free-falling water stream
  • Holds 168 fluid ounces of water
  • Keeps your pet off counters and out of sinks and toilets
  • Includes reservoir, replaceable charcoal filter, snap-on lid, pre-filter, and submersible pump
  • 1-year manufacturer's warranty
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