Does anybody have any experience with CAT DRINKING FOUNTAINS? Mr Jerry only wants to drink out of a slow tap, and I want to try a fountain since he's 13 years old and needs a lot of water to keep his kidneys healthy. I lost one sweet kitty to kidney failure a few years ago; we kept her semi-healthy and happy for almost a year by giving her subcutaneous fluids every other day, but I don't ever want to have to do that again! It was very stressful for both of us, and I felt like a criminal when she finally had to be euthanized.
I've been researching customer reviews of products on Amazon, and there seem to be a lot of people who are delighted with various DRINKWELL fountains at first, but become disenchanted with them after a few weeks or months...they break down, or are difficult/impossible to keep clean, etc. And there are similar complaints about other brands.
I'm still researching, but if anybody here has any recommendations, complaints, any info at all, I would love to hear from you.
Felaine aka Sk8eycat
Well, I got carried away and ordered a ceramic kitty fountain yesterday. It was 105 deg outside, and our A/C wasn't working. I had two flat cats lying in front of fans all day.
It isn't inexpensive, but ceramic fountains seem to be the least prone to growing fungus, and the one I bought is made in the USA, unconditionally guaranteed for 2 years, designed by a DVM, and the part where the water comes out has a flexible join, and can be adjusted to different angles. If it saves me a fortune in vet bills, and makes Mr. Jerry happy, it's worth it.
I'll keep ypu posted on the results.
PS: Jerry's name was originally "Jeremiah." There is NO way I'll have a kitteh named after the gloomiest, whiniest "prophet" in the buybull. (Didja know that the original lyric to the Three Dog Night song was NOT, "Jeremiah was a bullfrog"? It was, "Jeremiah was a prophet," but somebody objected to a prophet having "mighty fine wine," so they changed it before they recorded the song.)
PPS: I'd love to see a photo of Sebastian drinking from a faucet...do you have any? And have you seen the video on YouTube of a black&gray tabby drinking by sticking his whole head under the water coming out of the faucet and licking the drops off his nose? I'll try to find it...
I should have posted the link to the ceramic fountain maker...I think you can only buy it directly from them, online or mail order. There is a LOT of health information on their web site: http://www.glacierpointforcats.com/
I'll certainly tell you what happens when it gets here, and I assemble it and turn it on... (I ordered the "ground fault circuit interrupter," too. This is an old house, and I don't want anything shorting out.)
I am a little concerned because both my cats are rescues, one was dragged around from one cattery to another (long, ugly story), and the other was in a "big room" cage-free cattery for 5 years; neither got a lot of personal attention and they're still "jumpy." The fountain's pump is supposed to be quiet, but they may be afraid of it at first, anyway. Think it's a UFO, or something.