Cat Mate Pet Fountain
Well designed and built cat fountain.
Well thought out design and great value for the cost. Made from thick molded plastic, should last indefinitely with a little care. The only real question is about the longevity of the pump which is under a 1 year warranty provided you register at the maker's web site. The included small 12v DC pump is easily clipped to the spout, but the clip and spout together are designed specifically for the included pump. Not completely silent, has a very slight hum because of the pump's direct contact to the spout. Planning ahead for the pump to eventually fail, exact replacements are not readily apparent on the web and alternatives will require simple mods that may include the addition of a short flexible hose from a different pump to the fountain spout. Comes with a single rectangular filter in a snap-together plastic housing that can be disassembled and cleaned. Filter has sparse charcoal pellets that can be easily discarded and may be considered unnecessary in the first place. Easy to clean, all parts submersible in water except for the plug on the short pump cord that connects to the wall wart plug. Probably should consider getting a small kit of bottle brushes to aid in cleaning areas such as the fountain spout and a few other small or tight places in the molding.
My cat has been drinking from a water bowl for 13 years and I recently decided to try to get him drinking more for his health. Offering both the bowl and fountain, he took to the fountain in less than a week using the bowl section and second tier, but he's never been particularly finicky about changes with a little time allowed to adjust. Chewy's price is the best I found on the web. IMO highly recommended to all indoor cat owners if you don't mind regularly cleaning it.
October 1, 2014
Love this fountain!
I've had this cat fountain for almost a year now and our kitties adore it. I tried two other similar products before this, which didn't work out due to water splashing or being too loud. This fountain is completely quiet. We keep it in our dining room and cannot hear it even while sitting at the table. It never splashes and our two cats enjoy drinking from different levels.
One thing to note - regular cleaning of the pump is a must. Hair, lint and food crumbs can get trapped in the pump, which can cause it to break (discovered this through extensive review reading). If cleaned the pump is rinsed and cleaned at least once a week you should have no problems!
September 20, 2014
this is truly a very good product. It is super quiet(you can't even hear it) and the cat loves it. At first Boots was a little shy , he backed away when I turned it on, but after a day or so he is drinking more than his old stationary waterer.
August 7, 2014
My two cats, male and female, took to this fountain immediately. They drink from all parts of the fountain: waterfalls as well as pools. I've walked into the room and found them staring at it as if mesmerized. They can use it at the same time without getting in each others way. It cleans easily and runs silently. I've had mine for over six months and have experienced no problems with it.
July 19, 2014
I replaced a drinkwell fountain that had gotten really loud, despite taking it all apart and thoroughly cleaning it and running vinegar through it. Let me just say that this fountain is so quiet that when I first plugged it in, I thought that it wasn't working!
Also, I ordered this fountain around 5:00pm on a Tuesday, and it was delivered on Wednesday afternoon. And that was for regular shipping. My cat and I are very pleased with this transaction overall!
July 10, 2014