Fountain Report: It arrived Tuesday via UPS, and I put it together (not really much to do; they assemble all the important stuff), put it on the kitchen floor, filled it, and turned it on. The pump motor is very quiet, and the water flow is quite gentle. So...I waited. Jerry and Pumpkin came and sniffed at it, and walked away. As far as I know they continued to ignore it.
Yesterday (Friday): I noticed that the water level in the refill bottle had gone down quite a bit, and hoped that it was not just from evaporation. (It's been too humid for that...)
Today: Ta-DAAAAAA! I saw Jerry taking a BIG drink directly out of the fountain! Yayyyy! Of course, I pretended to ignore him. *whew!* I'm so relieved. He was the one I was so worried about during the heat wave...he's quite frail, and afraid of everything.
Drink, Jerry, DRINK!
Was it the same brand? Glacier Point? I bought the Basic, with one refillable bottle. I don't think I need more bottles because I refill them from the Brita pitcher that I keep in the fridge. (So the water is already pre-filtered. And cooled.) I bought the red one...'cause I like it, and I think...hope...cats are attracted to red.
I'm keeping track of how much Jerry drinks from the fountain, and how often he wants to drink from the bathroom tap now. I really don't want him to drink from that tap at all; the cold water is hard as rocks.
Pumpkin will drink from anything, so we have to keep terlet lids down...got in that habit so many years and cats ago that I can't remember when we did things any other way.
It was a different brand.
When I get a new pet I will have to try one of those Glacier Point Fountains. My kitty only liked the running tap water from the faucet.
I did hours of research on-line, and that was the ONLY ceramic fountain made in the USA with lead-free glaze, a 2-year warranty, and a whole bunch of other health considerations. PLUS, if you have a problem with it, you can call the phone number on their web site any time and speak directly to the inventor. How good is that?
Most of the other fountains are made in China, have 45-day warranties, and the pumps die on the 46th day. Or they're made of plastic, and too many cats develop chin acne from plastic dishes and water bowls. A least that's what a lot of customer comments said. (I sat up all one night going through Amazon, Pet Co, and other big-time vendors, reading customer comments...then the sun came up and I melted.)
Jerry still hasn't quite made up his mind about it. Yesterday afternoon I saw him warily approach the fountain, take a couple of quick swats at the glass refill bottle, and jump back. Then he walked away from it. Last night I heard him drinking, but this morning he wanted me to turn the bathroom tap on for him.
The only thing I can do is leave him alone, I guess, and let him get over himself. He really is jumpy, and fussy about his food.
I wish he could talk.
Another Progress Report.
Both cats are using the fountain! I've seen them...Pumpkin drinks from the basin part. Jerry isn't afraid of it anymore, drinks from the spout, and he's drinking a LOT more water than he did before I bought that thing. I'm so relieved!
Now, if they would just eat the canned food that they loved 2 weeks ago!
Good luck! Jerry still sometimes asks me to turn on the bathroom tap for him, but I've stopped doing it, and he eventually goes in the kitchen and gets a BIG drink from the fountain. The manufacturer suggests that you keep their water dishes in place for three or four days...until they start using the fountain...it may take longer...and then remove them.
I suggest putting a small rubber-backed bath mat or something like that under the fountain, because the cats will splash (and sometimes bat at the water stream with their paws). If there's a puddle on the floor, they won't use the fountain...or they'll try standing in some other spot to get at the water.
There's NO way that a small amount of water on the floor can cause electical shocks. At least not with the brand of fountain I bought. They just don't like to get their feet wet...after they've been playing with the water.
Happy National Cheezburger Day!
Heads up for Halloween - keep your black cats (and all cats, really) indoors, if you aren't already. A vet tech working for my veterinarian lost a black cat last year in a really gruesome way. I won't go into detail but it was related to some superstitious Halloween B.S. and the culprits weren't even kids but myth-deranged adults. Keep your kitties safe!