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Cat Mate Water Fountain - It’s Brilliant!!
27 December 2017
We had two issues. Firstly, my cat hated the taste of water from metal bowls. I initially did not realise this was the reason she drank from puddles and pots that she found in the garden. One day I decided to change the bowl to a china bowl. Problem solved...she began drinking from the china bowl. This was successful until we took on a little stray cat. The second issue was he had been used to drinking out of a small stream. Consequently, when presented with a china water bowl, containing still water, he proceeded to tap the water with his paw to make it move like the stream. This made the water in the bowl dirty and he splashed water on the floor, around the bowl and this made my cat not want to go near the bowl! I was spending alot of my time changing dirty water and mopping up the mess!
I am delighted to say my problems have been resolved by this Cat Mate water fountain. It’s brilliant. I set it up, remembering to remove the plastic covering from the filter before assembling. (The filters should be replaced monthly. Amazon sell them.) I placed the fountain in the utility room where we have a stone floor. A good test for the motor noise. I filled with water to the max line and plugged it in. The cord is long, so no worries there. Inside the unit is a dial for the motor speed. Our’s came set to half way. We left it set there.
I switched the unit on in the presence of both cats. They sat starring at it as though a mouse might come running out from the top! The motor really is very quiet. I have good hearing and if I bend down and get close enough to the motor, I can just hear a very faint hum. Make sure it does not touch other objects because they will carry the sound.
I left the china water bowl in the utility room next to the Cat Mate water fountain. After about 2 hours, both cats were drinking from their new fountain, ignoring their old bowl. It has been a complete success. No more splashing about in the water to make it move, no more wet floor and no more dirty water. Just fresh, clean water all the time. I just need to top up the water every day, wash the plastic parts once a week and replace the filter monthly. Easy! 😃
The cats love it and I’m happy!
Since writing this review I have made a useful discovery with the filters. I went on eBay and bought 500g of loose charcoal pellets that are identical to the 20g of wet charcoal in the filters. If you prize open the lid, wash the filter fabric, replace the 20g of wet charcoal and carefully replace the filter lid, you will have an all singing and dancing filter for the cost of about 15p in total.
I wondered how necessary it is to change the filter every 4 weeks, so did a bit of research. I learnt that carbon is a medium for bacteria as well as removing chlorine. The carbon breaks down the bacteria and removes it. After 4 weeks the carbon no longer works and can hold onto the bacteria. Having discovered this and not wanting to risk my cats' health, I have decided to keep changing the carbon every 4 weeks. Just to be on the safe side. Nothing lost but a bit of time and 15p with my eBay purchased charcoal!
Some reviewers have commented on the unit becoming noisey. I have noticed this happens when cat hair gets stuck against the inlet part of the motor. Just remove it and it will be virtually silent again.
Hope this helps. It is still a great product. 👍🏻