Smart Cat Water Dispenser from Xiaomi Youpin
Regular price $180.50 Sale price $93.50
● Minimalist design, five-fold filter, triple mute design, easy to remove and wash
● 1.88L capacity, no worries for short trips
● 360 degrees open drinking tray, not crowd while drinking together
● A soft light on the chassis, long light means normal work, flashing means low water level, reminding to add water, and can also be used as a night light
● Plug and play
● Minimalist design, five-fold filter, triple mute design, easy to remove and wash
● 1.88L capacity, no worries for short trips
● 360 degrees open drinking tray, not crowd while drinking together
● A soft light on the chassis, long light means normal work, flashing means low water level, reminding to add water, and can also be used as a night light
● Plug and play
1.300Package weight: 1.363 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 20.00 x 20.00 x 15.60 cm / 7.87 x 7.87 x 6.14 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 23.60 x 23.60 x 19.30 cm / 9.29 x 9.29 x 7.6 inches
Package Contents: 1 x Water Dispenser, 1 x Chinese Instruction
We just received this fountain. I am an engineer and inventor and like the way the fountain is designed with one exception. I only had it plugged in ten minutes before I knew for sure that my wife would not put up with the water fountain noise. For those who are bothered by the splashing sound, don't give up on the fountain. With my simple modification ($4.50) using two 5-inch square white ceramic saucers purchased at the local grocery store, the fountain is completely silent and only slightly more difficult to clean. See the photos for how to make the simple mod. The 5-inch saucers fit perfectly and are held down by gravity. They do not interfere with function of the fountain at all, but it does mess with the look a bit. You have to choose quiet or pretty; we prefer quiet. Hope this helps folks that can't stand the extra noise. I think the manufacturer should incorporate this feature by widening the bottom of the tower.
NOTE: I've updated this review every few years, with the most recent update at the bottom; hope this helps! I've been through a few water fountains over the years: the Drinkwell Classic, Drinkwell Platinum, Drinkwell 360 Stainless, and now the Drinkwell Ceramic Pagoda. The Pagoda is the clear winner for me & my cats!About a month ago, I purchased the Drinkwell 360 Stainless Fountain when my Drinkwell Platinum started getting harder & harder to keep clean, and when I read that plastic parts can contribute to feline acne & harbor bacteria. After researching the different fountains, I had settled on the stainless Drinkwell 360. While it's better than the plastic models, there were still some drawbacks: the spouts are still plastic (and that's where one of my cats likes to lap up water) so I still had a concern about the plastic/acne connection. And even though I read about the dimensions of the unit, it still took up a larger footprint in my small kitchen than I thought it would (admittedly, that's my fault for not measuring). There was also an inconsistency with the assembly instructions (see my review of the Drinkwell Stainless 360 for more info). Also (and this is not necessarily a fault of the fountain), one of my cats took quite a while to get used to it, even though he'd been drinking out of a fountain for years.After using it for a couple of weeks, I discovered a newer model: the Drinkwell all-Ceramic Pagoda Fountain. After finding out that one of my co-workers would buy the 360 Stainless from me, I then got the Pagoda...it is MUCH better. Except for the pump and filter housing, it's all-ceramic, so there is no direct contact with plastic for the cats. It's MUCH better-looking, takes up less space, and offers three choices for the cats: drink out of the bowl (which my kitten does), drink out of one of two spouts, or drink from the top tier where the water bubbles up (which my older cat likes--he doesn't have to stoop to drink; he can drink sitting upright). Both cat & kitten took to it immediately. Also, the cleaning & reassembly is even EASIER with this model. Cleaning took less than 10 minutes. And the bonus point? It's really a beautiful fountain compared to the others, too.HELPFUL HINT: If you want a comprehensive, one-stop site to research ALL the different brands & models of water fountains out there, I HIGHLY recommend [...] This site gives you the pluses & minuses of every fountain out there and also includes short videos of cats drinking from each type of fountain! I wish I had found this site before I had purchased the Stainless 360 model, but I don't believe the Ceramic Pagoda was available yet anyway.***Edited 4/25/14 to add: It will be one year next week that I've had the Pagoda fountain and my cats (and I) still love it. I use bottled water to fill it, so there's no hard water buildup. I clean it once a week, replacing the charcoal filter every 3 weeks and the foam "pre-filter" every 6 weeks. Cleaning takes 10 minutes. For those who don't like the sound of trickling water: if you keep the fountain full to within 1/4" of the top, you will barely hear it.***Edited 4/10/16 to add: I've had the Pagoda fountain for nearly three years now, and it is still working perfectly and looks absolutely pristine. I stick to the same cleaning schedule mentioned above (weekly) and you would never guess that this fountain is anything other than brand-new. Both cats still love it, and this year I've included a video of my 14-year old, Tux, drinking from it. :)***Edited 3/13/18 to add: It will be FIVE years this May that I've had the Pagoda fountain and have only just now experienced my first problem: the covering of the electrical wire became exposed where it folds over the ceramic "pipe"--I'm not sure of the technical term, but please see the photo I added. It *might* have been ok since the wires themselves weren't exposed, but I was worried about the combination of water and electricity so decided not to chance it. Fortunately, I was able to get a replacement pump on for $16, and with Prime, the shipping was free and I got it in two days. Other than that, the fountain still looks and works like brand-new, and both my cats still love it. For those who were worried that the silicon/rubber cap that covers the "pipe" would wear out, rest assured that part is much more durable than it looks. I clean the fountain once a week, which means that part has been taken off and on well over 200 times without ripping or tearing. All in all, considering it's almost 5 years old and this is the first issue I've had, that's not bad. I still highly recommend!
I used the?, along with the?, for about 10 years before buying this Drinkwell Stoneware Pagoda Fountain (DW) that I'll refer to as the DW for the remainder of this review. The original was a great product but cleanup was a chore with the original's plastic construction and almost seemed designed to be difficult to clean with lots of parts and hard to reach areas. This was my experience with the original even after purchasing the recommended?.With two new pets now in the house I opted to upgrade to a new ceramic/stoneware fountain and have tried two competing versions. This review compares the DW to the Hammacher Schlemmer 72-Ounce Ceramic Pet Fountain (HS) that I'll refer to as the HS from hereon.Set-up - TIEThe HS and DW were about equal in set up time. Both have their own little assembly quirks. One reviewer of this product writes at length about the terrible chemical smell of the DW but that wasn't my experience. Both the DW and HS included foam packaging as is to be expected for shipping of fragile items. I ran the fountains through the dishwasher before putting them into service and didn't detect any unusual or potentially harmful toxic odors after the wash cycle. The same is true of the rubber and plastic parts of each unit so this was never an area of concern.Construction - DW winsBoth have a post for feeding the electric pump cord up through the bottom of the fountain. However, the HS post design appears more fragile, almost like it was added as an afterthought and not a part of the original bowl construction/ceramic firing process. My first HS arrived with this post piece broken off and the whole bowl had to be replaced. So while I am declaring the DW the winner in this category, be mindful that this post piece is going to be an Achilles heel to both designs so be especially careful in the unpacking, cleaning and assembly process.Design - DW winsThe HS design does not have the same falling water feature that is more akin to water falling from a faucet. The HS model has water that bubbles up from the center of the fountain and might be a good option for those who don't like the sound of falling water or otherwise find the DW design too loud (as noted in several other product reviews). However, mimicking water falling from the faucet is a good thing in my case and I don't find the DW too load or otherwise unpleasant. It also seems that having the water falling provides for better aeration/oxygenation. So for my preferences, DW wins this category, but depending on your noise tolerance level preference this could be a point for the HS.Weight - DW winsThe DW fountain is a little lighter. The HS design feels more like heavy pottery. The HS bowl has a greater surface area and isn't as deep making it easier to "slosh" water when carrying to and from the kitchen sink for cleaning.Capacity - TIEBoth compared versions hold about the same amount of water; so this is a draw. The listing photo shows one larger dog using this DW model but neither this DW or the HS are the best options for larger pets. Both work well for cats, and probably for small dogs as well, but a big dog would likely do better with one of the larger versions. HS has a 120 oz version of their fountain that only costs about $10 more. This might be a better option for those who want the ceramic/stoneware type fountain and have larger pets.Cleaning - HS winsThe DW has a a rubber plug to go around the cord where it emerges from the post. This plug has to be removed and reinstalled with each cleaning and it doesn't seem like a part that will last as long as the other removable parts on this fountain. It seems like could have included at least one replacement along with the original purchase as I can't imagine it costs them more than a few cents. The HS has three rubber pads that cover the feet of the top piece where it sits in the bowl. These rubber feet are always under water and magnets for dirt and bacteria growth. While the rubber feet design adds to the clean-up time for the HS model, overall I find the HS reassembly after cleaning to be a bit more straight-forward than the DW giving it the edge in this category.Customer Support - TIEThis category is another tie. During the ten years I used the DW original the pump failed twice and in both instances provided a hassle free replacement. Likewise, when the HS arrived with a broken post piece HS customer service cheerfully sent out a replacement. Two quality companies.That makes it 3 to 1 in favor of this DW on my scorecard. In the end both are good products from good companies. If you plan on using a fountain near your television set up or sleeping area, anywhere where the sound of constant falling water could be a distraction, consider going with the HS.Hope that this comparison is helpful to others who might be considering these two models.
I set up this fountain for my 1 cat, Reilly, about 5 days ago. I switched to this one from plastic Cat-Mate because my cat was severely allergic to the plastic! He is currently doing great with this one, no acne & no red broken skin on his face. So that's something to consider for all you pet owners concerned with plastic.The pump so far works fine but it is quite powerful & there's no way to adjust it. The sound of running water can be heard everywhere downstairs in my home. It's softer if you keep the water at 1/2 inch below the top of the basin & gets increasingly louder as time goes by & the cat/evaporation do their thing. I refill just under 2 cups of water each morning to get it back to that level. I know the evap is minimal so my cat is drinking most of that anount- phenomenal. He loved it from the moment I set it down. He drinks from the base without a problem but sometimes he likes drinking directly from the streams. I only saw him drink from the top one time. That's not his preference. Some ppl said the base is too small for their cat to drink from it. My cat is 14 lbs & lean but if he gained a bit we'd surely have an issue, too. So far he can successfully use the corners to have room to drink. Splashing does occur only if he drinks from the stream but it's minimal. I have a mat under it anyway. It's fine so far! We live in California & my cat isn't very slobbery so I do not expect much problem as far as frequency of cleaning but I will post updates.Update: not even a month & I THOUGHT I had pump problems. After a few days post-cleaning the pump would be so weak, the trickle was too pathetic to be oxygenating the water. Darn it! I was having to clean it earlier & earlier... But then I figured out the problem! Those pesky charcoal filters get very loggy very quickly. So for now, I took it out. The pump works perfectly. I did get some new filters & will be putting a new one in soon, but for all you guys who are cleaning every couple days because the trickle slows so much - it's the charcoal filter!!!Manufacturer says use of filters is optional.Update 2 YEARS later: still using original pump!! Still very happy with product. I only use the pre-filter, not the charcoal filters. The pre-filter surrounds the pump and protects it just fine. I clean everything every 3-4 weeks with chlorine bleach. No issues! Love this fountain.
The taupe one arrive broken, ordered again ordered the blue, the cats love it it stays so clean the only issue is it is loud but solved that issue with two clear ramikens on each side to soften water flow. Does not inhibit cats drinking either. See Pic
So far so good. 36 hours since setting it up. Packaged well and nothing broken, unlike the unfortunate few reviewers. But let me point out a few things that can clarify some of the negative given for this, and any of the other fountains really.NONE OF THEM ARE PERFECT. Water is involved, and with that, a breeding ground for bacteria. What about the carbon filters, you ask? They're not meant to remove microbes. ONLY chemicals like chlorine. They are the same types of filters you find in your Brita pitchers and water dispensers. If you want 100% perfect water (hypothetically), use distilled. Distilled has no chemicals, minerals (TDS) or microbes. And then you won't even need the carbon filters anymore, just the little foam one that helps keep debris out of the pump. And that can be washed and disinfected. I'm using the filters that came with the fountain, and then that's it. I'm not buying any carbon filters and will resue the foam one. We drink 100% filtered water, using the Zero water system. Don't know what that is? look it up. It's actually pretty cool, and if you have hard water, it WILL benefit. Because hard water has a high amount of TDS (total dissolved solids). And the Zero system and it's filters remove that, all of it. I've tested it. So i'm not kidding. So I don't need distilled water for anything, let alone silly little carbon filters for this fountain. If you want to slow down sludge growth of this fountain after initial use, these are my suggestions:- bleach it first. I'm not kidding. Whether you use full strength or a 10% solution, kill the germs that are present on the fountain while upon arrival. Apply the cleaner to all parts, including the pump, for 10 minutes, then flush thoroughly. Run the pump to make sure it flushes itself out well. THEN put it together.-add no more than 2 tsp of peroxide to the water, and only if you're using filtered/distilled water. A friend of mine says he actually sprays it on the filter of his fountain every so often and it helps keep it clean. I did some reaserch and there are some claims to peroxide, in small measured quantities, is actually good for you. I'm not putting up any links..look it up yourself.-don't like the idea of peroxide still? Add 2 tsp of apple cider, or white, vinegar. If you have hard water, this will also help combat hard water stains on the your fountain. I didn't say totally eliminate the issue, i said help combat, meaning reduce. ACV is also said to be good for you pet, and humans. And some water addtives for dental purposes have ACV in it. My last bottle did ist it. I use both of these methods by the way.-keep it out of direct sunlight. Sunlgiht helps algae grow, among other microbes.Plus it will warm the water, and if you don't like drinking lukewarm water, i don't think your cat will either.-keep it away from their normal feeding area. Some pets like to go straight from food to water, and back again, dropping bits into the fountain. Dogs are notorious for this crud, and i've actually seen my old Drinkwell Platinum get nasty much faster after a dog has been using it long enough.-try to keep it out of high traffic areas. Feet kick up dirt, and dirt will get into the water more often if in areas like that. -- i know these last 2 aren't always feasible for eveyrone, considering the layout and size of your home. But bear these in mind when you have issues.Now for mechanics and assembly of this particular fountain. My husband put it together without instructions. Perfectly. No leaks, No issues. He dove in on it before i could get it out of the box good.- There is no hole in the bottom of the dish! Not one that will cause issues. The hole that is there, is just a feed tube for the power cord to the pump. Pump sits in dish, Cord goes up the outside of the tube, then down the inside of it. Then under and out from the bottom of the dish. That's the only function of the tube. And the tube entry is much higher than the water level of a comepletely full dish, And there is a cap/gasket that still covers that. The water is pushed up through the second piece that sits inside the dish.-as for sound. I don't hear the motor. Period. And I have some darned good hearing. The water flow seems to be what bothers folks. Think of, a drikning fountain at school or in a store. That's the flow of this fountain. But regardless of flow, the reason why it's 'loud' is because fountain doesn't have a 'splash ramp' like the other Drinkwell products, like my old Platinum. The water flows directly into itself. So fill a sink just a little and then turn on the faucet to a low steady flow and keep it like that for a few mintues. If you don't like that sound, don't get this fountain, or any others like it that don't have the splash ramp. No, having a flow valve like on the platinum will not help. It's still water hitting water. Only change with be the pitch or tone of the water.By the way, i had the Platinum for 7 years. I retired it 2 weeks ago, because, it was just old and nasty. Sludge was growing faster than i could keep up with and the water would actually look nasty, with this film floating in it. It's plastic. It's been through it's paces of being moved cross country and cleaned constatly. 7 years for a $60 item. Well worth it. But i didn't want plastic again, because that does harbor more germs than ceramic or steel, because plastic does break down over time. We replaced the pump once in it's lifetime. Just like in cars, motors die folks, especailly with constant use. As for the mother with this Pagoda, well we'll see. But unlike others, i'm not going to get overly butthurt over it. I registered my product with (keep your invoice! They ask you to uplaod it!), so if the motor dies within a year, I'll just get it replaced. Not like my cats will die immediately over not having the fountain running for a few days while i wait for a new pump. They'll find other ways to get a drink in the meantime, whether i help them or not. i might come back later with an update on the pump, just so foks can see how ong mine lasted.Several months later....... 08/08/2014The motor is still working just fine. Has not died on me. Nothing has broken. Because of the climate I'm in, southern Lousisiana hot and humid, plus the number of cats, 4, It does get icky in about 2 weeks. But again, this is not a defect of the product. It's situational and it's something I work on. I do add the liquid called Manna Pro All Natural Water Protector that I bought at the Tractor Supply locally. I found it in the chicken feed section but it can be used on other animal as well. The ingredients are quite safe for cats and dogs, based on my experience as a soap maker, so I have to research ingredient labels and what each item is and what it does. I do believe it prolongs the water cleanliness considering our specific household situation. Pretty sure sells it as well if you do a search.Last Edit......December 10th, 2014I still have it. Have not broken the fountain itself and the motor is still good. Only thing I replaced were the plastic parts because I washed them in the bottom rack of my dishwasher. The instructions didn't indicate whether they could be washed this way or not. Ordered them on 's website and the set is very affordable. All 4 of my cats use it constantly. I clean it once a month. I've noticed using the carbon filter, there is less sludge going to the motor. But it could also be the additives I use to keep the water clean. Great buy for our family.
So far I like it. Set it up and the 65 lb dog dove in while the 8 lb cat we bought it primarily for came out from under the bed (snoozing spot of choice) and stared him down while waiting her turn. She tends to drink as absolutely necessary, hence the purchase, but immediately drank her fill. We were shocked.After a few hours though I knew we'd have to make some modifications.This thing is loud. Not "babbling brook" restful but "do I have a plumbing leak?!" LOUD.I would randomly notice it and panic: Is the toilet leaking?! Is that dishwasher?! Is the tap running?!If you find it restful, wonderful. I fixed it with nice large river rocks, the sound is greatly reduced and they can still hear it. I still hear it while in the kitchen but now not ALL. OVER. THE. HOUSE.
Excellent product! I've been looking into cat fountains for a while now, and decided that ceramic better suited my preferences. At first I almost got it at Petsmart, but was 30 dollars more expensive! Luckily I found it, and got it through here instead. It got here fairly quickly, in mint condition, I might add. The instructions are a little obscure, but a quick assembly video on YouTube cleared that up. Easy to clean. I'd recommend either once a week, or a little over that. Don't let it get past two weeks!On to the subject of the most consistent complaint about this product, the noise. It honestly didn't bother me as much. But I can see why people would want it a bit quieter. I've seen some creative solutions that other reviewers posted. My favorite method? Just go to your local petshop and buy aquarium rocks. It looks way nicer. And it's 2 dollars a bag! Super affordable. All in all this fountain is a great investment, for a healthier, happier, and entertained kitty!
the lovely thing arrived today so i've only had it going for a few hours now -- but so far it's just what i had hoped. i set it up on the kitchen counter, and ran it for about an hour to make sure it was working properly, then moved it to its home where their old large water bowl was. i've kept the old bowl nearby, but so far all three darlings have come up to the fountain and tried it. the baby of the bunch (10 months old) is totally fascinated -- he has figured out straight away how to drink from the spilling streams. the adorable kitty cat activity factor is definitely a plus.there is no sound at all from the pump, only the sound of the water, and it looks truly elegant. i recommend flushing the carbon filter very well before installing, and running an initial 70 ounces of water for a little while, to make sure there is no excessive splashing (mine has no splashing, it's perfect). there was a little grey cloud of carbon dust from the filter when i first plugged it in, even after rinsing, so i let it run for a while on the counter, then unplugged, poured out the first water, and added a fresh 70 ounces. i put it in its new home, plugged it in, and everything is just right. love it.
This is probably the best looking fountain in my opinion. I personally do not use the carbon filter at all because i have filtered water from a berkey system. I did purchase the aftermarket foam filters as cat hair and pebbles gets into it.This fountain is not quiet and when i first read the review i rolled my eyes but they are correct. I actually find the waterfall effect to be pleasing however it took a bit for me to get used to it because I'm paranoid that water is leaking somewhere lol. I have a large metal bowl that used to have a fountain but it was more of a pain to clean with my old homes hard water. It did take my 3 cats about a week to understand the fountain mainly because we got rid of the old fountain motor when they were kittens.Pros:-aesthetically pleasing-large volume of water-easy to clean (dishwasher safe)-filter is optional and isn't requiredCons:- waterfall sound puts me to sleep :-p-short power cord for my usage
UPDATE - I called the company and they helped me troubleshoot and it was an issue with the actual filter and filaments in the filter getting stuck together. I shook it up a few times and the fountain is as good as new. She said I am not the only one with this problem and they are actively working to make the filters better I am so disappointed. At first the fountain was great and so much easier to clean then the older plastic fountain I had. But now less then 2 weeks later it's like the fountain has no real power and it barely circulates the water. The water coming out over the sides just drops out like it's suppose to but VERY week especially on the one side. It was so much more powerful a week ago. It's no where what it was like the first few days. I am one disappointed pet parent
All 3 of our cats enjoy drinking out of this fountain, which is great because they spend less time in the bathtub trying to drink from the leaking faucet. The only downside is that the flow slowed down to a faint trickle after 2 weeks or so as the filter became obstructed by some kind of goo that I assume was a bacterial colony. I was able to clean it off with very hot water to restore full pump functionality without replacing the filter, but only because I hadn't ordered extra filters yet. I think once the filters I just ordered arrive, I'm going to be changing them about once every 2-3 weeks. I can live with that. I gave this product 5 stars because I don't think the filter issue is a design flaw. It's probably just an inevitable consequence of gross bacteria-ridden animals (loveable though they are) drinking from this thing. I bet there's some way the water could be sterilized by passing through a UV light chamber, but that might not really work, and even if it did, it would just make the product more expensive. I'm pretty happy with this - it was easy to clean the main pieces in the dishwasher and by hand (I've cleaned it twice now, once with each method). It's definitely better than the cheaper plastic cat fountain we'd used in the past. In summary, you have to take care of this thing if you want it to work well and have clean water - but it's worth the effort to keep your cats healthy, hydrated, and happy.EDIT: 11 months later, works as well as when we first got it. My prediction of changing filters about every 2 weeks was about right. Sometimes I let it go a bit longer, but then the water flow really slows down so you can tell it needs a new filter & a cleaning. We have this in our living room, where it makes a constant water trickling sound that took some getting used to, but now just seems like a pleasant part of the room's ambiance. It also helps me notice sooner when it needs attention... as the flow slows down to a faint trickle, I think "why's it so quiet in here? Oh!"
I bought this fountain over a year ago, the cats didn't really care about it, the really loud noise of water falling was annoying, and I so gave it away. I have some new cats now, one of whom is kind of obsessed with water. I bought the same fountain again, because I forgot how loud it was. Not wanting to waste yet more money, I wanted to make this one work.My cats don't really care about the falling water; they drink out of the top or bottom wells, but they do like the fresh water. So, I looked at dampening the falling water sound. I put a plastic dough scraper at both ends, which worked but didn't look attractive. I ended up putting a double shot glass at one end and two stacked single shot glasses on the other side (I'm not a college student/early 20's person/regular drinker of liquor shots, so that was literally all the shot glasses I had in the house). One regular shot glass on each end would dampen the sound a bit, but still be a little loud for my taste. My setup works perfectly, is pretty stable, and doesn't look awful. (I think. Judge for yourself in the sideways photos provided.)I didn't use the charcoal filter provided; in past experience they get slimy too fast and don't really make it better. I do like that with this ceramic model you can put everything in the dishwasher and it comes out all clean. Not too much of a pain to put back together, and in my opinion it looks better than the plastic Drinkwells.
I wanted to hate this $80 bourgeois extravagance. I wanted to hate it so much. My cat is five and has never been a water drinker, she is constantly dehydrated and despite being an annoying lump of fur I love the overgrown rodent and want her to live a long healthy life sans kidney problems. I have tried several different plastic fountains, a stainless steel fountain, a still bowl of water and she never drank from any of them, just scouted out the bathroom and tried to drink out of the toilet or lick at the tub after someone had showered. So finally I thought we'd give ceramic a go.It is loud, for sure, and the first two days she was definitely scared of it (which was hilarious because she isn't afraid of angry dogs, strangers or vacuums but the water fountain was frightening. Typical.) But on day three she finally sampled it and has been drinking almost non-stop since. I've had it for three months now and she has never drank so much before. As advertised it is very easy to clean, I rinse it and rub it down with white vinegar about once a week and refill periodically throughout the week, but unlike plastic fountains there is never any sign of buildup or slime. So I'm taking off half a star for being loud and half a star for allowing my miserable fleabag to drink out of a literal art piece while I chug tap water out of dirty coffee mugs that were free at work. But it was a worthwhile last resort and I will probably repurchase as long as the lifespan is reasonable. I hope you appreciate this Bootsington!
Purr-fect ( :My cat, Maia, loves this fountain.Almost all cats prefer running water.It's important to keep cats hydrated, especially older cats, as they tend toward kidney disease.FORM: The quality is nice. It looks almost exactly like our white Corningware dishes.The shape is stylish and something a little different.The footprint is large enough that your pets will have a good sized area from which to drink.FUNCTION:I've had it only a month, but it's running well.NOISE LEVEL:I don't hear the pump running, just the water.It's running water; it makes some noise, but keep it topped off and it should not bother anyone.Tip, keep a water pitcher by the unit and that way you can top it off as you are feeding your petsSet it somewhere that you frequent often, their feeding station is best.DESIGN:3 places to drink: top register, bottom register, and the stream.FAT STREAM THAT PROJECTS FROM THE UNITI really LOVE the fat stream and how far it extends from the top piece as it falls to the lower level.This is a great design feature my cat gets her face under the stream and laps large drinks of water quickly.Earlier fountains did not have a good stream like this one.MAINTENANCE: DO YOUR JOB ( :You need to keep it topped off. There will be evaporation and animals will love it, so they will drink more.TOP IT OFF MORE OFTEN THAN YOU THINK YOU SHOULD--2X A DAY.DON'T LET THE WATER RUN DRY, YOU WILL RUIN THE PUMP.CLEANINGClean it every 5 days.REALLY. Clean more often if your animals shed or drop dirt into the unit.Pet saliva will make it get slightly slimy where they lick.THE FILTRATION IS NOT MEANT TO REPLACE CLEANING.DON'T BE LAZY, THIS THING IS GREAT BUT YOU HAVE TO CLEAN IT FREQUENTLY.You can run the ceramic bits in the dishwasher, but your pets will miss it while it's running ( :and you still have to clean the other parts well by hand:foam filtercharcoal filtercharcoal filter casingsilicone nipple to keep water from flowing back out the unit.REPLACING FILTRATIONThe foam filter that goes round the pump should keep any dirt and debris from getting in the pump.The company sells replacements, but I imagine it will last long time. It's not purifying the water, it's catching hair.You can use it till it falls apart, or you cannot clean it any more, or it becomes slimy, because you don't clean it often.I have this same material in my fish filtration and it's lasted years.RINSE IT WELL EACH TIME YOU CLEAN THE UNIT.The charcoal filtration unit is sealed, and it fits down inside the filter case.IT'S SEALED AND THAT MEANS IT'S DESIGNED TO BE SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO PURCHASE.CARBON FILTRATION, IF YOU CARE TO MAINTAIN IT, REQUIRES FREQUENT REPLACEMENT.HACK POTENTIAL: HIGHjust replace the mesh top with a thin piece cut from an aquarium filter pad ,add bulk purchased aquarium charcoal and secure with a thin rubber bandINSTRUCTIONS:The unit comes with simple instructions and LOOK AT THE DIAGRAM THE FIRST TIME.IF YOU CLEAN YOUR UNIT AS OFTEN AS YOU SHOULD THEN PUTTING IT BACK TOGETHER WILL BE EASY--YOU WILL REMEMBER.EASE OF CLEANING:It's a little work, but not that difficultTROUBLE SHOOTINGUnplug the entire unit or at least take the part that leads to the fountain out of the power source first ( :Don't necessarily carry the unit to the sink --BECAUSE YOU WILL SPILL WATER ( :It's also a bit heavy with water in it, so even if it didn't tend to spill, you might drop it.Have a bucket near the unit and dump out the water firstAFTER YOU HAVE UNPLUGGED IT--DON'T FORGETSame thing on the return trip, put the unit down, THEN put the water in the unit from a pitcherDON'T PLUG IT IN UNTIL YOU HAVE IT FILLED.TO CLEAN:Take the empty unit apart at the sink and wash it really wellmake sure to rinse all the parts, and scrub the silicone bits really well with your fingers--they get slimy.I use Isopropol alcohol every so often--rinse it well. I dunno if it's ideal for the silicone parts, but it's fine for the ceramic.SHOULD YOU GET ONE?POSSIBLY:ASK YOURSELF THIS---AM I GOING TO MAINTAIN IT PROPERLY--IT'S A LITTLE WORK--BE HONEST.If you are lazy, don't bother. You can't just leave a pump to run dry, you will burn out the unit in no time.And if your idea is to give your cat or dog fresh running water, you will defeat the purpose if you don't top it off, or you don't cleanit often enough. Otherwise, just buy glass bowls and change them out daily.DOES YOUR PET HAVE KIDNEY DISEASE OR ANY MEDICAL CONDITION THAT MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAT THEY DRINK MORE? YES. GET IT.RANKING: HIGHEST---THIS IS THE SINGLE BEST FOUNTAIN ANYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS OWNED AND THIS IS #3My cat drinks so much more with this unit.BONUS: SHE NO LONGER FEELS THE NEED TO JUMP ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER OR THE BATHROOM COUNTER TO PESTERPEOPLE FOR WATER EVER FIVE MINUTES.Let's get real though, this unit costs about eighty dollars.I would say, if you can afford it, it's a good investment in your pet's healthAnd, if your cat has kidney issues, it's going to help immensely, because it will tempt a cat that is not drinking enough, so in this case, you mighthold off on vet administered painful under the skin water treatments or an earlier death.
Cats take a few days to trust it and drink from it, so give it some time. I use distilled water because otherwise you get scale deposit on sides, which can be cleaned off but it can be avoided in first place with distilled water, which isn't very expensive.Some people complain about the splashing sound, but I found a way to virtually eliminate it. Use the clear, extra wide Breathe Right nasal strips (http://www..com/Breathe-Right-Extra-Clear-Sensitive/dp/B00DM9D0ZI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1397445308&sr=8-3&keywords=Breathe+right+extra) and stick one on either side right under the overflow streams. If you bend the strip right, it will deflect the water stream back towards the center pagoda and eliminate the splash sound. I've uploaded a couple pictures to show this.
I replaced my Drinkwell Platinum Fountain (although it was still running like a champ) because I could never get that plastic clean. I knew I wanted to switch to either ceramic or stainless steel for cleanliness reasons. I liked the style of the Pagoda because one of my cats, Monkey, loves the running water and prefers to drink water in this manner. The unit was super easy to set up and I know it will be a breeze to clean because there are really no hidden areas and it's ceramic. The only small issue is that the unit is louder than the Platinum (not the motor, which is pretty quiet, but the running water). It's just a matter of getting used to it and it just becoming ambient noise in our house. Two of our four cats are already using it after only having the unit for 2 days. The other two rarely used the prior fountain so I don't consider that a fail.
The only reason it's not 5 stars is the noise. I have a VERY determined cat who has successfully taken apart all other water dishes and one other fountain (several times). I contacted the company who makes this fountain and they gave me a couple suggestions--this was one of them. Yay. Got it and it's quite heavy without edges she can put her claws under. BUT it is LOUD. If you have a small living space, this sounds like there is a stream running through the house. I had to turn it off at night so I could sleep. And then, without the moving water, the cat would work diligently at trying to take it apart (so far she is reticent to touch the moving water so doesn't try to dismantle when it is running...and yes, she does drink out of it). So, after a month of the noise, I put a piece of yarn longways in the downspouts, securing it with duct tape. The noise immediately ceased, the yarn is secured so it won't get sucked in, the water is still moving so she won't dismantle it, and I've watched both cats continue to drink out of it (although they showed some curiousity at the new thing in their bowl). Is the yarn contaminating their water? Idk. Will it get sucked into the motor? Hopefully not but if so, I realize the motor will die. I'm not saying this is perfect.
I bought this because my cat found it more interesting to drink out of my bathroom faucet then her water dish. At the time she also had an upper respiratory infection, so I wanted to be sure she was getting enough water and immediately she was intrigued with the water flow when I plugged it in and drank from it. I don't worry if she's getting enough water now. It's much healthier for pets to have running water so that it's not stagnant and building bacteria so for me it was worth it, Plus it's instinctive to them to drink running water. It was easy to assemble, and the trickling water sounds like You're in the mountains by a stream all day, which I enjoy so it doesn't bother me. The first order I did, it was missing parts and looked like it was used but within two days had a new one at my doorstep so problem was resolved right away. Great pet water fountain, would buy again and recommend.
Admittedly, the semi-steep price made me hesitant at first; however, after reading all the positive reviews & "taking the plunge" ...I LOVE IT!As a matter of fact, I'm likely buying a second one!Setup was easy (following pictured instruction manual), quality appears MUCH better than those I've seen for half the price, and the style accents almost any decor; moreover, it's verrrrry quiet/tranquil (so much that I've placed on my nightstand)!Now the only question would be: Should the second one be red? Hmmm..
After 6 months, I can still say -- our cats love it, and so do I. I bought this to replace an older "fountain" water bowl that had left water on the floor. I loved the idea of a ceramic bowl, and it hasn't disappointed. The cats were drinking from it within 3 minutes of setting it up. I do think it promotes better hydration - something about the moving water vs. the still water in a bowl.It's a bit tedious to clean in my opinion, but it's worth it to me. In the end I spend maybe 10-15 minutes on a cleaning. I don't clean it as often as I should, but the beauty of these types of fountains is that they are somewhat self-cleaning with the double filtration and steady motion of water.I have had no pump issues like others have mentioned. I'm guessing the failures are partly to do with the amount of hair and other debris that gets into the water. Our biggest issue is the cats dropping a piece of kibble in there once in a while. Once those get in there and break up, it's time to clean it.After our last fountain dripped onto the hardwood floor, I thought maybe we were done with fountains. But I'm very glad we gave this one a try.
This thing is LOUD. I just got it and plugged it up. The look is nice but dang is it loud!So far my cats are steering clear. I will try to soften the noise with pebbles or something.A HUGE oversight from the manufacturer in my opinion.Update: After adding stones it made the water noise tolerable. Unless you like the sound of heavy-ish water flow you will have to alter this fountain in some way. Luckily softening the sound made my cats finally go to it and drink from it.
Edited: I called customer service (866-738-4379) and they registered my warranty for me and are shipping me a replacement pump. No hassle at all. Super nice people. They even had nice hold music (The Beatles). She even talked me through how to take the pump apart to make sure that it was not clogged and let me know that the new pump will have a 90 day warranty as well. I am so thrilled with their customer service. I will definately buy more of these products in the future.Original review: the pump quit working suddenly. I cleaned it regularly but one day it just stopped pushing water like it did before. It was on, but the water barely trickled out. now I just have a rather expensive and difficult to clean water basin. I am so disappointed.
We love this fountain. We tried a couple of the others before finding this particular model. The pros of this one superior to others...ceramic surface makes it easy to keep looking new even with our hard water. If it is staining, even after using it constantly for a few months...can't see any signs. It has a charcoal type filter...but the water we use is already filtered through an extensive filter process, so we have opted to use it without the filter. Just remember to clean the inside of the filter housing...it gets dirty just like everything else. Ease of cleaning is excellent...consists of just a few basic parts. And as stated earlier, the ceramic makes clean up simple. The overall amount of water that it holds is perfect for our 75 lb goldendoodle. One of the previous units took too much water...and when you don't refill a couple times a day...tend to forget to check for cleanliness often enough. And that much water for one dog just seemed to get dirty faster.Our dog is a fast eater...barely chews his food before swallowing. So that makes him a sloppy or dirty eater...and this fountain is great with just a weekly deep cleaning. Some have to be cleaned too many times a week....which discourages us from using it. Looks modern...which I like. Has the sound of a small tinkling...If you are tuned to it, you will know it needs water just by the way it sounds.
I've gone through several cat fountains over the years and this one is far and away the best!! I had a few of the plastic ones which most vets will tell you to stay away from, as the plastic harbors way more bacteria and germs than ceramic or stainless steel. This fountain is indeed expensive but 1000% worth it, especially if you have male cats who don't drink enough water, and/or are prone to urinary issues. We've had it over 2 months now and no loss of water stream or problems with the pump; in fact, the foam filters do a great job of keeping the pet hair out of the pump, which was a major problem in our last CatIt flower fountain. We clean the pagoda every 2 weeks and it runs great; I don't even use the charcoal filters - perhaps the one we got in the box was defective, but there were TONS of charcoal particles in the water even after thoroughly rinsing as per the instructions. I tossed it and just try to keep it clean as best we can, and constantly refill with filtered water from our PUR pitcher. (On that note, please don't use tap water, even small amounts of some minerals are not good for your pets). My cats liked the original fountain but it was plastic, bulky and really difficult to keep clean. The CatIt fountainhead was not positioned high enough for a good water stream, so my big boy didn't use it at all; also, it was plastic, so it got SUPER slimy and dirty after just a week, even with the filters and purified water. All that aside, the asthetic of this pagoda fountain is great - it looks lovely in our gray and white-trim kitchen, cleans easily, and also disassembles easily too. Highly, highly recommended!! Totally worth the money and then some :)
I did a Ton of Research before buying this fountain!I feel very confident in my purchase after using this for a few months. Nice & heavy so it won't tip over . Good Quality.I bought this after I visited a girlfriend who had lots of cats & there was a fountain. My little dog went right to it. I was hoping this would encourage her to drink more. I also think that aerating her water keeps it healthier rather than just sitting in a dish getting funky.You must keep sufficient water in it or you'll burn out the motor. It will go from sounding normal to an anoying sound when it is too low.Keep it clean too. It will get dirty around the edges. & onnthe bottkm. Some of the charcoal comes out of the filter too. Just a little bit in tiny particles. It will sit at the bottom. Don't freak out. (Charcoal is Fine for animals; It actually has health benefits for animals and People too. It absorbs toxins.)You need to play with it to get the drip sound that works best for you. I like it quieter. I turn it off to sleep. Any little sound is annoying to me when I try to sleep.My one negative with it is that I wish the water that cascades down actually dropped down with a little more trajectory or it had a Wider area around the Center. Because it is Narrow & the Lip all around is Curved Out toward the animal, there's very Linited Space for my little 15 lb dog to get her head in there to drink.
It is really hard to find an attractive pet fountain at a reasonable price--and this one fits the bill. Disassembly and re-assembly are pretty straightforward, so it's fairly easy to clean, and replacement filters are easy to find at chain pet stores.When we first started up the fountain, the motor was completely silent--impossible to hear over the quiet sound of trickling water. After about a month, it started occasionally making a low humming sound, which usually lasts for a few hours to a few days. It's not terribly disruptive or unpleasant, though I do wonder why there's been a change.All of the pictures show pets drinking from the top of the fountain. For some reason, both of my ragdoll cats drink from the bottom. They're certainly tall enough to reach the top, and for my adult cat (the other is five months old) the space between the pillar and the edge of the dish is almost too narrow for her head to fit comfortably while she's drinking. So I do wish that the bowl was a bit wider.In summary, the fountain is great--attractive, easy to care for, and mostly pretty quiet. My only complaints are that the motor occasionally hums and that the space between the tower and edge of the dish is a bit too narrow. That said, if I had it to do over, I'd definitely buy this fountain again.
Ok, the cat gives this water bowl a 5 star review. She went right to it & is drinking much more water along with splattering it all over the place since it is fun time in the waterfall. BUT, it really is loud. I have a pond out back with a waterfall that makes that great stream sound, so now when I go from kitchen to out back, the sound is the same outside & in. So, if you want an indoor water fountain that the cat will also enjoy, this is it. We wanted to replace the one we had which was plastic & hard to clean but it was almost silent. This is really a nice water bowl but surprised at how loud it is. We have it on 2 towels with a plastic liner placed in the towels to help absorb the sound & protect the floor as suggested. Might try stopping the flow of water off one of the top ends to cut down on the noise a bit. Oh well, as long as the cat loves it, we can turn up the TV. - UPDATE - Based on another review & them finding a way to fix the loud issue, I tried the saucer trick & now we can't hear it at all. So thank you to another reviewer who also added some photos of his trick. It does work & the water just glides over. Cat happy, we are happy. So great water bowl with an easy fix! 5 Star review now!! 12/20/17
I have been looking for quite a while for a decorative fountain for our extra bathroom, but couldn't find anything nice for under $200. We just received the Pet Pagoda Fountain, Taupe, and it can pass for a decorative fountain and, yet, is a functional pet water bowl. Already, I can tell that it is a winner. It's design is pleasing, I know that it will be easy to clean, and it appears to be made very well. I haven't noticed any pump noise, which is a good thing, just the lovely trickling sound of the water. The kitties are terrified of it though, so that's why I gave it only 4 stars. One problem that I have asked about on "Frequently Asked Questions" is that a fine spray of water splashes outside of the bowl. I slowed down the water flow temporarily by putting a plug in it, and that seems to have fixed the problem. It looks ugly though. Hopefully, the company or someone will come up with an idea for a restrictor that looks good.
Our fountain was a snap to assemble, is heavy and appears to be well made, and it worked perfectly as soon as we got it put together. But tonight after only two days in operation I got home from work to find it barely bubbling. I removed the filter (which surely has not been exhausted in two days?) but no improvement--there is barely any movement in the water at all. I have fooled with it on and off all evening and it still hardly moves any water. This is either an extremely sensitive fountain or requires much more maintenance that I'm willing to invest.REVISED: I discovered the problem with our fountain: the water level needs to be maintained at a very high level in the bowl, much higher than the slots at the bottom of the center structure that allow water to flow to the pump. When the water level drops too low the bubbling diminishes dramatically, and our cats apparently *really* like this fountain because they drop the water level by an inch or two each day. I've formed the habit of topping off the water every morning and now the fountain is working perfectly. In addition, since I wrote my original review after just two days of use, I've had a chance to experience the process of cleaning the fountain and found it to be a quick, simple process that takes only a few minutes. I'm revising my review from the original two stars to four--five stars if the reservoir was just a little bigger.
I have two cats. One of them is always sitting on the side of the tub while I am showering because he wants water or jumps up onto the bathroom counter while I am brushing my teeth to get water. The other one is very skiddish when it comes to running water. I got this anyway because I knew the health benefits and I was tired of seeing their plastic water dish in the middle of the living room because they were constantly moving it. In case you didn't know, cats have a hard time perceiving where the water is when it is not in motion.Super easy to assemble.My one cat who loves running water used this IMMEDIATELY and loves this thing. The other one was skeptical just watching his brother as you can see in the pictures. He eventually used it and continues to use it.The noise:A lot of reviews say this is really loud. I don't think so. It does sound like a fountain but I think it is more soothing, like an ocean is, than annoying. However, if you are not use to noise or don't think running water is soothing, this could be loud for you.The water you put in the fountain:May I suggest using filtered water or jugs/gallons/bottled water for this. I have slightly hard water and for me it is worth spending $1 on a gallon of water versus constantly replacing the filter on the fountain.Cleaning:I have not cleaned this yet. That is on my to-do list very soon, so I will update then. However, I noticed a lot of reviews saying the water slowed to a trickle. I noticed this as well. I'm hoping a good cleaning will fix that.All in all I would recommend this fountain to others and if this one ever break on me, I'd probably purchase again.
I like it, my cats LOVE it. I like it because it is easy to clean and maintain. The little pump can be cleaned -- look at this page for the directions on cleaning the interior of that little pump BEFORE you think it is not working -- (it may just need to be cleaned). I like the fact that this fountain moves the water through the filter and makes a pleasant water flow sound (can even hear that it is working from a level below). It is a nice nature sound and it lets you also know that you have good water movement, which is important. Cleaning this ceramic bowl and tower are easy. I use "Soft Scrub" and a toothbrush. The fact that the power cord has a break-away spot so you don't have to feed the entire length through when you are going to clean is a plus, too. We do have one cat that prefers moving water versus stagnant water-bowl water, and since we have gotten this fountain I have found that there is less begging for a water faucet drink from that cat.
My cats enjoy this fountain. We've had it for maybe a year and it still looks new and operates fine. I learned a few tricks for cleaning that real helped eliminate the hard water build up. I fully clean the unit and change filters every two weeks because I have several cats drinking from it. Everytime I clean it, I use a pumus stone to scrub away the hard water deposits. I use the same kind of stone you would use to scrub the hard water ring away in a toilet bowl. It only takes a few seconds, and it's very effective. It doesn't damage the finish on the white unit I have. The other thing I learned is to NOT use filtered or bottled water in this unit because without the chlorine added to tap water, mold can start growing in the pump. Then it becomes necessary to soak the pump in vinegar for a day and then run the pump with water for a few hours to remove the mold spores and vinegar taste. Unless your tap water is unpalatable or unsafe, I would use it to fill this unit and rely on the filters to improve the water quality. It's still a good idea to soak the pump in vinegar from time to time to remove deposits that may build up inside. So far, I've been pleased with the quality, durability, operation and effectiveness of this fountain. I wish the filters were a little less expensive, but -- oh well! Can't have everything.
This water fountain is fantastic! My cats were skeptical at first, since their previous water fountain had a much larger reservoir, but they now use it happily and frequently. I wasn't sure if they would like the reservoir at the top or the two side streams, but they do! The design is a tiny bit flawed, however, in that the bottom reservoir is just too narrow to accommodate full-grown cats (vs. kittens). It rubs their whiskers and feels crowded. One of my cats avoids drinking from that main section and instead drinks exclusively from the falling water or top reservoir.That said, it's a much prettier and smaller fountain than my previous one, and I love that I can pop most of the pieces into the dishwasher. And one thing I noticed that's both a pro and a con is that I can really tell when it's starting to get dirty. Because it's white, I can see when fur or the slimy gunk starts to accumulate on the sides. Gross, but it's a good reminder that it's time to clean the fountain!
After having this fountain for quite a while now I can say that the pros outweigh the cons. Pros: It's gorgeous. next, there's no more daily changing of stagnant pet water and no more cats moving or knocking over water bowls. It is easy to clean, which I do once every few weeks, and it really does filter the water nicely. I change the filter about every second cleaning. It is big enough that several cats could drink simultaneously. Cons: the noise can get on your nerves. Filling it to the edge stops the fountainy-splashing sound, but it's still there in the middle of the night when you come down for a glass of water. I don't find unplugging it to be convenient, so I only turn it off when I clean it. The other con is the width of the lower drinking area. My cat doesn't like to drink from the top, but the bottom area is a bit narrow for him to get his face into. Mind you this is a cat who still prefers to drink out of the bathtub drain area, so I'm pleased he'll use it at all.
I'm awaiting the arrival of my 2 kittens next week. In preparation for them, I've been searching for pet products that aren't eyesores since I have a somewhat small but well decorated apartment. This little fountain is perfect! The water sounds a bit like an open tap so that's something to get used to, but I like the sound of running water and I hope my cats will too. I added aquarium rocks for noise reduction, but I really just like the way they look too! Again, I hope my cats will like it!
So glad I took a chance on this fountain. I usually don't entertain the idea of buying anything rated less than 4 stars on but now I'm really starting to realize that number is dependent on so many factors and the best way to see if something works for you is to try it yourself. In this case, this fountain has worked out for us so well! My cat has been drinking way more water than he usually does, and I think that's because this fountain is tall enough to where he doesn't have to crouch at ALL to drink from the top. It's the perfect height for him. Looking back on all the fountains we've gone through (3 plastic, 1 stainless steel) and all the times I've made him drink from a bowl on the floor.... I feel really bad! Because he so clearly prefers drinking from a raised surface like this (he also drinks from the stream sometimes, and occasionally I'll find him playing with it with his paws). I've since purchased a raised feeding platter to offer his wet food on since owning this pagoda fountain made me see how much he loves not having to crouch! He's a tall cat! I've been cleaning this fountain once a week. The stream isn't too loud either, sounds really relaxing to me and the other 2 people who live in my household! I'll continue to take really good care of this fountain because it's improved my cat's life so much in the month we've owned it.
People have said this fountain is noisy but I just don't think it's any noisier than any other fountain. We have this in the bathroom that's directly attached to our bedroom and it doesn't bother me at all (though obviously everyone's different).Our cat who is used to the round styles of this fountain was actually a little confused by it at first so I suppose it's possible that this is louder than the Avalon and 360 models. It certainly produces more bubbles than those models as well.Still, after a day of having it, it IS getting use.I love that it takes the same pumps and filters as the round DrinkWell fountains (of which we have three others (now one for each cat)). I wish the pumps could be purchased through (our a pet store for that matter) rather than the website... But I've ordered several which should last us for quite awhile (in my experience they last well over a year, I believe the one that finally died had made it two before it could pump no more), so that's kinda a mute point.The bottom space for drinking on this model is a little smaller than in the round ones, so if you're buying this for a large dog you might want to stick to the Avalon or 360 models.We decided to get this model this time around just so it'd lay flush with the wall... Which it does for the most part (there is a slight curve to the sides).Still, so long as the cats like it it's good!
This was great for about a week. It worked beautifully at first, but after about a week the water slowed to a barely-there trickle. I took the entire fountain apart, cleaned it, reassembled it, and it worked beautifully again for about four days. It's back to barely flowing. My cats don't like to put their faces into the top to drink anymore because the water in the top is uncomfortably low (even though the basin is full).When the pump works, this is a beautiful fountain and my cats love it, but it isn't working and I've only had it for a couple weeks.Edit: Turns out I missed the pump when I cleaned the fountain. After dismantling and thoroughly cleaning the pump, it works again as advertised. The manufacturer's comment was very helpful here.
We have had this fountain for a long time. This is the second one I have bought. (Only because I didn't know about cleaning the inside of pump) We have 4 cats and ALL of them LOVE this fountain. I love how easy it is to clean and use. We use bottled water. I am different than the people complaining that it is loud. It is not loud... The motor is quiet and the waterfall is delightful. You can hear the water falling so if that bothers you then it's not for you. I find it peaceful like a fish aquarium... does get louder if you allow the water level to fall too low though so make sure you add water to it periodically. Clean it on a regular basis (super easy you can youtube how to clean inside of pump). I try to clean ours weekly. It is dishwasher safe except the pump... ceramic so it is safer for kitty, and as far as the plastic housing for filter being "hard to clean" it is NOT! I put mine on top shelf over one of the pegs in dishwasher! If you prefer handwashing it, an old toothbrush or bottle brush works fine.. They also have a brush made for these fountains. LOVE this and will always buy products!!
One tip: it's not as clear as it could be, from the product photos, that this is almost square. Not an issue, just an aesthetic consideration to keep in mind.In person it looks as advertised, and I like it well enough. It didn't take long, nor was it difficult, to assemble. It seems to work just fine - albeit only for a few days so far, for me.Our cats definitely like it, though. As anticipated they were much enjoy drinking from the waterfalls (though also drink from the bowls occasionally, too). They seem to be drinking more as a result, too, which was our goal.At first glance it doesn't seem like it works so great for keeping the water clean - hair tends to just sink to the bottom and sit there. However, when you check on it over the course of days, one way or another all the hair and other contaminants do in fact disappear - presumably sucked in by the pump and caught by the filters, eventually. So that's of course really nice, as cleaning this regularly would be significantly more time-consuming and error-prone than a plain old cat bowl.As yet I haven't had the experience of cleaning it many times, so I'm not sure how I might feel a few months from now after half a dozen cleanings, but given how simple it was to assemble, and that it's dishwasher safe, I don't anticipate any issues. Though I expect not to put it in the dishwasher - I had insisted on dishwasher safety in making my purchasing decision, but after seeing it in person, with its simple shapes and smooth ceramic finish, I'm pretty sure it's quick & easy to just clean with a dishcloth. And while it would fit in my regular-size dishwasher, it'd take up quite a bit of space, so hand-washing has an appeal if you don't want to run the dishwasher significantly more often.
The two terrible habits my cat has around drinking water: 1. Insisting he drink from the bathroom tub faucet even if he has a water bowl. 2. Dipping his damn dirty paws into the water making it dirty and getting water all over the floor.I had already used Drinkwell Fountain with water reservoir. That model was nice but was plastic and more cumbersome to clean because running water over plastic material degrades and holds dirt. Also, my cat still pawed at the water. I got rid of it after a year.The Ceramic Fountain: When I decided to replace the fountain I decided ceramic would be a better option. It's a lot easier to take a part and clean. I clean it each week. I subscribe to the carbon filter and foam filter to remind me to replace. I set the fountain on a shoe box to give it some height because my cat prefers to drink standing up. This solves the tub faucet issue AND the pawing at water dish issue.Conclusion: This fountain is worth it for long term use and easy cleaning.
I bought this because my cat sitter broke my previous one which the cats (I have 2) loved. Because it was no longer available, I did an extensive (my cats are picky!) search for a new one and settled on this model. It was GREAT. They were drinking like cats should. I think they liked the subtle running water sound this made. After about 2 months, the water flow began to diminish. At 3 months the flow was non-existent. I was on the verge of scrapping it when I found the box (which was in my recycle bin, good thing Im lazy) and found the customer support number 800-832-2677 and called. I got a real person (shock) an American based in Knoxville, TN! (Shock of shocks!) He walked me through trouble shooting steps and I found that the charcoal filter was clogged. I took the old one out and it ran like new. He set me up on a subscription for automatically sending replacement filters. So Ill change my filter every 2 months or so and have new ones sent to my door on a scheduled basis. So folks, if your flow gets slow, replace the filter! And if that doesn't solve it, call customer support. They are GREAT!!!!!
Finally, a water fountain my cat will use! No more 3 a.m. zoomies across the face and pounces on my full bladder just so I'll go to the bathroom and turn on the faucet so the princess can get a drink. Yes, the fountain takes a bit of maintenance but if it garners me two more hours of sleep, I'll do it. I do have water scale lines alone the fountain base and down the sides of the pagoda but that says much more about the water in my area than the fountain's filter. Unfortunately, today the pagoda dropped from my soapy hands and it chipped. I called directly to see if I could buy a replacement pagoda, but the ceramic pieces are not sold separately. But since I only just got the fountain in September and I'm still under warranty, they are replacing the entire thing. And Chelsey, the rep, took time to remind me to change filters, and take apart the pump and clean it....whoa, take apart the pump? I can do that? Yep. And clean out the gunk that gets past the filer. Excellent customer service. And speaking of customer service, when I first purchased this fountain I bought it in blue, only to decide I really wanted the red. customer service was excellent in helping me with the return. So, yes overall a fantastic purchase.
I've been using this fountain for about 3 months now, and my two cats love it! I bought it since both my cats love to drink out of the bathroom sink, and this is an easier solution. Set up took me about 20 minutes out of the box, and that included me washing the ceramic parts. The fountain consists of a ceramic base with separate center ceramic piece. Under the center piece is a submersible pump, "sponge" that surrounds the pump, (I'm assuming this is for noise dampening?) filter holder with cap, charcoal filter, and small rubber "stopper" that covers where the pump cord passes through the base to prevent water from escaping. The cord itself plugs into the wall and has a separate detach point on the cord so you can unplug the unit without unplugging the wall outlet - useful if you have to plug this in behind something or in a tight space.This is a pretty large fountain - it may be too large for a single-pet household or if you have to use this in a small area. I clean the unit once/week and it takes about 10 minutes to disasemble, wash in soapy water, reassemble, and refill with water. I change the filter every other week (bought a 4-pack here on and it lasts a couple months). My cats have shorter hair - you may find you need to change the filter/clean more often depending on your pets. So far I have had no problems with the pump or filters. Make sure you have the fountain filled before you plug it in or the motor can burn out quickly! I add about a cup or two of fresh water daily (I use a plastic cup that I keep under my bathroom sink).The fountain is somewhat noisier than our last one (Petmate Fresh Flow). The motor itself is quiet, but the sound of the water is louder since it "splashes" more. The higher you fill the water level, the quieter it will be since the water has a shorter distance to travel. I keep it filled to about 1/2" to the top. However, it is much easier to clean and doesn't get slimy like the Petmate did. I like the fact that there is less plastic. I personally don't use a mat underneath the fountain and have it set on carpet (living dangerously, lol!), but have had no problems with leaks or splashing.Overall, this is a good option for those looking for a way to get their pets to drink more water in a much more esthetically pleasing way! I notice my cats are drinking more now than they were with regular dishes.
Rev. Samuel L. Jesse Jackson, the preacher and cat of the residence, loved to move his water bowl. We, the staff, suspected that he does this form of protest due to the cat who lived next door to him at the shelter; his name was R. Reagan, by the by. We tried everything under the sun to get him to stop doing so once he came to his new residence, or to make it difficult for him to move his water bowl. Nothing worked. The Reverend Jackson continued to protest against his staff. We never quite understood the reason(s) why as we can't translate his meow-preaching's.It wasn't until the staff came across a fountain that this issue seemed to be resolved. This first fountain (not made by this brand) was made of steel and staff thought it would work out fine. But the staff didn't like how dirty the motor would get and how the water could circumvent the filter when being pumped to the top. This fountain, Drinkwell Ceramic Pagoda Fountain for Pets, is the best of both worlds for the staff and the Reverend. The filter is located on the top of the pump which then makes it impossible for the water being pulled up to be dirty. It also is unmovable for the Reverend as the weight of this fountain with water is too much.In closing, the Reverend Samuel L. Jesse Jackson drinks more water and can no longer protest by moving his water bowl. Don't worry though, dear reader, the Reverend has continued to protest his staff in other ways; such as meow-preaching whenever staff sleeps, night or day. His move to psychological protest is due to be counteracted soon with exercise devices/interactive toys.
The very old Drinkwell fountain my cats used had an extremely loud motor and was difficult to clean, but lasted a very long time. One of the cats used to drag it around the kitchen as far as the cord would allow to check the water level, which he required to be full to the brim. They both wound up wet after drinking.The falling water in the new Pagoda is also very loud, but the motor is silent. It is too heavy to drag from its location (yay!), but there is no need as the bubbler on top satisfies the "full to the brim" requirement. It took a full 24 hours for the finicky one to make the transition, but the other cat used it the same day it was assembled. I'm adding at least the same amount of water daily that I did previously.I like that the motor can be removed so components can be thoroughly cleaned, but the biggest drawback is the shorter overall length of the adjoining cords. It has prevented me from using the safest, most convenient outlet and caused me to need to rig a different method to reach one - ending up with too much cord too close to water.
I love this little fountain. My only gripe right now is that it doesn't hold as much water as my Drinkwell Platinum.It's ceramic and quite substantial. I chose the red for no particular reason. It's quite attractive. It was easy to assemble and it's looks great. It's like having one of those mediation fountains in the kitchen. I love the sound of the falling water. It's very soothing and pleasant, and not particularly loud. I know some commenters complained about it. However you will get less plash if you fill it fuller than pictured above. The fountain does not prevent it. The lip of the bowl is literally the limit as internally there is no way for it to spill.I've used pet fountains for my cats for more than 10 years, predominately the Platinum, my last of which is still running after 6 years. If your cat is like my old Maine Coon who liked to drench his head under the flow before he drank this won't be for you. There isn't enough room under the trickle to do an effect "head wetting". But if you cats just enjoy clean fresh water this should be perfect.After reading all the reviews I did order the filters. For a few bucks I'd rather not have the problems many have mentioned. The water filter sits right on top of the pump unlike the Platinum. The water must be forced through the filter to get to the fountain. If your flow is poor it's probably an issue with the filter being poor or full of pollutants. This was info I would have liked to have known before I purchased as many people commented on pump and/or flow problems. Additionally the foam filter surrounds the pump including the water intake and if dirty or defective could hamper the intake which will also contribute to a poor flow.All in all, I like I like it quite a lot right now. I will update as needed.UPDATE: I've had this for over a month and it's still performing like the day I got it. I love the sound of the flowing water and my cats like to drink from it. It's clear they drink more and are healthier. When they drink they often spend several minutes rather than a quick dash. I clean it once a week. I find the little silicone plug on the inside gets slimy for some reason, otherwise, other than a build up of a bit of calcium which will require CLR in a couple of months, it's typically very clean. Much cleaner than the Drinkwell Platinum that I had before. I am not having any of the issues with filters some of the low star commenter have complained about. In fact I clean both filters with hot running water when I clean the fountain. I do keep it well away from their food so they don't drag food into it. So I'm still very happy with this product. And it's much easier to care for than the plastic Platinum. I do wish it was a bit bigger and held a bit more water.update June 2017: I wanted to pass along a tip to keep this clean. I've found if I soak it with hot water and a couple of cups of vinegar once every month to six weeks it's new like the day I bought it. The vinegar is pet safe and it kills most bacteria. It has the added benefit of breaking down limescale so you don't have those ugly white marks all over everything. Just make sure to rinse it well so the animals don't smell the vinegar. Additionally, if you have a source of jugged spring water that isn't too expensive it will really cut down on build up and gunk. Don't use filtered water. It doesn't help. My cats are still loving it after nearly a year.
Updated 10/1There is a plastic "nipple" that seals the wire in the ceramic stem from the water. This part ripped after a dozen cleanings and I have not been able to find replacements. I now use duct tape instead which works, but doesn't get any design points... The new filters are LOADED with charcoal dust so be sure to rinse them well under cold water in both directions but mainly fat side up (as that is how the water flows.) Cats LOVE the fountain and are irritated when it is in the dishwasher for cleaning and they have to use a regular water bowl. Despite the issues, still A solid 4 star product! I would purchase again.---I have gone through many pet fountains over the years but this is by FAR my favorite one.My biggest gripes with the plastic units was that over time the plastic would get pitted, meaning that plastic was leeching into the water my cats got from the fountains. In addition, cleaning the plastic units was a PITA and in one review I even griped that these things should be made out of ceramic or glass. Bingo! I would have preferred glass but ceramic will do...I chose the white one so I could spot dirt easily. There is a red one as well that is mostly white on the inside. It goes into the dishwasher easily (but you need to place it carefully so you don't break off the ceramic stem inside.) Overall VERY easy to clean and maintain.The pump has one speed that goes from loud brook (not exaggerating here) when the filter is new to slow dribble after a few weeks. This is my major gripe as I think the filter should at least last a month and I get 2-3 weeks max out of them. I even took a filter apart to see what they did to make you have to buy filters regularly and the answer is a series of mesh fibers that bind together over time and clog it up. There is much less charcoal in there than I would have expected so that is not the issue.In any case, be prepared to have to buy filters for this regularly unless you just leave the filter out. But that kind of voids part of the point of having a fountain...PS: It doesn't bother me at all, but several friends have mentioned that when it is in loud brook mode (with a new filter) it makes so much water dripping noise that it makes them have to pee. LOL
This water fountain looks sleek and is SO MUCH easier to clean than the stainless steel Pioneer Pet Raindrop fountain I had previously.However, I seem to have received a bum motor with my purchase. After a few hours of taking apart the fountain and putting it back together (whether I cleaned it or not), the water pressure significantly decreases to the point where it barely drizzles down the sides. Unplugging the power and plugging it back in has no effect on this issue. Odd. I'm not thrilled to be replacing the motor this soon.**UPDATE**I called the Drinkwell customer service line and the representative who spoke with me was fantastic! When I explained my problem he informed me that the motor can be taken apart (which I had tried previously, though not very hard, apparently ??). Not only did he explain an at-home-fix, but walked me through taking apart the motor as I did it, and stayed around on the phone to see if it worked. (The trick is to put food-grade oil where the propeller sits).This helped the fountain work good as new for about a week before slowly dying again...looks like I'm off to put more oil in!Unimpressed with the motor, but the customer service was great.
This fountain is awesome. I love that my cat can drink from either the top of the fountain or the pool below. The design of this fountain allows the water to have more exposed surface area to the surrounding air, so there's a bit more evaporation than what you'd experience with one of the other fountains (i.e. drinkwell platinum). It's negligable and between the evaporation and my renal-failure kitty's frequent drinking, I replace about 1-1.5 cups a day. Its not too loud, but there's a constant bubbling sound. It's not silent no matter the water level, so keep this in mind if noise is a concern. I like the double filter design, and have found generic equivalents that have high reviews and significantly lower prices than OEM filters.Overall, I am pleased - and this is definitely better than the Platinum that I had for years.
I replaced my stainless with porcelain due to the health concerns. This is a great fountain but you have to maintain it by cleaning weekly and even replacing the water every few days. When I say cleaning I mean scrubbing the hard water stains from the porcelain so they don't build up. The hard water deposits can actually be harmful to your cats health (Google it). I use filtered water in mine and still get hard water deposit build up so I don't think there's any getting around it. It's more aesthetically pleasing than the others I've seen but does make some noise (just water trickling) so just a heads up there. My cats like drinking out of the bottom basin as well as the top where it bubbles and the fountains on the sides.
We really like this fountain. I was leery about it and whether our dog and cat would take to it, but I was desperate. Our cat would only drink from the running bathroom faucet. Which meant someone had to turn it on, wait for the cat to drink his fill (and he's a thirsty cat)....or walk away and forget to turn it off again, and then the cat would shake his wet head to remove the water that soaked his head, splattering water all over the entire bathroom walls, mirror...and people...and don't even get me started on the wet, muddy, nasty footprints he'd leave all over the sink, toilet and floor!I was therefore quite happy when both the dog and cat very quickly took to the new fountain. It is easy to clean. It does make a tinkling fountain noise but...well...hello, it's a fountain...people buy them because they want the noise...it's suppose to be relaxing, so to buy a fountain of any kind and expect it to not make noise is kind of silly in my opinion. I don't mind the sound at all...and as a matter of fact I use the sound to gauge the status of the fountain; If it's louder, it needs more water, if it's silent it needs the filter rinsed or changed.I don't regret this purchase and would definitely buy it again. I also like that it isn't plastic, and it looks nice sitting out.
The cats love it. One of our three cats had trouble drinking water out of a regular bowl, now he has no trouble at all.At first they were a little weary of it, but they got used to it quickly. I was afraid they would play around in it too much, but that only lasted a week or so.I was worried about this purchase because some people complained about the water flow slowing down. Please disregard these people. There are two ways this could happen.1. Not changing the filter - You need to change the filter every two weeks. It is very easy to do and you can set up a subscription on to buy the 4-pack every two months for $10. That is $5 a month.2. Not refilling the fountain - The water flow starts to diminish as the water level lowers, at about 30%, you will notice quite a bit of slow down. Don't let it get that low! Get a cup or a bucket that you can easily fill at the sink and take over to refill the fountain once a day. You can probably get away with not refilling for about 2 days...but don't let that be an excuse to become completely lazy.The fountain does need to be cleaned at least once a month, but I clean mine when I change the filter (twice a month). It comes apart easily and is not hart to clean. There is a convenient section in the power cord that disconnects so you don't have to unplug it from the wall every time you want to clean it.This is the perfect fountain, I don't regret spending the extra money on it over the other fountains available.
Ordered 4/9, delivered 4/11, undamaged. Item was well packed in original product packaging (styrofoam block inserts inside a box), and packed well inside an additional sturdy cardboard box. Easily unpacked with no mess.Assembly instructions were clear with photos. Assembled, filled, and working in less than 15 minutes.The design could be improved by making the integrated narrow ceramic "pipe" thicker. It's easy to see how it could easily break off during assembly, disassembly, or moving of the fountain.My cat has always splashed water with her paw before drinking out of a bowl (making a mess). And, loves drinking from a faucet. She took to the fountain immediately, and likes the lay on the floor next to it watching the falling water.The fountain is beautiful. The pump is absolutely silent. The quiet trickle of falling water is subtle and relaxing. The fountain would be a perfect decorative fountain, aside from its use as a pet waterer.
I was looking for a stainless steel or ceramic fountain that was easy to clean since my plastic fountain was too difficult to get totally clean. Not only is this one so much easier to keep clean, I got lucky and both my dogs like it! I bought the first fountain to encourage my two dogs to drink more water. My boy was happy with the first fountain but it did little to encourage my girl to drink more. This fountain has two levels and my girl voluntarily drinks from the top level. If you are trying to find a fountain for your picky dogs, I would recommend this one. The basin is large enough, the top level gives an extra option for drinking and the fountain 'waterfalls' are on the side so that the front of the basin is available to drink from without having to dodge one. I was also worried about it being more fragile but the entire fountain is heavy enough that I no longer worry about having it on the floor with two 30 pound dogs.
This is the second Pagoda Pet Fountain I have bought. The first one I tossed because it had hard water lines around the edges that I couldn't get clean and I don't think the filter was doing a good job. But it lasted a solid 2 years before it started to get ugly. Anyways, I liked the first product so much (and my cat was so spoiled by it) that I decided to get a second one. I pulled it out of the package- it looked fine to me so I washed it and filled it up with water for my cat. I tossed the packaging and went on with my day. The next day, I looked directly down at the bowl and noticed that the sides were completely warped. The edges are not straight- they are bowed. On all sides. The original product I had a few years ago didn't have this and it is really annoying me. However I threw away the packaging so I'm stuck with it. It works fine, it just isn't as perfect as the first one.First version: 5 starsThis version: 3 starsAverage: 4 stars.
This is my second fountain. The first was plastic and difficult to clean, although my animals loved it. I worried about my pets' exposure to plastic as well. This ceramic fountain is very nice looking and much easier to clean. The water capacity is not very large, so you do have to top it off with water everyday. I use the trick I learned with replacing fish aquarium filters. After the first charcoal filter expires, remove the charcoal and material holding it in. Make your own filters using new, knee high, nylon stockings and charcoal for aquariums. Fill the nylon with charcoal and tie a knot in it, cutting off the excess material, then place it in the casing from the original filter. Rinse before using. I make several at a time so it's easy for me to replace them come cleaning time. Works like a charm and much more economical. Cats especially benefit from clean, filtered, running water. They drink more which is important for their urinary health.
I originally paid about $80 for this, 3 of my 5 cats enjoyed it and then my husband accidentally cracked the side of the bowl when cleaning it. We made sure we removed any tiny pieces by rinsing it off and plugged it back if, as the crack was only visible halfway and up the side of the bowl. The next morning we noticed there was a puddle under the fountain collecting on the mat so we decided to turn it off. Later that day, I saw 1 cat laying next to the fountain starring at it and waiting for it to be turned back on, my husband and I decided to by another one as clearly this he was not pleased with the situation and it's my husband's favorite cat and my husband babies him. I was dreading dropping $80 again but was pleasantly surprised to see it at around $65 and we bought a new one. When the new one arrived, my husband went to set it arrived broken. The cylindrical piece that is supposed to be connected to the bowl and go under the tower was completely broken off from the bowl. was quick to send a new one after requesting a replacement and, thankfully, that arrived in tact and actually had some cushioning in the package this time. My husband hooked it all up today and I have already seen my fur babies using it.Before I originally bought this, I read several reviews about it being loud. My husband and I do not find it loud. Perhaps we are used to it or it just doesn't bother us, but to have constant noise, but in my opinion, the small plates or salt and pepper shakers in the bowl so that the water hits them instead of freefalling into the bowl of water is unnecessary. It isn't that you cannot hear the fountain, you can, but I find it pleasant and not bothersome.I enjoy the ease of cleaning and that it is ceramic and won't become discolored or absorb bacteria like plastic does.
First let me say that it is so cool to watch the water on the top layer of this. Easily amused? Perhaps, by that doesn't make it look any less cool.Second, assembly is easy. They spell it out for you in the instructions.Third, and perhaps the most important, my 4 cats are obsessed with it. Within 2 MINUTES of it being plugged in, they were all about drinking out of it. Within 24 hours, they had drunk 2 inches of water from the bowl and I was so surprised that I checked for spillage and found none.I decided to ship the two filter components on auto ship every two months to help maintain the quality of water.I highly recommend this bowl for your pets. If you have a large dog, this bowl may be a little small for him/her. Perfect for all cats and medium dogs or smaller.
Ok so...I've been wanting this for months but couldn't get past the price. Seems very expensive for my budget of 4 children to buy an animal item for anything in the cost of $70's. I kept going back and for wanting another fountain because it was cheaper but the cheaper ones seem to have more cleaning times and many pieces. With the life i have i dont want to designate an hour every two weeks for cleaning a fountain. Well I gave in and bought this one since it is the prettiest (taupe) and less work cleaning. If my husband ever looks this up and sees the price I may be an exwife. Just kidding. I'm prime so it arrived in two days. As soon as the UPS man dropped it off I went right out and grabbed it. I just so happened to be home. It is actually smaller than I thought. It's not too small or too big. I guess seeing peoples close up pictures I thought it was really big but it isn't. It was very easy to put together. I had it all ready in less than 5 mins and the only reason it took that long is I ran cold water on the charcoal filter for a few minutes as instructed. You will see all the pictures I took. Ok, so my comment about the sound. It is loud but pleasently loud. I've had mine plugged in for an hour and I'm already getting use to it. I will not be adding white salt shakers (brilliant idea) or white sauces (brilliant idea) to help lessen the notice. It's pleasently calming to my ears but keep in mind I have a house of 4 children so my ears take a lot of noise. I asked my husband if the sound bothered him and he said not at all. I will see how we feel when the house is silent (bedtime for kids). I will do another update in 2 weeks. I also bought extra charcoal filters and the other filter needed so when its time to change them I won't have to wait to order them. Only one set of the 2 filters come in the box. So you have everything you need straight out of the box but in 2-3 weeks you will need to be prepared. My cat immediately came over to see what this new thing was. I can't say that she drank from it but she sure did a thorough investigation. I took up her normal water dish so she will have to figure out how to use the new one. I will keep you posted. I really want to get another one but I can't see spending the money. If the price ever gets down to under $50 or of one of you nice people will gift one to me that would be great! I will take any color! :-). Bye good people!UPDATE! I got this on Friday and Sunday it broke. No fault of anyone but my own. My youngest child age 2 made something fall on it which broke off the middle piece that helps hold the pump. I went to home depot and bought ceramic clue and let it sit 24 hrs. All is in working order. If you have small children or if you are clumsy make sure you put this in a location where nothing will accidentally fall on it. Ceramic is not a forgiving material... It will break easily. Ive added a picture of the glued break and it working again. $80 is too much money to only have it unbroken for 2 days :-( I'm grateful the break was fixable. #kidsruinnicethings
I broke the top to our fountain and so had to buy another. My cats were terrified of this when we first bought it. I took them probably more than six weeks before all three were using it. I just left it on the floor near their other water bowls and eventually, one of them tried it, while another one made warning noises. Now they all love it and use it as their main water source.I love it because my cats have fresh, filtered water every day. I have found that I need to thoroughly clean it and replace both filters about once a week. I have three cats. The charcoal filter starts to get clogged and the water flow slows down. I replace the other filter also, because you can't really wash it. I have tried and can't get all the soap out. The filters are not that expensive. The whole point is that the kitties will have clean, fresh water, so it's not a big deal to replace the filters once a week.I still keep some of their other water bowls upstairs in strategic locations, but I have noticed that all the cats prefer the fountain and will come from wherever they are in the house to get a drink.We have the red one and it's a very pretty color.
I have tried several types of drinking fountains for my cat Merlin. This Drinkwell Pagoda is exactly what I was looking for. Previously other types, although flowed well, he would easily tip them over spilling the water on the floor and leaving no water to drink. With the ceramic pagoda it is heavy enough that he can not tip it over. He can move the top over but it does not tip. He likes to flowing water and is drinking more through out the day. Following the instructions for set up was no problem. It is easy to clean as well. The sound of the water flowing does get louder as the water decreases which to me a way to remind me to add water, therefore the sound is not an issue. I definitely recommend this product.
I had the plastic Drinkwell originally, the one where you fill the plastic water resivior and that slowly fills it. This is so much better because you just pour water straight in there. It is also a million times easier to clean. You can put it in your dishwasher!!! You just take the top part off and take the motor out and whoala! The slick ceramic makes it so much easier to clean too. Also better because it isnt porous like the plastic one which is much more hygenic. The plastic one had so many weird nooks and crannies it was almost impossible to clean. My cats seem to like it more as well and drink our of it more. I love this thing! Lastly it is pretty to look at and looks like a fountain you would find in your garden. Is pretty quiet as well. Worth the extra money 100%!
I LOVE this fountain! More importantly, all my 8 kitties love it too. I have a kitty (GoldenBoy, pictured) that has diabetes and drinks water constantly. I had a Drinkwell Platinum Fountain, which they all loved too, but GoldenBoy is allergic to plastic. He kept getting chin acne, so I had to find a fountain that wasn't plastic. A friend of mine had one of these and I thought it was beautiful. So I got one for my babies. Easier to clean than the Platinum too. It's not too loud but I personally find the sound of dripping water relaxing. I bought the Taupe, (neutral) but wish I had bought the blue, my favorite color. But the kitties can't see the color so it doesn't matter to them. I have 2 other water bowls throughout the house that they all drink from also, specially when GB is hogging the fountain. But they all prefer to drink from this fountain. Had to clean and refill my Platinum every 4 days. Even with the extra reservoir, water only lasted 4 days. This can be filled easier, daily, but only needs to be cleaned about once a week or so. I totally love this fountain. Just wish I had found it sooner. I highly recommend this to anyone who has cats that like running water. They can drink out of the top where it bubbles out, or they can drink out of the sides where it flows down, or they can drink out of the bottom where the water is almost still. I highly recommend this to anyone who has kitties that like to drink from moving water. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has large dogs, though. It's really too small for them. But if you have "wasserhund" kitties like I do, it's perfect! Plus it looks good! Still wish I'd bought the blue, though. Sigh...
I purchased two of these fountains about a year and a half ago now, and both have been running continuously ever since. This is hands-down the best fountain we've ever owned. All in all, we've tried about 5 different brands and styles, none of which lasted this long or performed this well. Even after 18 months of use, there is still absolutely no pump noise - all you hear is a quiet, relaxing sound of trickling water. One of these sits on a file cabinet in my office for the use of our two office kitties and the other is at home. Most of the people who see it in my office never guess that it's a pet drinking fountain, but just assume it's there for decorative purposes and the pleasing sound, and I get a lot of compliments on it.It's super easy to clean and maintain. There are basically only 4 parts to it, the bowl, fountain, pump and filter compartment. They all separate quite easily so there's no complicated or difficult disassembly and reassembly or tiny areas that are difficult to clean. There are two filters - one foam filter that fits around the outside of the pump and a charcoal filter that goes in a small compartment that snaps onto the pump. The foam filter can be rinsed and reused for a very long time and the charcoal filter lasts us for about 30 days. While the Drinkwell replacement charcoal filter is a little pricey, we've tried the cheaper generic versions and they seem to work just as well. Since the fountain at the office is always filled with bottled water, I just use aquarium filter fiber instead of the charcoal filter - much cheaper and works great!
Fantastic pet fountain! All 4 of my cats (and dog) love this! For my cats, it helps them drink more water during the day to help to prevent dehydration since they love the running water part of this. Keeps them away from your kitchen faucet too. It is very aesthetically pleasing and is built well �� all ceramic and high quality, no plastic. Easy to assemble as well as disassemble in order to wash/clean. One tip, however, if you do get this fountain is that is is fairly high maintenanace in that you will need to fully disassemble and clean this at least once every 1-2 weeks, especially if you have hard water, in order to prevent line/mineral build up which can make the pump stop working which did happen to me but was easily fixed by frequent cleaning of the pump. Also there are 2 filters that should be changed out every 2-4 weeks and these are purchased separately (about 10 dollars each for a 12 pack of both of the filters which are each sold separately. Overall, I am happy with my purchase and would definitely buy this again.
Old review is below; I have updated it after I spoke to customer service. I didn't realize I have hard water and the buildup of calcium felt like the porcelain had worn off. After soaking the ceramic portions of the fountain in a vinegar solution, it's as good as new.I have 2 cats that love this fountain, and I occasionally foster a batch of kittens; the fountain is always popular or at the very least a curiosity. I do think it helps to ensure the cats drink more water.----------------------------------I've had this fountain for nearly 3 years and I'm glad I bought a pet fountain; my cat seems to enjoy it and it seems to encourage him to drink more water.Shortly after buying it (maybe a few months into purchase?) the porcelain has worn off both pieces of the fountain, exposing a surface that is coarse and porous. This new surface attracts dirt and is impossible to clean.Very disappointing. For the price I would expect a better product.
I have two Drinkwell Pagoda Fountains, one I keep upstair and 1 downstairs so my cats have one on each floor.I have had cats all my life and have lost a couple to kidney failure and like people, if you drink enough water it is good to flush the toxins out of the kidneys. I have noticed since I have the fountains my cats are drinking alot more water than they ever drank from their bowls.You need to clean the fountains once a week and change the filters every other week. At first it was a little hard trying to open the pump for cleaning but after the first few times, it became easier and easier and now it takes about 10 minutes to clean everything. The instructions say to clean the pump every other week, but I find the fountains runs better if I clean all the parts every week.This is a bery good product.
So one of my cats has been obsessed with fountains and the plastic ones he moves around, drags by the cord, tips over. I bought this one because it was heavy and looks nice. It's so far been the only one my cat gave up on trying to move and they all like to drink from it. However I do clean it in the dishwasher approximately twice a week because they get fur and food in it.My cats only drink from the pedestal on top, not from the bottom tray, not from the spouts, but your milage may vary, the top of the pedestal is a nice drinking height for them.I frequently clean the filter with dish soap and the pre filter sponge and haven't replaced them so far but am about to. Eventually these things just get slimy if you don't. I find it's a great way to provide water and the parts aren't as intricate to clean as some of the plastic fountains if you don't have a dishwasher but you will need a narrow brush.
I like everything about this cat water fountain. It holds a good volume, the filtration system works well, and the ceramic surface is easier to keep clean than previous plastic models, including by . We have multiple cats, and some prefer the upper pool and spouts, some prefer the lower pool, everyone is happy. The only possible consideration is the sound of the fountain itself which some might find loud? We don't hear it from the kitchen, and if anything I think the cats like it. One of ours is very finicky and used to only want to drink from sink faucets even when we had the cheaper plastic model. Between the ability to clean this ceramic unit and the nice 2-stage filtration, and the 'running water' effect of the fountain, she is now happy using the fountain as long as we keep it clean (which is a good idea anyway). Cats, what can you say.
I washed it, assembled it as the instruction booklet showed, and it runs as promised. The instructions are superior to most I have received over the past few years... It does appear that it will be much easier to clean and maintain than the plastic fountain I was using. However, the plastic fountain worked fine for over a year, and was still working great when I decommissioned it this afternoon. My cat suddenly decided a few days ago that his plastic fountain wasn't good enough for him, and quit drinking out of it. (You know how these cats have a mind of their own.) Unfortunately, he has an intestinal inflammation that he takes medications for, and drinking lots of water is essential for him! Well, when I got this new fountain assemble, I called Jack the cat, and I stuck my finger in the cascading water to show him where to drink. He promptly walked over and drank at the exact point I had showed him. And then, when I thought he was done, he walked around to the other side and drank out of the other flow. At that point he walked away, and halted about five feet from the fountain. He went back to the fountain and drank out of the top, at the point where the water surges up. He seemed to really like that, and drank a lot more. I really worry about him drinking enough water, and by the way he immediately took to this fountain, I am very relieved! Phew. Also, it really looks great with the little semi-Asian looking feed dishes I have for my two cats. This is a bonus, since looks were way down on my list of requirements for a fountain. The red is nice, and looks good against my Saltillo tile floor...
Kudos to the person who suggested using tape to cover the spouts to change the flow of this fountain, that worked like a charm. I normally really like the sound of falling water but this was really loud and my cats were scared of it. I dried it off really well and carefully put two pieces of packing tape across the inside of the spouts even with the rest of the top so the water flows over the top and down the sides now. The cats really like drinking out of the top of it. I like that it holds more water than my last fountain and since it's porcelain it's easier to keep nice looking. My last one was plastic which was really light and easy to move but it looked just awful after about a year or two.
This is my second Pagoda pet water fountain. I still have the first one after owning it for over a year now and it works great. I have 1 long-haired cat and 3 long-haired chihuahuas. They love their fountain and drink lots of water as they should. It also produces the most wonderful sound of trickling water :) The fountain can handle all four of them no problem as long as I clean it weekly or sometimes bi-weekly if I don't have the extra time. I replace the filters every 2 weeks simply because I'm OCD and I want what's best for my fur babies and a lot of hair gets trapped in the pre-filter which means it's doing its job. You could probably stretch is to every month for 1-2 pets if they don't shed a ton of hair. Whenever I clean the fountain I make sure to clean out all of its components in hot soapy water and pull apart the pump so I can clean inside properly (there's YouTube videos on how to do it safely, it's very easy to do). Cleaning it usually takes me 15 minutes. I am getting a new kitty and it's time to add a second fountain. I can't recommend it enough!!! The ceramic is very high quality and won't stain or chip easily.
The product itself is great. The motor is virtually silent, but the waterfall may be too loud for a bedroom. It took my 2 cats a good long while to adapt to it. They were drinking from plain bowls before, and one got FLUTD so I decided to get a fountain to encourage drinking more water (i also switched to all wet food diet with occasional kibbles as treats). When I first set it up, they were afraid of it, thinking it was a little monster or something. I guess maybe the waterfall was too loud, so they never drank from it. It was their first water fountain after all. I decided to slowly ease them to the idea of it. I removed the tower and motor, so it resembled a large basin with still water. After a couple weeks, I noticed the water got slimier when I change water, meaning they must have drank when I wasn't looking. For the next few weeks I put the tower in without the motor, so it's still still water. Then I added the motor and placed two measuring cups at the waterfall to dampen the noise (works amazingly well, 95% noise reduction! See picture). A few weeks later, I finally caught them drinking from it in front of me (I knew they've been drinking from it when I'm not around). So now I removed the measuring cups, so the waterfall is louder, but hope this means more aeration for the water. I'll update again if they stop drinking from it because of that.
We had a Drinkwell Stainless 360 Multi-Pet Fountain for several years. I found it a pain to clean well. The parts and pump could not go into the dish washer. The bowl and top funnel were to big and the pump was not heat resistant. Because of this I did not clean the fountain as often as I should have.I started looking for a better fountain. This is it! The bowl and the top will easily fit into the dishwasher. The pump and "internal" parts are very easy to hand wash.I have three cats and live in Arizona so I need to fill the bowl with water every day. I don't think this would work well for larger dogs.
I love this fountain. It's incredibly easy to clean. I have had no leaks and the cats are drinking lots of water.With that being said, I would like to address the issue of water in the fountain. I was in a rental for a couple of years that was out in the country. I had a ceramic drinking fountain that would have mildew in it every week. But the ceramic was smooth as silk. Then I moved to the city, using the same fountain. In the matter of a week, I had no mildew but I had calcium buildup on the fountain. The longer I used that drinking fountain in the city, the more calcium built up. I have a very sickly girl cat and I became very concerned about her health, ingesting all that calcium. I was disinclined to use a calcium remover on the fountain from which she was going to drink. So I broke down and bought a new fountain. And I started using bottled drinking water. No calcium, easier to clean fountain, and a happy Cat Mom. And I am sure that she is healthier because of drinking cleaner water, and it costs me 88 cents a week. Well worth it!
I started out years ago with a plastic Drinkwell fountain. The plastic got so slimy, and it had a ridiculous amount of nooks and crannies that were hard to get into for cleaning. The pump was very hard for me to remove and put back in as well. My cats liked it but I hated it. I moved up to a stainless steel Drinkwell 360, which had fewer hard to get at parts, but still had some, and was a pain to disassemble and reassemble for cleaning no matter how many times I did it. At least the slime came off the steel surface more easily, and again my cats liked it. I just got this ceramic fountain, and what an improvement over both of those. I put it together the first time without swearing once, and I can see that there are fewer hard-to-get-at places for cleaning. And it has my cats' seal of approval too.
Had to purchase something to motivate my senior cat with renal issues to drink more water. I had a plastic water fountain before but it used to get slimy and since we are a more sophisticated bunch in our older years I wanted something not ugly. Fountain arrived quickly and was easy to put together. I haven't had any issues with the pump clogging up and I have a cat that sheds everywhere. It took about a day to get them into it but success was mine. It is pretty loud but it's not only a drinking bowl it's a water feature. so I don't mind. I'd reccomend.
My cats seems to love this and enjoy playing with the stream as well. I've heard people complain about the stream being reduced to a trickle. From my experience this is likely due to the filter becoming clogged for some reason. I clean the fountain every week but I had the top of the filter become slimey, decreasing the flow of water and likely stressing the pump as it tried to push against the clogged filter. There are couple of work-arounds if you don't want to buy and replace filters every 1-2 weeks: 1. you can simply remove the filter altogether and the water will cascade in a nice stream. Is it really necessary? You can always change out the water more often. 2.Go to the aquarium section of the pet store and get some of the filter fiber (100% polyester loose fiber batting) and a jar full of activated carbon chips (like the current filter components). You can also buy carbon infused cubes (about half-inch cube in an open honeycomb style). You can put the filter fiber on the bottom of the filter reservoir, add some activated carbon substance of your choice, and put a little more fiber at the top. You've made your own cheaper filter that will work just as well. I currently use the carbon-infused cubes with minimal filter fiber to keep the cubes from floating to the entry & exit holes. The water flows easily through this configuration. I imagine the carbon chips would work just as well. It is important to clean the pump as well as the fountain at least weekly. I'm not sure what's in our water (may my cats are deliberately spitting in their water to jerk me around) but the commercial filters do not last long at all for me.
Have had our Pagoda fountain for almost 3 years now and though I take it apart and clean it frequently, it still had hard water etching on the white ceramic all around the top rim and down both sides if the water spout.Today I submerged the etching in a gallon of white vinegar and left it for a couple hours and it totally removed all sign of etching and looks brand new... so happy!
Item arrived quickly and I put it together. It has a several parts and definitely need assembly. So far it appears to be well engineered and well made. Not hard to assemble but following the instructions are essential. The pump itself is fairly quiet. The water burbling sounds are subtle and calming. I find them to be pleasant. Not intrusive at all but a nice background white noise. So far the water flows nicely and consistently and my cats gravitated to it immediately. It's a hit. No comment yet on durability and longevity. My cats are always scrounging for water outside of their water bowl and this is an attractive option. Looks good and the cats like it as well. I'm quite pleased. Hopefully the pump will last for awhile.
This fountain is worth the money....don't buy cheap....I was so disappointed in 2 other fountains that I ordered; threw 2 other fountains, in the trash.....then ordered this fountain, which I had one before, and when the first Drinkwell Drinkwell fountain arrived; it worked perfectly from the beginning, so solid; and beautiful, so I ordered a second one, to replace the cheap other ones; my pet is worth it....cats so calm now....with a great drinking system; while I work...they love me up; when I come home....they are so thankful for this fountain....truly, the water you give your pets, is worth the money. Don't buy cheap! Suggest, Buy Drinkwell....for Pete's Sake, we all buy bottled water now....think about it....pets are so worth it....threw away 2 fountains I ordered, cheaper fountains, and I so regret it.
This is the third Drinkwell fountain I've owned (preceded by the Platinum and then the Stainless 360). I've been happy with the quality of all three, but the ceramic Pagoda is my favourite. I should mention that I've had three not because of any issues with any of the models (they've all worked well and I've passed my former fountains on and they're still going strong, years later), I'm just a sucker for nice new products.The Platinum was great in terms of water reservoir and introducing a fountain to my two cats, however the grey plastic wasn't very attractive and I wanted to get away from plastic (because of cleaning issues and concern with reading about the potential for plastic water dishes to cause cat acne).I found the stainless 360 much more attractive than the Platinum - important, given it was quite a big bit of kitchen furniture. As another reviewer noted, it has a large footprint; it also has three black plastic clips which are essential for holding the cone and bowl together and which break up the otherwise clean line of the steel and are a bit fiddly when cleaning the unit. While it was easier to keep clean than the Platinum, it did get some visible mineral build-up from the water which I couldn't get off without strong products. A big plus with the 360 which I haven't seen with other models was being able to use a re-fillable water filter with it (also purchased through ) which was a big reduction in consumables to keep it operating. Overall I was pretty happy with the 360, but then I saw the new ceramic offerings and decided I had to give the Pagoda a try.The Pagoda has a very clean line and is nice and compact. This means it needs filling more often than the 360 or the Platinum, but will still get through several days between top-ups without trouble. The water noise is a bit more pronounced than the other fountains were - it's a definite 'fountain' noise of falling water (whereas the Platinum was almost silent and the 360 definitely quieter). However there's no mechanical noises from the pump, just the trickling water noise.The water stream has a good flow to it - more appealing to my tap-obsessed cat than the weaker flow from the 360. (The 360 came with multiple rings to give options of 1-5 outlets for the water, but I found that any more than 2 meant the water didn't come out with enough force to stream, and would just run down the side of the cone. The design of the Pagoda seems to do a better job of getting the water to project out).Assembling the Pagoda was very easy - it really is just resting one piece on another. They seem to sit well, but my cats also aren't prone to knocking things about - if you expect your fountain to get accidental knocks something like the 360, which has a definite locking mechanism holding the components together, might be more suitable.Overall, I'd recommend any Drinkwell fountain for reliable operation. I really like the Pagoda and it's getting lots of good use but a household with more than 2 animals might find it a bit small. Also if you get irritated by falling water noise, this is not the pet fountain for you - get the Platinum or another where the falling water runs down a surface rather than hitting the water.Finally a note on packaging - I was a little concerned about how well the ceramic would handle international shipping, but it was very well packed in its box and did a good job with the second layer around that.
I had another fountain (stainless steel) and liked it, but boy it was work to clean, and just to line up the pump, don't even ask! I wanted something (not plastic) and this is ceramic. I have been using it for several months with no problems, and my cat took to this one fast. I like the quiet motor, the size, the easy cleanup, and the filters are great (I get them from another source, which seems to be better than the company's filters - look on , you will see the different ones offered) I am including a video too (if it is not too large). I totally recommend this product!
Divine! Delicious! Delightful! And the cats like it too. I had to demonstrate a couple of times (when it was freshly cleaned, of course) and after about 2-3 weeks, my male cat used it, then my tiny female copied him. I've tried Drinkwell fountains before, but the noisy motors were dreadful and terrified my felines. This one I don't have to give away; it's fabulous although a sponge mat on the slate floor helps to ensure only the "babbling brook" sound is heard. We all love the pretty blue color too, which is a fine concession to feline color perception. Thank you, Drinkwell. After tasting the twice-filtered water, I think theirs is better than the bottled I put in it but drink straight from the bottle myself. As I'm a klutz, however, I always worry when washing the fountain that I will drop the ceramic parts. Hope you have replacement parts. We also appreciate the pagoda design which permits drinking from several locations. Although I was worried about the filters and cleaning being a nuisance, it's so easy and not stressful at all. Both cats love to watch me refill the clean fountain, wait while it's plugged back in, and then almost explode with excitement when it starts running again. This well-designed, lovely, and user-friendly product is just completely wonderful in every way.
So this works better then I had hoped for. We lost my "emotional support" cat who was a Russian Blue in Dec. due to a urinary blockage. I had planned on getting 1 for xmas and kick myself daily for not buying sooner. As soon as I came from the ER vet I ordered this fountain and my kitten drank from it like a dream. We ended up getting 2 more kittens to keep our other kitten company and they ran right to it and started drinking. My "new" Russian Blue is super funny drinking from it, his kitten sister is a dainty drinker lol and my orig kitten loved it also. My advice EVERY CAT OWNER HAS TO BUY A FOUNTAIN!
It's pretty. Cat likes it. Taupe looks good in my kitchen.There is very little pump hum, and this goes away entirely when I place the fountain on a pad, isolating it from the ground. The ceramic does not transmit the pump hum so the only remaining source of hum is a small vibration transmitted to the floor, which can be eliminated. In other words, all I hear now is water. I like water.The plastic body that holds the charcoal filter is thin, brittle plastic. I was on the verge of breaking it just opening it to clean.If you don't like the sound of water, you won't like this fountain. I do.Expensive, but I've caught the cat drinking so that's good.
I replaced our plastic DrinkWell with this because I don't like to use plastic for me or for our kitties. Set up of this was quick and I barely needed the instructions. I like being able to wash this in hot water until it's squeaky clean. Our four cats adopted this immediately and have been drinking more water since we've had it. It's interesting to see the different favorite spots each cat has chosen to drink. Some love the flowing water, some drink from the well in the top and my little short girl drinks from the main resevoir. Highly recommend this as an addition to a healthy pet environment.
This is my third Drinkwell pet fountain, and by far my favorite. I started with the Drink well Platinum, followed by the Drinkwell 360 stainless steel fountain. Both were great fountains, but somewhat time consuming to clean. The 360 was much easier than the Platinum, and this new ceramic fountain is the easiest yet. I was also getting mineral build-up due to the hard water in my area, and it was very difficult to remove on the previous fountains. I have since started using spring water to refill the fountain.My two cats took to the new fountain style right away, although I did leave a bowl of water out for two weeks in case they were unsure of the new arrival.
My little furbabies love this fountain...particularly my lil girl, Callie! Our boy, Budha, can chug water like its his job, but Callie always had issues. Well, really after we got Budha. When it was just her and me, she would drink just fine. Out of her bowl, running tap water, the toilet (a funny story from the shelter where I rescued her). But the past ew years she's become more and more finicky. I changed her bowl to a metal one, ceramic, wash them daily, but she always has issues. And to make it worse, she developed this habit of scooping the water with her lil paw and licking it into her mouth. This caused three problems...1-f��r in the water bowl, 2-her not drinking enough, and 3-little wet paw prints all over the place! We had gotten to the point of filling syringes of water and making her drink them to ensure she was getting enough liquids. If she doesn't drink enough one day I can tell because her fur gets rough feeling.So I searched and searched, and found this fountain and one of those hamster bottles. We had another fountain that was made out of plastic, and I hated it. It was loud, and got super slimy. I figured we could try this fountain because of the reviews of it not getting very slimy, and it's much more aesthetically pleasing than three plastic one. And if this didn't work, I was going to try the hamster bottle.Well, the second we filled it and plugged it in, she ran (literally) right over, and dive her little face right in, lol. She drank from he top, the side streams, and the basin. She LOVES this!! In fact, she loves it so much that she ran right over to me, put her little paws on my leg, licked my hand, and gave me a little "thank you" squeak," and went right back and started drinking again! She even lays next to it and gets all zen like its a spa water feature lol.I'm so happy because now my baby is getting all the water she needs, her fur is silky soft, Budha loves it, and now she's become a little zen kitty too!:)Definitely a 5 star in my book!!
N. E. Meola
I LOVE this fountain! My cat recently became obsessed with the kitchen faucet (FYI, he went to the vet and has a clean bill of health. He's just a bit neurotic). He'd scream every time we walked in the kitchen for someone to turn on the water. He'd sleep next to the sink and wait. We have a great stainless water fountain that we purchased a few years ago on that our other animals enjoy.What I like best about the Drinkwell Pagoda, is that it makes a lovely running water sound and the water doesn't just trickle out. There's a steady stream from both sides and it is perfect for cats that have faucet addictions.It's beautifuly made and looks great on my kitchen counter. I have it next to the sink for now.
Very sturdy and easy to setup. The directions were easy to follow. It's made of porcelain and is slightly heavy. Once I got it setup, I filled it and plugged it in. My two cats immediately started drinking from it. We had a different fountain before this so they were accustomed to fountains. Could be scary to a cat the first time they see it though.The flowing water does make noise but it's not terribly loud. I replaced my previous cat fountain due to constant leaking. So far with this one I don't see any water leaking.
I bought the Ceramic Pagoda because its so easy to clean AND doesn't harbor bacteria as the plastic fountains do. It replaced the Drinkwell fountain with the extra tank. While this is extremely easy to clean, I am very disappointed in the quality of the white open-cell sponge filter that fits around the bottom of the motor. It needs to be replaced about every 2 weeks as its hard to clean the cat hair (and gunk) out of it. (Note: I have one big cat who loves to paw at the water prior to drinking it.)As for the charcoal filter on top of the motor (white housing), it is for TASTE only -- "removes impurities, bad tastes, and odors from the water". We have "conditioned" water and don't need this filter at all. In fact, I had no idea a tiny charcoal filter was in that white housing (my husband assembled this) until the flow of the fountain was almost nothing. Once the charcoal is removed, VOILA ... the fountain works perfectly. Bottom line: If you have a water filtration system you don't need the charcoal filter. If you use bottled water for your pets, you don't need the charcoal filter. If you don't have or don't want to use either of these options, just be sure you replace the charcoal filter every 2-4 weeks (you can visually see the little charcoal bag through the top of the white housing). If you don't replace the charcoal filter it will eventually clog to the point that the water stops flowing in the fountain.The other matter for consideration is water replacement. We live in hot, sunny, arid New Mexico and I have to refill the fountain every-other day. If you go somewhere overnight you're okay, but any longer and you must have someone refill the fountain. I'm glad I kept the Drinkwell fountain as a spare, because the cats will just have to use that while we're gone for a weekend trip of the annual 1-2 week vacation!
The Owl Underground
Over the years, I've had two of the plastic Drinkwells, and all but one of my cats loved to drink from the stream. However, the water where I live is hard as a rock and we typically have low humidity, so because of the constant evaporative loss, lime builds up in a very short time. The lime buildup was very difficult to remove from the plastic, even with a lime-dissolving cleaner, and it got to the point where I just threw the thing out and got a new one. Because this fountain is made of glazed ceramic, the lime build up comes right off with a little lime dissolving cleaner and a stiff brush which for me is a great big plus. It's simple to disassemble and clean, and it's dishwasher safe. Because it has two streams instead of just the one, two cats can drink from it at the same time (my two males are not good at taking turns!). It's also nice and heavy, and stays put. I've noticed that the lower the water level, the louder the sound of the falling water, so if the "noise" is a problem, keeping the water level topped up will minimize the sound. I consider this money well spent.
I like this new fountain. It's not as big as my previous 360 fountain, which is a downside. But the ceramic is a better material. The first one I had ordered, upon receiving it in the mail, had a broken piece, the cylinder in the center of the bowl. Once I received the replacement fountain and saw the quality of the ceramic, I was a bit surprised it broke off. Even though the cylinder is small and thinner, it appears to be a sturdy piece. The fountain itself is noisier than my previous fountain, but the noise also has a different quality, and the quality is more of a babbling brook, noise machine one, so even though it's louder, it's also more pleasant. The down side is that my cats so far don't appear to like the change, and the fountain is different from the previous fountain. I like it because I am hoping that the quality will be better. I am thinking ceramic may be healthier and that the extra filter around the motor will keep things cleaner. Now it's just convincing the cats to use it... :)
The fountain has a good design and my two cats are actually attracted to the sound of the falling water, so what others describe as noisy works very well indeed for my cats. I replace the carbon filter once every two or three weeks and the mesh filter that surrounds the pump I replace every third time I change the carbon filter or when it becomes discolored. It's really there to keep fur from getting into the pump housing and doesn't need to be replaced every time you clean the unit - a simple rinse is usually enough.A caveat is in order however - when ordered from the pump is poorly packed and my arrived broken - there is a small vertical pipe inside the dish that, like the dish, is ceramic and this snapped off during shipment due to poor padding. I didn't send mine back - I glued it back on and sealed it with silicone to save the hassle but it's broken of twice since then and can't be resealed now. In hindsight, I should have sent it back for replacement and I urge you to do this should yours arrived damaged. This particular part is just too fragile to be glued back in place and be expected to hold leak-free.Other than the packaging, five stars all the way for design and durability.
Nothing I have ever bought for my cats has been this big of a hit.For years, my oldest cat had drunk from the pedestal sink in our downstairs bathroom. As she has gotten older, her knees aren't what they used to be and she has a difficult time getting to the faucet. After watching her fall trying to jump to the faucet... I decided to try this fountain -- primarily because it looks a lot like a small version of her "drinking sink."We tried a plastic fountain years ago but a pink bacterial film would quickly develop on the pieces and the amount of cleaning got out of hand. (This particular bacteria is innocuous but I didn't like leaving it for long). Plus, our cats just didn't seem that into the fountain. So, I was a bit reluctant paying this much for something that might not work out and would require a ton of cleaning.This fountain has required a FRACTION of the cleaning of the plastic fountain. Likewise, there has been no bacterial film. It's also a lot easier to clean--there are no weird hard-to-get-to plastic molded areas. And, for whatever reason, (maybe a different sound?) our cats have used this fountain exponentially more than the plastic one.We've had the fountain for about 4 months now and the motor has not given us any problems and has also been very easy to clean -- I do nothing more than run it under the faucet. There are 3 suction cups on the bottom of the motor. One of them has gotten a bit loose and I have to shove it back in but that is likely due to my strong-arming it from the base during cleaning. Not a big deal, I jam it back in with a chopstick.I've read some reviews complaining about the motor being loud. I'm sitting about 12 feet from the fountain right now and I can not hear the motor -- I can hear the water flowing but certainly not the motor.I have noticed a little hum in the motor after cleaning but a wiggle of the center piece to better seat the motor takes care of that. If you do not especially like the sound of trickling water, keep the fountain full and that will cut down on the sound.I should add, this fountain has been such a hit, we now have three of them -- one on each floor of our house. There's no more drinking form the sinks and no more old girls falling onto tile floors.Best purchase of the year.
This is a great filtered with circulating water drinking fountain for my kitty and my Shih Tzu! It did take a couple of days for them to get used to the overflowing water, but once they got the hang of it, that's all she wrote. They love it, which makes me love it! It's also very easy to clean and uses 2 filters to assure the water they drink is fresh n clean each time. And it's motor is much stronger than the cheaper fountains, so you don't have to worry about the motor breaking down anytime soon. Also, this co has awesome customer srvc!!! I had a small hiccup with my fountain at first, but as soon as I reported it, they had a brand new fountain coming my way even before I had began to return my initial fountain. This 2nd one runs like a charm and we couldn't be any happier. That's what I call AWESOME customer SRVC!!!! We love it!!
After trying a stainless steel bowl that one of my cats loathed (he would take it apart at night and flood the floor), I decided, time for something new! 1. Something he can't take apart and 2. Something that mimics the sink faucet. I came across this, and while I prefer stainless steel, porcelain is better than plastic! My two cats love this (should that be eight paws up?)! They drink a lot more water now, in fact I have to top it off everyday and I fill it as full as you're allowed! The motor is quiet, I cannot hear it at all, unlike my last one, just the relaxing sound of mini waterfalls in my apartment. No sarcasm, it is relaxing, unless you really have to pee! Very easy to clean, again, unlike my last one, and I'm glad this one has a filter that goes around the motor. That helps a lot, I highly recommend you continue to buy and use those. Having had fountains without them, your motor will start to grow things that even you can't determine, get insanely clogged with fur, and be a nightmare to clean. No more! My only problem is that I have hard, well water (I rent so I have no control) to wash with, which leaves hard water stains and residue. I use purified water only for their drinking supply. Highly recommend for your pets health. I was surprised by how much more water they drink with this fountain! Worth the big bucks!